As we mentioned earlier this week, your Cognos environment will be relatively unchanged when you upgrade to Costpoint 7, provided that you’re using Cognos 8.4 or a later version. But, given the amount of attention you’ll be giving towards your accounting system over the next several months, it’s an opportune time to examine your financial reporting capabilities, as well as your budgeting and planning tools.
Since most Costpoint users operate under the Deltek framework (DPM/CER), here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when considering Cognos 10:
- All of your DPM packages/reports, along with any custom reports built from these packages, can be brought directly into Cognos 10. In parallel, you can import the new CER interface and start new development from those packages within Cognos 10.
- If you haven’t made DPM framework customizations, you’ll have a much better chance of pointing existing reports to the new packages without failure. However, this needs to be done one at a time. As always, make sure to test, test, test.
- If you did make major customizations to your model, you can do one of two things. First, you could replicate the CER model through scripts if you saved your model audit files. Or, you could continue to run with your existing DPM framework and adjust accordingly to work with newer versions of Costpoint
In the end, if you migrate to Cognos 10, you don’t necessarily have to use CER. Whatever choice you make, you eventually want to get to the point where you only have 1 set of packages. However, If you do chose to migrate your reports to the CER, use this as an opportunity to clean your environment and rid yourself of unused/unneeded reports.