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IBM battling to change perception of Cognos Analytics BI platform

While IBM’s traditionally popular Cognos Analytics BI suite remains a powerful system, some say it’s not for everyone anymore.

The business intelligence platform was viewed for decades as a leading product, one that met the needs of data analysts well. But as analytics went mainstream, the need for trained data scientists to deploy analytics software lessened, and everyday users became more versed in the ways of BI, views of IBM’s analytics technology changed.

Now, however, IBM is fighting back.

On Thursday, addressing concerns that led to an impression among some that the Cognos Analytics on Cloud platform is behind the times, IBM released Cognos Analytics version 11.1.3. The latest rollout, which according to IBM is designed to give small and medium-sized businesses better access to IBM’s BI tools, targets pricing and ease of use.

It was in 2015, when IBM transitioned Cognos from version 10 to version 11, that IBM first began addressing its image among some as being good for large enterprises but not user-friendly for everyone.

“We released 11.0 in 2015 and spent a lot of time on the road at conferences banging the drum that this is not your grandfather’s Cognos, that this is the next iteration,” said Kevin McFaul, senior product manager of business analytics at IBM. “The capabilities are still there, but it was enhanced to target the new line of business users. Our competition went to market on ‘Cognos is too complex’ and we’ve done a lot of work to try and correct that perception.”

IBM’s release of Cognos Analytics version 11.1.3 comes amid what analysts view as a challenging time for the Cognos Analytics BI platform.

Analysts said that the suite’s technological capabilities remain among the most effective, yet despite IBM’s best efforts it’s a product viewed as primarily aimed at enterprises with budget to spend and IT specialists to spare. It is not seen as a platform that fits the needs of the new wave of data users, citizen data scientists.

IBM Cognos market activity by the year

Gartner’s proprietary “Magic Quadrant” ranking system in February 2019 dropped IBM to “Niche Player” after ranking it a “Visionary” the previous three years.

A decade ago in 2009, and up through 2015, Gartner labeled IBM as a “Leader.”

“IBM was a leader in traditional BI, but it took them a long time to respond to [changes in the market],” said Rita Sallam, a VP analyst at Gartner. “Cognos lost a lot of traction, but they’ve made promising investments in augmented intelligence, which we see as the next phase of BI.”

“They’ve now introduced a promising new version of the product,” she added.

The Cognos Analytics BI platform has many of the same capabilities as other advanced analytics suites, including natural language processing (the old Watson analytics system was recently rolled into Cognos), data visualization and multi-cloud connectivity. And IBM continues to add features through updates, introducing a host of AI-powered tools in the fall of 2018 with IBM Cognos 11.1 and now addressing pricing and ease of use in 11.1.3.

Even before the latest update, the Cognos Analytics BI platform remained robust for those who were already IBM customers.

But there’s also been a downside to the Cognos Analytics BI story, one analyst said has made it difficult for IBM to win new customers.

“Historically, it’s been an IT-centric implementation,” said Rick Sherman, founder of Athena IT Solutions in Maynard, Mass. “It can manage metadata and share, but there are lots of parts to the architecture to make it effective.

“You’ll look elsewhere if you don’t have the skills,” he continued.

Another potential drawback has been IBM’s perceived relatively slow pace of innovation.

While Microsoft provides monthly updates to Power BI, and vendors such as MicroStrategy are starting to embed analytics into applications beyond their traditional BI platforms, IBM’s most recent additions — even the ones unveiled this week — are ones many of their competitors already possess.

“It has most of the features that are required, but the competition went ahead more than Cognos,” said Boris Evelson, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. “Its strength is that it’s delivering analytics at scale, and it’s introducing some of the more advanced features — it has a conversational user interface, and the advanced analytics it’s introduced is a strength.”

“But a weakness is the pace of innovation is not as fast as its competitors,” he said.

One of the specific issues that may have held the Cognos Analytics BI platform back is that IBM invested heavily in Watson before the company abandoned Watson analytics as a stand-alone product and added it to the Cognos Analytics BI suite.

