Going beyond Dashboards with IBM Cognos Analytics
What you'll learn
- Create tabbed dashboards and stories using the new Dashboard tool of Cognos v11
- Master the full-fledged Report Authoring tool
- Learn how the Reporting tool can overcome the limitations of the Dashboard tool
- Understand how a dashboard is different from a report, and when to use both
- Interlink dashboards, create drill-through links, and make dashboards printable
- Understand the Reporting Interface
- Implement crosstabs and SQL queries
- Explore visualization patterns
- If you have been using Report Studio in Cognos v8 or v10, then this course will be a crash course in report authoring in v11.
Cognos Analytics is the latest version of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and brings IBM right back into the game against new-age competitors such as QlikView and Tableau. This next-generation, sleek, unified tool provides end users, power-users, and IT professional with a fast, intent-driven dashboard and report-authoring interface on top of the strong foundation that IBM Cognos has provided over decades.
This course focuses on the advanced aspects of Dashboard creation and, assuming you have already done the dashboard course, starts with the rapid development of a tabbed dashboard, then moves on to the creation of stories and finally the distribution and maintenance of Dashboards. The course also explains the limitations of the Dashboarding tool and shows how to mitigate them in the report development tool. It is completely dedicated to Cognos Analytics – Reporting, the advanced report authoring tool.
The philosophy behind this course is that professional report authoring and dashboard development require you to use the full-fledged report development tool offered by Cognos v11. Going further you will master the Report Tool interface and learn how to create a report dashboard l using simple objects (for beginners). Then you quickly move on to advanced topics to overcome the limitations of Dashboard tool such as drill-through, prompt manipulation, advanced data formatting, making the dashboards printable, conditional highlighting, and more.
This course is designed to be complementary to the Report Studio v10 book and video course, and also complementary to Cognos Analytics v11 Dashboards for Power Users and Authors. It does not replace any of those books or courses
About the author
Abhishek Sanghani worked with Cognos 8.x and 10.x for 12 years and delivered countless reporting solutions; he is thoroughly excited to see Cognos 11.x taking a big leap in self-service authoring and dashboard reporting.
Currently, he leads a team of software developers, in a large global financial services company, to deliver analytical applications with dashboards and self-service capabilities. Version 11.x being fairly recent, he is involved in testing it from all aspects to assess when and where to use it in the deliveries . He also tries other products such as QlikView, Tableau, and Micro strategy. He believes such experiences with other products make one’s viewpoint wider, and understanding deeper.
The other technology that interests Abhishek is Micro strategy. He possess advanced skills in TM1, Oracle, Micro strategy, SQL Server, and SSAS.
He also has a book written on IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio, followed by a video course for Cognos 10 Report Studio Fundamentals. Both have been very fulfilling experiences. He believes this could be a natural and organic update of those Report Studio works . Note that this course focuses on the brand new Dashboarding tool.
Who this course is for:
- This course will help non-technical viewers, including accountants, desk heads, managers, and controllers, take reporting to a professional level. This course will also be useful to IT developers, business analysts, and testers when it comes to learning Report Authoring.
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