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IBM i2 Analyze Release Notes

Content

These release notes apply to IBM i2 Analyze 4.1.6 and earlier. From IBM i2 Analyze 4.1.7, the release notes are available from the IBM Knowledge Center. To find a specific version of this document, access the Release Material section of the IBM Knowledge Center, and ensure that you select the correct version at the top of the page.

IBM i2 Analyze 4.1.6 is available.

Contents

Description

i2 Analyze is an enterprise intelligence analysis environment that facilitates information sharing and intelligence production with the flexibility of both web-based and rich desktop clients.

It accelerates analysis of large volumes of data through an extensible, service-oriented environment, designed to integrate into your existing enterprise infrastructure, and simplify database connectivity.

i2 Analyze supports operational analysis and improves situational awareness by providing faster, more informed decision making across and inside organizations.

Announcement

The IBM® i2® Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:
  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details
i2 Analyze 4.1.6 is the last release for which deployment on the following software is supported:
Operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise and Standard Editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (Enterprise and Standard Editions)
  • Windows Server 2012 (Datacenter, Essentials, and Standard Editions)
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 Professional (32 bit and 64 bit)
Databases:
  • IBM DB2 10.1 (Advanced Enterprise Server, Advanced Workgroup Server, Enterprise Server, and Workgroup Server Editions)
  • Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (Enterprise, Standard, and Workgroup Editions)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (Enterprise, Standard, and Workgroup Editions)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Enterprise and Standard Editions)
Web Browsers:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10
Any future releases will require upgrading to a currently supported version of any software.

i2 Analyze supports only the latest update or service pack for each Microsoft Windows version that is supported as listed at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/lifecycle.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available:

IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
  • You can create and modify records in Analyst's Notebook and upload them into the Information Store.
  • You can add notes to records to track the results of analysis, add context about assertions, or provide details that do not align to the i2 Analyze schema.
  • You can change the security associated with records, allowing you to restrict or extend access.
  • X.509 client certificate authentication - Users can log in to the i2 Analyze server by using a trusted X.509 client certificate. The user does not need to enter a user name and password separately.
IBM i2 Analyze - Deployment toolkit
  • Changes have been made to simplify the upgrade process, as a result, you must upgrade to i2 Analyze 4.1.3 or later before upgrading to the latest version
  • For sites that use a separate proxy for client access, you can set the URL that is used to access the Information Store.
  • To allow records to be created and uploaded into the Information Store, you can configure the default security values to apply.
  • When using createI2AnalyzeSchemaFromIBase, the ordering of properties is maintained.
  • Configure rules and schedules to remove specified data from the Information Store to allow your organization to comply with regulatory standards.
The following APARS are fixed in this release:
  • The db.infostore.password value can now contain non-alphanumeric characters. [APAR PO07503]
Information Store ingestion
  • An ETL specific toolkit is available that allows you to copy the ETL specific scripts and files onto your ETL server without requiring a full copy of the deployment toolkit.
  • Improved reporting and error handling of the ingestion process.
System Requirements
  • Added support for Windows Server 2016 (Datacenter, Essentials, and Standard Editions)

Virtualization support

The products in the Intelligence Analysis Portfolio are supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When you run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:

Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
Table 1. Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
Problem Description
Unable to select records marked as already on the chart If you have link summarization turned on, and you perform an expand with conditions, you are unable to select the records that are already on the chart in the results summary view.
Selected Charting Scheme not updated When a change to the charting scheme is applied and then that change is undone, the styling changes are reversed on the chart surface, but the Charting Scheme selection remains unchanged.
Search results cannot be added to a chart If you attempt to add the results of a search to a chart after the search results have timed out on the server, you will see the following message: Failed to copy records to the chart. To copy the results, run the search again.
Unable to run visual queries with large conditions Decimal values in visual query conditions are limited to 18 digits in length. Longer values cause the visual query operation to fail.
Long-running operations that access the Information Store timeout If operations that involve the Information Store are unable to complete, one of the following error messages might be displayed:
  • Error in web response
  • Unexpected error: Unable to execute javascript at this time
Language support The different components of Enterprise Insight Analysis are translated into different languages groups based on demand. Depending on the deployment pattern in use, and the language that has been selected, some components may display in the default language (US English).
Note: The Opal Experience for Enterprise Insight Analysis, and Connector Creator are English-only.
Zoom level set to greater than 100% might cause blurring If the operating system zoom level is set to more than 100%, some of the text and symbols in Analyst's Notebook Premium might appear blurred.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, you are required to login again.
Quick Search range filters display incorrectly if previous filters have been applied When you filter search results, filters for ranges such as date of birth between dates, display incorrect counts if previous filters have been applied.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Analyst's Notebook Premium can operate incorrectly because of client security settings Client security settings might prevent the correct operation of Analyst's Notebook Premium. Analyst's Notebook Premium might request confirmation that the connections are safe.
Analyst's Notebook Premium - Onyx connector
Table 2. Analyst's Notebook Premium - Onyx connector
Problem Description
Language support The different components of Enterprise Insight Analysis are translated into different languages groups based on demand. Depending on the deployment pattern in use, and the language that has been selected, some components may display in the default language (US English).
Note: The Opal Experience for Enterprise Insight Analysis, and Connector Creator are English-only.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, you are required to login again.
Silverlight install requires a reboot afterwards Silverlight must be installed to use the Onyx connector. After you install Silverlight, you must reboot your machine before starting Analyst's Notebook Premium.
Some user names and folder names prevent connection to the Analysis Repository If your Windows user name or the name of your folder within C:\Users contains non-ASCII characters, then Analyst's Notebook Premium cannot connect to the Analysis Repository. When you start Analyst's Notebook Premium, select a schema, and then click OK, the following error message is displayed: Error connecting to the Analysis Repository.
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength of links is not transferred from connected iBase databases When links are retrieved from an iBase database using the iBase connector, the strength information that is associated with those links is not transferred. The links are displayed as solid lines.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when you are using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • Semitic and East Asian scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. However, exact matching works in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. Matches based on similar spellings are unlikely to return useful results. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

An error message is displayed if connected to a Group Analysis Repository and you drag items from a data access source palette to a chart If you are connected to a DAOD source that is read-only, if you try to drag items from data access source palette, an error message is displayed. You must use the Analysis Repository palette or Data Sources pane to create items in an Analysis Repository.
Chart names are ignored when charts are created in the Analysis Repository If you create a chart in the Analysis Repository, then save it and open it in Analyst's Notebook, the chart opens but the chart name is ignored. The default chart name is used. When any changes are made to that chart, the chart is treated as a standard Analyst's Notebook chart and the changes are not automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository. When you close and reopen Analyst's Notebook, a message might be displayed indicating that a temporary chart cannot be found. To avoid this problem, create your chart in Analyst's Notebook and upload it to the Analysis Repository. When you next Save the chart, any changes you made to it are automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository.
New custom icons that have a shading color set are not saved in the chart When you create a new custom icon and set a shading color, it is not saved as part of the chart. If you remove the image file from the custom icons folder or open the chart on a different computer, the icon is displayed as a circle.
Analyst's Notebook Premium can operate incorrectly because of client security settings Client security settings might prevent the correct operation of Analyst's Notebook Premium. Analyst's Notebook Premium might request confirmation that the connections are safe.
Items that contain a very large amount of data can affect performance If the Analysis Repository contains items that have many cards, or many properties on each card:
  • Performance might be affected.
  • Information can be harder to find.
For data that produces more than a hundred properties on a single card, or hundreds of cards on a single item, consider changing the structure of the data.
Help window does not always appear when opened from the Data Sources task pane When the Data Sources task pane is docked, and you click the Help button, the Help window might disappear and reappear when you click it. To close the Help window, undock the Data Sources task pane first. After you close the Help window, you cannot invoke it again from the Data Sources task pane when the task pane is undocked. To avoid these problems, open the Help from the Data Sources area of the Home tab of the ribbon. The Help window opens with the "Working with Analyst's Notebook Premium" topic open.
Analyst's Notebook Premium might not connect to the Local Analysis Repository automatically The Local Analysis Repository entry might appear in the Data Sources task pane, but Analyst's Notebook Premium might not connect to it automatically. To correct the problem, close and restart Analyst's Notebook Premium.
Anti-virus software can affect performance To improve the performance of the Local Analysis Repository, ensure that anti-virus check software does not monitor the Local Analysis Repository folder: %LOCALAPPDATA%\IBM i2\Local Analysis Repository.
Unable to use Analyst's Notebook Premium in a Citrix or Remote Desktop Services environment If you are using Citrix/Remote Desktop Services with Admin permissions (or SeCreateGlobalPrivilege set), multiple users cannot use the Analyst's Notebook Premium Oynx connector at the same time
Analyst's Notebook
Table 3. Analyst's Notebook
Problem Description
Unable to find connected links in iBridge Using the iBridge Find Connected Links feature finds no connecting links between connected entities. To find connections between entities, use Find Path or Find Common Neighbors.
Embedded help files cannot render italic text in Arabic When viewing the embedded help in Arabic on systems that use Windows 10, any text that has been set to italics does not render correctly.
Opening embedded help files causes Analyst's Notebook to stop responding If you have i2 Esri Maps installed, and you attempt to search the embedded help for a connected product such as IBM i2 iBase, Analyst's Notebook can stop responding. If this problem occurs, close Analyst's Notebook and restart it.
In environments that connect to multiple data sources, Infotips can stop displaying When Analyst's Notebook is connected to two or more data sources and i2 Esri Maps is installed and enabled, Infotips can stop displaying. If this problem occurs, close one of the connections.
Import specifications that use Hierarchy layout are not always compatible If you create an import specification that uses the Hierarchy layout in Analyst's Notebook version 9.0.1 or earlier, or version 9.0.5 or later, an error occurs if you try to edit that import specification using Analyst's Notebook versions 9.0.2, 9.0.3, or 9.0.4.
An entity type's icon is not shown after you delete a picture from an event frame Deleting a picture from an event frame does not revert to showing the entity type's icon. To show the entity type's icon, right-click Display > Type Icon, or select Type Icon on the Display page of the Edit Event Frame window.
Displaying OLE objects Analyst's Notebook can display .bmp, .jpeg, and .gif OLE objects without the requirement for a third-party OLE server. However, the following limitations apply:
  • When you drag files from Internet Explorer, an Unexpected file format error message might be displayed.
  • When you drag an unrecognized file type onto the chart the error message Unexpected file format is displayed, and subsequent drag operations to the chart from Windows Explorer might fail.
To avoid these problems, select the Home tab, and then, in the Insert Entities group, insert the image by selecting OLE Object > Picture. Use the Edit Item Properties window to add a picture to an entity representation.
Performance problems when you disconnect from the network When you disconnect from the network, but a network printer remains set as the default printer, switching between tabs in Analyst's Notebook can take several seconds. When you disconnect from a network, change the default printer to a local printer. Then, in Analyst's Notebook select a local printer.
Note: The following registry key value causes Analyst's Notebook to ignore the user selected printer, and can be deleted: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\i2\Default\Printer.
Potentially unable to save entire charts when you Save as Picture If your computer has insufficient memory, you might be unable to save large charts when you select File > Save as > Save Entire Chart as Picture. To avoid this problem, save the chart in sections by selecting File > Save As > Save Current View as Picture, or save the chart in PDF format by selecting File > Print > Print to PDF.
Untranslated system attribute names are displayed when you search for attribute classes In a non-English version of Analyst's Notebook, when you search for attribute classes in the Insert from Palette task pane, the names of system attributes are not displayed in their translated form.
Unable to expand items after their data records are purged If you purge data records from items that are added to the chart from data sources, any attempt to expand these items results in an error.
Colors window is not translated The Colors window always contains US English text, regardless of the user's settings.
In Arabic and Hebrew, black and white application windows might appear when you use the Copy to New Association Chart feature When you run in Arabic or Hebrew, selecting the Copy to New Association Chart feature might result in a black and then white application window, when the layouts are applied. A "Windows not responding" message might also appear. However, Analyst's Notebook then recovers and continues normally.
i2 Esri Maps not loading If the i2 Esri plug-in does not load correctly, ensure that the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 runtime is installed.
Display issues with drawings that cross the International Date Line The following problems might occur when a drawing on an i2 Esri Map crosses the International Date Line:
  • Duplicate labels might appear for the drawing.
  • When you edit the drawing, the edit box might be positioned away from the drawing.
  • A line might appear drawn through the shape.
  • When you try to export the drawing through the API, it is exported as two shapes.
Labels not refreshing on the map In i2 Esri Maps, if you replace a textual label on a drawing with a blank label, parts of the original label might remain on the map.
Large circles do not render correctly In i2 Esri Maps, drawing a large circle or ellipse that overlaps itself causes the shape to be drawn incorrectly.
Problems drawing polygons or polylines on some maps In i2 Esri Maps, you might encounter instability when you are drawing a polygon or polyline on some map types, for example British National Grid. Problems can occur when you select and move the grab handles that lie between the vertices of the polygon or polyline.
Using i2 Esri Maps in a virtual environment takes longer to render the graphics layer Using i2 Esri Maps in a virtual environment requires access to a physical graphics card that supports DirectX 11. Many virtualization solutions enable access to physical graphics cards on a server and support client access through RDP or their proprietary container. However, if a remote desktop is used to access a virtual machine, i2 Esri Maps uses only WARP (software rendering). When i2 Esri Maps uses WARP, it can take longer to render the graphics layer.