“Watson set them back a couple of years — Watson analytics didn’t have the completeness Cognos had,” said Doug Henschen, analyst at Constellation Research. “The hope is that they catch up.”

Henschen, however, noted that IBM now is giving the Cognos Analytics BI platform more attention, which could help reverse the sense that IBM is lagging in the analytics sphere.

They’ve updated their story significantly in the last 18 months. There are signs that they’re getting hip to the market demands of the day to get customers what they want and where they want it.
Doug HenschenAnalyst, Constellation Research

“They’ve updated their story significantly in the last 18 months,” Henchen said. “There are signs that they’re getting hip to the market demands of the day to get customers what they want and where they want it.”

The new release appears to be further evidence of IBM’s commitment to the Cognos Analytics BI platform, and to making it a suite not only for giant enterprise but also for the citizen data scientist.

“It was designed around how to empower end users and help them understand their data,” McFaul said.

Pricing for Cognos Analytics version 11.1.3 is in three tiers, beginning at $15 per user, per month for the Standard Edition, $35 per user, per month for the Plus Edition, and $70 per user, per month for the Premium Edition. All the versions are available on the IBM Marketplace and can be purchased directly from the site and used via the cloud, IBM said.

Whether the market takes notice of the changes, however, and whether IBM can regain what it has lost in recent years, remains to be seen.

A decade ago, IBM had a 14.6% market share of vendor revenues, according to Gartner. By 2017, though statistics vary slightly among sources and the BI software market has become more fragmented in general over time, IBM’s market share had dropped.

“Their challenges don’t stem from the product,” Sallam said. “It’s their go-to-market strategy, how to sell beyond their installed base, how to attract new buyers. They’ve put in place a plan to do that, but we’ll see how well they execute on those plans.”

“Hearts are harder to change than the product,” she said.

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Try these PowerShell networking commands to stay connected

While it would be nice if they did, servers don’t magically stay online on their own.

Servers go offline for a lot of reasons; it’s your job to find a way to determine network connectivity to these servers quickly and easily. You can use PowerShell networking commands, such as the Test-Connection and Test-NetConnection cmdlets to help.

The problem with ping

For quite some time, system administrators used ping to test network connectivity. This little utility sends an Internet Control Message Protocol message request to an endpoint and listens for an ICMP reply.

ping test
The ping utility runs a fairly simple test to check for a response from a host.

Because ping only tests ICMP, this limits its effectiveness to fully test a connection. Another caveat: The Windows firewall blocks ICMP requests by default. If the ICMP request doesn’t reach the server in question, you’ll get a false negative which makes ping results irrelevant.

The Test-Connection cmdlet offers a deeper look

We need a better way to test server network connectivity, so let’s use PowerShell instead of ping. The Test-Connection cmdlet also sends ICMP packets but it uses Windows Management Instrumentation which gives us more granular results. While ping returns text-based output, the Test-Connection cmdlet returns a Win32_PingStatus object which contains a lot of useful information.

The Test-Connection command has a few different parameters you can use to tailor your query to your liking, such as changing the buffer size and defining the number of seconds between the pings. The output is the same but the request is a little different.

Test-Connection www.google.com -Count 2 -BufferSize 128 -Delay 3

You can use Test-Connection to check on remote computers and ping a remote computer as well, provided you have access to those machines. The command below connects to the SRV1 and SRV2 computers and sends ICMP requests from those computers to www.google.com:

Test-Connection -Source 'SRV2', 'SRV1' -ComputerName 'www.google.com'

Source Destination IPV4Address IPV6Address
Bytes Time(ms)

------ ----------- ----------- -----------
----- --------

SRV2 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

SRV2 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

SRV2 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 6

SRV2 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

SRV1 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

SRV1 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

SRV1 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

SRV1 google.com 172.217.7.174
32 5

If the output is too verbose, and you just want a simple result, use the Quiet parameter.

