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Update Java API to be able to run Cognos reports into Excel 2007 format.

The Java API supports the running of Cognos Reports but the Output Format for the report is limited to the enumeration types documented in the CognosOutputFormat class - which is CSV, PDF, XLWA, HTML, XML.


To be able to run a report via the API into Excel format I believe there is a need to be able to specify the 'spreadsheetML' format to Cognos via the CognosOutputFormat class. It might also be useful to provide a way of NOT specifying any output format at all in the API call and letting the default format specified in the report in Cognos Portal be provided.


Please add this capability.


For context:

The business use-case is to have a have an enduring record of the state of data at the point a business user provides an 'Attestation' - an Attestation being a Workflow Action the user performs. This requirement is being met by having a custom workflow operation that runs a Cognos report to gather all the relevant data together and add the output of the report as an Attachment file to the object the workflow is being performed on - thereby retaining a record of the state of data at the point of the Attestation. However, there is a strong preference fr this report to be in Excel format - which is not currently possible.


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  • Jul 7 2021
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    JOHN Lundgren commented
    7 Oct 08:08pm

    Thank you again for submitting this RFE!

    This request will likely not be delivered within the release currently under development, but the theme is aligned with our multi-year strategy. IBM is soliciting RFE Community feedback for this request through activities such as voting. IBM will update this request in the future.

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    JOHN Lundgren commented
    7 Jul 09:43pm

    Thank you for submitting this RFE!

    The IBM team is evaluating this RFE. A decision or request for more information will be provided within 90 days of the date that this issue was submitted.

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