Cognos Analytics UpgradeEnterprise Applications

Project Status: In Progress

Project Contact: Allison Grindon, Project Manager

Project Goal

Migration of data reporting tool from version 10.2 to version +11.0.6

About the Project

Early March: User Acceptance Testing begins

April 2: Training released to all users

April 27: Last day of content to be copied to new environment (close of business)

April 28: Cognos Analytics Go-Live, Cognos 10 shutdown

Learn@Work Classes
Online learning modules are available for convenient, self-paced training in Cognos Analytics. All classes are open to users at any level and can be retaken as a refresher. Details about topics covered and course objectives are available on each module’s page in Learn@Work. The following modules are now available:

Webinars based on these modules will be available during the first week of May – see the webinar tab below for times and dates.

Advanced Training
Users who wish to expand their knowledge beyond what our in-house training offers are encouraged to explore third-party resources. This YouTube series is presented by IBM Business Analytics and is a next step for those who have completed Report Author: Essentials.


For course descriptions, click the “Training” tab above.







Cognos Analytics: Essentials
9-9:30 a.m.
Cognos Analytics: Basic Reporting
9:30-10 a.m.
Cognos Analytics: Query Studio
10-10:30 a.m.
Cognos Analytics: Essentials
1-1:30 p.m.
Cognos Analytics: Basic Reporting
1:30-2 p.m.
Report Author: Essentials
2-2:45 p.m.

Allison Grindon, Project Manager

Todd Zimmermann, Application Developer Lead

David Flower, Application Developer Lead

Becky Jordan, Application Developer III

Becky Cowin, Performance Support Analyst


Yes, your reports should be migrated and any schedules you’ve set should follow to the new system. Check your “My Content” to view anything that was in “My Folders.” For help with scheduling reports, take the Cognos Analytics: Basic Reporting module in Learn@Work.

Instead of the tiered system of Cognos 10, where we had to give you access to different tools based on your report-writing needs, Cognos Analytics has a single tool, Report Author.

Query Studio will be available as a legacy system accessible from Cognos Analytics. You will be able to access, run and edit your existing Query Studio reports through this legacy system. You can even write new Query Studio reports. However, we do not know how long IBM will maintain support for QS in this format, and we will not be training in Query Studio after the upgrade. We strongly encourage all report writers to create any new work in Report Author. When Query Studio is removed from Cognos Analytics, QS reports will be auto-converted. There is no action required on the part of the user. Watch Cognos Analytics: Query Studio to learn all about it.

Workspace Advanced and Report Studio have been deprecated by IBM and will not be available after the upgrade. Any reports you have created in these tools will be converted so you can use them in Report Author.

Report Author is available to all users once the system goes live, and the training is available to all users effective immediately. There’s no need to get a new level of security permission to gain access to every new feature in Cognos Analytics! This allows our users to work and learn at their own pace. Check out Report Author: Essentials in Learn@Work to get started.

If you get an error message when you first try to log in, try clearing your browser cache, closing your browser completely, and starting a new browsing session. This is a known issue that happens if your browser stored cookies from the old environment, and should go away after you start working in the new one.

Annual Budget, CFR and WUSM Financial Planning are all accessible from the Cognos homescreen. Watch Cognos Analytics: Essentials for more details on accessing Planning Analytics (formerly TM1) applications.

Several of our Standard Reports have built-in drill throughs. Like all Standard Reports, they default to running in PDF. If you need to use the drill through, just run them as PDF instead and the drill throughs will work.

All users with an active Cognos account should be receiving our monthly e-news the last week of every month. The same list will be used to distribute upgrade-specific communications, like when we have training or news to share in a more timely fashion than once per month.

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User Communications

Cognos training to resume in August

By becky.cowin on June 30, 2017

Query Studio and Workspace Advanced training classes were put on hold earlier this summer in preparation for the upgrade to Cognos Analytics. Becau...

Cognos upgrade planned for spring

By becky.cowin on June 29, 2017

At the user group meeting June 2, we previewed the new Cognos Analytics and shared information about plans for the upgrade timeline. Although we ha...

Cognos tool availability changes

By becky.cowin on May 26, 2017

As part of the work to prepare for the migration to Cognos Analytics, the BIDW team is working behind the scenes to simplify our tool assignment st...