Test-Connection -ComputerName google.com -Quiet
True

For more advanced network checks, try the Test-NetConnection cmdlet

If simple ICMP requests aren’t enough to test network connectivity, PowerShell also provides the Test-NetConnection cmdlet. This cmdlet is the successor to Test-Connection and goes beyond ICMP to check network connectivity.

For basic use, Test-NetConnection just needs a value for the ComputerName parameter and will mimic Test-Connection‘s behavior.

Test-NetConnection -ComputerName www.google.com

ComputerName : www.google.com
RemoteAddress : 172.217.9.68
InterfaceAlias : Ethernet 2
SourceAddress : X.X.X.X
PingSucceeded : True
PingReplyDetails (RTT) : 34 ms

Test-NetConnection has advanced capabilities and can test for open ports. The example below will check to see if port 80 is open:

Test-NetConnection -ComputerName www.google.com -Port 80

ComputerName : google.com
RemoteAddress : 172.217.5.238
RemotePort : 80
InterfaceAlias : Ethernet 2
SourceAddress : X.X.X.X
TcpTestSucceeded : True

The boolean TcpTestSucceeded returns True to indicate port 80 is open.

We can also use the TraceRoute parameter with the Test-NetConnection cmdlet to check the progress of packets to the destination address.

Test-NetConnection -ComputerName google.com -TraceRoute

ComputerName : google.com
RemoteAddress : 172.217.5.238
InterfaceAlias : Ethernet 2
SourceAddress : X.X.X.X
PingSucceeded : True
PingReplyDetails (RTT) : 44 ms
TraceRoute : 192.168.86.1
192.168.0.1
142.254.146.117
74.128.4.113
65.29.30.36
65.189.140.166
66.109.6.66
66.109.6.30
107.14.17.204
216.6.87.149
72.14.198.28
108.170.240.97
216.239.54.125
172.217.5.238

If you dig into the help for the Test-NetConnection cmdlet, you’ll find it has quite a few parameters to test many different situations.

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For Sale – Faulty MacBook Pro

Selling my beloved laptop.. don’t know what’s wrong with it.. use it for a little while then decides to restart. Sometimes it restarts straight away, sometimes after 30 minutes of use.

May be an easy fix for someone.

I bought a new battery for it thinking that would be the solution but nope, same thing.

Comes with charger.

Please see pics below

Price and currency: 270
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal
Location: Nottingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Budget Gaming PC

Hi folks, after building this rig while a friend was around for a couple weeks, it’s now just collecting dust and doing not a lot other than watching Netflix. It’s a nice clean system (or will be before sent out) and has no issues. The specs are as follows.

-Corsair Spec-03 Gaming Case, there are some marks on the case and window due to this being stored for a while, otherwise it’s absolutely fine.
-AMD FX 4100 Quad Core @ 3.6Ghz
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
-ASUS M5A78L-M LX3, this was purchased brand new from Amazon a few weeks back and supports up to the FX 8*** series
-4GB (2x2GB) Generic 1333Mhz RAM
-Sapphire HD 7850 2GB, still capable for 1080p medium gaming, performs about on average with my R9 270 that I use in my daily system and I can play most games with no real issues
-Antec 520w Neo Eco Power Supply, this is a semi modular I believe, however I never got any of the additional cables with it, you can buy these on ebay cheap enough if you need more PCI-e or SATA power
-500GB Seagate (pretty sure) 7200rpm hard drive, not much in the way of gaming performance, but performs okay as a boot drive, SSD’s are cheap enough these days
-ASUS DVD-RW Drive, nothing to shout about these days, but needed to back some stuff up to disk, so that’s in there

This is an ideal system for someone looking to buy their kids a cheap Fortnite machine, but it has no issues playing other, more premium games. I’ve attached a picture of a Heaven Benchmark on the High Preset @ 1080p to show it’s performance.

Everything works as it should, and this also has a genuine copy of Windows 10 on it which will be a fresh install.

Sorry for the messy pictures, moving things around and clearing out what I don’t need/want anymore. The PC will be cleaned off fully for postage/collection.