In some configurations, reverting to WARP is unsupported. For example, if you are using Windows 7 in a virtual environment. In these situations, the map window displays an ArcGISRuntimeException error and you are unable to use i2 Esri Maps.

Intelligence Portal
Table 4. Intelligence Portal
Problem Description
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength of links is not transferred from connected iBase databases When links are retrieved from an iBase database using the iBase connector, the strength information that is associated with those links is not transferred. The links are displayed as solid lines.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when you are using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Microsoft Silverlight is not supported in some browsers The list of supported browsers is available in the system requirements. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • Semitic and East Asian scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. However, exact matching works in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. Matches based on similar spellings are unlikely to return useful results. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

Chart names are ignored when charts are created in the Analysis Repository If you create a chart in the Analysis Repository, then save it and open it in Analyst's Notebook, the chart opens but the chart name is ignored. The default chart name is used. When any changes are made to that chart, the chart is treated as a standard Analyst's Notebook chart and the changes are not automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository. When you close and reopen Analyst's Notebook, a message might be displayed indicating that a temporary chart cannot be found. To avoid this problem, create your chart in Analyst's Notebook and upload it to the Analysis Repository. When you next Save the chart, any changes you made to it are automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository.
Items that contain a very large amount of data can affect performance If the Analysis Repository contains items that have many cards, or many properties on each card:
  • Performance might be affected.
  • Information can be harder to find.
For data that produces more than a hundred properties on a single card, or hundreds of cards on a single item, consider changing the structure of the data.
Information Store
Table 5. Information Store
Problem Description
Origin identifiers have changed between versions In i2 Analyze version 4.1.2, backslash (\) characters are removed from origin identifiers when they are created. In later versions, backslash characters are not removed when origin identifiers are created.

If the information that is used to create your origin identifiers contains backslashes, records that you ingest are identified as new records rather than updates to existing records. To update existing data, you must clear any data from your system and reingest the data.

Geospatial types are not supported in the Information Store Geospatial data types are supported in the Analysis Repository, but are not supported in the Information Store.
Information Store does not support Read Cloaked The security classification Read Cloaked is not supported in the Information Store.
i2 Analyze Opal services
Table 6. i2 Analyze - Opal services
Problem Description
Messages when Solr Starts or stops If you are using third party tools that contain a find executable, you might see messages indicating that files cannot be found:
find: unable to access "TCP ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":0 ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":8983 ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
These messages might indicate that the system variable that defines the environment path has the path to the third party tool before the system files. Verify that the Path= system variable contains paths pointing to the third-party command line tools added after the paths pointing to the system folders.
Searches can stop running after i2 Analyze is restarted If the WebSphere Liberty Application Server is restarted while searches are running, the search may timeout. To prevent this issue, ensure that the HTTP server is restarted when you restart the Application Server.
Some features not supported by Solr indexes Solr indexes do not support SSL, scaling out to multiple servers, or High Availability.
i2 Analyze Onyx services
Table 7. i2 Analyze - Onyx services
Problem Description
Unable to create database tables when deploying When running deploy or deployExample, if your DB2 database has not been configured correctly you may see the following message:
Database ds/WriteStore-write1
 is at version CleanInstall. 
Upgrading to latest version 4.1.
If you see this message, ensure that the database is correctly configured in topology.xml, that the database is running, and can be accessed using the details that you have supplied.
iBase connector does not support i2 Analyze schemas that contain duplicate type names If your deployment of iBase connector is based on an existing deployment of i2 Analyze, then the i2 Analyze schema must not define entity and link types that have matching names. If this situation arises, the toolkit appears to generate the iBase schema correctly, but iBase is unable to create a database from it.

To resolve this issue, rename the entity type or the link type in the i2 schema.

In iBase connector, some data types in the schema are incorrectly transformed In the i2 Analyze schema that is created from an iBase schema, any Multi-Line Text (Append Only) fields are incorrectly transformed to single-line data types. If required, after the schema has been created, you can manually change the field types to Multi-Line Text.
Multiple iBase connectors are not supported i2 Analyze supports a single iBase connector that connects to a single iBase database. However, other data access on-demand connectors can still be installed, and Connector Creator supports connections to multiple databases.
The downloaded Connector Creator configuration file can be invalid In some circumstances, a Connector Creator configuration file that you download can be different from the file that was originally uploaded to the server.
  • If a <resource> element in the original configuration file did not have any child <queries> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <queries/> element.
  • If a <parameter> element within a query in the configuration file did not have any child <select> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <select/> element.
Before you re-upload a previously downloaded Connector Creator configuration file, search for and remove any instances of <queries/> and <select/> elements.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM i2 Analyze 4.1.5 is available.

Contents

Description

i2 Analyze is an enterprise intelligence analysis environment that facilitates information sharing and intelligence production with the flexibility of both web-based and rich desktop clients.

It accelerates analysis of large volumes of data through an extensible, service-oriented environment, designed to integrate into your existing enterprise infrastructure, and simplify database connectivity.

i2 Analyze supports operational analysis and improves situational awareness by providing faster, more informed decision making across and inside organizations.

Announcement

The IBM® i2® Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

All Analyst's Notebook Premium versions up to and including version 8.9.9 reach End of Service in September 2017.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available:

IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
  • Use advanced filters to explore Visual Query search results and narrow the list of matches more quickly.
IBM i2 Analyze - Deployment toolkit
  • Deploy and upgrade i2 Analyze with IBM DB2 database storage that is remote from the i2 Analyze server.

    When i2 Analyze is configured with a remote instance of DB2, the Information Store and Analysis Repository databases can be created and updated remotely without the deployment toolkit present on the database server.

Information Store ingestion
The ingestion pipeline has been modified to add functionality and reduce the complexity. Highlights include:
  • You can apply security settings to ingested records on a per-record as well as a per-type basis
  • The ETL pipeline supports deleting individual records from the Information Store
  • Improvements have been made to the indexing process
  • Per-record ingestion failure reporting
  • A bulk ingestion mode to allow faster ingestion while the system is offline

Full details of the ingestion process are covered in the Enterprise Insight Analysis Documentation. See Ingesting data into an Information Store.

Note: To take advantage of the improvements to the indexing process, when upgrading from version 2.1.5 and below, you should consider re-indexing your data. For more information about issues that may result in the need to update your index, or re-ingest your data, see:

Virtualization support

i2 Analyze is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When you run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:

Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
Table 1. Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
Problem Description
Unable to run visual queries with large conditions Decimal values in visual query conditions are limited to 18 digits in length. Longer values cause the visual query operation to fail.
Long-running operations that access the Information Store timeout If operations that involve the Information Store are unable to complete, one of the following error messages might be displayed:
  • Error in web response
  • Unexpected error: Unable to execute javascript at this time
Upgrading to Analyst's Notebook Premium initiates a repair To clean up files that are no longer used, upgrading initiates a repair of the Analyst's Notebook Premium installer after it completes.
Language support The different components of Enterprise Insight Analysis are translated into different languages groups based on demand. Depending on the deployment pattern in use, and the language that has been selected, some components may display in the default language (US English).
Note: The Opal Experience for Enterprise Insight Analysis and Connector Creator are English-only.
Zoom level set to greater than 100% might cause blurring If the operating system zoom level is set to more than 100%, some of the text and symbols in Analyst's Notebook Premium might appear blurred.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, you are required to login again.
Quick Search range filters display incorrectly if previous filters have been applied When you filter search results, filters for ranges such as date of birth between dates, display incorrect counts if previous filters have been applied.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Analyst's Notebook Premium can operate incorrectly because of client security settings Client security settings might prevent the correct operation of Analyst's Notebook Premium. Analyst's Notebook Premium might request confirmation that the connections are safe.
Analyst's Notebook Premium - Onyx connector
Table 2. Analyst's Notebook Premium - Onyx connector
Problem Description
Upgrading to Analyst's Notebook Premium initiates a repair To clean up files that are no longer used, upgrading initiates a repair of the Analyst's Notebook Premium installer after it completes.
Language support The different components of Enterprise Insight Analysis are translated into different languages groups based on demand. Depending on the deployment pattern in use, and the language that has been selected, some components may display in the default language (US English).
Note: The Opal Experience for Enterprise Insight Analysis, iBase Connector and Connector Creator are all English-only.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, you are required to login again.
Silverlight install requires a reboot afterwards Silverlight must be installed to use the Onyx connector. After you install Silverlight, you must reboot your machine before starting Analyst's Notebook Premium.
Some user names and folder names prevent connection to the Analysis Repository If your Windows user name or the name of your folder within C:\Users contains non-ASCII characters, then Analyst's Notebook Premium cannot connect to the Analysis Repository. When you start Analyst's Notebook Premium, select a schema, and then click OK, the following error message is displayed: Error connecting to the Analysis Repository.
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength of links is not transferred from connected iBase databases When links are retrieved from an iBase database using the iBase connector, the strength information that is associated with those links is not transferred. The links are displayed as solid lines.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when you are using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • Semitic and East Asian scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. However, exact matching works in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. Matches based on similar spellings are unlikely to return useful results. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

An error message is displayed if connected to a Group Analysis Repository and you drag items from a data access source palette to a chart If you are connected to a DAOD source that is read-only, if you try to drag items from data access source palette, an error message is displayed. You must use the Analysis Repository palette or Data Sources pane to create items in an Analysis Repository.
Chart names are ignored when charts are created in the Analysis Repository If you create a chart in the Analysis Repository, then save it and open it in Analyst's Notebook, the chart opens but the chart name is ignored. The default chart name is used. When any changes are made to that chart, the chart is treated as a standard Analyst's Notebook chart and the changes are not automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository. When you close and reopen Analyst's Notebook, a message might be displayed indicating that a temporary chart cannot be found. To avoid this problem, create your chart in Analyst's Notebook and upload it to the Analysis Repository. When you next Save the chart, any changes you made to it are automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository.
New custom icons that have a shading color set are not saved in the chart When you create a new custom icon and set a shading color, it is not saved as part of the chart. If you remove the image file from the custom icons folder or open the chart on a different computer, the icon is displayed as a circle.
Analyst's Notebook Premium can operate incorrectly because of client security settings Client security settings might prevent the correct operation of Analyst's Notebook Premium. Analyst's Notebook Premium might request confirmation that the connections are safe.
Items that contain a very large amount of data can affect performance If the Analysis Repository contains items that have many cards, or many properties on each card:
  • Performance might be affected.
  • Information can be harder to find.
For data that produces more than a hundred properties on a single card, or hundreds of cards on a single item, consider changing the structure of the data.
Help window does not always appear when opened from the Data Sources task pane When the Data Sources task pane is docked, and you click the Help button, the Help window might disappear and reappear when you click it. To close the Help window, undock the Data Sources task pane first. After you close the Help window, you cannot invoke it again from the Data Sources task pane when the task pane is undocked. To avoid these problems, open the Help from the Data Sources area of the Home tab of the ribbon. The Help window opens with the "Working with Analyst's Notebook Premium" topic open.
Analyst's Notebook Premium might not connect to the Local Analysis Repository automatically The Local Analysis Repository entry might appear in the Data Sources task pane, but Analyst's Notebook Premium might not connect to it automatically. To correct the problem, close and restart Analyst's Notebook Premium.
Anti-virus software can affect performance To improve the performance of the Local Analysis Repository, ensure that anti-virus check software does not monitor the Local Analysis Repository folder: %LOCALAPPDATA%\IBM i2\Local Analysis Repository.
Unable to use Analyst's Notebook Premium in a Citrix or Remote Desktop Services environment If you are using Citrix/Remote Desktop Services with Admin permissions (or SeCreateGlobalPrivilege set), multiple users cannot use the Analyst's Notebook Premium Oynx connector at the same time
Analyst's Notebook
Table 3. Analyst's Notebook
Problem Description
Opening embedded help files causes Analyst's Notebook to stop responding If you have i2 Esri Maps installed, and you attempt to search the embedded help for a connected product such as IBM i2 iBase, Analyst's Notebook can stop responding. If this problem occurs, close Analyst's Notebook and restart it.
In environments that connect to multiple data sources, Infotips can stop displaying When Analyst's Notebook is connected to two or more data sources and i2 Esri Maps is installed and enabled, Infotips can stop displaying. If this problem occurs, close one of the connections.
Import specifications that use Hierarchy layout are not always compatible If you create an import specification that uses the Hierarchy layout in Analyst's Notebook version 9.0.1 or earlier, or version 9.0.5 or later, an error occurs if you try to edit that import specification using Analyst's Notebook versions 9.0.2, 9.0.3, or 9.0.4.
An entity type's icon is not shown after you delete a picture from an event frame Deleting a picture from an event frame does not revert to showing the entity type's icon. To show the entity type's icon, right-click Display > Type Icon, or select Type Icon on the Display page of the Edit Event Frame window.
Displaying OLE objects Analyst's Notebook can display .bmp, .jpeg, and .gif OLE objects without the requirement for a third-party OLE server. However, the following limitations apply:
  • When you drag files from Internet Explorer, an Unexpected file format error message might be displayed.
  • When you drag an unrecognized file type onto the chart the error message Unexpected file format is displayed, and subsequent drag operations to the chart from Windows Explorer might fail.
To avoid these problems, select the Home tab, and then, in the Insert Entities group, insert the image by selecting OLE Object > Picture. Use the Edit Item Properties window to add a picture to an entity representation.
Performance problems when you disconnect from the network When you disconnect from the network, but a network printer remains set as the default printer, switching between tabs in Analyst's Notebook can take several seconds. When you disconnect from a network, change the default printer to a local printer. Then, in Analyst's Notebook select a local printer.
Note: The following registry key value causes Analyst's Notebook to ignore the user selected printer, and can be deleted: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\i2\Default\Printer.
Potentially unable to save entire charts when you Save as Picture If your computer has insufficient memory, you might be unable to save large charts when you select File > Save as > Save Entire Chart as Picture. To avoid this problem, save the chart in sections by selecting File > Save As > Save Current View as Picture, or save the chart in PDF format by selecting File > Print > Print to PDF.
Untranslated system attribute names are displayed when you search for attribute classes In a non-English version of Analyst's Notebook, when you search for attribute classes in the Insert from Palette task pane, the names of system attributes are not displayed in their translated form.
Unable to expand items after their data records are purged If you purge data records from items that are added to the chart from data sources, any attempt to expand these items results in an error.
Colors window is not translated The Colors window always contains US English text, regardless of the user's settings.
In Arabic and Hebrew, black and white application windows might appear when you use the Copy to New Association Chart feature When you run in Arabic or Hebrew, selecting the Copy to New Association Chart feature might result in a black and then white application window, when the layouts are applied. A "Windows not responding" message might also appear. However, Analyst's Notebook then recovers and continues normally.
i2 Esri Maps not loading If the i2 Esri plug-in does not load correctly, ensure that the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 runtime is installed.
Display issues with drawings that cross the International Date Line The following problems might occur when a drawing on an i2 Esri Map crosses the International Date Line:
  • Duplicate labels might appear for the drawing.
  • When you edit the drawing, the edit box might be positioned away from the drawing.
  • A line might appear drawn through the shape.
  • When you try to export the drawing through the API, it is exported as two shapes.
Labels not refreshing on the map In i2 Esri Maps, if you replace a textual label on a drawing with a blank label, parts of the original label might remain on the map.
Large circles do not render correctly In i2 Esri Maps, drawing a large circle or ellipse that overlaps itself causes the shape to be drawn incorrectly.
Problems drawing polygons or polylines on some maps In i2 Esri Maps, you might encounter instability when you are drawing a polygon or polyline on some map types, for example British National Grid. Problems can occur when you select and move the grab handles that lie between the vertices of the polygon or polyline.
Using i2 Esri Maps in a virtual environment takes longer to render the graphics layer Using i2 Esri Maps in a virtual environment requires access to a physical graphics card that supports DirectX 11. Many virtualization solutions enable access to physical graphics cards on a server and support client access through RDP or their proprietary container. However, if a remote desktop is used to access a virtual machine, i2 Esri Maps uses only WARP (software rendering). When i2 Esri Maps uses WARP, it can take longer to render the graphics layer.

