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Workspace Cognos Analytics
Created by Guest
Created on May 12, 2022

Adding Trusted or Endorsement badge to Data Modules

We would like to have the ability for Central IT Teams to share 'Trusted or Endorsed' Data Modules (maybe add a badge?) for our end-users to either consume the data module as stand-alone data module or for using it with their custom Data Module.

We would also like have these kinds of Data Modules to have extra controls where users would NOT be able to 'break' the linkage when using it in their data module and make modification to the 'Badged' data module.

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  • Guest
    May 13, 2022

    The end consumer of a data module is a business author.
    The trusted badge needs to be at an object level, not at the DM level.
    As a business author I would like to know the heritage of the objects within a data module I am using. Then if someone shares a DM with me, i know which bits are 'central objects', and which bits have been added by other users.
    It feels more like you need different badges for different objects within the module.
    Then as a business author i could say "only show me objects with the central IT badge", "show me objects from central IT and my team".

    The idea of not breaking links is good - but this requires a lot more things to be links! As joins, standalone calcs, nav paths (to name a few) arent links, then just having a trusted table isnt of value. If its a star schema i need to be able to trust the fact table, any dimensions, and the join! currently only the tables are links.

    On the bigger picture, the whole reusing bits of a data module in other data modules isn't really a good scalable solution though. The idea floated here is data modules managed by central IT teams. These data modules are typically going to be large complex for data warehouses. Why would a user want to bring bits of this large DM this into their own data module? Who is likely to have the biggest, most complicated DM, the central IT team, or the end user?
    What is the end user wanting to do, add a new calc? add a new bit of data - maybe an excel file?
    So the end user has to create a new DM, bring in all this stuff from the main IT held corporate DM, then add a new calc. And then repoint any reports, dashboards they may already have to their new DM to use that calc!
    Now imagine the central IT team has updated the central DM, maybe added some new calcs, some new tables, dimensions etc and the business user want to use those too. They have to open up their DM, bring in all the new stuff and then they can use it. And they are forever stuck in this pattern.