Looking for £170 posted on this, local collection is welcome of course (PE25 address).

Bank transfer only please as I don’t use PayPal, cash on collection is fine also.

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skegness
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Budget Gaming PC

Hi folks, after building this rig while a friend was around for a couple weeks, it’s now just collecting dust and doing not a lot other than watching Netflix. It’s a nice clean system (or will be before sent out) and has no issues. The specs are as follows.

-Corsair Spec-03 Gaming Case, there are some marks on the case and window due to this being stored for a while, otherwise it’s absolutely fine.
-AMD FX 4100 Quad Core @ 3.6Ghz
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
-ASUS M5A78L-M LX3, this was purchased brand new from Amazon a few weeks back and supports up to the FX 8*** series
-4GB (2x2GB) Generic 1333Mhz RAM
-Sapphire HD 7850 2GB, still capable for 1080p medium gaming, performs about on average with my R9 270 that I use in my daily system and I can play most games with no real issues
-Antec 520w Neo Eco Power Supply, this is a semi modular I believe, however I never got any of the additional cables with it, you can buy these on ebay cheap enough if you need more PCI-e or SATA power
-500GB Seagate (pretty sure) 7200rpm hard drive, not much in the way of gaming performance, but performs okay as a boot drive, SSD’s are cheap enough these days
-ASUS DVD-RW Drive, nothing to shout about these days, but needed to back some stuff up to disk, so that’s in there

This is an ideal system for someone looking to buy their kids a cheap Fortnite machine, but it has no issues playing other, more premium games. I’ve attached a picture of a Heaven Benchmark on the High Preset @ 1080p to show it’s performance.

Everything works as it should, and this also has a genuine copy of Windows 10 on it which will be a fresh install.

Sorry for the messy pictures, moving things around and clearing out what I don’t need/want anymore. The PC will be cleaned off fully for postage/collection.

Looking for £200 posted on this, local collection is welcome of course (PE25 address).

Bank transfer only please as I don’t use PayPal, cash on collection is fine also.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skegness
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – StarTech 40 Pin Male IDE to SATA Adapter Converter

I have exactly what you want , at least appearance- and brand-wise. Not used for a while now, not sure if it is working but definitely from a quickly failed project on a TV recorder. Comes with power cables. £10 (?) posted with RM 1st class once you confirm they’re working?

EDIT: “they” as in TWO of them. Sorry, a little like London busses…?

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For Sale – Budget Gaming PC

Hi folks, after building this rig while a friend was around for a couple weeks, it’s now just collecting dust and doing not a lot other than watching Netflix. It’s a nice clean system (or will be before sent out) and has no issues. The specs are as follows.

-Corsair Spec-03 Gaming Case, there are some marks on the case and window due to this being stored for a while, otherwise it’s absolutely fine.
-AMD FX 4100 Quad Core @ 3.6Ghz
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
-ASUS M5A78L-M LX3, this was purchased brand new from Amazon a few weeks back and supports up to the FX 8*** series
-4GB (2x2GB) Generic 1333Mhz RAM
-Sapphire HD 7850 2GB, still capable for 1080p medium gaming, performs about on average with my R9 270 that I use in my daily system and I can play most games with no real issues
-Antec 520w Neo Eco Power Supply, this is a semi modular I believe, however I never got any of the additional cables with it, you can buy these on ebay cheap enough if you need more PCI-e or SATA power
-500GB Seagate (pretty sure) 7200rpm hard drive, not much in the way of gaming performance, but performs okay as a boot drive, SSD’s are cheap enough these days
-ASUS DVD-RW Drive, nothing to shout about these days, but needed to back some stuff up to disk, so that’s in there

This is an ideal system for someone looking to buy their kids a cheap Fortnite machine, but it has no issues playing other, more premium games. I’ve attached a picture of a Heaven Benchmark on the High Preset @ 1080p to show it’s performance.

Everything works as it should, and this also has a genuine copy of Windows 10 on it which will be a fresh install.

Sorry for the messy pictures, moving things around and clearing out what I don’t need/want anymore. The PC will be cleaned off fully for postage/collection.

