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February 20, 2018

IBM Cognos Analytics Builds Upon Core Strengths

by Colin Quinn

IBM Cognos Analytics provides unsurpassed security and governance at every level, including data and reports, the dashboards, as well as the information that is distributed on a daily or weekly basis. Even though IBM Cognos Analytics opens doors to a breadth of company data, tight controls are in place that can govern who has access to what. For any number of reasons, departments throughout the enterprise might...

January 10, 2018

5 Reasons Your CEO Prefers Data On A Dashboard

by Colin Quinn

The days of CEOs waiting for the delivery of a physical report are long gone. Today, many forward-thinking executives are making use of data visuals and dashboards to gain insight into their company, rather than relying on IT.

There are many benefits of CEO dashboards with a connected interface, including the ability to track performance and monitor data, profits, balances, revenues and forecasts all in...

November 15, 2017

How to Create a Basic Report in IBM Cognos Analytics

by Colin Quinn

Creating a report

When you create a report, you are actually creating a report specification. The report specification defines the queries and prompts that are used to retrieve data and the layouts and styles used to present the data. For simplicity, the report specification is named by the same name as the report.

This post will cover the basics of creating, validating, and running IBM Cognos Analytics...

October 17, 2017

The insider's guide to attending Deltek Insight

by Colin Quinn

To gain a competitive career edge, it’s important to make learning an ongoing part of your professional development. Conferences are short and practical opportunities to learn new information, gain knowledge, and make valuable contacts.

Yet, attending a conference can be an intimidating experience, particularly the first time. If you’re planning on taking a day or more out of the office to attend a Deltek...

July 27, 2017

Dashboards: Unifying Business

by Julia Nixon

To be successful, a business must be unified. Employers and employees must work toward a common goal, and they must believe that their individual work contributes positively to the business as a whole. Unfortunately, it can be challenging for employees to feel that their contributions matter. In large businesses, an employee may think he or she is simply a number—one among many—without the ability to make an...

June 12, 2017

8th Annual Deltek Government Contracting Industry Study (Clarity) Highlights

by Colin Quinn

What is the status of the GovCon Industry?


From 634 responses across more than 100 questions, the 8th Annual Deltek Clarity Government Contracting Industry Study continues to expand our understanding of long-term trends. This year we found:


Investments in business development paid off with a win rate rise of 2.6 points
Project managers struggled to accurately forecast project costs
Lack of internal KPI's...

October 13, 2016

Major TM1 Servers Outages to Begin in November 2016

by Colin Quinn

On November 24, 2016 your TM1 and Cognos Express servers will become inaccessible to your users!



Why is this happening?
The SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate bundled with IBM TM1 and Cognos Express expire on November 24, 2016. This certificate is used to encrypt communication between clients and the TM1 server.

IBM’s Urgent Message to all on premise Cognos TM1 and Cognos Express Customers...

March 10, 2016

Brewery applies business insight to boost profitability and retain market dominance

by Colin Quinn

Overview

Since its inception in 1890, San Miguel Brewery Inc (SMB) has grown to become the largest producer of beer in the Philippines. With a portfolio of ten popular beers, SMB champions the San Miguel brand as a subsidiary of San Miguel Corp., the Philippines’ biggest diversified conglomerate.

Business Need

San Miguel Brewery (SMB) sought to maintain its market dominance and improve profitability, but a...

December 1, 2015

Deliver what your customers really want.. Value

by Colin Quinn

Why do we buy things? Purchase's really come down to value. Intelligent businesses recognize and acknowledge this characteristic of customer behavior, whether those customers are other businesses or individual consumers. End users do not simply purchase products; they are investing in value.

As both technology and end-user expectations advance, the means to deliver value also changes. Organizations often...

January 2, 2015

Importance of Utilizing High Quality Performance Management Infrastructure Software

by Colin Quinn

Majority of today's CIOs and IT decision makers believe infrastructure performance management tools can help improve the efficiency of their IT department, reduce risks, and lower running costs associated with their IT departments. Yet, most CIO and IT managers feel dissatisfied with the current PMI tools they have in place and lack the technical capabilities to administer infrastructure performance management...

September 23, 2014

Similarities and Differences Between PA & BI

by Colin Quinn

There is a clear overlap between business intelligence and predictive analytics, I view BI as an affiliate of PA as they share so much in common: they use the same data, often use similar metrics and even sometimes utilize the same tools.

Business intelligence is the world of descriptive analytics: reflective analysis that provides a clear view into the business—reporting on what has happened and what...

April 30, 2014

Why Excel is not the Answer to your Problems! (BI)

by Colin Quinn

Everyone loves Microsoft Excel, myself included. Today, Excel has over 300 million users and is continuing to grow, it’s has evolved into the common language of business. It’s versatile, powerful, inexpensive, and easy to use. It makes perfect sense why it’s a popular choice with mid-market organizations for business intelligence right? WRONG. As a BI tool, Excel is sorely lacking. Here’s a list of...

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