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CF Future . Tom O’Brien Cognos Finance Product Manager. What do I Want?. Give/Take. Give. Education about CF direction Education about features. CF Roadmap. Cognos 7.4 MR2 - planned for early 2008 - Including rolling bug fixes, Vista conformance, and Auditing capability
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CF Future Tom O’Brien Cognos Finance Product Manager
What do I Want? Give/Take
Give • Education about CF direction • Education about features
CF Roadmap • Cognos 7.4 MR2 - planned for early 2008 - Including rolling bug fixes, Vista conformance, and Auditing capability • Cognos 7.4 MR3 - planned for late 2008 - With a focus on Quality and Audit capability • Cognos Finance 7.5 - planned for early 2009 - Continuing focus on audit capability and SOX compliance with additional customer enhancements
CF Support Statement Support Statement • There is no plan to discontinue Cognos Finance support or development. • Additional releases are planned, aimed at Customer value enhancement. • Upgrades and new licenses for Cognos Finance continue to be sold. Continued Areas of Value: • “All-in-One” Generalized Financial Management solution for Mid-Market & Departmental Finance - Consolidations, Budgeting, Reporting • Financial OLAP for Analysis & Reporting, Metrics & Allocations • Custom OEM solutions
Conference synopsis • Eric – Myth busting, CF has a future • Aimee – Look Deeper and recent product enhancements • Bill - Product convergence, how CF fits into the future vision • Brian – allocations are not scary
What I’ve Heard • Excel vs. CF Reporting • Training is key • Web reporting • Import attributes • Integration with C8 • Integration with planning • Drill through to the transaction level • Set Administrative Order
Future Wish List • Database back end. • Improving and distributing Calcs. • Expanded integration with Cognos products • Open architecture for 3rd party enhancements. • Reporting improvements - • File Processing from Planning • Undo • Report from multiple systems
MR2 enhancements • Audit Trail for Define Items – working toward an ability to track, store and report on all changes made within define items. • CSV Mapfiles • Batch reporting from Windows folders
Sox compliance/ Audit Trail Three areas of concern • Tracking changes to the metadata through define items. Adding changing dimension items, altering calculations. • Tracking changes to data from Input and File Processing. • Tracking changes to the system such as Security and changes to allocation tables or currency translation tables.
Take • Audience participation discussing future direction.