Black Hat Conference
In a presentation at the Black Hat conference in 2021, Bruce Byfield presented an interesting presentation called “Cognos Ad Hextam”. In this talk, Byfield presented several new dashboards to demonstrate how one could use the IBM Knowledge Server (KSS) to build business partners dashboards. In doing so, Byfield demonstrated that the KSS could be used as an “on demand” reporting solution. What he presented was quite impressive. I’ll discuss some of his ideas later in this article.
Byfield’s demonstration was quite impressive. There were a number of things that he showed why the IBM KSS was the best choice for reporting. After hearing his presentation, I really got a “what a great idea” moment. However, before I get too far into that, I need to share with you why I think it’s a good idea to use such a tool.
One of the key reasons why I like the KSS as information integration and reporting solution is that I can use it to build reports that are both attractive and have a solid foundation. In other words, I can use the KSS to build reports that are not only informative, but also that are attractive as well. One of my favorite types of business partner dashboards are those that are made to look like PowerPoint presentations.
The reason why I like to use these types of dashboards is because they have a strong basis of “attraction marketing”. This is where the viewer has to keep looking up and wondering what new information is being presented. In turn, the viewer will be more attracted to the “order now” button that appears on the screen. If a business partner gives me a report and it’s presented using this methodology, then I’m much more likely to continue reading the report because it’s a very attractive form of a report. In many instances, the attraction level of the report increases with the additional reporting requirements that accompany it.
Cognos ad hoc reports
One of the key features that come with the Cognos ad hoc reports are the ability to use them for internal purposes as well as externally for business units within a single organization. For example, the dashboards can be used internally by the human resources department to track their progress in training employees. They can also be used externally to improve the communication processes within the company. As well, the ability to use these types of reporting solutions internally is something that can be used to track the progress of the business units as a whole. As well, the reporting solutions also make it easier for external reporting requirements to be met.
In short, the ability to create, customize and use these types of dashboards provides me with a powerful way to customize my reports so that they are much more attractive and informative than any basic Excel report. However, this is all possible because of the extensive experience that Adobe has had in creating these types of reports. They have a number of different approaches that they have developed over the years to meet the needs of different organizations. This is another reason why I prefer Adobe over other software development experience. While other companies focus on technology and software development, Adobe devotes most of their efforts to building the most robust reporting solutions available.
A BI tool
Ad Hoc Reporting (also known as ADR) is simply a report generated for a one time use. It’s essentially a simplified version of an” omnibus” questionnaire, which allows ad hoc users of a website to fill in their own questions. A BI tool would allow anyone in the company to answer a single business question and then present that information in a clear graphical format, without having to burden IT personnel. Ad hoc reporting is different from standard structured survey in several ways. It is often used by smaller companies to collect quantitative data on customers or by larger businesses to track progress and performance.
Standard structured surveys are generally run by IT department personnel, who are responsible for collecting data from a number of sources. They then must organize the data into usable reports for analysis. This is where ad hoc reporting shines – because it lets small or mid-size companies tap into the power of big business needs and research by large organizations in minutes, not weeks, months, or even years.
It is important for ad hoc reporting to be properly organized. In some cases, this means relying upon existing data analysis software such as excel, or using an existing template. However, many companies have been able to take information from a variety of sources, organize them, and create unique reports. By sharing the analysis between multiple groups within the company (often through an internal messaging system), it becomes easier for the company to visualize the findings and make quick and meaningful inferences about their current needs or future goals. Ad hoc reports are also much cheaper to produce, as companies don’t need to hire new employees to conduct data analysis.