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.
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.
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.
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?
For Cognos to connect to any database in the organization, you must set up the database connection. This video shows how.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any simple or complex calculations must be defined in DATA MODULE for use on the dashboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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