Welcome to the new Cognos Analytics boards on Cognoise. The Cognos Analytics release introduces a number big changes and new innovations, and we have created a set of boards to fit around the new UI changes and capabilities.
Cognos Analytics Dashboards are an entirely new technology for IBM Cognos. In Cognos 10.2.2, dashboards were usually created in Cognos Workspace, and allowed users to drag in existing reports or report parts and assemble them on one or more pages. Cognos Workspace continues to exist in the initial GA release of Cognos Analytics, but it is not the Dashboards technology referred to here. In Cognos Analytics, a dashboard is created from one or more data resources - either uploaded files, or data modules. You do not need to create reports beforehand (as with Cognos Workspace) - you bring in items of data and assemble them on your page. Cognos Analytics Dashboards will determine the most intuitive way to present the data you select, and will automatically create the appropriate data container. You can drop items of data over existing containers on the page, and the dashboard will re-assess the presentation format automatically, and change it where required. If you have used IBM Watson Analytics previously, you will know what I mean - Cognos Analytics Dashboards is essentially the same technology as the "Assemble" piece of Watson Analytics. You have a wealth of visualizations to choose from, along with data players that will cycle through data values. Filtering and association is automatically enabled, so you can select a value in one part of the dashboard and watch the other parts react to your selection(s). Cognos Analytics Dashboards are designed to be simple, intuitive and fun to create and use. I would encourage you to "have a go" and find out how it works.