Making the Most of Cognos Analytics Data Modules

October 5, 2017     Tips & Tricks

Did you know data modules are actually part of Cognos BI v10? The release of IBM Cognos Analytics R7 is spurring renewed interest in this functionality. Data modules allow end users to bring in external files and blend together existing packages—all without bringing in IT. We’ll tell you how to make the most of data modules and fill you in on their limitations as well.


Manually Scrubbing Data in Excel Is Bad for Your Analytics Health

July 14, 2017     Business Strategy & Perspectives

It is estimated that companies waste over $60 billion annually by manually scrubbing data in Excel just so it can be used in a visualization tool like Tableau. Not only does this practice waste time and money, it isn’t scalable. It leads to inaccuracies, redundancies, performance limitations and security issues. The answer, my friends, is to automate these data transformation processes and store the data in a data repository.