Cognos BI V10.2.2: Report Authoring Jumpstart

Combining materials covered in IBM Cognos Report Studio: Author Professional Reports Fundamentals (V10.2.2) (B5A58G) and IBM Cognos Report Studio: Author Professional Reports Advanced (V10.2.2) (B5A59G), this course enables you to learn report-building techniques using relational data models. You will also learn methods of enhancing, customizing and managing professional reports. You will learn advanced report-building techniques using mostly relational data models, and you will discover ways of enhancing, customizing and managing professional reports.

Your instructor will use interactive demos and workshops to illustrate key concepts while you learn how to use the product.


Target Audience

Professional report authors who have knowledge of their business requirements and experience using the Windows OS and a web browser.


IBM Cognos BI for Consumers (10.2.2) (B5A88G) or equivalent experience

Expected Duration

5 day

Course Objectives

1.æIntroduction to the Reporting Application

  • Examine Report Studio and its interface
  • Explore different report types
  • Create a simple, sorted and formatted report
  • Explore how data items are added to queries

2.æCreate List Reports

  • Format, group and sort list reports
  • Options for aggregating data
  • Create a multifact query
  • Create a report with repeated data

3.æFocus Reports Using Filters

  • Create filters to narrow the focus of reports
  • Examine detail filters and summary filters
  • Determine when to apply filters on aggregate data

4.æCreate Crosstab Reports

  • Format and sort crosstab reports
  • Convert a list to a crosstab
  • Create crosstabs using unrelated data items
  • Create complex crosstabs using drag and drop functionality

5.æPresent Data Graphically

  • Create charts containing peer and nested items
  • Add context to charts
  • Create and reuse custom chart palettes
  • Add RAVE visualizations
  • Present key data in a single dashboard report

6.æFocus Reports Using Prompts

  • Identify various prompt types
  • Use parameters and prompts to focus data
  • Search for prompt items
  • Customize prompts to facilitate users’ choices
  • Navigate between pages
  • Display usersÍ prompt selections in the report

7.æExtend Reports Using Calculations

  • Create calculations based on data in the data source
  • Add run-time information to the reports
  • Create expressions using functions

8.æUse Additional Report-building Techniques

  • Reuse objects within the same report
  • Share layout components among separate reports
  • Report templates
  • Add pages to a report
  • Choose options to handle reports with no available data

9.æCustomize Reports with Conditional Formatting

  • Create multilingual reports
  • Highlight exceptional data
  • Show and hide data
  • Conditionally render objects in reports

10.æDrill 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

11.æDrill-through Definitions

  • Enable users to navigate to related data in IBM Cognos BI
  • Parameter-driven drill through versus dynamic drill through
  • Steps to enable drill-through access for a package
  • Limit the items that users can drill through from (set scope)
  • Set a measure as the scope
  • Drill-Through Assistant

12.æEnhance Report Layout

  • Force page breaks in reports
  • Modify existing report structures
  • Apply horizontal formatting
  • Specify print options for PDF reports
  • Combine data containers displaying data from different queries
  • Format data and report objects

13.æCreate Query Models

  • Build query models and then connect them to the report layout
  • Edit an SQL statement to author custom queries
  • Add filters and prompts to a report using the query model

14.æCreate Query Reports Based on Relationships

  • Create reports by merging query results
  • Create reports by joining queries
  • Combine data containers based on relationships from different queries

15.æCreate Advanced Dynamic Reports

  • Filter reports on session parameter values
  • Navigate a briefing book using a table of contents
  • Create dynamic headers and title that reflect report data
  • Let users navigate to specific locations in reports
  • Create a customer invoice report

16.æDesign Effective Prompts

  • Control report displays using prompts
  • Specify conditional formatting values using prompts
  • Specify conditional rendering of objects based on prompt selection
  • Create sorted and filtered reports based on prompt selection

17.æCreate Additional Advanced Reports

  • Create a report that displays summarized data before detailed data
  • Highlight alternate rows in a list report
  • Create a report using an external data file
  • Use single data items to summarize report information

18.æExamine the Report Specification

  • Examine the report specification structure
  • Modify a report specification
  • Add custom toolbox objects and custom template options

19.æDistribute Reports through Bursting

  • Distribute reports using bursting
  • Create burst keys
  • Identify report recipients and data items using burst tables
  • Distribute reports using email and IBM Cognos Connection

20.æEnhance User Interaction with HTML

  • Create tooltips that clarify report data
  • Send emails using links in a report