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