In some configurations, reverting to WARP is unsupported. For example, if you are using Windows 7 in a virtual environment. In these situations, the map window displays an ArcGISRuntimeException error and you are unable to use i2 Esri Maps.

Intelligence Portal
Table 4. Intelligence Portal
Problem Description
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength of links is not transferred from connected iBase databases When links are retrieved from an iBase database using the iBase connector, the strength information that is associated with those links is not transferred. The links are displayed as solid lines.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when you are using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Microsoft Silverlight is not supported in some browsers The list of supported browsers is available in the system requirements. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • Semitic and East Asian scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. However, exact matching works in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. Matches based on similar spellings are unlikely to return useful results. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

Chart names are ignored when charts are created in the Analysis Repository If you create a chart in the Analysis Repository, then save it and open it in Analyst's Notebook, the chart opens but the chart name is ignored. The default chart name is used. When any changes are made to that chart, the chart is treated as a standard Analyst's Notebook chart and the changes are not automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository. When you close and reopen Analyst's Notebook, a message might be displayed indicating that a temporary chart cannot be found. To avoid this problem, create your chart in Analyst's Notebook and upload it to the Analysis Repository. When you next Save the chart, any changes you made to it are automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository.
Items that contain a very large amount of data can affect performance If the Analysis Repository contains items that have many cards, or many properties on each card:
  • Performance might be affected.
  • Information can be harder to find.
For data that produces more than a hundred properties on a single card, or hundreds of cards on a single item, consider changing the structure of the data.
Information Store
Table 5. Information Store
Problem Description
Origin identifiers have changed between versions In i2 Analyze version 4.1.2, backslash (\) characters are removed from origin identifiers when they are created. In later versions, backslash characters are not removed when origin identifiers are created.

If the information that is used to create your origin identifiers contains backslashes, records that you ingest are identified as new records rather than updates to existing records. To update existing data, you must clear any data from your system and reingest the data.

Geospatial types are not supported in the Information Store Geospatial data types are supported in the Analysis Repository, but are not supported in the Information Store.
Information Store does not support Read Cloaked The security classification Read Cloaked is not supported in the Information Store.
i2 Analyze Opal services
Table 6. i2 Analyze - Opal services
Problem Description
Messages when Solr Starts or stops If you are using third party tools that contain a find executable, you might see messages indicating that files cannot be found:
find: unable to access "TCP ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":0 ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":8983 ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
These messages might indicate that the system variable that defines the environment path has the path to the third party tool before the system files. Verify that the Path= system variable contains paths pointing to the third-party command line tools added after the paths pointing to the system folders.
Searches can stop running after i2 Analyze is restarted If the WebSphere Liberty Application Server is restarted while searches are running, the search may timeout. To prevent this issue, ensure that the HTTP server is restarted when you restart the Application Server.
Some features not supported by Solr indexes Solr indexes do not support SSL, scaling out to multiple servers, or High Availability.
i2 Analyze Onyx services
Table 7. i2 Analyze - Onyx services
Problem Description
Unable to create database tables when deploying When running deploy or deployExample, if your DB2 database has not been configured correctly you may see the following message:
Database ds/WriteStore-write1
 is at version CleanInstall. 
Upgrading to latest version 4.1.
If you see this message, ensure that the database is correctly configured in topology.xml, that the database is running, and can be accessed using the details that you have supplied.
iBase connector does not support i2 Analyze schemas that contain duplicate type names If your deployment of iBase connector is based on an existing deployment of i2 Analyze, then the i2 Analyze schema must not define entity and link types that have matching names. If this situation arises, the toolkit appears to generate the iBase schema correctly, but iBase is unable to create a database from it.

To resolve this issue, rename the entity type or the link type in the i2 schema.

In iBase connector, some data types in the schema are incorrectly transformed In the i2 Analyze schema that is created from an iBase schema, any Multi-Line Text (Append Only) fields are incorrectly transformed to single-line data types. If required, after the schema has been created, you can manually change the field types to Multi-Line Text.
Multiple iBase connectors are not supported i2 Analyze supports a single iBase connector that connects to a single iBase database. However, other data access on-demand connectors can still be installed, and Connector Creator supports connections to multiple databases.
The downloaded Connector Creator configuration file can be invalid In some circumstances, a Connector Creator configuration file that you download can be different from the file that was originally uploaded to the server.
  • If a <resource> element in the original configuration file did not have any child <queries> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <queries/> element.
  • If a <parameter> element within a query in the configuration file did not have any child <select> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <select/> element.
Before you re-upload a previously downloaded Connector Creator configuration file, search for and remove any instances of <queries/> and <select/> elements.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM i2 Analyze 4.1.4 is available.

Description

i2 Analyze is an enterprise intelligence analysis environment that facilitates information sharing and intelligence production with the flexibility of both web-based and rich desktop clients.

It accelerates analysis of large volumes of data through an extensible, service-oriented environment, designed to integrate into your existing enterprise infrastructure, and simplify database connectivity.

i2 Analyze supports operational analysis and improves situational awareness by providing faster, more informed decision making across and inside organizations.

Announcement

The IBM® i2® Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

All Analyst's Notebook Premium versions up to and including version 8.9.9 reach End of Service in September 2017.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available:

IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium - Installer
The Analyst's Notebook Premium installer has been updated to remove the need for multiple component installs. As a part of this work, the Analyst's Notebook Premium connectors to IBM i2 Analyze have been renamed:
  • Opal Connector - previously known as the Enterprise Insight Analysis connector, this connects to an Information Store using the IBM i2 Analyze Opal services
  • Onyx Connector - previously known as the Analysis Repository connector, this can connects to any supported data store using the IBM i2 Analyze Onyx services
    Note: The Enterprise Insight Analysis extensions are now included by default in the Onyx Connector.
IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
  • Expand with Conditions - It is now possible to filter an Expand operation, based on entity types, link types, or both.
  • Visual Query conditions have been extended to support the following operations:
    • ENDS_WITH
    • NOT_EQUAL_TO
    • CONTAINS
    • WILDCARD_PATTERN
    • NOT_WILDCARD_PATTERN
    • IS_SET
    • IS_NOT_SET
  • Visual Query multiple value lists - To reduce the need for multiple conditions, you can now create conditions using lists of multiple values.
  • Visual Query date and time aspects - You can now create Visual Query conditions that search for specific aspects of dates and times, for example day of week.
IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis - Deployment toolkit
The IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis Integrated components have been merged with the i2 Analyze toolkit to produce an Enterprise Insight Analysis deployment toolkit. This toolkit:
  • Is available on passport advantage as a part of the IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis product bundle
  • Is installed using IBM Installation Manager
  • Includes additional example configurations that allow i2 Analyze to be set up to use both the i2 Analyze Opal and Onyx services
  • Includes example data to populate an Information Store that uses either the law enforcement or signals intelligence example schemas.
  • Includes application renaming to increase the clarity regardling the deployment pattern that is being used.
  • Includes updates to deployment scripts to increase flexibility when starting and stopping services
i2 Analyze - Deployment toolkit
The i2 Analyze version of the deployment toolkit has been enhanced:
  • Includes example data to populate an Information Store that uses either the law enforcement or signals intelligence example schemas.
  • Includes application renaming to increase the clarity regardling the deployment pattern that is being used.
  • Includes updates to deployment scripts to increase flexibility when starting and stopping services
i2 Analyze Onyx services
  • X.509 client certificate authentication - Users can log in to the i2 Analyze server by using a trusted X.509 client certificate. The user does not need to enter a user name and password separately.
  • When i2 Analyze is deployed, the Authorization provider can now be extended to enable custom requirements.
  • Transport Layout Security (TLS) connections to the Analysis Repository can now be configured for DB2 and SQL Server using the toolkit.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:

Analyst's Notebook Premium - Opal connector
Table 1. Analyst's Notebook Premium - known issues with the Opal connector
Issue Description
Upgrading to Analyst's Notebook Premium initiates a repair. The Analyst's Notebook Premium installer has been simplified. However, to clean up, upgrading initiates a repair of the Analyst's Notebook Premium installer after it completes.
Language support The different components of Enterprise Insight Analysis are translated into different languages groups based on demand. Depending on the deployment pattern in use, and the language that has been selected, some components may display in US English.
Note: The Opal Experience for Enterprise Insight Analysis, iBase Connector and Connector Creator are all English-only.
Zoom level set to greater than 100% might cause blurring. If the operating system zoom level is set to more than 100%, some of the text and symbols in Analyst's Notebook Premium might appear blurred if they have been incorrectly re-sized.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances. In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, you will be required to login again
Quick Search range filters display incorrectly if previous filters have been applied. When you filter the search results, filters for ranges such as date of birth between dates, display incorrect counts if previous filters have been applied.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment. In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Analyst's Notebook Premium can operate incorrectly because of client security settings. Client security settings might prevent the correct operation of Analyst's Notebook Premium. Analyst's Notebook Premium might request confirmation that the connections are safe.
Analyst's Notebook Premium - Onyx connector
Table 2. Analyst's Notebook Premium - known issues with the Onyx connector
Issue Description
Upgrading to Analyst's Notebook Premium initiates a repair. The Analyst's Notebook Premium installer has been simplified. However, to clean up, upgrading initiates a repair of the Analyst's Notebook Premium installer after it completes.
Language support The different components of Enterprise Insight Analysis are translated into different languages groups based on demand. Depending on the deployment pattern in use, and the language that has been selected, some components may display in US English.
Note: The Opal Experience for Enterprise Insight Analysis, iBase Connector and Connector Creator are all English-only.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances. In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, you will be required to login again
Silverlight install requires a reboot afterwards. Silverlight must be installed to use the Onyx connector. After you install Silverlight, you must reboot your machine before starting Analyst's Notebook Premium.
Some user names and folder names prevent connection to the Analysis Repository. If your Windows user name or the name of your folder within C:\Users contains non-ASCII characters, then Analyst's Notebook Premium cannot connect to the Analysis Repository. When you start Analyst's Notebook Premium, select a schema, and then click OK, the following error message is displayed: Error connecting to the Analysis Repository.
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited. Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength and direction of links are not transferred from connected iBase databases. When links are retrieved from an iBase database using the iBase connector, the strength and direction information that is associated with those links is not transferred. The links are displayed as solid lines with no arrowheads.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment. In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly. Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when you are using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph. Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation. Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used. If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents. There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values. i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars. In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled. If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions. There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • Semitic and East Asian scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. However, exact matching works in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. Matches based on similar spellings are unlikely to return useful results. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

