First Guide to Dashboards using IBM Cognos Analytics (V11)
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First Guide to Dashboards using IBM Cognos Analytics (V11)

Create amazing Dashboards using Cognos Analytics and see how to reap useful information by combining variety of data
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to build stunning Dashboards with Cognos Analytics
  • Acquaint with new unified interface of Cognos Analytics to consume, modify and author reports and dashboards
  • Learn about the Visualization available to you: How and when to use them, how to interact with them, how to customize them
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  • This course is for Cognos 11 users. It will also be useful to anyone expecting to use Cognos Analytics (Cognos v11) to author dashboards and stories within IT department. Typically it will be developers, business analysts, testers, product owners of reporting system / data warehouse / MIS. Basic knowledge of data and relationship with variety of data is required.
  • SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: IBM Cognos version 11 MINDSET- This is a Crash Course to learn the brand-new offering of IBM Cognos called 'Dashboards'. This course will teach the viewers how to create stunning dashboards in just few minutes. There is no need of any prior technical skills. However, a conceptual understanding of Reports and Data will be benefitial.

Cognos Analytics is the latest version of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence offering, that bring IBM back in the game against new age competitors like QlikView, Tableau. It is a next-generation, sleek, unified tool that provides end users, power-users and IT professional a fast, intent-driven dashboard and reports authoring interface on top of the strong foundation that IBM Cognos has proved over decades.
This course is strongly focused on the new Analytics Dashboard Tool, that is not only the future of reporting authoring but also appeals much wider audience – right from end-users who are simply consumers of data, to power-users that analyze data and create dashboards for consumption, and IT developers who deliver high quality reporting solutions.
In addition to Analytics Dashboarding which is the completely new feature in v11, you will also learn about what users and author gain by upgrading from older v10 or v8 (why upgrade, and why not). You will get a hang of the completely new 'Connection Portal' interface

About the Author

Abhishek Sanghani worked with Cognos 8.x and 10.x for 12 years and delivering 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 is leading 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, is testing it from all aspects to assess when and where to use it in the deliveries. He also has opportunities to try other products like QlikView, Tableau and Microstrategy. He believes such experiences with other products make one’s viewpoint wider, and understanding deeper.
The other technology that interests Abhishek is Microstrategy. He posses advanced skills in TM1, Oracle, Microstrategy, SQL Server, 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 in this course focuses the brand new Dashboarding tool.

Who is the target audience?
  • Knowing how you can use the enterprise data with your own reference or offline data to produce dashboards and stories will be useful for any Cognos 11 user. These are various job title like accountants, managers, controllers, sales heads and so on, who will find this course useful for their day to day work and career progression.
  • This course is also useful to anyone expecting to use Cognos Analytics (Cognos v11) to author dashboards and stories within IT department. Typically it will be developers, business analysts, testers, product owners of reporting system / data warehouse / MIS.
  • Lastly those who are already using Cognos BI v8 or v10 will also find this course useful as v11 is dramatically different from previous versions. This course will prove to be your crash course to familiarize with new terminologies, functionalities and mainly to learn about the brand new dashboard building and Analytics viewer features.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Introduction and High-Level Architecture
3 Lectures 15:14

This video will an overview of entire course

Preview 05:05

What is business intelligence and what does it bring to businesses?
Introduction to Business Intelligence

What is Cognos and how does it work?

Cognos and Its High-Level Architecture
Setup and Sample Database
2 Lectures 09:04
Learn how to get access to a free trial of Cognos Analytics in cloud.
Preview 04:22

This familiarises you with the sample database that we will use throughout this course, and talks about fictitious companies called NO-Sales and GO-Sales.

Sample Databases and Files
Welcome to Welcome Portal
3 Lectures 19:05

If you are already using previous versions of Cognos, then there is a big leap in the user interface for you. This video shows Welcome Portal, which is the gateway into Cognos Analytics.

Preview 07:15

In order to create new reports or edit reports, earlier the Report Studio tool was used. In the new interface, you might be wondering: where’s Report Studio gone?

Where’s Report Studio Gone?

Action Time! In this video you will learn how to create your first dashboard.
Your First Dashboard
It’s All about Data
3 Lectures 23:22

For Cognos to connect to any database in the organization, you must set up the database connection. This video shows how.

Preview 04:23

Now Cognos allows you to create and update your model on the Web without having to build any Framework Manager model and going to through the publish process. This video shows how.

Creating Your Own Data Modules

Unleash the real power of BI by stitching your own data to organizational data for comparisons, what-if analyses, impact of new hierarchy structures, and so on.

Adding Your Own Data to Dashboards
Taking Data Modules to Next Level
4 Lectures 30:51

In this video, I will show you some options that are useful to examine the data model you have created and correct any issues. Also, we will see how to check and correct the Usage of columns as Measures, Attributes and Identifiers.

Preview 10:14

For dashboards to perform faster, this video shows how to make data modules sleeker by removing unwanted data. We will also see how to CLEAN UP values in columns.

Refining Module – Filtering and Cleaning

Any simple or complex calculations must be defined in DATA MODULE for use on the dashboard.

Extending Module – Creating Custom Calculations

The data module provides a quick way to generate stitched facts from multiple sources at the required aggregated level of hierarchies. These can be then fed back to the module for use in dashboards.

Generating Stitched Facts – How and Why?
Dashboard Authoring in Detail
4 Lectures 35:18

Wondering how to change basic visualization properties like colors, legend, etc? This video will show you how. You will also look at TABBED dashboard and templates.

Preview 07:45

Let’s see how to add HEADLINE figures that not static but rather update automatically when values in the database change or the context of the dashboard changes. We will also see how to add Static Texts and change the Display Order to arrange items behind or in front of another item.

Singletons, Static Texts, and Display Order

Functionality to compare facts and figures between two different product lines or other drivers is a common ask. Let’s see how to achieve that by breaking and changing widget connections.

Changing Widget Connections

In order to provide the ability to DRILL DOWN from a high level of hierarchy to a lower level, you need to define a NAVIGATION GROUP in the module. This video shows how, and demonstrates Packed Bubble chart.

Navigation Group for Drill Down
Creating a Story and Giving Finishing Touch
4 Lectures 40:08

Cognos provides a SLIDESHOW like output called STORY. Stories differ from dashboards because they provide an over-time narrative and can convey a conclusion or recommendation. In this video, let’s see how to create a STORY.

Preview 16:09

By changing the THEME of a STORY, you can give it a new look and feel.
Changing the Theme and Background

To enrich the presentation, you can also add images (for example, Company Logo) and videos. In this video, we will add a video from YouTube to a scene in a slideshow. We will also see what info-graphic is and how to add it.

Adding Multimedia and Info-Graphics

To distribute STORY and DASHBOARD or to create one-click access, the direct URL can be used. You can customize this URL with extra parameters to hide the application bar from top and navigation bar from left.

Sharing Story and Dashboard Using Custom URL
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