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IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Fundamentals (V11.1.x)

  • Tuition USD $2,385 GSA  $2,042.57
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 4819 Ratings
  • Course Code B6258G
  • Duration 3 days
  • Available Formats Classroom, Virtual
B6258G - IBM Cognos Analytics - Author Reports Fundamentals (V11.1.X)

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This course provides authors with an introduction to build reports using Cognos Analytics. Techniques to enhance, customize, and manage reports will be explored. Activities will illustrate and reinforce key concepts during this learning opportunity.

Skills Gained

  • What is IBM Cognos Analytics - Reporting-  
  • Dimensionally modeled relational data 
  • Use personal data sources and data modules 
  • Examine list reports 
  • Aggregate fact data 
  • Multiple facts and repeated information 
  • Add repeated information to reports 
  • Create crosstab reports 
  • Customize reports with conditional formatting 
  • Drill-through definitions 
  • Work with crosstab data 
  • Create discontinuous crosstab reports
  • Create visualization reports 
  • Focus reports using filters 
  • Focus reports using prompts 
  • Use calculations 
  • Enhance report layout 
  • Use additional report-building techniques

Who Can Benefit



  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Experience using IBM Cognos Analytics as a consumer

Course Details

Course Outline

What is IBM Cognos Analytics - Reporting-
- The Welcome page
- Consume report content
- Interactive filtering
- Working with reports

Dimensionally modeled relational data

Use personal data sources and data modules
- Upload personal data
- Upload custom images
- Using navigation paths in a data module

Examine list reports
- Group data
- Format columns
- Include headers and footers

Aggregate fact data
- Identify differences in aggregation

Multiple facts and repeated information
- Use shared dimensions to create multi-fact queries
- Present repeated information

Add repeated information to reports
- Create a mailing list report

Create crosstab reports
- Add measures to a crosstab
- Data sources for a crosstab

Create complex crosstab reports
- Add items as peers
- Create crosstab nodes and crosstab members

Work with crosstab data
- Format, sort, and aggregate a crosstab

Create discontinuous crosstab reports

Create visualization reports
- Visualization categories
- Customize visualizations
- Client side visualizations
- Enhanced map visualizations

Focus reports using filters
- Create filters to narrow the focus
- Use advanced detail filters
- Apply a filter with aggregation
- Use summary filters

Focus reports using prompts
- Examine parameters and prompts
- Create a parameter for a report item
- Add a prompt page
- Add a prompt item to a report
- Identify a prompt type
- Create a cascading prompt

Use calculations
- What are calculations-
- Add Date and Time functions
- Add string functions
- Display prompt selections in report titles

Customize reports with conditional formatting
- Three steps for conditional formatting
- Create a variable
- Assign the variable to a report object
- Format based on the conditional value
- Conditionally render report objects

Drill-through definitions
- Navigate to related data

Enhance report layout
- View the structure of a report
- Use Guided report layout
- Force page breaks
- Create horizontal pagination
- Modify the report structure
- Format objects across reports

Use additional report-building techniques
- Enhance a report design
- Add objects to reports
- Convert a list to a crosstab
- Explore reuse

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

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As a beginner Cognos report author, I feel that I've gained a lot of knowledge in a short amount of time, and it will benefit our company.

Instructor added to class with experience over many years, slides which were then sent to us after class, including whitepaper. Encouraged questions/participations, knowledgeable

Very pleased that Vinay kept checking with us to ensure we were keeping up and happy with the pace of the instruction.

Good exercises, good teaching. Training from home work very well. Registering was easy.

Ron did a great job of engaging and adapted course content to be as relevant as possible to my role and organization

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