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Upcoming Live Webinar! The Chromebook Tracking Solution!

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Chromebooks in school districts can be amazing assets, but tracking them can be a challenge!
You may think that there is an audit log that tracks usage…and you’re partially right. It will tell you what Chromebooks were accessed. But what doesn’t it tell you?
• When are Chromebooks being used?
• Who’s using them, when, and how often?
• Which Chromebooks aren’t being used much?
• What websites/apps are being accessed, by whom, and when?
• Is anything dangerous or risky happening on your Chromebooks? Who’s doing it and when?

And let’s think about some higher value questions:
1) Which schools and classes are using Chromebooks most?
2) Which teachers use Chromebooks most?
3) How do the test scores of classes with heavy Chromebook use often compare to those who don’t use them?
4) Are Chromebooks an effective tool worth the cost of purchasing and supporting them?

Capitalize Analytics has developed a way to track your Chromebook usage far beyond what the Google log files can currently show. We track every user, who accesses every URL, every click, on which Chromebook, and when. We join that data with your student information system so you know which locations, classes, teachers, and programs are using Chromebooks effectively.

If your district has hundreds or thousands of Chromebooks, you need to be answering these questions!
Let us show you how you can quickly gain insights from your Chromebooks!


On Demand (recorded) Webinar! – Breaking Through the K12 Data Silos

This webinar was held on Wed, September 13th, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

All this data and all the movement IS overwhelming!
• How can we get data into our systems?
• How do we provide data to other systems?
• How do we blend data together from multiple systems?

In most cases the answer is…manually using excel!

In this webinar, we’ll show you THREE WAYS WE CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER:

1) We’ll pull student information and assessment information together so we can analyze or share that data with others.
2) We will show you an HR/Payroll example demonstrating how we quickly load dozens of new job codes to hundreds of staff.
3) We will show you how we automate the process of getting data out of the SIS and into a file that can be loaded by the state or another vendor.

Alteryx gives you an incredibly simple way to source, blend, prep, and share information. Whether you want to prepare data for the data visualization “tool du jour” or you need to move data between systems, Alteryx can help!

Spend one hour with us and you’ll walk away with strategies to simplify the data challenges at your district!

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On Demand (recorded) Webinar – BusinessPLUS Webinar | See the combined power of BusinessPLUS with Cognos

Many BusinessPLUS customers have been asking for a way to more easily access and share information from HR, Payroll, GL, etc. Our partnership with IBM gives you access to the most powerful reporting and analytics tools available for a fraction of the retail cost.
During this webinar, we review exactly how Cognos works with BusinessPLUS. Some of the highlights are:
• Easily access data from BusinessPLUS to create reports and dashboards.
• Combine data from any source with what you have in BusinessPLUS
• Quickly distribute reports to large audiences with the click of a button.
• See how reports you build can be utilized on dashboards, mobile devices, and within Microsoft Office.
This webinar shows how you can get Cognos up and running at your district NOW. Including:
• Licenses and Installation
• Training – Get your team up to speed quickly.
• Mentoring – We’ll work together on the first couple requests.
• Analyst on Demand – If you get stuck…give us a call!
It also includes a guest speaker, Jennifer Mancuso, Programmer/Analyst, from Columbia Public Schools.
Cognos will change the way you access and engage with BusinessPLUS.

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On Demand (recorded) Webinar – Cognos for eSchoolPLUS and eFinancePLUS

Cognos for eSchoolPLUS and eFinancePLUS

Capitalize and PowerSchool hosted this webinar August 9th, 2017.

This webinar highlights how using eFinancePLUS and eSchoolPLUS with Cognos empowers district employees to more easily access and share relevant financial and HR data.

The combined power of eFinancePLUS and eSchoolPLUS also helps district leaders make strategic decisions quickly.

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Upcoming Live Webinar – Use IBM Cognos Event Studio to notify you about ANYTHING!

Use IBM Cognos Event Studio to notify you about ANYTHING! (Live Webinar) 

Wed, August 30th, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST 

With data coming in from every direction, sometimes the biggest challenge is knowing WHAT to pay attention to! You may have hundreds of reports, dashboards, etc. available but which one should you look at today? With IBM Cognos Event Studio, you can easily set up alerts to notify you that something has happened. This works across every system you have!

