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IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.1 Dashboarding





Living on the east coast while working on the west coast presents the problem of what do to on the bi-weekly 6 hour plane rides. Fortunately, I was offered the opportunity to be a technical reviewer of Ankit Garg’s IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.1 Dashboarding Cookbook (PACKT Publishing, 2012, July).

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Garg uses a “step-by-step” recipe approach  for creating and distributing dashboards using IBM Cognos 10.1 BI along with screenshots, simple explanations and tips which all come together to bring the “basic user” up to speed quickly.

This book gives a straight forward explanation of the IBM dashboard components, compares dashboarding in Business Insight vs. Business Insight Advanced and successfully walks the reader through various “recipes” for creating a “first dashboard” with the tool.

Here is the books table of contents:

Chapter 1: IBM Cognos 10 Dashboard Components

Chapter 2: Business Insight Dashboards

Chapter 3: Business Insight Advanced Dashboards

Chapter 4: Creating Dashboards in IBM Cognos Business Insight Advanced

Chapter 5: Creating Dashboards in IBM Cognos Business Insight

Chapter 6: Sharing and Collaborating with Other Users

If you have some exposure to IBM Cognos BI and want to start creating dashboards – this book is a great start.  I enjoyed reading and reviewing this book and would highly recommend picking up a copy!


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Jim Miller

Mr. Miller is an IBM certified and accomplished Senior Project Leader and Application/System Architect-Developer with over 30 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience. His current role is National FPM Practice Leader. His experience includes BI, Web architecture & design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, Database modeling and systems analysis, design, and development of Client/Server, Web and Mainframe applications and systems utilizing: Applix TM1 (including TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and Planning Manager), dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, Websuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE SQL Server, etc. His Responsibilities have included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and Web site) design; data modeling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development and testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, etc.) systems and client/server SQL server and Web based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources. In addition, Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development Manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple Web Sites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems and administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a Web based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team. Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director. Specialties Include: Cognos/TM1 Design and Development, Cognos Planning, IBM SPSS and Modeler, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development. IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 (perfect score 100% on exam) IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

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