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March 7, 2017 | David Taylor

Converting an Esri Shapefile (.SHP) to a Cognos Map File (.CMF)

Even though Cognos Analytics 11 is available, many organizations continue to use Cognos 10 because of its familiarity. This exercise guides you through the process of converting an Esri Shapefile (.SHP) to a Cognos-recognized .CMF file for mapping functionality.​ Read on »

February 28, 2017 | Justin Lowe

Alteryx Integrations: Connecting to Your Personal Fitbit Data with Tableau

Using an API integration can be a frustrating experience due to complex or non-existent documentation. In this exercise, we go through the ETL process of extracting data from a Fitbit API, transforming it, and loading it into Tableau to create a visualization. Read on »

February 13, 2017 | Shannon Brancard

Successful Software Implementation Training

Implementing new software in a business or organization often carries a high risk of failure. The reasons vary but include lack of executive and team member commitment, improper software solution selection, and poor communication and learning experience. Read on »

February 13, 2017 | Mary Crist

Maintaining Your TM1 Server: Clear Out Your Old Log Files

One area of IBM Cognos TM1 Server maintenance that is frequently overlooked is the clearing of old log files that, if left unchecked, will ultimately eat up server disc space.  Read on »

February 9, 2017 | Rebecca Kelley

Security and Control Features in QuickBooks

In this video, EKS&H consulting partner Rebecca Kelley walks through some security and control features in QuickBooks. Read on »

January 20, 2017 | Nate Jecminek

Tableau Tips

In this video series, EKS&H senior consultant Nate Jecminek walks through some foundational concepts of Tableau Desktop. Read on »

January 20, 2017 | Todd Moody

IBM Cognos Report Studio Tip: Using Query Macros for Prompted Multiple Operator Selection

IBM Cognos report users would like to have the flexibility to select different operators in their Cognos Report Studio prompted reports. Out of the box, Cognos doesn’t provide a control to select operators from. However, by leveraging Query Macros and value prompts, we can give the users a prompt in which they can select operators along with a prompt to select the value(s) of the query item they are filtering.  Read on »

January 4, 2017 | Nate Jecminek

​How Safe Is My Wi-Fi Network?

An “open” Wi-Fi network is one that does not require a password to gain access. These types of networks are frequently offered by airports, coffee shops, and hotels. While convenient, they may not be safe. Read on »

January 4, 2017 | Mark Richards

A Desktop Reporting Visualization for All Budgets

Do you ever wish you had the ability to corral your data and analyze it directly on your desktop or mobile device? Self-service data preparation, visualization, and reporting has been a dream goal in the industry for some time, but recent trends are turning these dreams into reality and putting the power of data directly in the hands of business users.  Read on »

December 21, 2016

Who needs ILMT?

Customers who have licensed IBM software products on a processor value unit (PVU) basis and are running these products in a virtualized environment are required by the terms of their licenses to use IBM’s license metric tool to monitor capacity usage. Read on »

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