Defining GMail as the SMTP Mail Server in Cognos Connection

In anticipation of some upcoming articles, I needed to set up an email provider. Because it’s so ubiquitous, and because I’m lazy, I’m going to use GMail as my SMTP server. Here’s what to do. First, make sure you enable IMAP in the GMail settings. Click on the gear icon, settings, Forwarding and POP/IMAP, Enable…

Different Drillthroughs for Graph Elements

I recently received an interesting problem. A multi bar graph needed to have drillthroughs pointing to separate reports. The requirement is to have it seamless for the end-user, no transitional screens. If the user clicks on the revenue bar, it needs to go to the revenue report. If they click on the planned revenue bar,…

A few Report Studio tricks

Building reports in Cognos can be a fairly arduous process. A mistake early on in the development can cause some headaches later on. Quickly and efficiently building reports is best, but what if you have to go back and fix something? Fixing Extended Data Items One of the most common problems I run into is…