Examples we’ve seen: 
“Alert me if any project is within 90% of budget.”
“Alert the store manager if inventory drops below X.”
“Alert the contract administrator if a contract is set to expire within 90 days.”
“Alert me if a new order is placed.” 
“Run a database job to delete access if a user is removed from Active Directory.” 
“Call a web service to add a user to a system if we have a new hire.” 

Let us show you how you can use IBM Cognos Analytics to be alerted about ANYTHING that happens within your systems!!


Upcoming Live Webinar – Expand Beyond Core for 360-View of Customer – We hope you are able to join us!

Expand Beyond Core for 360-View of Customers – Overcome Core Limitations with Cognos Analytics (Live Webinar)

Wed, July 26, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Across the banking industry analyst struggle to leverage existing reporting environments to examine customer behavior.  The right data analytic environment can provide vital insights into customer demographics and spending patterns by aggregating transactions and providing self-service capabilities to your front-line staff.

Join this interactive webinar with Capitalize Analytics and IBM to learn how data analysts in the banking industry are unleashing their data to:

  • Improve customer retention by offering better customer service
  • Analyze all customer data from a single interface
  • Use visual data discovery to identify trends and outliers

We look forward to speaking with you on July 26th.


Alteryx Inspire Conference June 5-7th, 2017

Alteryx Inspire 2017-2Alteryx Inspire Conference

Alteryx Inspire Conference June 5-7th, 2017 @ ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Alteryx Inspire 2017 user conference celebrated these iconic achievements, learned from peers, and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with data. Armed with tools that make insights more accessible to everyone, we all have the power to become Icons of Analytics!


Waterfield Sixth Annual User Group Event

Waterfield Energy Sixth Annual User Group 2017

We hope you were able to join us for the Sixth Annual Waterfield Energy User Group Meeting! We provided attendees with an overview of Waterfield’s strategic direction and review cross-functional product enhancements made in the last year. We appreciate your feedback on future production direction, and look forward to enhancements for 2018.
June 15-16, 2017 at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront, 2055 Summer Lee Drive, Dallas, TX 75032


Are you ignoring your data?

All the data flying at us everyday makes us want to just bury our head in the sand and ignore it! As we all know, this isn’t the best business strategy or approach but all to many organizations are operating this way. In fact, Forrester estimates that only 12% of the data collected by most organizations is ever actually analyzed – that means that your organization can be missing out on insights from a whopping 88% of your data! In today’s analytics driven environment, this just seems crazy!

Why is this happening? Most organizations fall into this trap by not having the right Business Intelligence and Analytics tools in place and the data needed is hard for various users in the organization to actually get to.

How do you take full advantage of all your data? Start by looking at what type or types of analytics tools you are currently using.

Traditional BI and analytics tools behave like a report card, telling you what happened in the past. Predictive analytics (PA) tools can instead provide you with a roadmap into the future. They allow you to apply real world “what/if” analysis to your data. The evolution of analytics solutions into intelligent, predictive tools is truly exciting.

It is easy to see why there is a lot of buzz around predictive analytics. Marketing and sales are obvious early adopters to anticipate customer and marketplace behaviors. It has extended into all areas of the organization.

HR is looking to improve talent acquisition, reduce turnover, and understand the most effective compensation strategies. Operations can use PA to increase efficiencies, improve resource utilization, and intelligently manage procurement and inventory.

So how do you get started with a predictive analytics project? There are several keys that can ensure its success.

  1. Predictive Analytics Is Not JUST a Technology Solution

While it is built on technology and can be used to solve some technology challenges, predictive analytics is first and foremost a business solution. You need to have a solid understanding of the business problem that you are trying to solve.

For a PA project to be a success, it must generate business value. That business value has to align with the overall objectives of your organization. This is critical to get buy-in from executive leaders that can provide the support you need.

  1. Analytics Is Now a Team Sport

Predictive analytics can generate more valuable insight when you have assembled a team with skill sets across the organization. Depending on the goals, you might need representatives from finance, operations, and marketing. Their collective insight will help boost the project forward.

You will also need the involvement of IT departments. While this is a business solution, it is built on technology. And IT will ultimately be called upon to support the solution, helping move the project forward from its beginning.

  1. Know and Understand Your Data

Another reason to involve IT early is they are the ultimate keepers of the data. You will need to conduct a complete data inventory so you understand what data you have, where it is stored, and who owns it. Once you understand your internal data, you might find gaps that need to be filled.

