Cognos 11 Upgrade

Start: September 14, 2016 - End: Initiative Completed

The scope of this project is to upgrade all Cognos 10 shared environments to Cognos Analytics (11) shared environment(s). ITD has multiple agencies utilizing Cognos 10 shared database environment(s). All of these environments will be upgraded as part of this project.

This upgrade is required because IBM mainstream support for Cognos 10 will be at end of life in April 2018, and ITD policy states that applications are maintained at a level to ensure vendor support is available and critical security patches are provided. Additionally, there are numerous tools and features the state would like to utilize in the new version.

This effort will be completed in multiple phases, detailed below. Agencies impacted in the shared Cognos environments are Attorney Generals Office (CJIS), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Transportation (DOT), Information Technology Department (ITD), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and State Treasurer (ST).

For more informationon  Cognos Analytics (Version 11) information including the documents, Blogs, resources and videos, please click here.

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September 14, 2016


Friday, September 16, 2016

Current Milestone

Initial Communication to Agencies

Send a message from the ITD Service Desk to affected agencies.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Current Milestone

NDUS Proof of Concept

Complete proof of concept with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) to upgrade to Cognos 11 Analytics.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Current Milestone

Agencies Upgraded to Test Through Legislative Session

All other affected agencies will be upgraded to Cognos 11 Analytics on test environment. This will allow agencies to test through the legislative session.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Current Milestone

Version Comparisons

IBM Lab Services assisting with Version Comparisons and upgrade activities

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Current Milestone

Estimated Completion of Testing

All agencies should be out of the testing environment within Cognos 11

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Current Milestone

Estimated Production Shared Environment Upgrade

Upgrade Cognos 10.2.2 to Cognos 11.0.8 during the outage windows in the month of February 2018.  This migration is estimated to be completed by end of February, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Current Milestone

Cognos 10 End of Life

Cognos 10 will be at end of life by the end of April 2018