An error message is displayed if connected to a Group Analysis Repository and you drag items from a data access source palette to a chart. If you are connected to a DAOD source that is read-only, if you try to drag items from these palettes an error message is displayed. You must use the Analysis Repository palette or Data Sources pane to create items in an Analysis Repository.
Chart names are ignored when charts are created in the Analysis Repository. If you create a chart in the Analysis Repository, then save it and open it in Analyst's Notebook, the chart opens but the chart name is ignored. The default chart name is used. When any changes are made to that chart, the chart is treated as a standard Analyst's Notebook chart and the changes are not automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository. When you close and reopen Analyst's Notebook, a message might be displayed indicating that a temporary chart cannot be found. To avoid this problem, create your chart in Analyst's Notebook and upload it to the Analysis Repository. When you next Save the chart, any changes you made to it are automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository.
New custom icons that have a shading color set are not saved in the chart. When you create a new custom icon and set a shading color, it is not saved as part of the chart. If you remove the image file from the custom icons folder or open the chart on a different computer, the icon is displayed as a circle.
Analyst's Notebook Premium can operate incorrectly because of client security settings. Client security settings might prevent the correct operation of Analyst's Notebook Premium. Analyst's Notebook Premium might request confirmation that the connections are safe.
Restriction on the amount of information that is stored in an item. If the Analysis Repository contains items that have many cards, or many properties on each card:
  • Performance might be affected.
  • Information can be harder to find.
For data that produces more than a hundred properties on a single card, or hundreds of cards on a single item, consider changing the structure of the data.
Help window does not always appear when opened from the Data Sources task pane. When the Data Sources task pane is docked, and you click the Help button, the Help window might disappear and reappear when you click it. To close the Help window, undock the Data Sources task pane first. After you close the Help window, you cannot invoke it again from the Data Sources task pane when the task pane is undocked. To avoid these problems, open the Help from the Data Sources area of the Home tab of the ribbon. The Help window opens with the "Working with Analyst's Notebook Premium" topic open.
Analyst's Notebook Premium might not connect to the Local Analysis Repository automatically. The Local Analysis Repository entry might appear in the Data Sources task pane, but Analyst's Notebook Premium might not connect to it automatically. To correct the problem, close and restart Analyst's Notebook Premium.
Anti-virus software can affect performance. To improve the performance of the Local Analysis Repository, ensure that anti-virus check software that is installed does not monitor the Local Analysis Repository folder: %LOCALAPPDATA%\IBM i2\Local Analysis Repository.
Using Citrix/Remote Desktop Services with Admin permissions If you are using Citrix/Remote Desktop Services with Admin permissions (or SeCreateGlobalPrivilege set), multiple users cannot use the Analyst's Notebook Premium Oynx connector at the same time
Analyst's Notebook
Table 3. Analyst's Notebook - known issues with Analyst's Notebook
Issue Description
Searching embedded help files. If you have i2 Esri Maps installed, and you attempt to search the embedded help for a connected product such as IBM i2 iBase, Analyst's Notebook can stop responding. If this problem occurs, close Analyst's Notebook and restart it.
Infotips stop displaying. When Analyst's Notebook is connected to two or more data sources and i2 Esri Maps is installed and enabled, Infotips can stop displaying. If this problem occurs, close one of the connections.
Import specifications that use Hierarchy layout are not always compatible. If you create an import specification that uses the Hierarchy layout in Analyst's Notebook version 9.0.1 or earlier, or version 9.0.5 or later, an error occurs if you try to edit that import specification using Analyst's Notebook versions 9.0.2, 9.0.3, or 9.0.4.
An entity type's icon is not shown after you delete a picture from an event frame. Deleting a picture from an event frame does not revert to showing the entity types icon. To show the entity types icon, right-click Display > Type Icon, or select Type Icon on the Display page of the Edit Event Frame window.
Displaying OLE objects. Analyst's Notebook can display .bmp, .jpeg, and .gif OLE objects without the requirement for a third-party OLE server. However, the following limitations apply:
  • When you drag files from Internet Explorer, an Unexpected file format error message might be displayed.
  • When you drag an unrecognized file type onto the chart the error message Unexpected file format is displayed, and subsequent drag operations to the chart from Windows Explorer might fail.
To avoid these problems, select the Home tab, and then, in the Insert Entities group, insert the image by selecting OLE Object > Picture. Use the Edit Item Properties window to add a picture to an entity representation.
Performance problems when you disconnect from the network. When you disconnect from the network, but a network printer remains set as the default printer, switching between tabs in Analyst's Notebook can take several seconds. When you disconnect from a network, change the default printer to a local printer. Then, in Analyst's Notebook select a local printer.

The following registry key value causes Analyst's Notebook to ignore the user selected printer, and can be deleted:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\i2\Default\Printer.

Potentially unable to save entire charts when you Save as Picture. If your computer has insufficient memory, you might be unable to save large charts when you select File > Save as > Save Entire Chart as Picture. To avoid this problem, save the chart in sections by selecting File > Save As > Save Current View as Picture, or save the chart in PDF format by selecting File > Print > Print to PDF.
Untranslated system attribute names are displayed when you search for attribute classes. In a non-English version of Analyst's Notebook, when you search for attribute classes in the Insert from Palette task pane, the names of system attributes are not displayed in the translated form.
Unable to expand items after their data records are purged. If you purge data records from items that are added to the chart from data sources, any attempts to expand these items results with an error.
Colors window is not translated. The Colors window always contains US English text, regardless of the user's settings.
Help window does not always appear when it is opened from the Data Sources task pane. When the Data Sources task pane is docked, and the user clicks the Help button, the Help window might disappear, and reappear. To close the Help window, undock the Data Sources task pane first. After the user closes the Help window, they cannot invoke it again from the Data Sources task pane when the task pane is undocked. To avoid these problems, press F1 to open the help. From here, navigate to Add data from data sources. Alternatively, open the Help from the Data Sources are of the Home tab of the ribbon.
In Arabic and Hebrew, black and white application windows might appear when you use the Copy to New Association Chart feature. When you run in Arabic or Hebrew, selecting the Copy to New Association Chart feature might result in a black and then white application window, when the layouts are applied. A "Windows not responding" message might also appear. However, Analyst's Notebook then recovers and continues normally.
i2 Esri Maps requires Windows updates. If the i2 Esri plug-in does not load correct, ensure that Windows updates have been run so that Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 runtime is installed.
Drawings that cross the International Date Line. The following problems might occur when a drawing on an i2 Esri Map crosses the International Date Line:
  • Duplicate labels might appear for the drawing.
  • When you edit the drawing, the edit box might be positioned away from the drawing.
  • A line might appear drawn through the shape.
  • When you try to export the drawing through the API, it is exported as two shapes.
Labels might remain on the map. In i2 Esri Maps, if you replace a textual label on a drawing with a blank label, parts of the original label might remain on the map.
Large circles In i2 Esri Maps, drawing a large circle or ellipse that overlaps itself causes the shape to be drawn incorrectly.
Possible instability when drawing polygons or polylines on some maps. In i2 Esri Maps, you might encounter instability when you are drawing a polygon or polyline on some maps, for example British National Grid. Problems might occur if you try to select and move the grab handles that lie between the vertices of the polygon or polyline.
Using i2 Esri Maps in a virtual environment. Using i2 Esri Maps in a virtual environment requires access to a physical graphics card that supports DirectX 11. Many virtualization solutions enable access to physical graphics cards on a server and support client access through RDP or their proprietary container. However, if a remote desktop is used to access a virtual machine, i2 Esri Maps uses only WARP (software rendering). When i2 Esri Maps uses WARP, it can take an increased amount of time to render the graphics layer.

In some configurations, reverting to WARP is unsupported. For example, if you are using Windows 7 in a virtual environment. In these situations, the map window displays an ArcGISRuntimeException error and you are unable to use i2 Esri Maps.
Intelligence Portal
Table 4. Intelligence Portal - known issues with the Intelligence Portal
Issue Description
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited. Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength and direction of links are not transferred from connected iBase databases. When links are retrieved from an iBase database using the iBase connector, the strength and direction information that is associated with those links is not transferred. The links are displayed as solid lines with no arrowheads.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment. In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly. Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when you are using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph. Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation. Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used. If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents. There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars. In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled. If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Microsoft Silverlight is not supported in some browsers The list of supported browsers is available in the system requirements. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions. There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • Semitic and East Asian scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. However, exact matching works in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. Matches based on similar spellings are unlikely to return useful results. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

Chart names are ignored when charts are created in the Analysis Repository. If you create a chart in the Analysis Repository, then save it and open it in Analyst's Notebook, the chart opens but the chart name is ignored. The default chart name is used. When any changes are made to that chart, the chart is treated as a standard Analyst's Notebook chart and the changes are not automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository. When you close and reopen Analyst's Notebook, a message might be displayed indicating that a temporary chart cannot be found. To avoid this problem, create your chart in Analyst's Notebook and upload it to the Analysis Repository. When you next Save the chart, any changes you made to it are automatically saved back into the Analysis Repository.
Restriction on the amount of information that is stored in an item. If the Analysis Repository contains items that have many cards, or many properties on each card:
  • Performance might be affected.
  • Information can be harder to find.
For data that produces more than a hundred properties on a single card, or hundreds of cards on a single item, consider changing the structure of the data.
Information Store
Table 5. Information Store - known issues with the Information Store
Issue Description
Backslash characters are no longer removed from origin identifiers. In i2 Analyze version 4.1.2, backslash (\) characters are removed from origin identifiers when they are created. In later versions, backslash characters are not removed when origin identifiers are created.

If the information that is used to create your origin identifiers contains backslashes, records that you ingest are identified as new records rather than updates to existing records. To update existing data, you must clear any data from your system and reingest the data.

Geospatial types are not supported in the Information Store. Geospatial data types are supported in the Analysis Repository, but are not supported in the Information Store.
Information Store does not support Read Cloaked. Read Cloaked is not supported in the Analyst's Notebook Premium Information Store features.
i2 Analyze Opal services
Table 6. i2 Analyze - known issues with the opal services
Issue Description
Messages when Solr Starts or stops. If you are using third party tools that contain a find executable, you might see messages indicating that files cannot be found:
find: unable to access "TCP ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":0 ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":8983 ":
The system cannot find the file specified.
These messages might indicate that the system variable that defines the environment path has the path to the third party tool before the system files. Verify that the Path= system variable contains paths pointing to the third-party command line tools added after the paths pointing to the system folders.
Searches stop running after i2 Analyze is restarted. If the WebSphere Liberty Application Server is restarted while searches are running, the search may timeout. To prevent this issue, ensure that the HTTP server is restarted when you restart the Application Server.
Some features not supported by Solr indexes. Solr indexes do not support SSL, scaling out to multiple servers, or High Availability.
i2 Analyze Onyx services
Table 7. i2 Analyze - known issues with the onyx services
Issue Description
Searches stop running after i2 Analyze is restarted. If the WebSphere Liberty Application Server is restarted while searches are running, the search may timeout. To prevent this issue, ensure that the HTTP server is restarted when you restart the Application Server.
Unable to create database tables when deploying. When running deploy or deployExample, if your DB2 database has not been configured correctly you may see the following message:
Database ds/WriteStore-write1
 is at version CleanInstall. 
Upgrading to latest version 4.1.
If you see this message, ensure that the database is correctly configured in topology.xml, that the database is running, and can be accessed using the details that you have supplied.
iBase connector does not support i2 Analyze schemas that contain duplicate type names. If your deployment of iBase connector is based on an existing deployment of i2 Analyze, then the i2 Analyze schema must not define entity and link types that have matching names. If this situation arises, the toolkit appears to generate the iBase schema correctly, but iBase is unable to create a database from it.

To resolve this issue, rename the entity type or the link type in the i2 schema.

In iBase connector, some data types in the schema are incorrectly transformed. In the i2 Analyze schema that is created from an iBase schema, any Multi-Line Text (Append Only) fields are incorrectly transformed to single-line data types.
Multiple iBase connectors are not supported. i2 Analyze supports a single iBase connector that connects to a single iBase database. However, other data access on-demand connectors can still be installed, and Connector Creator supports connections to multiple databases.
The downloaded Connector Creator configuration file can be invalid. In some circumstances, a Connector Creator configuration file that you download can be different from the file that was originally uploaded to the server.
  • If a <resource> element in the original configuration file did not have any child <queries> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <queries/> element.
  • If a <parameter> element within a query in the configuration file did not have any child <select> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <select/> element.
Before you re-upload a previously downloaded Connector Creator configuration file, search for and remove any instances of <queries/> and <select/> elements.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Analyze 4.1.3 is available.

