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The Trend Towards Self-Service Analytics

According to Gartner, a major shift is occurring in the balance of power for companies. Departments outside of IT will increasingly have access to the data needed for Business intelligence (BI) and analytics. For a lot of employees, making use of Business Intelligence and analytics data can be daunting. After all, the perception is that it would take an expert, a data scientist, or a PhD to make sense of …Read More

The Problem With Spreadsheets

Aberdeen’s 2014 Financial, Planning and Forecasting and Enterprise Performance Management Benchmark Survey found that 91% of organizations use spreadsheets in one form or another during financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting.  However, just because so many organizations are using spreadsheets to perform these tasks, doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best tool. Spreadsheets are attractive tools for organizations to use because they are relatively intuitive and easy to use, employees are …Read More

Getting The Most Out of Your Oil & Gas Data

As we all know, the Oil & Gas industry is in a volatile state and as an oil and gas company, having insight into your data is vital in this market.  During exploration, you rely on as much data as possible in order to make heavy investments. You know that if your analysis of the data is not accurate, it can cause some very expensive mistakes. Technology has spread throughout …Read More

News: Cognos Analytics V11 Released

It’s arrived – IBM announced the release of Cognos Analytics V11, now available!   Join us in Houston for the IBM Cognos User Group event where we will discuss and highlight “What’s New in Cognos Analytics V11”.  This is a FREE event with complimentary breakfast included – feel free to bring your colleagues!  Register here.  Cognos Analytics V11 enhances the efficiency and capabilities of business users, report authors, and administrators …Read More

Cognos Video Tech Tip

  Dynamic Columns in Cognos Check out our Youtube channel for Cognos tech tips put together by our Cognos rock stars! Today’s Tech Topic: How to create reports where you can select, based on a prompt, which columns you want to display in a list.  Great tip – check it out!        

What’s new in Cognos Express v10.2.2

IBM Cognos Express V10.2.2 is a complete solution for business intelligence and performance management, targeted for mid-size organizations. It delivers all of the essential reporting, analysis, dashboard, visualization, scorecarding, planning, budgeting, and forecasting capabilities midsize companies require and at an affordable price. It’s scalable, easy-to-use, and includes the tools to discover and act on new insights quickly, and it helps to minimize demands on your IT staff. Along with the new …Read More

Is Data Manipulation a Thing of the Past?

Is Data Manipulation a Thing of the Past or Is the Past Still Haunting Businesses?  It’s 2015. We’ve seen many advancements to usher in a new line of automated reporting tools and systems. Yet, manual data manipulation is still a means to an end for a lot of companies. SunGard (through a recent Forbes article) confirmed as much in a survey they conducted with executives from the finance and energy …Read More

Monster Spreadsheets

Monster spreadsheets: The pros and cons of spreadsheet-based budgeting. You’re working with this massive budget spreadsheet that someone put together years ago. It has macros all over the place, linking fields from the various worksheets. It’s always missing data such as forecasts from sales and campaigns from marketing.  While the goal is to use the data to make informed business decisions, most of your time is spent cleaning up and …Read More