IBM Cognos 11.0.7 - Cognos Analytics

Beginning Professional Report Authoring


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

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 Cognos Analytics (v11). If you're using Cognos BI 10, you'll be interested in Report Studio Beginning and Intermediate Authoring.

Class Length

Two Days



Suggested Attendees

Report authors: individuals that design and develop corporate standard reports

Class Outline
  1. Link Reports
    1. Define a master-detail data relationship
    2. Create a master-detail report
    3. Define the drill-through concept
    4. Create drill-through reports
  2. Create Calculations
    1. Create query calculations
    2. Create calculation in design and preview mode
    3. Use conditional logic in expressions
    4. Create layout calculations
    5. Use functions in expressions
    6. Create singletons
    7. Create a parameterized calculation
  3. Use Prompts and Parameters
    1. Create parameterized filters
    2. Examine prompt types
    3. Create prompt pages
    4. Create cascading prompts
    5. Handle ‘No Data Available’
    6. Highlight prompt troubleshooting tips
  4. Create Analytical Reports Using Crosstabs and Charts
    1. Discuss analytical report authoring
    2. Discuss crosstab terminology
    3. Nest and stack in a crosstab
    4. Create a crosstab report
    5. Discuss when and how to use charts
    6. Nest and stack in a chart
    7. Discuss chart types
    8. Customize chart properties
    9. Use visualizations
  5. Create and Customize List Reports
    1. Create list reports
    2. Examine the object hierarchy
    3. Format lists
    4. Sort and group lists
    5. Define group spanning
    6. Add headers to a list
    7. Add sections to a list
  6. Review IBM Cognos Analytics Interface and Navigation
    1. Highlight differences between Cognos BI 10 and Cognos Analytics
    2. Preview how to navigate the portal
    3. Preview how to create a new report
    4. Explore the data, toolbox and navigate areas
    5. Explore the properties pane
    6. Explore page views
    7. Explore the on-demand toolbars
  7. Create Filters
    1. Define filters
    2. Create detail filters in design mode
    3. Apply detail filters in preview mode
    4. Create summary filters in design mode
    5. Apply summary filters in preview mode
  8. Create and Customize Maps
    1. Present data spatially using map reports
    2. Customize map reports
  9. Define Aggregation
    1. Define automatic aggregation
    2. Apply automatic aggregation to a report
    3. Define group aggregation
    4. Apply group aggregation to a report
  10. Customize Reports with Conditional Formatting
    1. Discuss conditional styles vs. variables
    2. Use conditional styles to highlight exceptions
    3. Use conditional styles to show/hide report objects
  11. Author Complex Reports
    1. Discuss report design planning
    2. Work with report layout tools
    3. Examine visual aids
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.