Description

i2 Analyze is an enterprise intelligence analysis environment that facilitates information sharing and intelligence production with the flexibility of both web-based and rich desktop clients.

It accelerates analysis of large volumes of data through an extensible, service-oriented environment, designed to integrate into your existing enterprise infrastructure, and simplify database connectivity.

i2 Analyze supports operational analysis and improves situational awareness by providing faster, more informed decision making across and inside organizations.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

Any future releases will not be supported on Microsoft Windows Vista.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in i2 Analyze 4.1.3:

  • New pattern matching experience for the Information Store that is fully integrated with IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium to streamline the analysis workflow:
    • Use Visual Query over the Information Store from within IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium.
    • Construct and run queries with the direction of links as search criteria.
    • Add results to charts, and expand item for further analysis by using the comprehensive tools in IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium.
  • New search features available for the Analysis Repository:
    • Logical operators - AND, OR, NOT as well as parenthesis allowing precedence control
    • Exact match, phrase match and wild card operators
  • The Information Store can be upgraded from version 4.1.2.
  • The Information Store can now be updated after you make supported changes to the i2 Analyze schema or security schema.

Note: The distribution contains IBM Installation Manager repositories for both i2 Analyze 4.1.3 and 4.1.1. i2 Analyze 4.1.1 has been included for customers that require the Analysis Web Client, however it should be noted that this version does not include the latest updates, and there is no current migration path between this version of the Information Store and later releases.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at: http://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=BD8113D0855B11E6A66B8253C435768F

Installing i2 Analyze

For information about installing i2 Analyze, see the IBM Knowledge center http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSXVXZ/com.ibm.i2.eia.welcome.doc/eia_welcome.html
Note: To install i2 Analyze, you must have administrator privileges.

Multicultural support

i2 Analyze is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported
Note: The Analysis Web Client, the Information Store, iBase connector, and Connector Creator are all English-only.

Virtualization support

i2 Analyze is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When i2 Analyze is run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Note: The Analysis Web Client requires a WebGL-compatible configuration.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
Backslash characters are no longer removed from origin identifiers
In i2 Analyze version 4.1.2, backslash (\) characters are removed from origin identifiers when they are created. In i2 Analyze version 4.1.3, backslash characters are not removed when origin identifiers are created.

If the information that is used to create your origin identifiers contains backslashes, records that you ingest are identified as new records rather than updates to existing records. To update existing data, you must clear any data from your system and reingest the data.

Messages when Solr Starts or stops
If you are using third party tools that contain a find executable, you may see messages indicating that files cannot be found:
find: unable to access "TCP ": The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":0 ": The system cannot find the file specified.
find: unable to access ":8983 ": The system cannot find the file specified.
These messages may indicate that the system variable that defines the environment path has the path to the third party tool before the system files. Verify that the Path= system variable contains paths pointing to the third-party command line tools added after the paths pointing to the system folders.
Searches stop running after i2 Analyze is restarted
If the WebSphere Liberty Application Server is restarted while searches are running, the search may timeout. To prevent this issue, ensure that the HTTP server is restarted when you restart the Application Server.
Unable to create database tables when deploying
When running deploy or deployExample, if your DB2 database has not been configured correctly you may see the following message:
Database ds/WriteStore-write1 is at version CleanInstall. Upgrading to latest version 4.1.3.0.
If you see this message, ensure that the database is correctly configured in topology.xml, that the database is running, and can be accessed using the details you have supplied.
Some features not supported by Solr indexes
Solr indexes do not support SSL, scaling out to multiple servers, or High Availability in this release.
Chart item attributes that are data type 'decimal' or 'double' are not populated when a subset of results is sent to the chart from a Quick Search
When you do a Quick Search in Analyst's Notebook Premium, if you select a subset of the results and send them to a chart, any item properties of type 'decimal' or 'double' are not populated in the charted item's attributes. However, if you use the check box to select all items and send them to a chart, then all properties are populated on the charted items, including 'decimals' and 'doubles'. Therefore, reduce the search results by refining the search criteria and or filter options so that all results can be sent to the chart.
JTDS JDBC driver for MS SQL Server does not support Secure connections
The version of the SQL Server JDBC driver that is used for i2 Analyze does not work with an SSL connection to SQL Server. A problem exists with the driver when it is used with Java 8. This issue affects the iBase Connector, Connector Creator, and the Analysis Repository when it is installed on SQL Server. It also affects any bespoke DAOD connectors to SQL Server that use the JTDS driver.
If you are using the iBase Connector or Connector Creator, instructions are available to deploy the Microsoft driver, which does support the secure connection. For more information, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21990836.
Note: These steps fix the issue only for the connection to the iBase database through the iBase Connector, or a SQL Server connection via Connector Creator, not to the analysis repository. If you have a bespoke DAOD Connector using a SQL Server repository that you want to connect in SSL mode, you must use the Microsoft driver, or other driver and test appropriately.
Quick Search does not support Read Cloaked
Read Cloaked is not supported in the Analyst's Notebook Premium Quick Search feature.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances
In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, restart the HTTP server to clear the connection state.
Geospatial types are not supported in the Information Store
Geospatial types are supported in the Analysis Repository, but are not supported in the Information Store.
Range filters display incorrectly if previous filters have been applied
When you filter search results in Analyst's Notebook Premium, filters for ranges such as date of birth between dates, display incorrect counts if previous filters have been applied.
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited
Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength and direction of links are not transferred from connected iBase databases
When the Intelligence Portal retrieves links from an iBase database, it does not retrieve the strength and direction information that is associated with those links. The links are displayed as solid lines with no arrowheads.
Unsupported options are enabled for connected iBase databases
If a user performs a Property Search or a Visual Query to retrieve data from an iBase database, the Intelligence Portal enables options that are not currently supported. i2 Analyze does not support the Add to Set, Merge, or Purge commands for use with the iBase connector. If a user selects one of these commands, an error occurs.
In iBase connector, some data types in the schema are incorrectly transformed
In the i2 Analyze schema that is created from an iBase schema, any Multi-Line Text (Append Only) fields are incorrectly transformed to single-line data types.
iBase connector does not support i2 Analyze schemas that contain duplicate type names
If your deployment of iBase connector is based on an existing deployment of i2 Analyze, then the i2 Analyze schema must not define entity and link types that have matching names. If this situation arises, the toolkit appears to generate the iBase schema correctly, but iBase is unable to create a database from it.

To resolve this issue, rename the entity type or the link type in the i2 schema appropriately.

Multiple iBase connectors are not supported
i2 Analyze supports a single iBase connector that connects to a single iBase database. However, other data access on-demand connectors can still be installed, and Connector Creator supports connections to multiple databases.
The downloaded Connector Creator configuration file can be invalid
In some circumstances, a Connector Creator configuration file that you download can be different from the file that was originally uploaded to the server.
  • If a <resource> element in the original configuration file did not have any child <queries> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <queries/> element.
  • If a <parameter> element within a query in the configuration file did not have any child <select> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <select/> element.
Before you reupload a previously downloaded Connector Creator configuration file, search for and remove any instances of <queries/> and <select/> elements.
Connector Creator and the Analysis Web Client cannot be deployed together
You cannot add Connector Creator to a deployment of i2 Analyze that includes the Analysis Web Client and the Information Store.
The JAX-RS 1.1 feature is no longer added to the i2 Analyze Liberty profile server features list
When you add the Analysis Web Client to i2 Analyze, Apache Wink .jar files are added to the standard toolkit, and the version of JAX-RS that is added to the Liberty server when you deploy i2 Analyze is upgraded to 2.0.
As a consequence of this change, any external connectors to i2 Analyze that use the JAVA API for RESTful web services for connections to the Intelligence Portal must be developed in one of the following ways:
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 2.0, and deployed as a separate web application from the rest of i2 Analyze.
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 1.1, and you must manually add JAX-RS 1.1 to the features list in the server.xml file, and exclude the Apache Wink .jar files from the web application file set.

    For more information, see the i2 Analyze Developer Essentials "two-phase data retrieval" example.

Login error if SSL certificate is not trusted by Windows
For SSL deployments, the Intelligence Portal displays an error at login if the Windows operating system on the client workstation does not trust the certificate for the server that hosts i2 Analyze. The error appears even when the browser on the client does trust the certificate.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment
In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment. After user credentials are verified, the Intelligence Portal continues to work as designed.

This problem also affects Analyst's Notebook Premium and Analysis Repository Schema Designer.

Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly
Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and later or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Microsoft Silverlight is disabled in Google Chrome 42 or later
If you use Google Chrome 42 or later, you must enable Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plug-ins to use the Intelligence Portal. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Analyze 4.1.2 is available.

Description

i2 Analyze is an enterprise intelligence analysis environment that facilitates information sharing and intelligence production with the flexibility of both web-based and rich desktop clients.

It accelerates analysis of large volumes of data through an extensible, service-oriented environment, designed to integrate into your existing enterprise infrastructure, and simplify database connectivity.

i2 Analyze supports operational analysis and improves situational awareness by providing faster, more informed decision making across and inside organizations.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

Any future releases will not be supported on Microsoft Windows Vista.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in i2 Analyze 4.1.2:

  • New modern search experience for the Information Store that is fully integrated with IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium to streamline the analysis workflow:
    • Perform quick searches to get instant results for specified keywords including misspellings and synonyms.
    • Add results to chart and expand items for further analysis using the comprehensive tools in Analyst's Notebook Premium.
    • Wide range of operators available for more precise searches including booleans, wildcards, phrases and exact matches.
    • Use advanced filters to explore search results and narrow the list of matches more quickly.
  • Information Store improvements to support a wider range of deployments:
    • Consolidated Information Store data model for use in both EIA Core and EIA Advanced deployments.
    • Apply multi-dimensional security to data in the Information Store to allow it to be searched by users with different access levels.
    • Audit API to capture logs for searches against the Information Store from Analyst's Notebook Premium.
    • New ingestion tool to assist with populating security and provenance information for records in the Information Store.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at: http://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=C0740B303B0311E6B85EC53D03B14E5E

Installing i2 Analyze 4.1.2

You must install the i2 Analyze software package before you deploy i2 Analyze, or upgrade to i2 Analyze from the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

  1. Extract the product files from your downloaded distribution.
  2. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and install IBM Installation Manager. The installation files for IBM Installation Manager are in the installation-manager directory.
  3. Run IBM Installation Manager and install the i2 Analyze software package.
    • Two versions of the software package are available. The installation repository location that IBM Installation Manager requires is the 4.1.2 version of the i2analyze-repository directory. This directory is in the location that you extracted or copied the product files into.
    After the package is installed, the files that you use to deploy i2 Analyze are present in the installation directory. The default installation directory is C:\IBM\i2analyze on Windows, and /opt/IBM/i2analyze on Linux.
  4. Deploy or upgrade to i2 Analyze. The following documents describe the process for deploying and upgrading to i2 Analyze:
Note: If you previously deployed the Analysis Web Client with i2 Analyze 4.0.0, 4.1.0 or 4.1.1, you must remove the Analysis Web Client from that deployment before you upgrade to version 4.1.2.

Multicultural support

i2 Analyze is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported
Note: The Analysis Web Client, the Information Store, iBase connector, and Connector Creator are all English-only.

Virtualization support

i2 Analyze is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When i2 Analyze is run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Note: The Analysis Web Client requires a WebGL-compatible configuration.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
Chart item attributes that are data type 'decimal' or 'double' are not populated when a subset of results is sent to the chart from a Quick Search
When you do a Quick Search in Analyst's Notebook Premium, if you select a subset of the results and send them to a chart, any item properties of type 'decimal' or 'double' are not populated in the charted item's attributes. However, if you use the check box to select all items and send them to a chart, then all properties are populated on the charted items, including 'decimals' and 'doubles'. Therefore, reduce the search results by refining the search criteria and or filter options so that all results can be sent to the chart.
JTDS JDBC driver for MS SQL Server does not support Secure connections
The version of the SQL Server JDBC driver that is used for i2 Analyze does not work with an SSL connection to SQL Server. A problem exists with the driver when it is used with Java 8. This issue affects the iBase Connector, Connector Creator, and the Analysis Repository when it is installed on SQL Server. It also affects any bespoke DAOD connectors to SQL Server that use the JTDS driver.
If you are using the iBase Connector or Connector Creator, instructions are available to deploy the Microsoft driver, which does support the secure connection. For more information, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21990836.
Note: These steps fix the issue only for the connection to the iBase database through the iBase Connector, or a SQL Server connection via Connector Creator, not to the analysis repository. If you have a bespoke DAOD Connector using a SQL Server repository that you want to connect in SSL mode, you must use the Microsoft driver, or other driver and test appropriately.
Quick Search does not support Read Cloaked
Read Cloaked is not supported in the Analyst's Notebook Premium Quick Search feature.
Searching might become unavailable or fail in some circumstances
In Analyst's Notebook Premium, if a search fails to complete or searching become unavailable, restart the HTTP server to clear the connection state.
Geospatial types are not supported in the Information Store
Geospatial types are supported in the Analysis Repository, but are not supported in the Information Store.
Range filters display incorrectly if previous filters have been applied
When you filter search results in Analyst's Notebook Premium, filters for ranges such as date of birth between dates, display incorrect counts if previous filters have been applied.
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited
Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength and direction of links are not transferred from connected iBase databases
When the Intelligence Portal retrieves links from an iBase database, it does not retrieve the strength and direction information that is associated with those links. The links are displayed as solid lines with no arrowheads.
Unsupported options are enabled for connected iBase databases
If a user performs a Property Search or a Visual Query to retrieve data from an iBase database, the Intelligence Portal enables options that are not currently supported. i2 Analyze does not support the Add to Set, Merge, or Purge commands for use with the iBase connector. If a user selects one of these commands, an error occurs.
In iBase connector, some data types in the schema are incorrectly transformed
In the i2 Analyze schema that is created from an iBase schema, any Multi-Line Text (Append Only) fields are incorrectly transformed to single-line data types.
iBase connector does not support i2 Analyze schemas that contain duplicate type names
If your deployment of iBase connector is based on an existing deployment of i2 Analyze, then the i2 Analyze schema must not define entity and link types that have matching names. If this situation arises, the toolkit appears to generate the iBase schema correctly, but iBase is unable to create a database from it.

