Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Version 8.0.2 Enhancements

Release notes


Abstract

This document outlines the new features and enhancements that were added to this release of IBM Cognos Incentive Compensation Management.

Content

Audit Log | Calculations | General | Import Data | Presenter | Web Client | Workflow Manager

Audit Log

Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Calculation log displays calculations that did not finish running
Description: If a calculation has started but has not completed, the calculation log will show "started" beside the unfinished calculation. This allows users to more easily troubleshoot and identify a calculation that has not completed.

Steps:
  1. Start a full model calculation.
  2. Cancel the calculation after it has started.
  3. Open the Audit log and go to the Computation log tab.
    Notice Started is displayed beside any calculations that did not complete.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
10021367 Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Inquiry events performed by Client users tracked in Audit log
Description: If a user makes changes to an inquiry from the Portal Access module, such as changing the status, or category of an inquiry, the event will now be recorded in the Audit log.

Steps:
  1. Create an inquiry in the web client.
  2. In the Client, open the Portal Access module.
  3. On the Inquiries tab, select the object the inquiry was created for.
  4. Right-click on the group in the inquiry tree that the inquiry was assigned to and select View Inquiries Assigned To This Group.
  5. Change the category of the inquiry.
  6. Open the Audit log.
    Notice the event was recorded.

Calculations

Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 All columns available when drilling down into Time partition
Description: When creating a calculation that uses a calculation with a time partition as a source, users can now drill down into the time partition to use the TimeID, Level, and Parent columns as well as the Starting and Ending date columns.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, create a calculation with a date partition.
  2. Add a second calculation.
  3. In step 2 of the Calculation Wizard, select the first calculation as a source.
  4. Double-click on the time partition column in the Add Data Source pane.
    Notice you can see the TimeID, Level, Parent, and Starting and Ending dates.

Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
10010377, 10008322 Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Auto join columns when joining sources
Description: Users can now automatically create restrictions when joining sources by columns. The Auto Join button will join any text or date columns with identical names and column types. The auto join is only done from the selected source to the base source. Users also have the ability to remove all restrictions they have created by using the Clear button.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, create a calculation.
  2. In step 2 of the calculation wizard. join two sources by columns.
  3. Select the second source.
  4. In the Define Restrictions pane, click Auto Join.
    Notice any text or date columns with the same name and column type are joined.
  5. To clear all restrictions, click Clear.
General
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 IBM Cognos ICM compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3
Description: IBM Cognos ICM can now be used with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3.

Steps:
  1. Install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3.
  2. Install the IBM Cognos ICM Client and Windows Service.
  3. Configure the IBM Cognos ICM Windows Service to connect to the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3 database server.
  4. Start the IBM Cognos ICM Windows Service.
  5. Open the Client and create a new model.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Ability to prevent users from reusing Client and web client passwords until after a specified number of iterations
Description: Administrators now have the option of preventing users of the Client and web client from reusing the same password until the users have created a specified number of unique passwords. Password changes are only remembered when users change their password through the Client or the web client. When administrators change a user's password for the Client through the Manage Users window or for the web client when managing web access in the Portal Access module, the password history is not remembered by IBM Cognos ICM.

Steps:
  1. In the Client, go to Admin > Administrative Options.
  2. On the User tab, select the Keep password history for check box and type the number of passwords users must create before they are able to reuse a password for the Client.
  3. On the Web tab, select the Keep password history for check box and type the number of passwords web client users must create before they are able to reuse a password.
  4. Click OK.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
10020750 Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Support for Apache Tomcat 7 and Java 7
Description: The IBM Cognos ICM web client can now be installed using Apache Tomcat 7 and Java 7.

