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Cognos BI Course

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Come enjoy the motivating atmosphere, learning with your peers while you discover the possibilities of the Cognos BI.

Audience: Data Analysts, Business Analysts, Developers, Data Managers, Business Intelligence Analysts, IT Administrators, Data Architects

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Course Schedule: 5 Days, 40 Academic Hours

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This 5 day course will give delegates a thorough study on using Cognos BI.

Day 1

Overview of IBM Cognos BI.

Discuss IBM Cognos BI and Performance Management
Describe IBM Cognos BI components
Describe IBM Cognos BI architecture at a high level
Define IBM Cognos BI groups and roles
Explain how to extend IBM Cognos BI
Introduction to the Reporting Application

Examine Report Studio and its interface
Explore different report types
Create a simple, sorted, and formatted report
Explore how data items are added to queries
Create List Reports

Format, group, and sort list reports
Describe options for aggregating data
Create a multi-fact query
Create a report with repeated data
Focus Reports Using Filters

Create filters to narrow the focus of reports
Examine detail and summary filters
Determine when to apply filters on aggregate data

Day 2

Create Crosstab Reports

Format and sort crosstab reports
Convert a list to a crosstab
Create complex crosstabs using drag and drop functionality
Create crosstabs using unrelated data items
Present Data Graphically

Create charts containing peer and nested items
Add context to charts
Create and reuse custom chart palettes
Present key data in a single dashboard report
Focus Reports Using Prompts

Identify various prompt types
Use parameters and prompts to focus data
Search for prompt items
Customize prompts to facilitate users’ choices
Navigate between pages
Display users’ prompt selections in the report
Extend Reports Using Calculations

Create calculations based on data in the data source
Add run-time information to the reports
Create expressions using functions

Day 3

Customize Reports with Conditional Formatting

Create multi-lingual reports
Highlight exceptional data
Show and hide data
Conditionally render objects in reports
Drill-Through From One Report to Another

Let users navigate from a specific report to a target report
Pass parameter values to filter the data in drill-through targets
Identify Common Data Structures

Define the metadata modeling role in IBM Cognos BI
Identify a transactional data structure
Distinguish between normalized and de-normalized data
Identify a star schema data structure
Identify common reporting traps (overview then detail slides)
Define OLAP data structures
Decide on the appropriate data access strategy
Gather Requirements

Modeling recommendations overview
Analyze BI and data requirements
Interview and view samples
Identify required business areas
Work in stages (use a phased approach to importing and modeling)

Day 4

Create a Baseline Project

What is Framework Manager?
Define an FM project and its high level objects (namespace, data sources, packages, etc.)
Query Subject Types (data source, model, and stored procedure)
Define Query items.
Examine the model in Cognos BI (what do authors see)
Prepare Reusable Metadata

Verify and Modify Query Item Properties
Verify Query Subject Relationships
Ensure efficient filters by configuring prompt properties
Model for Predictable Results: Identify Reporting Issues

Describe multi-fact queries and when full outer joins are appropriate
Describe how IBM Cognos uses cardinality
Identify reporting traps
Use tools to analyze the model
Model for Predictable Results: Virtual Star Schemas

Identify the advantages of modeling metadata as a star schema
Model in layers
Create aliases to avoid ambiguous joins
Merge query subjects to create as view behavior
Model for Predictable Results: Consolidate Metadata

Create virtual facts to simplify writing queries
Create virtual dimensions to resolve fact-to-fact joins
Create a consolidated modeling layer for presentation purposes
Consolidate snowflake dimensions with model query subjects
Simplify facts by hiding unnecessary codes
Calculations and Filters

Use calculations to create commonly-needed query items for authors
Use static filters to reduce the data returned
Use macros and parameters in calculations and filters to dynamically control the data returned
Implement a Time Dimension

Make time-based queries simple to author by implementing a time dimension
Resolve confusion caused by multiple relationships between a time dimension and another table
Specify Determinants
Use determinants to specify multiple levels of granularity and prevent double-counting
Create the Presentation View

Identify the dimensions associated with a fact table
Identify conformed vs. non-conformed dimensions
Create star schema groupings to provide authors with logical groupings of query subjects
Rapidly create a model using the Model Design Accelerator
Work with Different Query Subject Types

Identify key differences and make recommendations for using data source, model, and stored procedure query subjects
Identify the effects on generated SQL when modifying query subjects, SQL settings and relationships
Set Security in Framework Manager

Examine the IBM Cognos security environment
Restrict access to packages
Create and apply security filters
Restrict access to objects in the model

Day 5

Identify IBM Cognos BI Architecture

The features of the IBM Cognos BI architecture
The three architectural tiers
IBM Cognos BI servlets and services
The default servlet container and alternatives to its use
An example of IBM Cognos BI request processing
Installation options
Load balancing mechanisms
Configuration options
The IBM Cognos Application Firewall
Manage Content in IBM Cognos Administration

Add a data source
Distribute data and create a distribution list
Plan a deployment
Create deployment folders
Export and import entries
Identify how to maintain the IBM Cognos BI content store
Configure saving content to the file system
Customize the appearance of IBM Cognos BI using styles
Use portlets to display custom Web content
Secure the IBM Cognos BI Environment

Identify the IBM Cognos BI security model
Define authentication in IBM Cognos BI
Define authorization in IBM Cognos BI
Identify security policies
Secure the IBM Cognos BI environment

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