B6259G – IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Advanced (V11.1.x)

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This course teaches professional report authors about advanced report building techniques using relational data models, dimensional data, and ways of enhancing, customizing, managing, and distributing professional reports. The course builds on topics presented in the Fundamentals course. Activities will illustrate and reinforce key concepts during this learning activity.

Course Length: 2 day(s)

Course Price: $1670 CAD

Available Course Formats:

  • In-class
  • Instructor Led Online

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Course: B6259G – IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Advanced (V11.1.x)

Course Outline:

Create query models

- Build a query and connect it to a report
- Answer a business question by referencing data in a separate query

Create reports based on query relationships

- Create join relationships between queries
- Combine data containers based on relationships from different queries
- Create a report comparing the percentage of change

Introduction to dimensional reporting concepts

- Examine data sources and model types
- Describe the dimensional approach to queries
- Apply report authoring styles

Introduction to dimensional data in reports

- Use members to create reports
- Identify sets and tuples in reports
- Use query calculations and set definitions

Dimensional report context

- Examine dimensional report members
- Examine dimensional report measures
- Use the default measure to create a summarized column in a report

Focus your dimensional data

- Focus your report by excluding members of a defined set
- Compare the use of the filter function to a detail filter
- Filter dimensional data using slicers

Calculations and dimensional functions

- Examine dimensional functions
- Show totals and exclude members
- Create a percent of base calculation

Create advanced dynamic reports

- Use query macros
- Control report output using a query macro
- Create a dynamic growth report
- Create a report that displays summary data before detailed data and uses singletons to summarize information

Design effective prompts

- Create a prompt that allows users to select conditional formatting values
- Create a prompt that provides users a choice between different filters
- Create a prompt to let users choose a column sort order
- Create a prompt to let users select a display type

Examine the report specification

- Examine report specification flow
- Identify considerations when modifying report specifications
- Customize reporting objects

Distribute reports

- Burst a report to email recipients by using a data item
- Burst a list report to the IBM Cognos Analytics portal by using a burst table
- Burst a crosstab report to the IBM Cognos Analytics portal by using a burst table and a master detail relationship

Enhance user interaction with HTML

- Create interactive reports using HTML
- Include additional information with tooltips
- Send emails using links in a report

Introduction to IBM Cognos Active Reports

- Examine Active Report controls and variables
- Create a simple Active Report using Static and Data-driven controls
- Change filtering and selection behavior in a report
- Create interaction between multiple controls and variables

Active Report charts and decks

- Create an Active Report with a Data deck
- Use Master detail relationships with Decks
- Optimize Active Reports
- Create an Active Report with new visualizations


  • Report Authors


  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Previous experience building reports with IBM Cognos Analytics V11.1.x, or you have taken the  IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Fundamentals (v11.1.x) course

Instructor Led In Classroom

Newcomp can directly deliver  IBM Business Analytics courses for Business Intelligence, Performance Management, and IBM Advanced Analytics through the use of in-class training facilities.

Currently,  in-class courses are offered in Markham, Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, and Edmonton. Please note that classes can be added to new areas based on demand.

Instructor Led Online

Students receive the same quality as an in-class course, with a live instructor and the ability to participate in hands-on labs through real-life examples

ILOs help cut costs by reducing time and travel as they can be taken from home or the office and require only the use of a computer, high-speed wired internet and a headset.