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IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports with Multidimensional Data (v11.0)

Build your expertise with IBM Cognos Analytics by applying dimensional techniques to reports.

GK# 4286 Vendor# B6061G

$930 - $1720 CAD

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Course Overview


This course is designed to guide report authors in building their expertise with IBM Cognos Analytics by applying dimensional techniques to reports. Through interactive demonstrations and exercises, participants will learn how to author reports that navigate and manipulate dimensional data structures using the specific dimensional functions and features available in IBM Cognos Analytics.


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What You'll Learn

  • Dimensional structures and concepts, data in reports, and report context
  • Focus your dimensional data
  • Calculations and dimensional functions
  • Navigating dimensional hierarchies
  • Relative functions
  • Advanced drilling techniques
  • Drill-through reports
  • End-to-end workshop 

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


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1. Introduction to Dimensional Concepts

  • Different data sources and models
  • OLAP dimensional structure
  • Dimensional data items and expressions
  • Differentiate the IBM Cognos Analytics query language from SQL and MDX
  • Differentiate relational and dimensional report authoring styles

2. Introduction to Dimensional Data in Reports

  • Work with members
  • Identify sets and tuples in IBM Cognos Analytics

3. Dimensional Report Context

  • Purpose of report context
  • How data is affected by default and root members

4. Focus Your Dimensional Data

  • Compare dimensional queries to relational queries
  • Importance of filtering dimensional queries
  • Different filtering techniques
  • Filter based on dimensions and members
  • Filter based on measure values
  • Filter using a slicer

5. Calculations and Dimensional Functions

  • Use IBM Cognos Analytics dimensional functions to create sets and tuples
  • Perform arithmetic operations in OLAP queries
  • Identify coercion errors and rules

6. Functions for Navigating Dimensional Hierarchies

  • Navigate dimensional data using family functions

7. Relative Functions

  • Navigate dimensional data using relative functions
  • Navigate dimensional data using relative time functions

8. Advanced Drilling Techniques and Member Sets

  • Default drill-up and drill-down functionality
  • Identify cases when you need to override default drilling behavior
  • Configure advanced drilling behavior to support sophisticated use cases
  • Define member sets to support advanced drilling
  • Define member sets to support functions

9. Set Up Drill-Through Reports

  • Navigate from a specific report to a target report
  • Drill down to greater detail and then navigate to target report
  • Navigate between reports created using different data sources

10. End-to-End Workshop

  • Review concepts covered throughout the course


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This offering is intended for professional report authors who:

  • have a knowledge of their business requirements
  • basic Windows, and Web functionality

Who Should Attend


Report authors working with dimensional data sources.

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This course comes with the following benefits: 

  • Digital Courseware
  • 90 Days Bonus Access to IBM Hands-on Labs
  • 12 Months of Indexed Virtual Class Recordings
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Duration: 2 day

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