IBM Cognos Report Studio: Author Professional Reports Fundamentals Training

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IBM Cognos Report Studio: Author Professional Reports Fundamentals training helps in writing the C2020-612: IBM Cognos 10 BI Author exam. In this fundamentals training, the certified trainers with years of experience, will guide the participants on different tools for generating reports by applying filters. How to present data graphically and present data using maps is also explained. The process of drilling down from one report to another is explained through live demos.

By the end of the training, the participants can inculcate the following skills:

  • Familiar with IBM Cognos BI components, architecture, groups, and roles
  • Understand Report Studio, its interface, and different ways of creating reports
  • Create reports using filters, applying different functions for sorting, grouping, and managing repeated data
  • Create charts for representing data graphically
  • Work with various prompt types to focus data and navigate between pages
  • Use additional report building techniques for using the objects within the same report and sharing components among different reports
  • Customize reports and enhance report layout for different queries and different print options
  • Work on Drill-through process
Target audience

Professional Report Authors


The professional report authors with the skills outlined below can be ideal participants for this course:

  • Knowledge of their business requirements
  • Knowledge of SQL and XML
  • Completed IBM Cognos BI for Consumers (10.2) course

Candidates must appear and pass the Test C2020-612: IBM Cognos 10 BI Author to attain the IBM Certified Designer - Cognos 10 BI Reports certification.

1. Overview of IBM Cognos BI

  • Describe IBM Cognos BI and Financial Performance Management
  • Describe IBM Cognos BI components
  • Describe IBM Cognos BI architecture at a high level
  • Define IBM Cognos  groups and roles
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos

2. Introduction 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

3. 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

4. Focus Reports Using Filters

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

5. Create 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

6. Present Data Graphically

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

7. Focus 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 users' prompt selections in the report

8. Extend Reports Using Calculations

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

9. Present Data Using Maps

  • Present data using map reports
  • Navigate to another level within a map

10. Use Additional Report Building Techniques

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

11. Customize Reports with Conditional Formatting

  • Create multi-lingual reports
  • Highlight exceptional data
  • Show and hide data
  • Conditionally render objects in reports

12. 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

13. Drill-through Definitions

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

14. Enhance 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

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