We offer classes in IBM Cognos BI v10 and Cognos Analytics (v11). Choosing the right class is best accomplished by determining your role in the company.

To see a list of recommended courses, select your role and the version of Cognos you want to learn.

Business authors / analysts

Responsible for creating reports for personal use, or limited distribution, based on narrow or case-specific goals. These users typically require a more accessible tool so they can conduct their own analysis without extensive training or involvement from professional authors.

Cognos Analytics v11

Course Title   Course Description 

Cognos Analytics Overview, New Features and Business Authoring


A 1-day course in which students will become proficient navigating and leveraging the valuable capabilities available in this new platform. The course focuses on the business analyst/casual user who needs to consume and interact with content, conduct self-service data discovery and author simple reports. We will work with data modules, dashboards and reports to create and analyze critical business information.

Self-Service OLAP Data Exploration 


A 1-day, course in which students perform self-service authoring and analysis against multi-dimensional data such as Cubes and Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR) packages using Cognos Analytics (v11) authoring.

Cognos v10

Course Title   Course Description 

Self-Service Relational Authoring & Dashboarding


A 1-day course that introduces users to Cognos Workspace and quickly transitions to a focus on traditional business authoring in a relational context.

Self-Service OLAP Authoring and Data Exploration


A 1-day course in which users work with Cognos Workspace. This course uses dimensional or OLAP data as its focus.


Professional author

Responsible for the development of production-ready reports that satisfy sophisticated and varied business requirements.

Cognos Analytics v11

Course Title   Course Description 

Beginning Professional Report Authoring


A 2-day course in which students will build fundamental authoring skills in Cognos Analytics (v11) by creating professional reports using lists, charts, crosstabs and maps. Critical techniques such as filtering, prompting, calculations, exception highlighting, drill-through, formatting and advanced layout will be covered.

Advanced Report Authoring


A 2-day course  in which students will expand their authoring skills and, at a minimum, should have attended the two-day authoring fundamentals training or have meaningful experience with building reports in either Cognos Analytics v11 or Report Studio before attending this class.

Dimensional Report Authoring


A 2-day course in which students will create dynamic reports against multidimensional data sources such as Power Cubes, Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR) packages and TM1 by using best practices with Report Studio. Students will be exposed to multidimensional expressions, functions and prompting techniques. This course is advanced and should be attended by students with experience building traditional (relational-style) reports in either Cognos Analytics v11 or Cognos BI 10.x Report Studio.

V11 New Features for Experienced Authors


A 1-day course that provides the quickest path to mastering the new user experience introduced with Cognos Analytics (v11). The class in intended for users with experience developing reports in Cognos v10 Report Studio or Cognos Workspace Advanced. The new UX merges functionality and interface features found in the current 10.2 versions of both Report Studio and Cognos Workspace Advanced. 

A 1-day course that is conducted at an accelerated pace and is not intended for users new to professional authoring. This course guides experienced authors through the new graphical user interface (GUI). Although the new GUI has significant benefits, the change is drastic enough that it can potentially decelerate adoption of the new release and delay report development tasks. We will provide a map of the v10.2 user interface to v11 to create reports quickly.

Cognos v10

We offer classes for both relational and dimensional modeling as well as Active Report in Report Studio.

Relational Databases

Course Title   Course Details

Beginning and Intermediate Authoring


A 2-day, accelerated, compressed course intended even for those with some experience, taking authors from the basics to fairly sophisticated reporting skills.

Advanced Authoring


A 1-day course for more experienced authors that builds on what is taught in the first course.

Expert Authoring


A 1-day course tailored to authors with extensive experience building reports who are looking for tips to sharpen and expand their skill set.

Dimensional / OLAP Data Sources in Report Studio

Course Title   Course Details

Dimensional Authoring Fundamentals


A 1-day course that teaches skills for building more dynamic, flexible and better-performing reports, regardless of the OLAP platform.

Dimensional Authoring Advanced


A 1-day course offering experienced OLAP authoring.

Active Reports

Course Title   Course Details

Active Reports Authoring Fundamentals


A 1-day course designed to kick-start your Active Reports initiative. Active Reports have proven to be an effective way to deliver reports to the growing audience of mobile users. Students will create Active Reports using new features of IBM Cognos BI v10 Report Studio including button bars, decks and other advanced techniques.


Recommended only for those with some experience building traditional reports using Report Studio.

Active Report Authoring Advanced


A 1-day course in which students will develop Active Reports using advanced techniques to create highly interactive reports using multiple controls, create custom controls, examine advanced deck features and conditionally show, hide, filter or select report objects.

Analytics consumers / End users

Nontechnical users who want to leverage existing Cognos reports, conduct self-service data discovery and author simple reports.

Cognos Analytics v11

The role of the analytics consumer is evolving.  Even for the more traditional report consumer, Cognos Analytics offers significant additional value with a fully interactive report viewing experience. Self-service capabilities that were previously unavailable or difficult to access are now front and center. However, without a concerted effort and investment in guiding these users through these powerful new features, their value will not be realized. This is why we have designed a condensed half-day training solution that will empower users to successfully transition to Cognos Analytics and give them exposure to the new self-service capabilities available to them. For those that want to take self-service analytics even further, we have you covered as well.

Course Title   Course Details

Cognos Analytics Overview and New Features Jumpstart


A ½ day course for students with Cognos BI v10 experience who need a jumpstart on Cognos Analytics. Students will be introduced to the valuable capabilities available in this new platform. This course offers the business analyst / casual user a concise overview of interacting with content, conducting self-service data discovery and authoring simple reports. We will work with data modules, dashboards and reports to briefly demonstrate these features to build an understanding and basic proficiency.

Cognos Analytics Self-Service Data Modules and Dashboarding


A 1-day course in which students will perform self-service analysis against personal data sources such as spreadsheets and flat files using Cognos Analytics data modules and dashboarding capabilities. 

Cognos v10

Course Title   Course Details

Self-Service Analytics for the Business User


A ½ day course that introduces the business analyst to the IBM Cognos 10.2 business intelligence platform. Students will be guided through common tasks of the information consumers need from passive report consumption through self-service data discovery. 


Responsible for the installation, configuration and maintenance of IBM Cognos server-level components. Core job responsibilities for a system administrator include: performance optimization, troubleshooting and security administration.

Cognos Analytics v11 and Cognos v10

Course Title   Course Details

System Administration


A 2-day course that provides a solid foundation for any IBM Cognos system administrator.



Responsible for the design and development of models to support the metadata and OLAP structures used for reporting and analysis of company data. Relevant coursework:

Cognos Analytics v11 and Cognos v10

Course Title   Course Details

Framework Manager Metadata Modeling Best Practices


A 3-day course in which students will complete an end-to-end modeling and deployment exercise following best practices. We will work from a relational data source and cover OLAP Over Relational (OOR) or Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR) techniques. OLAP Modeling in IBM Cognos is traditionally done via IBM Cognos Transformer.

OLAP Modeling with Transformer


A 2-day course in which students create multi-dimensional models, build and deploy PowerCubes, work with advanced modeling techniques and tune the OLAP sources for performance.

Dynamic Cubes OLAP Modeling


A 2-day course in which students create multi-dimensional models, build, deploy and administer Dynamic Cubes, work with advanced modeling techniques and tune the environment for performance.