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IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio

Practical Examples

Filip Draskovic, Roger Johnson

Oct 2011, Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN13: 9780132656757
ISBN10: 0132656752
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IBM Cognos 10 is the next generation of the leading performance management, analysis, and reporting standard for mid- to large-sized companies. One of the most exciting and useful aspects of IBM Cognos software is its powerful custom report creation capabilities. After learning the basics, report authors in the enterprise need to apply the technology to reports in their actual, complex work environment. This book provides that advanced know how. Using practical examples based on years of teaching experiences as IBM Cognos instructors, the authors provide you with examples of typical advanced reporting designs and complex queries in reports. The reporting solutions in this book can be directly used in a variety of real-world scenarios to provide answers to your business problems today. The complexity of the queries and the application of design principles go well beyond basic course content or introductory books. IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples will help you find the answers to specific questions based on your data and your business model. It will use a combination tutorial and cookbook approach to show real-world IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio solutions. If you are still using IBM Cognos 8 BI Report Studio, many of the examples have been tested against this platform as well. The final chapter has been dedicated to showing those features that are unique to the latest version of this powerful reporting solution.

Take Your IBM Cognos 10 Reporting Skills to the Next Level:

Insider Techniques from Top IBM Cognos Trainers!

In this book, two leading IBM Cognos instructors show experienced users how to create better reports with less effort and take full advantage of IBM Cognos 10’s most valuable improvements. The authors walk through dozens of detailed examples built in response to actual business reporting challenges. Their step-by-step examples illuminate everything from report design and formatting to queries and statistical analysis--and every example is designed for easy modification.

The authors begin with techniques for creating more usable, “consumer-friendly” reports, and for ensuring that your reports match your analysis. Next, they demonstrate how to utilize the IBM Cognos report hierarchy and data models more effectively and introduce advanced techniques for report formatting and data processing. They conclude with a full chapter on IBM Cognos 10’s most powerful new tools--including Active Reports, support for local data sources, improved charting, and advanced statistical reporting.

Coverage Includes

• Creating simpler, more meaningful reports that match the way your users process information

• Quickly generating complex crosstab calculations

• Rapidly building interactive dashboards that illuminate management’s key metrics

• Taking full advantage of the IBM Cognos report hierarchy and layout library

• Comparing legacy report queries to new IBM Cognos Framework Manager data models

• Overriding the standard data model to reflect the way your company organizes its data

• Combining multiple queries in one complex report

• Providing access to interactive reports to users who aren’t connected to your servers

• Retrieving complex statistical analyses via the new IBM Cognos Statistics, powered by IBM SPSS


About the Authors xvi

Foreword by Erin Pyka xvii

Preface xviii

Chapter 1 Creating Consumer-Friendly Reports 1

Highlight Selected Text 1

Design 2

Step-by-Step 2

Avoiding Query Macros 10

Design 12

Step-by-Step 13

Complex Crosstab Calculations 20

Design 20

Step-by-Step 21

Summary 24

Chapter 2 Matching the Report to the Analysis 27

The Dashboard 28

Design 28

Step-by-Step 29

Prompting from an Entire Hierarchy 45

Design 45

Step-by-Step 45

Additional Dimensional Functions 58

Design 58

Step-by-Step 59

Master-Detail Report from Two Separate Lists 70

Design 70

Step-by-Step 70

Configuring the Interactive Dashboard 82

Scenario 82

Design 82

Step-by-Step 82

Summary 89

Chapter 3 Understanding the Report Hierarchy 91

Layout Library 91

Design 92

Step-by-Step 92

Using the Layout Library 100

Design 100

Step-by-Step 101

Inheriting Formatting 109

Design 109

Step-by-Step 110

Inheriting Structure 120

Design 120

Step-by-Step 120

Creating the Briefing Book 127

Design 127

Step-by-Step 127

Summary 140

Chapter 4 Overriding the Data Model 141

Creating a Union 142

Design 142

Step-by-Step 143

Joining SQL and Model Queries 156

Design 156

Step-by-Step 157

Summary 172

Chapter 5 Additional Examples 175

Using HTML to Enhance Functionality 176

Final Product 176

Design 176

Step-by-Step 177

Integrating Multiple Queries into a Complex Report 187

Final Product 188

Design 188

Step-by-Step 189

Summary 199

Chapter 6 New Techniques in Version 10 201

Using Active Reports to Replace HTML Code 202

Design 203

Step-by-Step 203

Adding Local Data Sources to Reports 207

Design 207

Step-by-Step 208

New Charting Options and Active Reports 220

Design 220

Step-by-Step 221

Statistical Analysis 247

Design 247

Step-by-Step 249

Summary 268

Index 271

Filip Draskovic has spent his professional career, which covers the past 11 years, living and breathing IBM Cognos. For the first 8 years of his career, he had been an IBM Cognos consultant and developed his skills applying IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and Planning solutions in multiple industries. Wanting to do something different, he spent the next 3 years as a Cognos trainer teaching public and private IBM Cognos courses in IBM’s offices around North America. Following his desire to constantly gain new experiences and knowledge, he is currently filling the role of an IBM Cognos client technical professional. You can find him today in Toronto’s financial district. At home, with his wife, he is enjoying raising their son and daughter.

Roger Johnson is a learning consultant on IBM Cognos technologies delivering a wide variety of courses focusing on the needs of his learners. His education experience has been honed over years of work in training software professionals, college students, and many types of technology users. After he started his career as a computer programmer, a coworker said, “Hey, you do community theater productions. You would make a good trainer.” With those words, his career took a different direction. Over the next 20 years, he never moved too far from either technology or education. As a learner, he has masters degrees in Systems Management and Education. Currently, he is researching the end-user adoption of technology as his doctoral dissertation at Capella University. He calls Orlando home, but is regularly seen around North America delivering any number of IBM Cognos courses. When he is home, he enjoys the time he gets to spend with family, and his dogs keep him busy jogging around the lake.


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