Course Description

This course is designed to guide report authors in building on their expertise with IBM Cognos Analytics by applying dimensional techniques to reports. Through interactive demonstrations and exercises, participants will learn how to author reports that navigate and manipulate dimensional data structures using the specific dimensional functions and features available in IBM Cognos Analytics.


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Report authors working with dimensional data sources.


IBM Cognos Analytics: Author Reports Fundamentals (v11.0)Knowledge of your business requirementsKnowledge of dimensional data 


  1. Identify different data sources and models
  2. Investigate the OLAP dimensional structure
  3. Identify dimensional data items and expressions
  4. Differentiate the IBM Cognos Analytics query language from SQL and MDX
  5. Differentiate relational and dimensional report authoring styles
  1. Work with members
  2. Identify sets and tuples in IBM Cognos Analytics
  1. Understand the purpose of report context
  2. Understand how data is affected by default and root members
  1. Compare dimensional queries to relational queries
  2. Explain the importance of filtering dimensional queries
  3. Evaluate different filtering techniques
  4. Filter based on dimensions and members
  5. Filter based on measure values
  6. Filter using a slicer
  1. Use IBM Cognos Analytics dimensional functions to create sets and tuples
  2. Perform arithmetic operations in OLAP queries
  3. Identify coercion errors and rules
  1. Navigate dimensional data using family functions
  1. Navigate dimensional data using relative functions
  2. Navigate dimensional data using relative time functions
  1. Understand default drill-up and drill-down functionality
  2. Identify cases when you need to override default drilling behavior
  3. Configure advanced drilling behavior to support sophisticated use cases
  4. Define member sets to support advanced drilling
  5. Define member sets to support functions
  1. Navigate from a specific report to a target report
  2. Drill down to greater detail and then navigate to target report
  3. Navigate between reports created using different data sources
  1. Review concepts covered throughout the course