Spec Studio™ by Assimil8

IBM Cognos Report documentation made super-easy.

Assimil8 Spec Studio™ extends the world leading enterprise BI solution from IBM Cognos by seamlessly documenting Report Studio development to an ISO & SOX compliant level.

About Spec Studio™

Spec StudioTM is a standalone application for creating IBM Cognos Report Studio documentation. It provides a description editor for quickly editing the descriptions of business, functional and technical requirements, and can export the XML schema information and descriptions to a PDF format. Spec Studio™ is used through a straightforward and intuitive graphical interface.

Why Use Spec Studio™

Effective documentation makes business analysts and report developers jobs easier and the information they provide more reliable. Spec Studio™ is an efficient solution when sharing critical report details with key business personnel or other team members.

Creating SOX/ISO compliant documentation can be tedious and is often neglected. Spec Studio™ makes creating clear, readable documentation much easier and significantly faster, so you can maintain up to date business requirements and documentation of your report development with minimal effort.

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Technical Information

How does Spec Studio™ work?

Spec Studio™ uses the IBM Cognos Report Studio XML to extract the report schema information; through an interactive wizard the business analyst and/or developer enters the business and functional requirements of the report. Both are then merged in the final output.

Spec Studio™ obtains a complete description of each report object and uses this to calculate all dependencies and will, therefore show correct information even if the report has multiple sources. The built in wizard editor allows you to quickly add descriptions to new objects.

Spec Studio™ eliminates development exposure by providing comprehensive documentation of development and enabling a facility for developer annotation and narrative.

Technical Specifications

Feature Spec
Supported Operating Systems Microsoft Windows Server (2003, 2008), Microsoft 2000, XP, Vista & Windows 7
Required Components Java v6.0+, PDF Reader
Supported IBM Cognos Versions IBM Cognos 8.1 – 8.4, 10+
Spec Report Output Adobe PDF with Hyperlinked Table of Contents
Versioning Control Yes

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