New Enhanced Security With MetaManager 5.5.0.22

With the release of Cognos Analytics there are now more than 20 additional enhanced user capabilities to manage at the folder and package level, and with MetaManager 5.5.0.22 users can now manage these features and functions in bulk! MetaManager’s Security Painter...

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How to Survive an IBM Cognos Security Audit

The newest MetaManager update- MetaManager 5.5.0.22 - has drastically reduced the time and effort it takes for users to audit IBM Cognos licenses. The new version of MetaManager has been updated to match the latest licensing model from IBM- solving many of the...

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Integrated Management Suite for IBM Cognos

Security access is the No. 1 vulnerability for IBM Cognos Administrators, where the stress of making one false move can significantly damage an admin’s reputation and jeopardize job stability. Please enjoy this webinar replay where Tech Data...

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Free Sticky Notes Extension for Cognos Analytics

BM Cognos Analytics brings a whole new API for extending and customizing Cognos. With the new IBM Cognos Analytics Extensions Framework users can customize the theme of the portal, show or hide functionality and integrate dashboards, portals or self service tools directly into Cognos. Not only can customers create their own perspectives to host in the portal, but they can also modify existing perspectives, such as the Authoring tool.
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Performance Monitoring in MetaManager™

Tech Data’s Integrated Management Suite allows IBM Cognos administrators and Cognos users the ability to search, audit, and document a variety of issues within a Cognos environment then output that documentation into a user-friendly format for analysis. ...

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Find and Fix IBM Cognos Issues FAST with MetaManager

In this article we’ll be touring through MetaManager’s new and improved Object Editor, Object Viewer and Canned Reports modules. The Canned Reports module is designed to quickly export pre-designed and formatted reports that cover a number of questions and concerns that arise in the content store.
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New MetaManager Pricing Starting at $4,900

MetaManager BI & Performance Bundles provide all of the tools needed to manage, secure and maintain a healthy IBM Cognos Analytics environment. With our simple subscription licensing you can access the whole of MetaManager for a single user at fixed and competitive cost. With pricing starting at $4,900 using MetaManager to cover your daily IBM Cognos maintenance is a no-brainer.
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MetaManager™ Environment Compare Module

The MetaManager™ Support and Development teams are very happy to release the Compare module. Easily compare a source and target IBM Cognos Environment to determine what’s new, missing or different between Development, Test and Production.
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Tabbed Modules in MetaManager™

The MetaManager™ Support and Development teams are very happy to release this new feature in version 5.4.  Tabbed Modules in MetaManager™ bring a couple of productivity enhancements to users.
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IBM Cognos Analytics Compatability

The current release of MetaManager™ and Integrated Control Suite™ are both dynamically compatible with all releases of IBM Cognos Analytics, including Cognos Analytics 11.0.3, released July 11, 2016. With both Integrated Control Suite™ and MetaManager™, we are able to offer same day compatibility with new IBM Cognos releases.
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Remove Users in Bulk from Groups and Roles

MetaManager BI & Performance Bundles provide all of the tools needed to manage, secure and maintain a healthy IBM Cognos Analytics environment. With our simple subscription licensing you can access the whole of MetaManager for a single user at fixed and competitive cost. With pricing starting at $4,900 using MetaManager to cover your daily IBM Cognos maintenance is a no-brainer.
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Fixing up IBM Cognos Schedules with MetaManager™

IBM Cognos Report Schedules seem to be one of those areas where things can get really messy over time.  In the beginning we set up our reports to run on a reasonable schedule and email outputs to accounts in our namespace.  But over time users add email addresses to schedules instead of their namespace account equivalents.  Also as users remove themselves from schedules we end up with reports that run and that don't email anyone.  MetaManager™ has a few solutions to address these problems.
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Webinar – MetaManager™ & Integrated Control Suite™