Steps:
  1. Install Apache Tomcat 7 and Java 7.
  2. Install the IBM Cognos ICM web client.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Language
Description: The IBM Cognos ICM client and web client can now be viewed in the following languages:
  • English (US) *sets the language to English and the date format to MM/DD/YYYY*
  • English (GB) *sets the language to English and the date format to DD/MM/YYYY*
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Brazilian-Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

Steps:
  1. Install the Cognos ICM client and web client.
  2. Under Language in the Cognos ICM Windows Service configuration file, type the language you want to view the Audit log messages in.
  3. Start the Cognos ICM Windows Service.
  4. Open the Cognos ICM client.
  5. On the log in window, click Options.
  6. Select the language you would like to view in the client from the Language dropdown menu.
  7. Open a web browser.
  8. Set the locale by typing the two or four letter code for the language at the end of the web client address. For example, type http://hostname/ICM/home.html?locale=fr to switch to French.
    For a complete list of the language codes for the web client, see the Cognos Incentive Compensation Management Installation and Configuration Guide.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Help in client displays PDF file of user guide
Description: The help contents in the Client now shows the PDF file of the IBM Cognos ICM Client User Guide. The user guide will be displayed in the same language as that chosen in the Options window when logging in to the Client.

Steps:
  1. On the IBM Cognos ICM log in window, click Options.
  2. Select the language you want displayed in the Client.
  3. Log in to the Client.
  4. Go to Help > Help Contents.
    Notice the PDF file of the IBM Cognos ICM Client User Guide is displayed in the correct language.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Specify the location of model's log file
Description: Users can now set the location the log file for the model will be created and stored in. The location is configured in the IBM Cognos ICM Windows Service configuration file. The location for the log file must exist. IBM Cognos ICM will not create the folder if it does not exist and will display an error.

Steps:
  1. Open the IBM Cognos ICM Windows Service configuration file.
  2. In the databaseServers section, specify the location for the log file in the LogPath value.

Import Data

Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
10022302 Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Data can be imported from XML files
Description: Users can now import data into tables from XML files. The XML file should contain nodes that represent rows. These nodes should be nested at the same level for each row. The columns of the row are expected to be the children of the row node. If a row does not have a child that another row has, the value for it will be empty.

Steps:
  1. In Composer, right-click on a table and select Data > Import.
  2. Select XML File as the data source.
  3. In step 4 of the Import Data Wizard, click Browse to find the file you want to import.
  4. Select the row node to import data from.
  5. Click Preview to make sure the data you have selected is correct.
  6. Finish the wizard.

Presenter

Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Able to view maps and gauges on iPad
Description: Presenter maps have been updated so users can now view maps and gauges in Presenter reports on an iPad. New maps have also been added including Kosovo Districts, Serbia with Kosovo, South Sudan, Sudan without South Sudan, World 8 with Antarctica, and World with Antarctica.

Steps:
  1. In a Presenter report, add a map.
    Notice the new maps that have been added.
  2. Save the Presenter report.
  3. Enable the Presenter report for viewing on the web client.
  4. Log in to the web client from an iPad.
  5. Open the Presenter report.
    Notice you can view the map.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Option to use Auto-Generate in data grid when row form source has multiple primary key columns
Description: Users can now choose the Auto-Generate option to have a unique ID automatically generated for an input row in a Presenter report when the source for the row form data grid has multiple primary keys.

