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Thursday, December 18, 2008

IBM Cognos 8.4 - Released to the masses


Just in time for Christmas, Cognos 8.4 was released for download on December 15th. Highlights include Flash-based dashboards, improved BI search, location-aware mobile delivery and new data lineage capabilities. A new viewpoint interface lets business users manage hierarchies and dimensions. A bus full of new features have been added:

  • Increased visual appeal includes new background designs and colors. Users can add gradient colors and behind charts
  • New chart types: Merimekko, Stepline, Sparkline, Sparkbar, Spark Win/Loss
  • Report annotations: Users can add comments directly within the body of HTML-rendered reports
  • Enhanced suppression: Suppress all types of reports against relational, dimensionally-modeled relational, and OLAP sources. Also, users can also suppress rows, columns, or rows and columns based on "zero" values, "divide by zero" values, missing values, and overflow values
  • Extended filters now include wildcards, range, and between operations
  • Associated frames now drill together
  • Strategy Maps and Impact Diagrams now available as portlets that can be integrated into IBM Cognos Connection, IBM WebSphere, and MS Sharepoint portals
  • Data lineage: Users can access and view major transformations to data as it moves through the system
  • Expanded data access: Use data from IBM Cognos Now! and IBM Cognos TM1
The reviews are fairly positive (quote from intelligententerprise.com):
"I give Cognos a lot of credit for taking the time, a few years ago, to rewrite the entire platform, but with that effort they fell somewhat behind on bells and whistles," says Forrester Research analyst Boris Evelson. "With 8.4, Cognos is filling out many of the pieces that competitors have provided over the years."
Read the complete review here: After Leading on Platform, Cognos Catches Up On Details

More information can be found on the Cognos site: What's New in 8.4