Looking for £200 posted on this, local collection is welcome of course (PE25 address).

Bank transfer only please as I don’t use PayPal, cash on collection is fine also.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skegness
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Wanted – StarTech 40 Pin Male IDE to SATA Adapter Converter

I have exactly what you want , at least appearance- and brand-wise. Not used for a while now, not sure if it is working but definitely from a quickly failed project on a TV recorder. Comes with power cables. £10 (?) posted with RM 1st class once you confirm they’re working?

EDIT: “they” as in TWO of them. Sorry, a little like London busses…?

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How does AD DS differ from Microsoft Azure Active Directory?

While Active Directory Domain Services and Microsoft Azure Active Directory appear similar, they are not interchangeable.

Administrators exploring whether to move to Azure Active Directory for enterprise authentication and authorization should understand how the cloud-based platform differs from the traditional on-premises Active Directory.

Distinguish on-premises AD from Azure AD

Active Directory (AD) is a combination of services to help manage users and systems, including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). AD DS is the database that provides the directory service, which is essentially the foundation of AD.

AD uses an X.500-based hierarchical framework and traditional tools such as domain name systems to locate assets, lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) to work with directories both on premises and on the internet, and Kerberos and NT LAN Manager (NTLM) for secure authentication. AD also supports the use of organizational units (OUs) and group policy objects (GPOs) to organize and present assets.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a directory service from Microsoft’s cloud that handles identity management across the internet using the HTTP and HTTPS protocols. Azure AD’s flat structure does not use OUs and GPOs, which prevents the use of the organizational structure of on-premises AD.

Instead of Kerberos, Azure AD uses authentication and security protocols such as Security Assertion Markup Language and Open Authorization. In addition, the AD Graph API queries Azure AD rather than LDAP.

Structural differences between Azure AD and AD DS

Microsoft Azure Active Directory cannot create domains, trees and forests like AD DS. Instead, Azure AD treats each organization like a tenant that accesses Azure AD via the Azure portal to manage the organization’s users, passwords and permissions.

Administrators can use AD DS and Microsoft Azure Active Directory separately or use both for a single AD entity.

Organizations that subscribe to a Microsoft cloud service, such as Office 365 or Exchange Online, are Azure AD tenants. Azure AD supports single sign-on to give users access to multiple services after logging in.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory is different from Azure Active Directory Domain Services. Where Azure AD provides fewer features than on-premises AD, Azure AD DS serves as a more full-featured domain controller that uses LDAP, domain joining, Kerberos and NTLM authentication. Azure AD DS is a complete version of AD in the Azure cloud.

When to consider a combination of AD DS and Azure AD

Administrators can use AD DS and Microsoft Azure Active Directory separately or use both for a single AD entity. For example, an application hosted in the cloud could use on-premises AD, but it might suffer from latency from authentication requests that bounce from Azure to the on-premises AD DS.

Organizations have several options to implement AD in Azure. For example, an organization can build an AD domain in Azure that integrates with the local AD domain via Azure AD Connect. This creates a trust relationship between the domains.

Alternatively, an organization can extend its on-premises AD DS to Azure by running AD DS as a domain controller in an Azure VM. This is a common method for enterprises that have local and Azure resources connected via a virtual private network or dedicated connectivity, such as an ExpressRoute connection.

There are several other ways to use a combination of the cloud and on-premises directory services. Admins can create a domain in Azure and join it to the local AD forest. A company can build a separate forest in Azure that is trusted by the on-premises AD forest. Admins can use AD FS to replicate a local AD DS deployment to Azure.

Wanted – StarTech 40 Pin Male IDE to SATA Adapter Converter

I have exactly what you want , at least appearance- and brand-wise. Not used for a while now, not sure if it is working but definitely from a quickly failed project on a TV recorder. Comes with power cables. £10 (?) posted with RM 1st class once you confirm they’re working?

EDIT: “they” as in TWO of them. Sorry, a little like London busses…?

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