IBM Cognos 11.0.7 - Cognos Analytics

Advanced Professional Report Authoring


Advanced Professional Report Authoring with IBM Cognos Analytics is a two-day, instructor-led, online course. 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.

This is a fully interactive course. Participants will have practice performing the skills in our online classroom. The instructor is able to see each student's computer screen and offer guidance. A full set of course materials is included and hard copies sent prior to the class.

Applicable Software Versions

Techniques learned in this course are relevant to all versions of Cognos Analytics v11.

Class length

Two days



Suggested Attendees

Report authors: Individuals with experience designing and developing corporate standard reports

  1. Advanced List, Chart and Map Report Design
    1. Deconstruct the list object
    2. Create headers, footers and custom group summaries
    3. Create chart reports
    4. Understand nested and peer chart items
    5. Examine advanced chart properties
    6. Review simple prompts using filtered parameters
    7. Examine prompt types
    8. Create a cascading prompt
    9. Create a self-drilling report that handles no data
  2. Advanced Drill-Through
  3. Advanced Conditional Formatting Techniques
    1. Conditional formatting vs. advanced conditional formatting
    2. Examine conditionally formatted reports
    3. Create advanced exception reports
    4. Conditionally hide or show report objects
  4. Design Effective Prompts to Determine Report Contents and/or Format at Runtime
  5. Understand the Query Model
  6. Create Relationships Between Queries (set operations, joins, query references)
    1. Examine filtering data from two separate queries
    2. Join queries
    3. Create set operations (unions, intersects and exceptions)
  7. Introduction to Dimensional Authoring Techniques
  8. Standard Templates as a Basis for Complex Reports
  9. Create Layout Component References to Re-Use Objects
  10. Define Reports to be Used as Templates
  11. Conditional Object and Page Rendering
  12. Use a Table of Contents and Bookmarks to Consolidate Reports
    1. Reports that combine content from several other reports are often referred to as briefing books
    2. The easiest way to do this is with report references, tables of contents and bookmarks
  13. Use Conditional Statements and Parameters to Interactively Display Data Items, Control Sorting and More
    1. Use basic parameters to drive report layout and data behavior
    2. Examine prompt macros
    3. Restrict access to data based on user attributes
  14. Use Layout Component References to Define Report Templates
  15. Use Query Macros to Implement Report-Level Security
    1. Create reports with advanced expressions
    2. Use query macros and session parameters
Registration Details

  • Senturus accepts payment by credit card, purchase order and invoice.
  • Paying party will receive a payment confirmation email upon payment receipt.
  • Each registered student will receive an email with the course confirmation and details on how to access the online classroom.
  • A full, hard copy set of course materials is shipped to each United States based student a few days prior to the start of class.
  • *International students will receive electronic copies of the course guide in place of a hard copy. These students may print one hard copy of the guide for their own personal use during the course. The course materials are copyrighted and any other reproduction or distribution of these materials is strictly prohibited.

We recommend that all attendees have two displays (monitors) so they can see the training presentation and their hands-on class work simultaneously.

Audio for attendees is via VoIP and a PC Headset is highly recommended. Audio is also available via teleconference using a TOLL number.

Cancellations made ten or more calendar days prior to the first day of the course receive a 100% refund.

Cancellations made between five and nine calendar days prior to the first day of the course, receive a 50% refund.

Registrants will be charged 100% of the enrollment fee if a cancellation request is not received at least five calendar days prior to the first day of the course.