Course Description

This course teaches Professional Report Authors about advanced report building techniques using relational data models, and ways of enhancing, customizing, and managing professional reports. The course builds on topics presented in the Fundamentals course. Attendees will participate in interactive demonstrations and exercises that illustrate key concepts while learning how to use advanced features in the product builds on topics learned in the Fundamentals course.


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Report Authors


Knowledge of business requirementsIBM Cognos Analytics for Consumers (v11.0) 


  • build query models and then connect them to the report layout
  • edit an SQL statement to author custom queries
  • add filters and prompts to a report using the query models
  • create reports by joining queries
  • combine data containers based on relationships from different queries
  • filter reports on session parameter values
  • navigate a briefing book using a table of contents
  • create dynamic headers and titles that reflect report data
  • create a customer invoice report
  • control report displays using prompts
  • specify conditional formatting values using prompts
  • specify conditional rendering of objects based on prompt selection
  • create sorted and filtered reports based on prompt selection
  • create a report that displays summarized data before detailed data
  • highlight alternate rows in a list report
  • create a report using an external data file
  • use single data items to summarize report information
  • Create a report with tabbed pages. – New
  • examine the report specification structure
  • save and edit reports locally
  • discuss considerations for modifying a report specification
  • discuss adding custom toolbox objects and custom template options
  • distribute reports using bursting
  • create burst keys
  • identify report recipients and data items using burst tables
  • distribute reports using email and the IBM Cognos Analytics portal
  • create tooltips that clarify report data
  • create a popup window that contains prompts
  • send emails using links in a report
  • Report 1: Burst a sales report by country
  • Report 2: Create a report letting users choose top and bottom number of product types
  • Report 3: Let users choose a chart type to display with a crosstab