IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Fundamentals (v11.0.x)



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


Report Authors, cool kids and Business Analysts


You should have:

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

Learning Objectives

Dimensionally modeled and dimensional data sources

  • Data modules
  • List reports
  • Aggregate measure/fact data
  • Create multi-fact queries
  • Add repeated information to reports
  • Crosstab reports
  • Complex crosstab reports
  • Format, sort, and aggregate data in a crosstab report
  • Create discontinuous crosstab reports
  • Create Visualization reports
  • how to add business logic to reports using IBM Cognos Analytics � Reporting
  • Using filters
  • Using prompts
  • Using calculations
  • Customize reporting with conditional formatting
  • Conditionally format one crosstab measure based on another
  • Drill-throughs
  • Report layout enhancements


While class exercises are performed within a Cognos Analytics v11 environment, our expert instructors can provide guidance on previous Cognos versions and their differences.

What is IBM Cognos Analytics - Reporting?

  • Create a simple list report
  • Create a report from a dimensionally modeled relational data source


Examine personal data sources and data modules

  • Upload personal data
  • Upload custom images
  • Use navigation paths
  • Create a report from a personal data source


Examine list reports

  • Group data in a list
  • Format columns in a list
  • Include headers and footers in a list
  • Enhance a list report


Aggregate measure/fact data

  • Identify differences in aggregation
  • Explore data aggregation


Use shared dimensions to create multi-fact queries

  • Create a multi-fact query in a list report


Add repeated information to reports

  • Create a mailing list report


Create crosstab reports

  • Add measures to a crosstab
  • Data sources for a crosstab
  • Create a simple crosstab report


Create complex crosstab reports

  • Add items as peers
  • Create crosstab nodes and crosstab members
  • Create a complex crosstab report


Format, sort, and aggregate data in a crosstab

  • Sort, format, and aggregate a crosstab report


Create discontinuous crosstab reports

  • Present unrelated items using a discontinuous crosstab


Create a visualization report

  • Create and format a visualization report
  • Create a report that uses a Map visualization
  • Show the same data graphically and numerically


Focus reports using filters

  • Apply filters to a report
  • Apply a detail filter on fact data in a report
  • Apply a summary filter to a report


Focus reports using prompts

  • Create a prompt by adding a parameter
  • Add a value prompt to a report
  • Add a Select & search prompt to a report
  • Create a cascading prompt


Augment reports using calculations

  • Add calculations to a report
  • Display prompt selections in the report title


Customize reports with conditional formatting

  • Create a multilingual report
  • Highlight exceptional data and conditionally render a column


Drill-through definitions

  • Let users navigate to related data in IBM Cognos Analytics


Enhance report layout

  • Create a report structured on data items
  • Create a condensed list report


Use additional report building techniques

  • Section a report and reuse objects within the same report
  • Reuse layout components in a different report

� Explore options for reports that contain no data