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490 VOTE
Status Planned for future release
Workspace Cognos Analytics
Components Administration
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 12, 2016

Ability to Schedule a refresh of an Uploaded File

I would like to have the ability to schedule a refresh of an uploaded file. If you store your excel or text to a file share and grant Cognos access to that share, you should have the ability to schedule a refresh of that data file.

  • Guest
    Sep 12, 2022

    I'm deeply disappointed to see that this essential feature is not yet available in CA 11.2.3 !!!
    We are surely loosing opportunities against the competition ( Tableau, PwrBI etc..) due to the missing of this feature which is highly demanded by customers.

  • Guest
    Jun 23, 2021

    this was a long pending ask and will save every one time to have a customized solution

  • Guest
    Apr 7, 2021

    Yes. Our company also have business cases need to have the ability to schedule and refresh an uploaded file. Hope IBM can add the feature into next Cognos 11 release.

  • Guest
    Jun 12, 2020

    I think this functionality is already available. SQL server picks up the excel files from a shared folder. Then you set up a data module pointing to the external data source. It's a different process with the same results. Data feeds could be scheduled from a data module containing all these "external" feeds.

  • Guest
    May 19, 2020

    This should be prioritized above all the rest especially if Cognos Analytics team want to compete (or fend-off) with the vendors like MS Power BI or Tableau from stealing their user-base.

  • Guest
    Feb 20, 2019

    It is possible for the old "external data" functionality but we want to replace that by "uploaded files"

  • Guest
    Jan 11, 2019

    That would be great. You could schedule some reports to output as Excel or text and define output to server and use those outputs as datasource for dashboards.


Automate excel upload

Ability to automate excel files upload, in order to read these files on a fixed calendar, so the file relies in a certain shared folder, and it can be updated without user interaction,
almost 5 years ago in Cognos Analytics / Administration 3 Planned for future release