About this task
Connections provides vital metrics about your deployment. Metrics are presented simply, using charts that provide clear business value to users, executives, and administrators. IBM
Connections metrics are supported by IBM Cognos
® Business Intelligence, which you install as part of the Connections deployment. IBM
Connections application events, such as reading or creating objects, generate metrics that are stored in a database, which synchronizes with a Cognos
PowerCube to store data so it can be accessed along different dimensions. When a Connections user runs a Metrics report, the Cognos
server sends the data to the IBM
Connections metrics interface.
Authorized users can work with the charts interactively, filtering data by parameters such as geography and time period, and drilling down into data points for more detail. The Connections administrator can customize reports using a suite of Cognos
tools. Refer to the Cognos documentation
for detailed information on customizing reports as well as administering the PowerCube as well as the Cognos
What are metrics?Parent topic: Administering
The new Metrics application in IBM
Connections provides a comprehensive set of quantitative (measures) and qualitative (descriptions) metrics that help measure the business value of IBM
Connections in your organization. Connections uses IBM Cognos
Business Intelligence to collect and maintain metrics, and to generate reports that users can view directly in Connections. Metrics reports can be presented as tables or charts that you refine by selecting options such as the time period to report on, a particular application to focus on, and how to group users in the results.
Managing the Metrics environment
You can manage the Metrics environment by modifying configuration settings and running administrative commands that determine how Metrics data is collected and reported.
Updating the Cognos server with fix packs
Apply available fix packs to the Cognos
Business Intelligence server to provide important product corrections.
Backing up and restoring Metrics data
You can back up the PowerCube’s data on a monthly basis, or you can back up the entire Metrics database history. It is easier to back up a single month’s worth of PowerCube data than to back up the entire Metrics database history, but backing up the database allows you to rebuild the entire PowerCube if needed.