Managing user memberships can be tough. This particular pain point has been a hot topic with many of our clients over the last few weeks. We recently wrote a knowledgebase article that provides tips on how to make bulk updates to memberships. This article highlights the Security Editor module in MetaManager™ to assist with the updates. Our goal with Security Editor, as with all module in MetaManager™, is to help you automate these types of tedious or cumbersome tasks in Cognos so you can complete them more quickly and efficiently.
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Best Practices with MetaManager™ for IBM Cognos BI

Rarely does one software solve all of your business needs but that does not mean you should quickly dismiss your investments or accept existing limitations as decree. Often times, a customer is unaware of their software potential due to the lack of seamless integration within processes and tools. Integrated Control Suite provides the necessary version control and change management solution needed to unleash the full potential of IBM Cognos Analytics.
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What just happened to the MetaManager™ Backup Module?

MetaManager BI & Performance Bundles provide all of the tools needed to manage, secure and maintain a healthy IBM Cognos Analytics environment. With our simple subscription licensing you can access the whole of MetaManager for a single user at fixed and competitive cost. With pricing starting at $4,900 using MetaManager to cover your daily IBM Cognos maintenance is a no-brainer.
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Webinar – SOX and Regulatory Compliance with Tech Data BSP

In this article we’ll be touring through MetaManager’s new and improved Object Editor, Object Viewer and Canned Reports modules. The Canned Reports module is designed to quickly export pre-designed and formatted reports that cover a number of questions and concerns that arise in the content store.
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Find scheduled reports with no recipients

Resources can be scarce in an IBM Cognos environment. A lack of resources can quickly lead to performance issues in the environment causing problems for the end users and administrators. When performance issues do start creeping up, a common question administrators will ask is, “How can we clean up the Content Store to improve performance?” One piece of low-hanging fruit is to remove or disable all scheduled reports that have no recipients. It makes little sense to have these reports running when no one in the company is receiving or viewing them.
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Create a List of Portal Tabs Available per User

Managing user portal tabs in IBM Cognos can be tough. Everything from deploying portal tabs to users, removing old portal tabs, or simply viewing which portal tabs each user can access. You may feel overwhelmed when needing to perform any of these tasks surrounding portal tabs, but don’t worry – MetaManager™ has you covered. A recent knowledgebase article outlines how you can create documentation listing what portal tabs a user, or list of users, has available to them, and then how to either deploy new portal tabs to those users or remove existing tabs that should no longer be accessed.
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Sorting out IBM Cognos Security using MetaManager™

Managing Security in IBM Cognos can get confusing pretty quickly.  Worst still, it can become obsolete or inaccurate over time and rooting out the issues is like an Easter Egg Hunt. It's for this reason that MetaManager™ has an entire bundle of modules dedicated to the task.
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Version Control for IBM Cognos + Webinar

Managing user memberships can be tough. This particular pain point has been a hot topic with many of our clients over the last few weeks. We recently wrote a knowledgebase article that provides tips on how to make bulk updates to memberships. This article highlights the Security Editor module in MetaManager™ to assist with the updates. Our goal with Security Editor, as with all module in MetaManager™, is to help you automate these types of tedious or cumbersome tasks in Cognos so you can complete them more quickly and efficiently.
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Use MetaManager™ to Syncronize Security with a Database

IBM Cognos Report Schedules seem to be one of those areas where things can get really messy over time.  In the beginning we set up our reports to run on a reasonable schedule and email outputs to accounts in our namespace.  But over time users add email addresses to schedules instead of their namespace account equivalents.  Also as users remove themselves from schedules we end up with reports that run and that don't email anyone.  MetaManager™ has a few solutions to address these problems.
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Welcome to the Tech Data BSP Software Blog

Building on our Performance Dashboard, users now have the ability to monitor the Cognos Gateway, Dispatcher, and the Active Content Manager, and to be alerted to any change in status, such as a Gateway or Dispatcher failure.  Based upon the status of these areas, MetaManager™ can take several actions.
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