To resolve this issue, rename the entity type or the link type in the i2 schema appropriately.

Multiple iBase connectors are not supported
i2 Analyze supports a single iBase connector that connects to a single iBase database. However, other data access on-demand connectors can still be installed, and Connector Creator supports connections to multiple databases.
The downloaded Connector Creator configuration file can be invalid
In some circumstances, a Connector Creator configuration file that you download can be different from the file that was originally uploaded to the server.
  • If a <resource> element in the original configuration file did not have any child <queries> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <queries/> element.
  • If a <parameter> element within a query in the configuration file did not have any child <select> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <select/> element.
Before you reupload a previously downloaded Connector Creator configuration file, search for and remove any instances of <queries/> and <select/> elements.
Connector Creator and the Analysis Web Client cannot be deployed together
You cannot add Connector Creator to a deployment of i2 Analyze that includes the Analysis Web Client and the Information Store.
The JAX-RS 1.1 feature is no longer added to the i2 Analyze Liberty profile server features list
When you add the Analysis Web Client to i2 Analyze, Apache Wink .jar files are added to the standard toolkit, and the version of JAX-RS that is added to the Liberty server when you deploy i2 Analyze is upgraded to 2.0.
As a consequence of this change, any external connectors to i2 Analyze that use the JAVA API for RESTful web services for connections to the Intelligence Portal must be developed in one of the following ways:
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 2.0, and deployed as a separate web application from the rest of i2 Analyze.
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 1.1, and you must manually add JAX-RS 1.1 to the features list in the server.xml file, and exclude the Apache Wink .jar files from the web application file set.

    For more information, see the i2 Analyze Developer Essentials "two-phase data retrieval" example.

Login error if SSL certificate is not trusted by Windows
For SSL deployments, the Intelligence Portal displays an error at login if the Windows operating system on the client workstation does not trust the certificate for the server that hosts i2 Analyze. The error appears even when the browser on the client does trust the certificate.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment
In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment. After user credentials are verified, the Intelligence Portal continues to work as designed.

This problem also affects Analyst's Notebook Premium and Analysis Repository Schema Designer.

Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly
Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and later or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Microsoft Silverlight is disabled in Google Chrome 42 or later
If you use Google Chrome 42 or later, you must enable Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plug-ins to use the Intelligence Portal. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

Analysis Web Client and Information Store known problems

The following problems relate to the Analysis Web Client and Information Store. Some of the problems also relate to Analyst's Notebook Premium in addition to the Analysis Web Client.
New features not available for the Analysis Web Client
The Analysis Web Client is provided with a version of the Information Store that does not support the newly introduced features.
Some features not supported by Solr indexes
Solr indexes do not support SSL, scaling out to multiple servers, or High Availability in this release.
Schema changes not possible to the Information Store after data ingestion
It is not possible to make schema or security schema changes to the Information store after data is ingested.
Selected search results are not visible in the results grid
If the user selects an item near the bottom of the search results grid, and closes the results window, when the results window is opened the selected item might not be in view. After the user scrolls, the area of the results grid that contains the selected item is displayed.
Time zones are not supported
Time zones are not supported in the Information Store. All date and date time strings are displayed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Changing the browser zoom level causes display errors
If the browser zoom level is changed from 100%, zooming in to and out from the chart might result in graphical artifacts from the previous zoom level remaining on the chart surface. Ensure that the browser zoom level is at 100% when you are using the Analysis Web Client.
Some data types are not displayed in search results
Some data types are not displayed in search results:
  • XML
  • Document
  • Picture
Unable to sort search results by time
When a user hovers the cursor over the Time column, the Sort button does not appear.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Analyze 4.1.1 is available.

Description

i2 Analyze is an extensible platform for intelligence analysis. The platform stores data in a flexible, scalable environment, and data access is controlled through a pervasive security model.

i2 Analyze supports different clients for different modes of use. A web-based thin client enables rapid access to intelligence and simple analysis. Adding IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium to i2 Analyze provides a rich client for extensive, multifaceted analysis.

i2 Analyze enables analysts and the wider operational team to work collaboratively across boundaries, sharing information and decisions in real time. To obtain greater insight and produce richer intelligence products, data from multiple disparate sources can be fused.

i2 Analyze ensures that front-line and back-office teams are effective across the whole enterprise, supporting analysis, decisions, and actions at the heart of the operation.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

Any future release will only support the latest update or service pack for each Microsoft Windows version that is supported, as listed at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/lifecycle.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in i2 Analyze 4.1.1:

  • Connection to an IBM i2 iBase database as an external data source: Data that is stored in an iBase database is available in the Intelligence Portal.
  • Creating connections to other external databases: The deployment toolkit now includes Connector Creator. Connector Creator allows you to run preconfigured queries on external databases without the creation of a custom data connector.
  • Configuration of the password that is used to encrypt the Lightweight Third-Party Authentication (LTPA) tokens: You can now set the LTPA keys password, which is useful if you would like to deploy i2 Analyze in systems that use LTPA authentication.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at: http://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=3E8B6660846311E5B8E08EB2D60FE72C

Installing i2 Analyze 4.1.1

You must install the i2 Analyze software package before you deploy i2 Analyze, or upgrade to i2 Analyze from the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

  1. Extract the product files from your downloaded distribution.
  2. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and install IBM Installation Manager. The installation files for IBM Installation Manager are in the installation-manager directory.
  3. Run IBM Installation Manager and install the i2 Analyze software package.
    • The installation repository location that IBM Installation Manager requires is the i2analyze-repository directory. This directory is in the location that you extracted or copied the product files into.
    After the package is installed, the files that you use to deploy i2 Analyze are present in the installation directory. The default installation directory is C:\IBM\i2analyze on Windows, and /opt/IBM/i2analyze on Linux.
  4. Deploy or upgrade to i2 Analyze. The following documents describe the process for deploying and upgrading to i2 Analyze:
Note: If you previously deployed the Analysis Web Client with i2 Analyze 4.0.0 or 4.1.0, you must remove it from that deployment before you upgrade to version 4.1.1.

Multicultural support

i2 Analyze is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported
Note: The Analysis Web Client, the Information Store, iBase connector, and Connector Creator are all English-only.

Virtualization support

i2 Analyze is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When i2 Analyze is run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Note: The Analysis Web Client requires a WebGL-compatible configuration.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
JTDS JDBC driver for MS SQL Server does not support Secure connections
The version of the SQL Server JDBC driver that is used for i2 Analyze does not work with an SSL connection to SQL Server. A problem exists with the driver when it is used with Java 8. This issue affects the iBase Connector, Connector Creator, and the Analysis Repository when it is installed on SQL Server. It also affects any bespoke DAOD connectors to SQL Server that use the JTDS driver.
If you are using the iBase Connector or Connector Creator, instructions are available to deploy the Microsoft driver, which does support the secure connection. For more information, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21990836.
Note: These steps fix the issue only for the connection to the iBase database through the iBase Connector, or a SQL Server connection via Connector Creator, not to the analysis repository. If you have a bespoke DAOD Connector using a SQL Server repository that you want to connect in SSL mode, you must use the Microsoft driver, or other driver and test appropriately.
The volume of data that can be returned from a data access on-demand data source is limited
Running Expand or Get Context on a data access on-demand data source is unable to return large volumes of data to IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook Premium or the Intelligence Portal. Users might encounter a memory limit error due to the number of items (or the number of properties on items) when the application returns the results of these commands.

For information about changing the maximum number of items that can be returned, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21979467.

The strength and direction of links are not transferred from connected iBase databases
When the Intelligence Portal retrieves links from an iBase database, it does not retrieve the strength and direction information associated with those links. The links are displayed as solid lines with no arrowheads.
Unsupported options are enabled for connected iBase databases
If a user performs a Property Search or a Visual Query to retrieve data from an iBase database, the Intelligence Portal enables options that are not currently supported. i2 Analyze does not support the Add to Set, Merge, or Purge commands for use with the iBase connector. If a user selects one of these commands, an error occurs.
In iBase connector, some data types in the schema are incorrectly transformed
In the i2 Analyze schema that is created from an iBase schema, any Multi-Line Text (Append Only) fields are incorrectly transformed to single-line data types.
iBase connector does not support i2 Analyze schemas that contain duplicate type names
If your deployment of iBase connector is based on an existing deployment of i2 Analyze, then the i2 Analyze schema must not define entity and link types that have matching names. If this situation arises, the toolkit appears to generate the iBase schema correctly, but iBase is unable to create a database from it.

To resolve this issue, rename the entity type or the link type in the i2 schema appropriately.

Multiple iBase connectors are not supported
i2 Analyze supports a single iBase connector that connects to a single iBase database. However, other data access on-demand connectors can still be installed, and Connector Creator supports connections to multiple databases.
The downloaded Connector Creator configuration file can be invalid
In some circumstances, a Connector Creator configuration file that you download can be different from the file that was originally uploaded to the server.
  • If a <resource> element in the original configuration file did not have any child <queries> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <queries/> element.
  • If a <parameter> element within a query in the configuration file did not have any child <select> elements, the downloaded version contains an invalid <select/> element.
Before you re-upload a previously downloaded Connector Creator configuration file, search for and remove any instances of <queries/> and <select/> elements.
Connector Creator and the Analysis Web Client cannot be deployed together
You cannot add Connector Creator to a deployment of i2 Analyze that includes the Analysis Web Client and the Information Store.
The JAX-RS 1.1 feature is no longer added to the i2 Analyze Liberty profile server features list
When you add the Analysis Web Client to i2 Analyze, Apache Wink .jar files are added to the standard toolkit, and the version of JAX-RS that is added to the Liberty server when you deploy i2 Analyze is upgraded to 2.0.
As a consequence of this change, any external connectors to i2 Analyze that use the JAVA API for RESTful web services for connections to the Intelligence Portal must be developed in one of the following ways:
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 2.0, and deployed as a separate web application from the rest of i2 Analyze.
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 1.1, and you must manually add JAX-RS 1.1 to the features list in the server.xml file, and exclude the Apache Wink .jar files from the web application file set.

    For more information, see the i2 Analyze Developer Essentials "two-phase data retrieval" example.

Login error if SSL certificate is not trusted by Windows
For SSL deployments, the Intelligence Portal displays an error at login if the Windows operating system on the client workstation does not trust the certificate for the server that hosts i2 Analyze. The error appears even when the browser on the client does trust the certificate.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment
In some situations, users are prompted to log in even when they are in a single sign-on environment. After user credentials are verified, the Intelligence Portal continues to work as designed.

This problem also affects IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium and Analysis Repository Schema Designer.

Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly
Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and later or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Microsoft Silverlight is disabled in Google Chrome 42 or later
If you use Google Chrome 42 or later, you must enable Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plug-ins to use the Intelligence Portal. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

Analysis Web Client and Information Store known problems

The following problems only relate to the Analysis Web Client and Information Store:
Selected search results are not visible in the results grid
If the user selects an item near the bottom of the search results grid, and closes the results window, when the results window is opened the selected item might not be in view. After the user scrolls, the area of the results grid that contains the selected item is displayed.
Existing charts in the file store cannot be opened in version 4.1.1
If a cached chart was created in the Analysis Web Client at version 3.0.11, 4.0.0, or 4.1.0, it cannot be opened from the cache in version 4.1.1. To use cached charts that were created in the previous version, the user must save any charts to the local file system before upgrading to version 4.1.1.
Time zones are not supported
Time zones are not supported in the Information Store. All date and date time strings are displayed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Changing the browser zoom level causes display errors
If the browser zoom level is changed from 100%, zooming in to and out from the chart might result in graphical artifacts from the previous zoom level remaining on the chart surface. Ensure that the browser zoom level is at 100% when you are using the Analysis Web Client.
Some data types are not displayed in search results
Some data types are not displayed in search results:
  • XML
  • Document
  • Picture
Unable to sort search results by time
When a user hovers the cursor over the Time column, the Sort button does not appear.
Changing the Information Store schema can cause errors
This release provides no support for changing the Information Store schema after it is deployed. If the Information Store schema is changed, errors can occur in the server when using search.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Analyze 4.1.0 is available.

