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Planning your upgrade to IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

Product lifecycle


Review the available information and resources related to upgrading to the latest version of Cognos Business Intelligence.


The following diagram shows the four stages of the upgrade workflow. Review the information in the following sections to find out more details about each stage.


Decide when you want to start testing new IBM Cognos Business Intelligence features. You can schedule it as an additional phase after your upgrade plan is implemented or you can include the testing during the validation phase of your upgrade plan.

For assistance in developing or implementing your upgrade strategy, review these IBM Software Services for Business Analytics offerings.

Recommended reading list:

  1. Become familiar with the upgrade process.
  2. Review the supported software environments.
  3. Review discontinued, deprecated, and changed features documented in the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.2 information Center and in the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.1.1 information Center.
  4. Evaluate your current environments and start developing a detailed upgrade plan.
  5. Review known issues that might affect your upgrade.
  6. Understand the core features of the latest version of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence.

Optional reading list:


Prepare and set up your quality assurance (QA) or production environments. Then, repeat the process of testing applications and validating reports.


Develop a plan to adopt and incorporate the new Cognos BI features in your environment.

Additional resources

User communities and forums

Documentation, articles, and white papers

Webcasts and videos

IBM Software Services for Business Analytics

Related information

Cognos Upgrade Central

Document information

More support for: Cognos Business Intelligence

Software version: 8.4, 8.4.1, 10.1, 10.1.1, 10.2, 10.2.1

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1624935

Modified date: 2013-03-04