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Audience

This course is for Cognos Authors.


Prerequisites

You should have:

  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Experience using the Windows operating system
  • Experience using a Web browser

Duration

3 days. Hands on.


Objectives

This course provides professional report authors an opportunity to learn report building techniques using relational data models. Techniques to enhance, customize, and manage professional reports will be explored. Demonstrations and exercises will illustrate and reinforce key concepts during this learning opportunity.


Topics

Unit 1 - Introduction to the Reporting Application
Examine Author Reports and its interface
Explore different report types
Create a simple, sorted, and formatted report
Explore how data items are added queries

Unit 2 - Create List Reports
Format, group, and sort list reports
Describe options for aggregating data
Create a multi-fact query
Create a report with repeated data

Unit 3 - Focus Reports Using Filters
Create filters to narrow the focus of reports
Examine detail and summary filters
Determine when to apply filters on aggregated data

Unit 4 - Create Crosstab Reports
Format and sort crosstab reports
Convert a list to a crosstab
Create crosstabs using unrelated data items

Unit 5 - Present Data Graphically
Create charts containing peer and nested columns
Present data using different chart type options
Add context to charts
Create and reuse custom chart palettes
Introduction to visualization
Present key data in a single dashboard report

Unit 6 - Focus Reports Using Prompts
Identified various prompt types
Use parameters and prompts to focus data
Search for prompt types
Navigate between pages

Unit 7 - Extend Reports Using Calculations
Create expressions using functions
Add run-time information to the reports
Create expressions using functions

Unit 8 - Use Additional Report Building Techniques
Enhance report design with report objects
Reuse objects within the same report
Share layout components among separate reports
Discuss report templates
Choose options to handle reports with no available data

Unit 9 - Customize Conditional Formatting
Create multi-lingual reports
Highlight exceptional data
Show and hide data
Conditionally render objects in reports
Conditionally format one crosstab measure based on another

Unit 10 - Drill-Through from One Report to Another
Let users navigate from a specific report to a target report
Pass parameter values to filter the data in drill-through targets
Navigate through multiple reports

Unit 11 - Drill Through Definitions
Discuss parameter-driven drill through
Discuss dynamic drill through
Setup package-based drill through definitions
Step scope
Use the Drill-Through Assistant

Unit 12 - Enhance Report Layout
Force page breaks in reports
Modify existing reports structures
Apply horizontal formatting
Specify print options for PDF reports
Format data and report objects

Appendix A - Overview of IBM Cognos Analytics (Shared module)
Describe IBM Cognos Analytics and Financial Performance Management (FPM)
Describe IBM Cognos Analytics components
Describe IBM Cognos architecture at a high level
Define IBM Cognos groups and roles
Explain how to extend IBM Cognos Analytics

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