Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Unleashing the Power of IBM Cognos SDK
By Deepesh K. Shrivastava, Wipro Technologies
With increasing use of BI, users want quick access to information. BI is increasingly becoming pervasive across the organization. This demands BI capabilities embedded across different business functions and delivery portals. It also requires intuitive, easy to use user interfaces. In such cases, when deployment of BI capabilities is not just limited to trained analytical or power users; and BI offering require better usability, adherence to corporate branding look & feel standards, or integration along with other business functions like ordering, IBM Cognos SDK capabilities comes to rescue.
IBM Cognos SDK is a very powerful toolset to extend capabilities of the Cognos platform and for providing different integration & deployment options. Cognos SDK is built using industry standard protocols SOAP, WSDL.
Wipro's 'Customer Self-Service BI' framework has been built over the IBM Cognos SDK and provides simplified interface to SDK services as façade. This framework also integrates other Web 2.0 functions including AJAX.
When it comes to customer facing applications, organizations have elaborate set of branding look & feel requirements and any customer facing BI is not exception to it. Such solutions also require high level of scalability and intuitive usability. Organizations also wants any such BI offering to be made available within their e-commerce portal and at times, wants BI functions to be embedded alongside other business functions.
'Customer Self-Service BI' framework leveraging IBM Cognos SDK offers seamless integration possibility and leverages organizations existing investment into any branded e-commerce portal. Following are the key components of such integration –
- Corporate portal or web application
- 'Customer Self-Service BI' framework
- IBM Cognos SDK
- IBM Cognos BI platform
New C8 SDK Utility --- Cognos 8 Modification Check
· Search the Content Store for items that have been modified after a selected date value
For example, if you were looking for all reports that were modified on June 3rd, 2008 then you would select the date June 2nd, 2008. The code will search for all items that have been modified after the selected date value from the date control.
The results of the search are then rendered to a text box control.