Monday, November 15, 2010

Cognos 10 - Dynamic Query Mode

There is a new article added to the Cognos Proven Practices set:

The IBM Cognos 10 Dynamic Query Cookbook

The article gives detailed information about the new Dynamic Query Mode that has been added to C10. Pretty detailed and coming directly from the people who built it, this article is definitely worth a read.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My last post from SWU 2010.

Was attending the Smart Distribution track in the SWU 2010 event and it is apparent that like other businesses, even in this sector, the lack of insight will be a very big hindrance in the years to come. Couple that with the growth that all Indian industries are going through and we have a scenario where the CEO and all his people will need a very non-conventional approach with people, processes and products, to be successful. Smarter Planet seems more like a paradigm shift in the right direction.

"Agility" was the keyword when IBM was using the On Demand Software theme but they have now graduated to a more refined approach assisted with the current and upcoming trends in automation, connectivity and predictive analytics. The solutions that are being suggested are radical and complex, but the business scenario is also as challenging and such hi-tech, innovative solutions are the need of the hour.

An India specific approach to the Smarter Planet might be in the offing considering the unique scenarios we face in this country. There will be tweaks to these offerings as they get accepted by the businesses in general. It is my hope that these tweaks are innovations and ideas which IBM can take back to it's global customers. After all, it is only in India that we give missed calls and we have banks that go to the customers. We are just so unique !

By and large SWU 2010 was fun ! The kind of things you get to hear from the industry leaders is just so amazing ...

IBM Cognos 10 announced in India !

In sync with the announcements in other parts of the world, IBM Software Group today announced the launch of version 10 of their flagship product Cognos at the Software Universe 2010 at Mumbai. There is a lot to write about this product. I have grabbed a few documents here and there. But it needs a real deep look to do any justice.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Business and Business Analytics

Am hearing to many highly esteemed executives here at SWU 2010 and the core theme (and it should be) is getting the right information in the right format at the right time and FAST. There are so many statistics available to prove that organizations with analytic capabilities perform way better than the ones using traditional intuition based decision making. You do not need to be a CEO to tell you that. How would you as a person benefit if you had analytics at your finger tips ? If at a personal level you face so much of uncertainty and lack of insight, how would a CEO or CFO feel ?

IBM Software Universe 2010

Am at the IBM Software Universe 2010 which is happening at Mumbai. We have Steve Mills speaking on the Smarter Planet theme and boy do we need that ! If the statistics are to be believed, we are well on our way to becoming a "Digital Planet" and the need of the hour is to develop the systems in such a way that they are Interconnected, Intelligent and Instrumented. The event will cover various industry verticals like healthcare, energy, distribution and so on. In fact the theme can be applied to any and every industry ! Cognos occupies an important place in this theme due to its reporting and analytics capabilities. Couple that with IBM's middleware and information management software and we have one interesting solution; we are well on our way to a Smarter Planet.