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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a Cofounder & Technical Advisor here at the BeyeNETWORK. Having covered the business intelligence and data warehousing industry for more than 15 years, I'm looking forward to a more interactive form of communication with all of you. Please share your comments and thoughts!

 

 

We talk a lot about getting business intelligence into the hands of everyone who needs it. Over the past year or two the vendor community has recognized this need and seems to be tracking toward that goal. But once a technology has been selected who is truly responsible for the adoption? Companies that are successful generally have passionate, creative team leaders who "get it". I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Dean at a Cognos User Conference this year and was struck by her out of the box thinking and attitude. Susan is the Business Intelligence Director at Mölnlycke Health Care US, LLC and she and her team have taken the challenge of business intelligence adoption head on.

Perhaps her best tool is the book her team created titled "Cognos 4 Dummies, The complete guide for using Cognos to make reports, presentations and targeting easier". A 90+ page guide for users to discover Cognos Cheat Sheets, The stuff We Always Forget, Whats Available and Where is it and a bunch more. Its an incredible resource and one that according to Susan was developed out of necessity, her team is small. They needed a way to service the users (100+) without sacrificing their ability to evolve and grow.

From an ROI standpoint Susan's efforts have been rewarded, monthly forecasting has taken huge leaps in time savings up to 75% reduction, they have grown the business intelligence reach into the marketing department and other critical areas of the business. Susan has partnered with Cognos to create a culture that services her business users like clients and Cognos has worked with Susan to match service needs to the business in order to continue the fostering and adoption.

Susan would be mad if I finished this post without sharing the spotlight, she will tell you that this can't be done without a solid and dedicated team and and executive group that gets it as well. Susan also gives credit to Cognos for taking the standard vendor relationship outside the box.

Susan has been known to wear t-shirts promoting BI use at her company and she attends every user group so keep an eye out for her at the next Cognos function.

Keep up the good work Susan!!

UPDATE: 07/24/07 As of today I have sent out 100 copies of the Cognos for Dummies PDF. I am glad you all are enjoying the resource. Again, my thanks to Susan Dean and her team for creating it.

UPDATE: 09/02/07 Follow this link to see an update about distribution - Keep those requests coming!!

UPDATE 11/04/07 Susan Dean the Author of Cognos 4 Dummies stopped by the blog this past week and was stunned to see how many of you are enjoying the resource. She hopes to update it in the near future and will add Cognos 8 information as well. Thanks Susan!!!

UPDATE 1/29/08 File alert the PDF is 5 Meg so if you have requested it and not received it it was probably rejected by your mail server. Feel free to re-request it using a Gmail or Hotmail type account. I've lost track of how many have gone out but as you can see I get 2 -4 requests almost every day.

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Posted November 28, 2006 11:12 AM
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I'm not sure but I will pass on your comment to Susan and the folks at Cognos

Susan has forwarded a copy of the book to me in PDF format. If you want a copy drop me a note with your email address and I'll forward a copy. Thanks Susan!!!

Cognos 4 dummies sounds great, please send me a copy. thanks!

(I know that this is an old thread, but) Sounds great, any help will be of assistance. Please send me a copy.

Thanks

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Hello,

Could you kindly forward me the PDF copy ?

Thanks!

Eli

This is exactly what I need. Would you please forward me a copy. Thank you

Can you kindly forward me a copy.

Regards

Please send me a copy as well.

Thank you

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Hi Susan,
Would you kindly forward me a copy of this guide.
Many thanks for your efforts and for sharing.

Best Regards,
radha

Would you please forward a copy of your Cognos for Dummies guide? I would greatly appreciate it!!!

Could you please forward me a copy of your cognos for idiots guide.

Thanks
Gary

Hi, could you please send me a copy of the updated Cognos Guide?

Could you please send me a copy of the updated Cognos Guide and/or Cognos for Dummies

Hi could you please be so kind and forward me a copy of the guide.
I would appreciate it a lot! Thank you for your effort and for sharing all of this.

Best Regards,
Divya

Just started using Cognos for invoicing. Very complex. Would appreciate a copy of Cognos for dummies. Thanks.

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Please, may You send me a copy? I need 'Cognos for Dummies' to study, for job. Many thanks and best regards
Katherine

Shawn, I love your blog and I would love to have a copy of 'Cognos for Dummies'.

Thanks in advance,

-Steven

Hello! This sounds great! Could someone please send the PDF along to me? Thank you, James

Is it still possible to get a copy of this. It would be very much appreciated.

Regards,

Ray

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would like a copy also pdf is fine

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Can you please send me the pdf file for the cognos for duummies book.

Thanks
Prasad M

Kindly forward me a copy

Thanks

Hello again. If the pdf is too big to send via email, does it reside somewhere on the net, where I may be able to download it?

I am new to cognos reporting and having Major problems with report studio please forward cognos for dummies

Hi! Can you please email the Cognos 4 Dummies PDF? Thanks!

Hello - Hi I am a new Cognos user, can you please send me the pdf file for the Cognos for Dummies (yes that's me). I really appreciate it!

Could you please send me a copy of Cognos for Dummies. I am a Business Object person and I am having issues figuring out the way they do things. Thanks.

Looking for Cognos for Dummies, I could really use the help. Not sure if you answered my 8/14 request, but I didn't see it. Please let me know.

Hi, Can you send me a pdf file for Cognos as I am new to this technology . Thanks for you consideration in advance!!

Is this PDF still available? I'm looking to learn Cognos.

Is it still possible to get the "Cognos4 Dummies" PDF?

Hello, I'm new to Cognos and have looked for a good reference guide. Could you please send me the PDF? Thanks!

Hello, I would be most grateful to receive a PDF copy of Cognos 4 Dummies by Susan Dean's team, if still possible. Thanks.

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Hello, I would be most grateful to receive a PDF copy of Cognos 4 Dummies by Susan Dean's team, if still possible. Thanks. TC

Shawn, would you mind passing the PDF along to a Cognos newbie? Thanks!

Is this PDF still available? I would love to have it.

If you still have the PDF from Susan, I would love to save time and headaches. Please send me a copy of the PDF. Thanks!

Is this PDF still available? I'm working for a company using an old version of Cognos (unsupported now) and can't find any training documentation.

Can I get the PDF as well?
Thank you.

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Please send me a copy of your Cognos for Dummies in pdf format.

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If the "Cognos for Dummies" pdf is still available, I would like to receive a copy, please. Many thanks --Kim Duncan

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I also would like to receive the PDF file

thnx

Arie Guijt
the Netherlands

Please send a copy of the Cognos for Dummies PDF? Thanks very much!

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