IBM Cognos 10.2 - Report Studio

Beginning and Intermediate Authoring


IBM Cognos Report Studio Beginning and Intermediate Authoring is a two-day, instructor-led, online course. Students will build fundamental authoring skills in IBM Cognos Report Studio by creating professional reports using lists, charts, crosstabs and maps. Critical techniques such as filters, prompts, calculations, exception highlighting, drill-through, formatting and advanced layout will be covered.

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 are sent prior to the class.


Techniques learned in this course are relevant to all versions of IBM Cognos BI 10. If you're using Cognos Analytics (v11) you'll be interested in Professional Report Authoring in V11.

Class Length

Two Days



Suggested Attendees

Report Authors: Individuals that design and develop corporate standard reports

Class Outline
  1. Explore Report Studio and Create Different Report Types 
    1. Discuss crosstab terminology
    2. Create a crosstab report
    3. Nest and stack within a crosstab report
    4. Understand crosstab nodes and node members
    5. Understand when and how to use charts
    6. Examine charts containing peer and nested items
    7. Present data using new chart type options
    8. Include notes to add context to charts
    9. Present data spatially using map reports
    10. Discuss presenting data in a single dashboard report
  2. Create and Format Reports 
    1. Navigate in the professional authoring mode
    2. Create a list report
    3. Format a list
    4. Group and sort a list report
    5. Define group spanning
    6. Add headers to a list report
    7. Add sections to a list
  3. Narrow the Focus of Reports by Filtering Data
    1. Define filters
    2. Create detail filters
    3. Create group filters
  4. Create Interactive Reports
    1. Create simple prompts using filtered parameters
    2. Examine prompt types
    3. Create prompt pages
    4. Handling no data
  5. Add Value to Reports Using Calculations
    1. Create query calculations
    2. Use conditional logic in expressions
    3. Create layout calculations
    4. Use functions in expressions
    5. Create singletons
  6. Enhance Reports with Advanced Formatting and Layout
  7. Link Reports
    1. Create master detail reports
    2. Create drill-through reports
  8. Add and Modify Elements of Query Model (data items, aggregate properties, filters)
    1. Compare basic conditional formatting and advanced conditional formatting
    2. Examine conditionally formatted reports
    3. Create exception reports
  9. Author Complex Reports
    1. Create reports using the blank template
    2. Use tables and blocks
    3. Organize report layouts into bands of information
    4. Examine visual aids
    5. Add page headers and footer
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.