Once metadata modeling has been updated, the value to end users is realized in the ability to quickly re-validate the existing reports under the newly published package(s). Report Validator allows administrators to easily validate a handful of reports, a recently published package or the entire environment. And not only do we automate the validation process, but we enable a quick fix right within the MetaManager™ user interface!
The Find / Replace module provides an extremely powerful search and replace capability across a wide array of report types. In addition, this module can interface directly with Framework Manager to easily apply all name changes made within a model to the impacted reports. This eliminates the manual steps involved with report specifications breaking when name changes, such as query items, query subjects, or namespaces, occur in the Framework Manager model and published package(s). Changing the database column name, a company logo, reporting content to other packages or adopting a naming convention just got a lot less expensive!
Meta Editor exposes a spreadsheet-like interface for making bulk changes to Framework Manager Model content. Through the user interface or Excel, conduct advanced searching within the model, easily change any object attribute, and even standardize attributes across and down similar objects. Interface with Microsoft Excel to enable non-Cognos users to fill in the blanks.
Object Editor is one of the most powerful and broad modules in MetaManager™ for performing bulk updates against the content store. This module covers several common use cases such as re-pointing packages and setting run history retention. The advanced mode allows users to get under the hood of any object and automate tedious and repetitive tasks. If something needs to be updated in IBM Cognos, this module has a way to do it!
Building reusable content is a key concept in report development. Report views help make this possible by storing prompt values for prompted reports. Prompt Editor was designed to help build out and maintain reports and views that utilize stored prompt values. Prompt Editor allows you to copy, create, edit and remove parameters from reports in bulk. Just think, the next time you need to update the stored Fiscal Year prompt value in all of your reports, it’ll be done before the coffee pot beeps!
Specification Editor gives you easy access to view, validate, preview, compare and edit any Report Studio, Query Studio or Analysis Studio Report specification directly in a powerful XML text editor. The tabbed interface makes it easy to work on multiple reports simultaneously. Once again MetaManager™ is making the impossible simple by enabling this capability beyond just Report Studio.
Once a reporting and analytical environment has been established, it is often critical to standardize the look and feel of the environment so that corporate standard templates, etc. can be applied. Template Blasters allows users to easily replicate the look and feel of a standard template to existing reports (public and private).
Streamline the creation and maintenance of IBM Cognos PowerCube datasource connections. Similar to PowerPlay Enterprise Server (in the Series 7 days), any / all PowerPlay cubes can easily be added to IBM Cognos Connection through this simple interface. Imagine you have a folder with a hundred .mdc files in it and you need to create connections in IBM Cognos for each one, and then watch this video!
Did your PowerPlay cubes move locations? Do you face the daunting task of modifying each data source connection to accommodate the new location? With MetaManager™ you can quickly repoint PowerCube data source connections within Cognos Connection to the new location.