Senturus

Analytics Connector

CONNECTS TABLEAU TO COGNOS

Organizations have made significant investments in BI platforms like Cognos, augmenting them with governed and prepared data, business rules and security measures. But because Tableau does not connect directly to these bastions of BI fortitude – and all their clean data – users bypass them altogether. Instead, they spend 80% or more of their time remodeling the data and, in the process, potentially compromise data integrity and security.

Senturus has bridged this gap with a software connector that easily ties Cognos and TM1 as data sources for – and exposes them to – Tableau. With the power of Tableau working in concert with Cognos, organizations experience significant benefits that both IT and business users can appreciate.

CHALLENGES OF EXTRACTING AND REMODELING DATA IN TABLEAU

THE SENTURUS SOLUTION

The Senturus Analytics Connector serves as a bridge that allows Tableau to tap directly into Cognos. Tying in through the ODBC layer, the Analytics Connector authenticates and restricts access to data by user login. The straightforward UI allows users to then simply drag and drop data from Cognos into Tableau.

With the Analytics Connector, organizations are able to leverage their existing BI platform investments, while providing users the agility they crave.

Senturus Tableau-Cognos Connector

  • Connects securely to Cognos via ODBC
  • Retrieves Cognos package metadata
  • Lets users drag and drop query subjects into Tableau
  • Requires no joining or remodeling
  • Pushes queries back to Cognos for optimal execution
THE SENTURUS ANALYTICS CONNECTOR SAVES TIMES AND REDUCES RISK


"The Senturus Analytics Connector easily and instantaneously gets us better time utilization for our analysts…it’s a MASSIVE savings.

— Steve Kiser, Sr. Mgr Financial Systems, Ixia

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“It is clear that the combination of Tableau, Cognos and the Senturus Analytics Connector will greatly improve all our departments.”
—Dean  Clausen, Business Intelligence Architect, Aero Precision Industries

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PRICING

Subscription pricing also available
$85/year desktop, $45/year server.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENTS

  • IBM Cognos 10 /11
  • Microsoft Windows 7 and 10,
    Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012, 2012 R2    
  • Tableau 9/10

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR TABLEAU WINDOWS BOX

  • Modern dual-core
    i5/i7/Xeon or better processor     
  • 8GB of memory
  • 200MB disk space

 

 

SUPPORTED DATA SOURCES

Cognos

  • Relational, dimensionally modeled relational (DMR), PowerCubes, Dynamic Cubes, TM1 and reports

ACCESS REQUIREMENTS

Cognos Server

  • Access to Cognos dispatcher
  • Access to Cognos packages, reports and data sources
  • Capability of specification execution, generate CSV output and generate XML output

Tableau

  • Administrator rights to the Tableau box for installation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Where is the Senturus Analytics Connector installed?
A: The Analytics Connector needs to be installed wherever the Tableau query is being executed. This is typically a Tableau Desktop or Tableau Server. Nothing needs to be installed on Cognos servers.

Q: What type of skills and time are required to install the Senturus Analytics Connector?
A: Standard installation takes about two hours and requires standard Windows administration (i.e., installation, environment variable setting, some minor registry edits).

Q: Which BI platforms are supported?
A: The Senturus Analytics Connector is designed to connect Tableau to IBM Cognos BI 10.2.x and Cognos Analytics 11.0.6 and higher. We have specifically designed the Analytics Connector so that it can be configured for other enterprise BI systems such as Tableau 9.x/10.x and Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows 7, 8, 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012).

Q: Which types of Cognos data sources are supported?
A: Currently supported data sources include relational, dimensionally modeled relational (DMR), PowerCubes, Dynamic Cubes and TM1 for Cognos.

Q: Is support included with the Senturus Analytics Connector and, if so, who provides it?
A: Support is provided by Senturus and included in the price of the Analytics Connector.

Q: What is the difference between live and extract query support?
A; We support both live and extract query functionality; however, certain live query functionality is limited. We are continuously enhancing this functionality based on needs and feedback.

Q: When was the Senturus Analytics Connector released?
A: The Analytics Connector was released on November 7, 2016.

Q: What are the licensing implications for Cognos?
A: Cognos: For extracts, a Cognos BI analytics user license or equivalent is required to allow extraction creation. A Cognos license is not required to connect to extracts; only a Senturus Analytics Connector license is needed. For a live connect, a Cognos BI analytics user license or equivalent is required.

Q: What are the Framework Manager model requirements for use with the Senturus Analytics Connector?
A: There are no special modeling requirements for the Analytics Connector, except those necessary to work around current live query limitations. However, Tableau requires that joins are created between query subjects, even if they don’t have a relationship specified at that level of abstraction. The Analytics Connector will automatically create dummy joins, but will ignore them, letting Cognos handle them in the background.

Q: How is security handled by the Senturus Analytics Connector?
A: Username and password credentials are passed through to Cognos during query execution, thereby enforcing relevant security applied within both environments.

Q: How often would updates be released during the year and how much time would it take to apply them?
A: Updates will be released as functionality is added or bug fixes dictate. We do not have a formal release timeline established yet. Updates should be fairly easy and only take a few minutes.

Q: What is the method for accessing Cognos via Tableau?
A: The Senturus Analytics Connector uses an ODBC connection to connect to Cognos.

MOST RECENT SOFTWARE UPDATE

VERSION 2.5

Released April 2018, this release significantly improved the capabilities associated with using TM1 as a data source, including

  • Total control of what level attributes to show for TM1 data source
    • Show name
    • Show attributes match strings exactly
    • Show attributes match regular expression
  • Control of show or hide root level (this applies to PowerCube and Dynamic Cube data sources as well)
  • Control of show or hide leave levels of TM1 alternate hierarchy

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