Description

i2 Analyze is an extensible platform for intelligence analysis. The platform stores data in a flexible, scalable environment, and data access is controlled through a pervasive security model.

i2 Analyze supports different clients for different modes of use. A web-based thin client enables rapid access to intelligence and simple analysis. Adding IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium to i2 Analyze provides a rich client for extensive, multifaceted analysis.

i2 Analyze enables analysts and the wider operational team to work collaboratively across boundaries, sharing information and decisions in real time. To obtain greater insight and produce richer intelligence products, data from multiple disparate sources can be fused.

i2 Analyze ensures that front-line and back-office teams are effective across the whole enterprise, supporting analysis, decisions, and actions at the heart of the operation.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in i2 Analyze 4.1.0:

  • Dynamic role-based security model: The permissions that groups receive can be changed after deployment without the need to modify items, or clear data from the system.
  • Encoded credentials: The passwords that are stored in the credentials file in the toolkit are encoded when the i2 Analyze is deployed.
  • Clear the search index: The search index can now be cleared when the Analysis Repository is deployed on Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Security settings are shown in the Intelligence Portal, regardless of the user's grant permissions. Unauthorized users remain unable to edit grant permissions. (APAR PO05285)
  • During an event replay, the log file scanner tool timeout is increased. (APAR PO05186)

The following new and updated features are available in i2 Analyze 4.1.0 for the Analysis Web Client and the Information Store:

  • Visual query: Users can construct visual queries over the Information Store to look for patterns in large volumes of data.
  • Text search: When using text search for the Information Store, results include fuzzy matches such as synonyms and words that are spelled like the search terms.
  • Background searches: Users can set searches to run in the background, and a notification is displayed when each search is completed.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at: http://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=2FC7FC8061F711E5A8DABB56563AC132

Installing i2 Analyze 4.1.0

You must install the i2 Analyze software package before you deploy i2 Analyze, or upgrade to i2 Analyze from the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

  1. Extract the product files from your downloaded distribution.
  2. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and install IBM Installation Manager. The installation files for IBM Installation Manager are in the installation-manager directory.
  3. Run IBM Installation Manager and install the i2 Analyze software package.
    • The installation repository location that IBM Installation Manager requires is the i2analyze-repository directory. This directory is in the location that you extracted or copied the product files into.
    After the package is installed, the files that you use to deploy i2 Analyze are present in the installation directory. The default installation directory is C:\IBM\i2analyze on Windows, and /opt/IBM/i2analyze on Linux.
  4. Deploy or upgrade to i2 Analyze. The following documents describe the process for deploying and upgrading to i2 Analyze:
Note: If you previously deployed the Analysis Web Client with i2 Analyze 4.0, you must remove it from that deployment before you upgrade to version 4.1.

Multicultural support

i2 Analyze is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported
Note: The Analysis Web Client and Information Store are English only.

Virtualization support

i2 Analyze is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When i2 Analyze is run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Note: The Analysis Web Client requires a WebGL-compatible configuration.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
The JAX-RS feature is no longer added to the i2 Analyze Liberty profile server features list
To support the Analysis Web Client, Apache Wink .jar files are added to the standard toolkit and the version of JAX-RS that is added to the Liberty server when you deploy i2 Analyze with the Analysis Web Client is upgraded to 2.0.
As a consequence of this change, any external connectors to i2 Analyze that use the JAVA API for RESTful web services for connections to the Intelligence Portal must be developed in either of the following ways:
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 2.0 and deployed as a separate web application to the rest of i2 Analyze.
  • The connector must be developed to use JAX-RS 1.1, and you must manually add JAX-RS 1.1 to the features list in the liberty server.xml and exclude the Apache Wink .jar files from the web application file set.

    For more information, see the i2 Analyze Developer Essentials "two-phase data retrieval" example.

Items in the Analysis Repository cannot have more than one value from unordered security dimensions
New deployments of i2 Analyze 4.1 use a security model in which users assign dimension values to items in the Analysis Repository. At this version, it is not possible to assign multiple values from an unordered security dimension to the same item.
IBM Data Studio is no longer included in the i2 Analyze bundle
In this release, IBM Data Studio is no longer included in the i2 Analyze bundle. IBM Data Studio provides an integrated, modular environment for database development and administration of IBM DB2 installations. IBM Data Studio can be downloaded at no charge from http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/im/data/.
Login error if SSL certificate is not trusted by Windows
For SSL deployments, the Intelligence Portal displays an error at login if the Windows operating system on the client workstation does not trust the certificate for the server that hosts i2 Analyze. The error appears even when the browser on the client does trust the certificate.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment
In some situations, users are prompted to log in again. After user credentials are verified, the Intelligence Portal continues to work as designed.

This problem also affects IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium and Analysis Repository Schema Designer.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly
Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and later or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Microsoft Silverlight is disabled in Google Chrome 42 or later
If you use Google Chrome 42 or later, you must enable Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plug-ins to use the Intelligence Portal. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

Analysis Web Client and Information Store known problems

The following problems only relate to the Analysis Web Client and Information Store:
Selected search results are not visible in the results grid
If the user selects an item near the bottom of the search results grid, and closes the results window, when the results window is opened the selected item might not be in view. After the user scrolls, the area of the results grid that contains the selected item is displayed.
Existing charts in the file store cannot be opened in version 4.1.0
If a cached chart was created in the Analysis Web Client at version 3.0.11 or 4.0.0, it cannot be opened from the cache in version 4.1.0. To use cached charts that were created in the previous version, the user must save any charts to the local file system before upgrading to version 4.1.0.
Time zones are not supported
Time zones are not supported in the Information Store. All date and date time strings are displayed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Changing the browser zoom level causes display errors
If the browser zoom level is changed from 100%, zooming in to and out from the chart might result in graphical artifacts from the previous zoom level remaining on the chart surface. Ensure that the browser zoom level is at 100% when you are using the Analysis Web Client.
Some data types are not displayed in search results
Some data types are not displayed in search results:
  • XML
  • Document
  • Picture
Unable to sort search results by time
When a user hovers the cursor over the Time column, the Sort button does not appear.
Changing the Information Store schema can cause errors
This release provides no support for changing the Information Store schema after it is deployed. If the Information Store schema is changed, errors can occur in the server when using search.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Analyze 4.0.0 is available.

Description

i2 Analyze is an extensible platform for intelligence analysis. The platform stores data in a flexible, scalable environment, and data access is controlled through a pervasive security model.

i2 Analyze supports different clients for different modes of use. A web-based thin client enables rapid access to intelligence and simple analysis. Adding IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium to i2 Analyze provides a rich client for extensive, multifaceted analysis.

i2 Analyze enables analysts and the wider operational team to work collaboratively across boundaries, sharing information and decisions in real time. To obtain greater insight and produce richer intelligence products, data from multiple disparate sources can be fused.

i2 Analyze ensures that front-line and back-office teams are effective across the whole enterprise, supporting analysis, decisions, and actions at the heart of the operation.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in i2 Analyze 4.0.0:
  • The Intelligence Analysis Platform is renamed to IBM i2 Analyze
  • Data load ELP stage migration is supported

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at: http://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=4529DEE0EF3311E4989B60FF8B09BCE8

Installing i2 Analyze 4.0.0

You must install the i2 Analyze software package before you deploy i2 Analyze, or upgrade to i2 Analyze from the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

  1. Extract the product files from your downloaded distribution.
  2. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and install IBM Installation Manager. The installation files for IBM Installation Manager are in the installation-manager directory.
  3. Run IBM Installation Manager and install the i2 Analyze software package.
    • The installation repository location that IBM Installation Manager requires is the i2analyze-repository directory. This directory is in the location that you extracted or copied the product files into.
    After the package is installed, the files that you use to deploy i2 Analyze are present in the installation directory. The default installation directory is C:\IBM\i2analyze on Windows, and /opt/IBM/i2analyze on Linux.
  4. Deploy or upgrade to i2 Analyze. The following documents describe the process for deploying and upgrading to i2 Analyze:
Note: If you deployed the Analysis Web Client with Intelligence Analysis Platform version 3.0.11, the upgrade process also updates the Analysis Web Client. The upgrade process clears any data and re-creates the Information Store. To upgrade without losing data, rename the database before you start the process. After you deploy the new software, import the data from the old database into the new one.

Multicultural support

i2 Analyze is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported
Note: The Analysis Web Client and Information Store are English only.

Virtualization support

i2 Analyze is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When i2 Analyze is run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Note: The Analysis Web Client requires a WebGL-compatible configuration.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in i2 Analyze is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
Login error if SSL certificate is not trusted by Windows
For SSL deployments, the Intelligence Portal displays an error at login if the Windows operating system on the client workstation does not trust the certificate for the server that hosts i2 Analyze. The error appears even when the browser on the client does trust the certificate.
Login prompt appears in a single sign-on environment

In some situations, users are prompted to log in again. After user credentials are verified, the Intelligence Portal continues to work as designed.

This problem also affects IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium and Analysis Repository Schema Designer.

Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly
Although i2 Analyze supports right-to-left text, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, i2 Analyze does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed.
Double-byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
i2 Analyze cannot accept double-byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double-byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted. If you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and later or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Microsoft Silverlight is disabled in Google Chrome 42 or later
If you use Google Chrome 42 or later, you must enable Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plug-ins to use the Intelligence Portal. For more information, see Microsoft Silverlight may not work in recent versions of Google Chrome.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results. Evaluate the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors, and if necessary, you can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. You can modify the search configuration for a language during deployment.

  Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

Analysis Web Client and Information Store known problems

The following problems only relate to the Analysis Web Client and Information Store:
Item label persists after an undo to revert to an empty label
If a user adds a label to an item that did not have a label, the added label persists on the chart when the user undoes the action. The label does not persist if the user refreshes the page after they click Undo.
Existing charts in the file store cannot be opened in version 4.0.0
If a cached chart was created in the Analysis Web Client at version 3.0.11, it cannot be opened from the cache in version 4.0.0. To use cached charts that were created in the previous version, the user must save any charts to the local file system before upgrading to version 4.0.0.
Time zones are not supported
Time zones are not supported in the Information Store. All date and date time strings are displayed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
No unsupported browser warning
If you use Internet Explorer version 8 or earlier, a blank page might be displayed when you connect to the Analysis Web Client. To use the Analysis Web Client, use Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 33, Google Chrome 42, or an alternative supported browser.
Mouse clicks on the chart surface might be registered incorrectly
If a user clicks within the label of an item that is open for editing, the click is also registered in another position on the chart. If the other position contains an item, that item is selected. If the user then attempts to drag the label, the other item is moved.
No notification that the Analysis Web Client is performing long-running actions
When a long-running action (for example a complex layout) is initiated by a keyboard shortcut, the user is not always presented with a notification that the action is in progress.
Chart zoom level can be set incorrectly to 0%
Sometimes when the browser window is refreshed, the chart zoom level is set to 0%. To set the chart to a viewable size, the user must click the Actual size button.
Changing the browser zoom level causes display errors
If the browser zoom level is changed from 100%, zooming in to and out from the chart might result in graphical artifacts from the previous zoom level remaining on the chart surface. Ensure that the browser zoom level is at 100% when you are using the Analysis Web Client.
Some data types are not displayed in search results
Some data types are not displayed in search results:
  • XML
  • Document
  • Picture
Unable to sort search results by time
When a user hovers the cursor over the Time column, the Sort button does not appear.
Changing the Information Store schema can cause errors
This release provides no support for changing the Information Store schema after it is deployed. If the Information Store schema is changed, errors can occur in the server when using search.
Opening saved charts that contain Information Store items
The Analysis Web Client fails to save some properties to Web Analysis Chart files correctly. When a saved chart contains items whose properties have date, time, date and time, or decimal values, attempting to view the properties of those items results in an error message.
Information Store is added as an external data source in the Intelligence Portal
When you have added the Analysis Web Client to a deployment of i2 Analyze, any future redeployment of the platform causes the Information Store to appear as an option in the Intelligence Portal. Whenever you redeploy the platform, you must follow the instructions in the Analysis Web Client Deployment Guide for modifying the ExternalDataSources.xml file.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.11 is available.

Description

The Intelligence Analysis Platform is an extensible environment for intelligence analysis. The platform stores data in a flexible, scalable environment, and data access is controlled through a pervasive security model.

The Intelligence Analysis Platform supports different clients for different modes of use. A web-based thin client enables rapid access to intelligence and simple analysis. Adding IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium to the Intelligence Analysis Platform provides a rich client for extensive, multifaceted analysis.

The Intelligence Analysis Platform enables analysts and the greater operational team to work collaboratively across boundaries, sharing information and decisions in real time. To obtain greater insight and produce richer intelligence products, data from multiple disparate sources can be fused.