Steps:
  1. In a Composer, create a custom table with more than one primary key.
  2. In Presenter, add the table as a row form source.
  3. Click-and-drag the row form source to the layout tab.
  4. Right-click on the data grid and select Edit Data Grid.
  5. In step 4 of the Data Grid Wizard, select Auto-Generate for one of the input rows.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Right-click menu option to create computed column in data grid
Description: When creating the formula for a computed column in a data grid, users no longer have to double-click on the computed column. Instead, users must use the right-click menu to create the formula for the computed column.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, create a data grid.
  2. In step 3 of the Data Grid Wizard, right-click on the data grid and select Add Computed Column.
  3. Type a name for the column and click OK.
  4. Highlight the computed column, right-click on it, and select Computed Column Formula.
  5. Create the formula for the computed column.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Right-click menu option to create computed row in data grid
Description: When creating the formula or adding text to a computed row in a data grid, users no longer have to double-click on the computed row. Instead, users must use the right-click menu to create the formula or add the text for the computed row.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, create a data grid.
  2. In step 3 of the Data Grid Wizard, right-click on the data grid and select Add Computed Row.
  3. Highlight the column containing the cell you want to add text or a formula to, right-click on it, and select Computed Row Formula.
  4. Select either Text or Formula and type the text or create the formula for the cell.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Pick lists in row forms are configurable
Description: When creating a row form in Presenter, users can configure how they want any pick list columns to be displayed.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, create a row form source using a table with a pick list.
  2. Use the row form source to create a data grid.
  3. In step 4 of the Data Grid Wizard, click the Configure Pick List button beside the pick list column.
  4. Select the display options you want and click OK.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Add Portal Access Inquiries data source
Description: Users can now build their own customized reports on inquiries using the Portal Access Inquiries source. When adding a data source to a report, the Portal Access Inquiries source is available in the source dropdown menu. Users can add columns such as the Inquiry ID, the person who created the inquiry, the person who was assigned the inquiry, the created, updated, and closed date, as well as the category of the inquiry. This information in this source can then be displayed in a data grid. The age of the inquiry can be calculated using a computed column in the data grid and subtracting the created date from the updated date.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, create a data source.
  2. Select Portal Access Inquiries as the source.
  3. Select the detail columns for the source including the Created and Updated date columns.
  4. Create a data grid using the data source.
  5. In step 3 of the Data Grid Wizard, create a computed column to determine the age of the inquiry.
  6. Create the formula for the computed column.
    For example, create the following formula: Source.Created - Source.Updated.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Wild card search for text controls
Description: When creating a text control for a Presenter report, administrators will be able to allow web users to perform wild card searches on the values. Web users will be able to type the exact value or perform a wild card search (using an asterisk) in the text value control on the web to find the value they want to enter. The search results will be displayed in dropdown menu beneath the text control.

Steps:
  1. In Presenter, create a text control.
  2. Select the Enable Wild Card Search option.
  3. Select the data source for the values of the text control from the Source dropdown menu.
  4. Select the Column from the data source that contains the values to be searched and displayed.
  5. Enable the Presenter report for viewing on the web client.
  6. Log in to the web client and open the report.
  7. In the text control field, type the first few letters of the value you want to enter.
    Notice any values containing the text you entered are displayed in a dropdown menu.
Web Client
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Last updated column for inquiries
Description: To determine if and when an inquiry was updated, users can view the Last Updated column for each category on the Inquiries page. By default, this column displays the most recent updated inquiry first but can also be sorted.

Steps:
  1. Log in to the web client.
  2. Create an inquiry.
  3. Log in to the web client as the user the inquiry was sent to.
  4. Open the inquiry and add a comment.
  5. Open the Inquiries page.
    Notice the Last Updated column.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Category titles on Inquires page link to the category's detail page
Description: When viewing the Inquiries page on the web client, users can view the detail page of a category, such as My Inquiries, by clicking on the category heading.

Steps:
  1. Log in to the web client.
  2. Go to the message center and click Inquiries.
  3. Click a heading at the top of the page or on the left.
    Notice the detail page for the selected heading is displayed.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Inquiry notifications
Description: All users in the Portal Access group that an inquiry is submitted to will be notified if an inquiry is created or escalated. If an inquiry is closed or returned, only the submitter of the inquiry is notified. If the inquiry is resubmitted, only the assignee is notified. If a comment is added to an inquiry by the submitter, the user assigned to the inquiry is notified of the update and. If a comment is added by the assignee, the submitter of the inquiry is notified.

Steps:
  1. Log in to the web client.
  2. Create an inquiry.
  3. Log in to the web client as a user the inquiry was sent to.
    Notice there is a notification letting the user know an inquiry was created.
  4. Open the inquiry and add a comment.
  5. Log in to the web client as the submitter of the inquiry.
    Notice there is a notification letting the user know the inquiry was updated.

Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Resubmit inquires to returner
Description: There is now an option to allow web users to resubmit inquiries to the user who returned the inquiry. The option is enabled in the Portal Access module. It allows users to click a Resubmit button on the web client to send an inquiry back to the user who was initially assigned the inquiry and returned it.

Steps:
  1. In the Client, open the Portal Access module.
  2. On the Inquiries tab, right-click on a Presenter report and select Resubmit To Returner.
  3. Log in to the web client and create an inquiry for the Presenter report.
  4. Log in to the web client as a user from the Portal Access group the inquiry was sent to.
  5. Open the inquiry and click Return.
  6. Log in to the web client as the creator of the inquiry.
  7. Open the inquiry and click Resubmit.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Inquiry remains tied to submitter and assignee, and alerts users with updates
Description: After an inquiry has been created and assigned to a user, and the Resubmit To Returner feature is enabled, the inquiry creator and assignee will be notified if any changes have been made to the inquiry. These changes include; adding a comment, closing, returning, or resubmitting the inquiry. If the inquiry is returned, the assignee remains assigned to the inquiry. The assignee is only removed from the inquiry if it is closed or escalated.

Steps:
  1. In Portal Access, on the Inquiries tab, right-click on the object you want to enable inquiry resubmission for and select Resubmit To Returner.
  2. Log in to the web client.
  3. Create an inquiry for the object you enabled inquiry resubmission for in step 1.
  4. Log in to the web client as a user the inquiry was assigned to.
  5. Assign the inquiry to this user.
  6. View the inquiry and add a comment.
  7. Log in to the web client as the creator of the inquiry.
    Notice there is a message notifying the user of the comment that was added to the inquiry.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Inactive inquiries can be re-assigned to a new user
Description: Idle inquiries can be unassigned through the Scheduler module. If an inquiry is assigned to a user and remains idle for the specified number of days, the user will be unassigned from the inquiry. The inquiry must then be reassigned to a member of the same Portal Access group. A comment will be added to any inquiry that has been unassigned by Scheduler indicating the assignee has been unassigned from the inquiry because it was inactive for the specified number of days.

Steps:
  1. Log in to the web client.
  2. Create an inquiry.
  3. Log in to the Client and open the Scheduler module.
  4. Right-click on a process folder and select Add Unassign Idle Inquiries.
  5. Select the number of days you want the inquiry to remain active for and click OK.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
10020750 Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 SAML 2.0 AuthnReq scoping tag can be enabled or disabled
Description: When SAML 2.0 is deployed in the web client and used with an IDP provider that does not support the AuthnRequest scoping tag, this tag can now be turned off in the saml.properties file.

Steps:
  1. Open the saml.properties file.
  2. Set the saml.includeScoping value to false.


Workflow Manager
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 Wording changed when adding an alert node to improve clarity
Description: When adding an alert node to a workflow, the wording in step 2 of the Add Node wizard has been changed to improve clarity when selecting a message type.

Steps:
  1. In Workflow Manager, create a workflow.
  2. Add an alert node.
  3. In step 2 of the Add Node wizard, select a message type.
    Notice the wording of the message types is now more clear.
Support Case # Type Client Version Date Title
Enhancement 8.0.2 July 12, 2013 New design
Description: The options that were available in the dropdown menu beside the workflow name are now available as buttons in the Workflow Manager toolbar. These options include; Edit Workflow, Delete Workflow, Start, Stop, and Cancel Workflow, Add Workflow Payees, and Set Defaults.

Steps:
  1. Open Workflow Manager.
    Notice the new buttons in the toolbar.

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More support for:

Cognos Incentive Compensation Management

Software version:

8.0.2

Operating system(s):

Windows

Reference #:

7038641

Modified date:

2014-07-02

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