What does Analytics Desktop do?Analytics Desktop works in conjunction with an existing IBM Cognos configuration with respect to authentication and authorization, it communicates with the IBM Cognos environment via the IBM Cognos Application Programming Interface (API). This means there is very little configuration required for Analytics Desktop to work in any environment. Analytics Desktop allows the user to connect to and browse one or more IBM Cognos environments directly within Windows explorer. Once a connection is set up to an IBM Cognos environment, the servers will be displayed within Windows Explorer.
Analytics Desktop supports basic Windows Explorer functionality such as Cut, Copy, Paste, Rename, and Delete. In addition, several other context menus are available depending on the object type. All objects offer an “Open” context menu command to open the object in IBM Cognos.
- Explore: Opens the object in Windows Explorer
- Run as: Runs the report in the format specified
- Email as: Emails the report in the format specified
- The context menu can also be used to open the Analytics Desktop settings form. This enables users to set the default email address for emailed reports by selecting “Set email address”.