IBM Connections 4.0 suite provides optional IBM Cognos Business Intelligence component to generate reports against IBM Connections application. If the customer has license only for IBM Connections suite, they can use Cognos only for generating reports through Metrics application and they should not either customize or perform any other activities on Cognos Business Intelligence server.
Security for IBM Connections Metrics application
IBM Connections Metrics application generates report for all the IBM Connections applications using IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software. This report helps to analyze how IBM Connections applications are accessed by the end users. By enabling security for this Metrics application, only authorized users can view the report. IBM Connections Metrics application provides the following roles by default.
role is the super-user role presents in all IBM Connections applications. By default, it is not mapped to any users. It is recommended to map only IBM Connections administrators for this role.
If a user is mapped to admin role only in Metrics applications, then only that user can access Metrics application using URL such as https://connections.itso.ibm.com/metrics
but not through header and footer link. If a user is mapped to admin role only in Common application, then the user is able to see the header and footer link, but do not have access to the application. If a user is mapped to admin role for Metrics and Common application, then the user is able to access the Metrics application through URL such as https://connections.itso.ibm.com/metrics
and able to see the header and footer link. A similar window is shown to the user.
The user mapped to admin role can access the Metrics link for all communities even though user is not a member for a specific community.
This role authorizes who can have access for Metrics applications to generate reports. This role presents only in Metrics and Common applications. If a user is mapped to only in Metrics application, then user can access Metrics application only through URL such as https://connections.itso.ibm.com/metrics
. If a user is mapped to the Metrics-report-run role in Common application only, the user can see the link for Metrics application in Header and footer, but cannot perform any activity. If a user is mapped to the Metrics-report-run role in both Metrics and Common applications, then the user is able to access the Metrics application through URL such as https://connections.itso.ibm.com/metrics
and the header and footer link.
This role presents only in Metrics and Community applications and by default it is mapped to “All Authenticated in Application Realm”. This means that the Community owner can see the link for Metrics reports. If there is any particular user mapped to this role, then, only that user can see the Metrics link to access static reports, no one else can see the Metrics link.
The reader-role is present for the following applications:
By default, this role is mapped to everyone. If a user is mapped to any specific application, user can access reports for that application only using the global Metrics URL such as https://connections.itso.ibm.com/metrics.
Using IBM Connection Metrics
IBM Connections Metrics application provides report for IBM Connections server and it is classified into three categories:
User can view a report for an application based on one of these categories.
In this category, IBM Connections Metrics application provides report about how many people logged into the IBM Connections server. This report can be generated based on the time frame and group by options. The following figure is an example of the report that shows how many people logged into the IBM Connections server.
In this category, Metrics report gives details for most active content in IBM Connections server so that leaders can take decision to update or modify the content to utilize the IBM Connections server effectively. The following report example shows the most active content in communities and forums.
In this category, metrics report gives details for how many people contributed to the IBM Connections server. The following report example shows the number of users contributed to the IBM Connections Server.