Your PA project is only as good as the data that it is built upon. So you might find areas that need improvement. This can include more structured data governance or heightened data security so that your information does not become corrupt or stolen.

  1. Have the Finish Line in View

If you are just getting started with predictive analytics in your organization, you will want to demonstrate business value as quickly as possible. It is much better to proceed with small steps that keep you moving forward than to take a giant leap where you fall on your face.

You might find many more ways you would like to analyze data during the project. However, be careful not to overextend yourself. A common problem is that the project keeps growing and the deadlines keep getting pushed back. Sometimes resulting in a loss of confidence in the project itself.

  1. Be Lean and Be Agile

The idea behind implementing predictive analytics is to anticipate factors that can affect your business.  Today, the pace of business is constantly moving, an analytics solution needs to be able to adapt to change rapidly.

Although this point might seem contradictory to number 4, they actually work together. You want to achieve your business objectives as quickly as possible. This forces you to keep the project lean. What we mean about staying lean is avoiding the urge to boil the ocean. Stick to the data critical to the project. Keeping the project lean will also allow you to be agile and adapt to business needs quickly.


Predictive analytics can have an amazing impact on your organization. It can help you identify business opportunities in time to take advantage of them. It can help you save money by shedding light on ways your business can be more efficient. It can also help in acquiring quality talent to your organization.

Like any project, the right steps need to be taken in order to provide the greatest opportunity for success. In addition to the 5 keys above, you will also want to make sure that you select the right analytics tools along with a solution provider that can help you get the most out of your investment.

If you are ready to take the next step or would like to discuss how to select a data analytics tool that is the right fit for your organization, give us a shout. We would love to work with you to get you started.


Upgrading to Cognos Analytics v11

If you haven’t heard about the latest release of Cognos Analytics (v11 R4), then read on. We have put together an overview highlighting some of the new and improved features. The functionality available in Cognos 10 is still there, but it’s a completely re-designed experience and delivers ease of use for the business user without compromising IT functionality all while dramatically increasing productivity for departmental and enterprise reporting.

  • Redefined consumption experience for any device
  • Accelerated business modeling and performance
  • Redefined report authoring and analysis
  • All your Cognos 8 and Cognos 10 content moves forward
  • Traditional studios are available

Cognos V11 WelcomePortal – Welcome screen

  • Coach marks to guide users
  • Find Content



Cognos_V11_Capitalize Analytics




Cognos V11_Schedules_Capitalize AnalyticsContent Management

      • New sliding panels for easy navigation
      • Maintains folder security specifications from Cognos 10
      • Create folder, sort, copy, move, change properties and more


Cognos V11_Schedules_Capitalize AnalyticsSchedules and Subscriptions

      • All schedules and jobs are maintained
      • Users can now subscribe to reports
      • The report is delivered to their Notification Center on a schedule



Cognos V11_Reports_DashboardsSimplification of the Studios

      • We’ve reduced the number of interfaces for simplicity:
        • Report
        • Dashboard
        • Data Module
      • IBM recommends to create new content using the new tools


Cognos 11_Cognos 10.0Where are the old Studios in Cognos Analytics?

      • Companion applications are still available for existing customers
        • Cognos 10 Studios
        • My Inbox
        • Drill-Through Definitions
        • My Watch Items


Cognos v11 Cognos v10 Matrix








Cognos Workspace in Cognos Analytics


      • Still available in Cognos Analytics, opens in a new browser tab
      • Removed certain capabilities such as the Do More
      • Announced for deprecation

Embedded items

      • Viewer URL API is unchanged – Opens in Cognos 10 style report viewer
      • SDK and CMS are unchanged – New capabilities like Dashboards are not currently accessible from the SDK
      • Embedding portlet widgets in the following 3rd party portals is unchanged: – SharePoint – WebSphere

Data_Metadata_Cognos V11Data, Metadata and Queries – Status quo for:

      • Framework Manager, models and packages (CQM/DQM) – exception: no CQM support for TM1, Essbase, SAP BW, Microsoft Analysis Services
      • Dynamic Cubes and Cube Designer
      • PowerPlay and Transformer


Manage_Cognos V11_Capitalize AnalyticsManage

      • Basic administrative capabilities
      • Targeted at the departmental admin
      • Links to Cognos Administration for Administrators
      • Perform a subset tasks that are in Cognos Administration


Are you ready to take advantage of all that Cognos v11 has to offer? Give us a shout and we can help you upgrade or start from scratch with Cognos V11.