The Intelligence Analysis Platform ensures that front-line and back-office teams are effective across the whole enterprise, supporting analysis, decisions, and actions at the heart of the operation.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details
Note: Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.11 is the last release for which deployment on IBM DB2® 9.7 is supported. Any future release will require upgrading to a currently supported database.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.11:

Deployment highlights:
  • Simplified architecture: The Intelligence Analysis Platform can now be deployed on a single physical server.
  • Simplified deployment: There are fewer manual steps that the deployer must complete.
  • Reduced prerequisites: The number of prerequisites for the Intelligence Analysis Platform is reduced. IBM WebSphere Application Server Full profile, IBM WebSphere MQ, and Python are no longer required.
  • Included prerequisites: The software package now includes WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile 8.5.5.5 and IBM Java 7.1 SDK.
  • Example deployment: An example Intelligence Analysis Platform deployment can be configured for demonstration purposes.
Monitoring highlights:
  • Startup and deployment monitoring: More accurate and informative logging is recorded in the log files and displayed in the command line when the Intelligence Analysis Platform is deployed, and when WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile is started through the toolkit.
  • Improved validation: The validation of configuration files is improved before a deployment.
Intelligence Portal highlights:
  • Automatic and manual log out: The Intelligence Portal allows users to log out. The platform can be configured for users to be automatically logged out if they are inactive for a specified length of time, or users can explicitly log out.
  • Bulk operations: The Intelligence Portal allows users to select the number of items to display per page so that large numbers of items can be deleted from, or added to, a set of items.

Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.11 also introduces the analysis web client and the information store. The analysis web client allows analysts to search and chart the analysis-ready data in the information store.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at: http://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=F9D76920CC8811E4B777BBD65C327F42

Note: At version 3.0.11, the Intelligence Analysis Platform no longer supports deployment on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (all variants), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 5, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 6 Update 0.

Installing Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.11

You must install the Intelligence Analysis Platform software package before you deploy or upgrade the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

  1. Extract the product files from your downloaded distribution.
  2. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and install IBM Installation Manager. The installation files for IBM Installation Manager are in the installation-manager directory.
  3. Run IBM Installation Manager and install the Intelligence Analysis Platform software package.
    • The installation repository location that IBM Installation Manager requires is the iap-repository directory. This directory is in the location that you extracted or copied the product files into.
    After the package is installed, the files that you use to deploy the Intelligence Analysis Platform are present in the installation directory. The default installation directory is C:\IBM\iap on Windows, and opt/IBM/iap on Linux.
  4. Deploy or upgrade the Intelligence Analysis Platform. The following documents describe the process for deploying and upgrading the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

Multicultural support

The Intelligence Analysis Platform is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported

Virtualization support

The Intelligence Analysis Platform is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When you run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system, are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in the Intelligence Analysis Platform is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
Data load ELP stage migration is not supported
Migration of an existing Data load ELP stage is not supported in Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.11.0.
Log in error if SSL certificate is not trusted by Windows
For SSL deployments, an error is displayed at login if the certificate for the server that hosts the Intelligence Analysis Platform is trusted by the browser that is used to open the Intelligence Portal, but not trusted by the Windows operating system on the client workstation.
Upgrading a deployment that uses WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile results in an error.
If you are upgrading a deployment that uses WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile, you may be warned that there is existing content in the wlp.home.dir and java.home.dir directories. WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile and IBM Java SDK are now embedded in Intelligence Analysis Platform and installed in the locations that are specified by the wlp.home.dir and java.home.dir properties.
If you are upgrading from a deployment that uses WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile, you must set the properties to the following values:
  • Set the value of wlp.home.dir to C:/IBM/iap/deploy/wlp on Windows, or opt/IBM/iap/deplpy/wlp on Linux.
  • Set the value of java.home.dir to C:/IBM/iap/deploy/java on Windows, or opt/IBM/iap/deploy/java on Linux.

And ensure that these locations are empty before running the upgrade.

Log in prompt appears in a single sign on environment

The way that the Intelligence Portal manages LTPA tokens is changed. In some situations, users will be prompted to log in again. Once the credentials have been verified, the Intelligence Portal will continue to work as designed.

The problem also affects IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium, and Analysis Repository Schema Designer.
Bidirectional text can be displayed incorrectly
Although there is right-to-left text support, the following problems can occur in environments that use right-to-left text:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tooltips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal, rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
The Intelligence Portal does not highlight information when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, Intelligence Analysis Platform does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. When you run in a group Analysis Repository environment, if you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed. The error occurs if you uploaded the document, and you attempt to download the document immediately after you saved the item.
Double byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
The Intelligence Analysis Platform cannot accept double byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, and then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted; if you close the tab and then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Search types vary in non-English-language regions
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results, which should be evaluated by the user. After evaluation, if the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors are less than favorable, the search configuration for a language can be modified during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. If the results for synonym matching behaviors are less than favorable, then the search configuration for a language can be modified during deployment.

  Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

Analysis web client and information store known problems

The following problems relate to the analysis web client and information store only:
Changing the browser zoom level causes display errors
If the browser zoom level is changed from 100%, zooming in and out of the chart might result in graphical artifacts from the previous zoom level remaining on the chart surface. Ensure that the browser zoom level is at 100% when you are using the analysis web client.
Some data types displayed incorrectly in search results
Some data types are not displayed optimally in search results:
  • Long text in properties is displayed by using line wrapping, and can cause the row to expand vertically.
  • Boolean data types are displayed as a number, instead of true or false.
  • Decimal data types always display 15 digits after the decimal point.
  • Time data types show an incorrect date in addition to the time value.
  • XML data types are displayed incorrectly.
Changing the information store schema can cause errors
This release provides no support for changing the information store schema after it is deployed. If the information store schema is changed, errors can occur in the server when using search.
No unsupported browser warning
If you use an unsupported browser, a blank page might be displayed when you connect to the analysis web client. To use the analysis web client, use Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 33, Google Chrome 42, or an alternative supported browser.
Undo or redo tooltip specific information is not displayed
After an item is added to a chart from search results, the tooltip for undo or redo does not contain specific information for that item.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

IBM® i2® Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.9 is available.

Description

The Intelligence Analysis Platform is an extensible environment for intelligence analysis. The platform stores data in a flexible, scalable environment, and data access is controlled through a pervasive security model.

The Intelligence Analysis Platform supports different clients for different modes of use. A web-based thin client enables rapid access to intelligence and simple analysis. Adding IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook® Premium to the Intelligence Analysis Platform provides a rich client for extensive, multi-faceted analysis.

The Intelligence Analysis Platform enables analysts and the greater operational team to work collaboratively across boundaries, sharing information and decisions in real time. To obtain greater insight and produce richer intelligence products, data from multiple disparate sources can be fused.

The Intelligence Analysis Platform ensures that front-line and back-office teams are effective across the whole enterprise, supporting analysis, decisions, and actions at the heart of the operation.

Announcement

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details
Note: Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.9 is the final release for which deployment on WebSphere Application Server Full profile is supported. Future releases will support deployment on WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile only.
Note: Microsoft withdraws extended support for Microsoft Server 2003 (all variants) in July 2015. Customers are encouraged to migrate to Microsoft Server 2012 or another suitable environment. Future releases of i2 Intelligence Analysis products are not supported in this environment.

Release highlights

The following new and updated features are available in Intelligence Analysis Platform 3.0.9:

  • Expanded national language support: This release adds globalization and language translation for Hebrew, Arabic, and Turkish.
  • Image support: Images stored in the repository or external data sources can now be used to represent an item when charting.
  • Indexing: The search index behavior for non-English locales has been improved.
  • Read-only repository: Analysis Repository Schema Designer can disable all item types to prevent users from creating items in the Analysis Repository.
  • Search improvements:
    • Accented characters are now sorted alphabetically.
    • Partial strings can now be searched for in languages other than English.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements at:

Installing Intelligence Analysis Platform

You must install the Intelligence Analysis Platform software package before you deploy the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

  1. Extract the product files from your downloaded distribution.
  2. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and install IBM Installation Manager. The installation files for IBM Installation Manager are in the installation-manager directory.
  3. Run IBM Installation Manager and install the Intelligence Analysis Platform software package.
    • The installation repository location that is required by IBM Installation Manager is the iap-repository directory. This directory is in the location that you extracted or copied the product files into.
    • The iap-repository directory contains Intelligence Analysis Platform installation files and the repository.config file that is required by IBM Installation Manager.
    After the package is installed, the files that you use to deploy Intelligence Analysis Platform are present in the installation directory. The default installation directory is C:\IBM\iap-3.0.9.
  4. Deploy Intelligence Analysis Platform. The following documents describe the process for deploying and upgrading the Intelligence Analysis Platform:

Multicultural support

Intelligence Analysis Platform is developed in US English. IBM supports this product in the English language on various regional versions of the supported operating systems. The following table details the support status of the operating system locales:

Language group/language Language collection Supported values
Arabic Complex script Supported
Armenian Complex script Unsupported
Baltic Basic Supported
Central Europe Basic Supported
Cyrillic Basic Supported
Dhivehi Complex script Unsupported
Galician Basic Unsupported
Georgian Complex script Unsupported
Greek Basic Unsupported
Gujarati Complex script Unsupported
Hebrew Complex script Supported
Iridic Complex script Unsupported
Japanese East Asian Supported
Kannada Complex script Unsupported
Korean East Asian Supported
Kyrgyz Basic Unsupported
Mongolian (Cyrillic) Basic Unsupported
Punjabi Complex script Unsupported
Simplified Chinese East Asian Supported
Syriac Complex script Unsupported
Telugu Complex script Unsupported
Thai Complex script Unsupported
Traditional Chinese East Asian Supported
Turkic Basic Supported
Vietnamese Complex script Unsupported
Western Europe and US Basic Supported

Virtualization support

Intelligence Analysis Platform is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When you run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system, are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in the Intelligence Analysis Platform is the online version of these release notes at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27027038.

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:
Bidirectional text support
Although right-to-left text support has been added to this release, a number of issues have been reported:
  • Visual Query search conditions do not display correctly when using right-to-left text.
  • Negative numbers display incorrectly in edit mode.
  • Some tool tips for left-to-right text in a right-to-left enabled system are displayed with the text mirrored.
Non-English help is not indexed
The help that is supplied with the Intelligence Portal is only indexed in English.
Entering some combinations of multibyte Unicode characters displays an incorrect glyph
Certain combinations of multibyte Unicode characters display as a square in the Intelligence Portal rather than the expected glyph.
Japanese text uses Chinese font for punctuation
Certain Japanese punctuation characters are displayed as the equivalent Chinese characters when you enter Japanese text.
Highlighting information is not supplied when the Starts With operator is used
If a column filter or a search condition uses the Starts With operator, Intelligence Analysis Platform does not supply highlighting information.
Potential latency when you attach documents
There might be a delay between creating items with documents attached and being able to download the documents. If you make a document download request before the document is available, an error is displayed. This error occurs if you uploaded the document, and you attempt to download the document immediately after you save the item when you run in a group Analysis Repository environment.
Double byte characters cannot be used to input date and time values
The Intelligence Analysis Platform cannot accept double byte characters as input into date properties and time properties. More specifically, you cannot use the wider representations of western numbers that double byte character sets include.
The Intelligence Portal does not support non-Gregorian calendars
In locales with non-Gregorian default calendars, a Gregorian calendar is used instead for entry and display of dates.
Item label appears to be updated after edits are canceled
If you change an item that if saved would cause the item label to change, then click Cancel to discard your changes, the item label changes to include the canceled edits. The data is not saved and the label change is not persisted; if you close the tab then reopen the item, the original label is displayed.
Some Intelligence Portal capabilities are disabled on certain browsers
If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, you cannot use Intelligence Portal visualization and visual query capabilities. To use these features, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 or consider an alternative supported web browser.
Supported search types
There are some limitations with exact and fuzzy matching in non-English-language regions:
  • Western European script (Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Cyrillic scripts (Russian):

    Exact matching produces successful results. Matches that are based on synonyms or similar spellings might return less useful results, which should be evaluated by the user. After evaluation, if the results for similar spelling and synonym matching behaviors are less than favorable, the search configuration for a language can be modified during deployment.

  • East Asian scripts (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese):

    Exact matching produces mixed results. The indexing process is heavily reliant on word boundaries (for example, a space). As these scripts do not reflect the same word boundaries as western scripts, exact matching can provide weak or no results for text fragments. Exact matching works, however, in whole character sequences, such as the equivalent to English sentences. Matches based on synonyms can return less useful results than in English. If the results for synonym matching behaviors are less than favorable, then the search configuration for a language can be modified during deployment.

  Exact match Spelled Like Synonyms
English Good Good Good
Western European and Cyrillic scripts Good Configurable Configurable
East Asian scripts Mixed No Configurable

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

Document information

More support for: i2 Analyze

Software version: 3.0.9, 3.0.11, 4.0.0, 4.1.0, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4, 4.1.5, 4.1.6

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 7027038

Modified date: 20 March 2018


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