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Status Submitted
Workspace Cognos Analytics
Components Administration
Created by Guest
Created on May 17, 2022

Set Capability in Teamcontent and on Datasources/Dataservers

In Cognos, I want to set role/group base capability on items in Team Content and on datasources/dataservers. Users have permissions on lots of sources, like datasources/dataservers, datamodules and packages, because users run Cognos reports and dashboards on it.

Some users have the capability to build reports, dashboards, explorations and also datamodules. But they are not allowed to build against all sources they have access too. You want to deny build capability in combination on some sources. Like deny using Reporting on package HR. Group/role based.

The last example is possible to arrange. In Teamcontent, properties of the package, tab capalilities, link Set... This takes me to a screen where I can grant or deny capabilties per group or role on this item, the package. I can deny permissons of Report Studio (Reporting). This is a Cognos 10 screen in Cognos Analytics and is build in Cognos 10 for a reason.

My wish is to extend this screen, with the new Cognos Analytics capabilities. So you can also grant/deny on Dashboarding, Exploration, Web moddeling, Story, etc.

My wish is also to be able to set this capabilities on Dataservers, so you can deny web moddeling on a Dataserver, also group/role based.


My company had hundreds of customers that use Cognos. And using it more intensive lately. Meaning I got this question from a few of them lately.

The work around is to set deny permissions on Read, Write and Set policy. And access permissions on Execute and Traverse. But this is not full proof, this prohibits building new stuff on it, but when opening an exisiting datamodule a user still can search, find and use tables from the connected database. Witch allowes a user to search tables and content in it, in a database he does not belong in. And finding for example Salary of financial information he is not allowed to see or query.


It is a logical extent of functionalliy that was there in Cognos 10. I think is is a must have. Hoping it will be there soon in Cognos Analytics.

Needed By Quarter