IBM Cognos Report Studio Advanced



IBM Cognos Report Studio Advanced is designed for professional report authors using IBM Cognos versions 10.2 and 10.2.2 and builds upon topics learned in the Fundamentals course. In this course you will learn advanced report building techniques using mostly relational data models, and methods of enhancing, customizing, and managing professional reports.

The course is presented in a series of lectures interspersed with hands-on live labs with integrated lab steps, videos with closed captioning, tips and tricks, and knowledge checks for comprehensive assessments. To further refine your skills, you will have access to the lab environment for 12 months along with video recordings of each exercise where an instructor illustrates the process. When you complete this course, you will have the skills to effectively author advanced Cognos reports.

This course includes the topics and skills taught in the IBM Report Studio courses B5259G, J2259G, B5A59G, and JA59G.


Professional Report Authors


  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Basic knowledge of SQL
  • Basic knowledge of XML is recommended but not required

Learning Objectives

  • Creating query models and advanced dynamic reports based on relationships
  • Designing effective prompts
  • Report specifications
  • Bursting
  • User interaction with HTML

1. Create 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

2. Create 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

3. Create 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

4. Design 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

5. Create 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

6. Examine the Report Specification

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

7. Distribute 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

8. Enhance User Interaction with HTML

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