Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2)

Code: B5A70G

5 days

List Tuition : $3,695.00 USD

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This accelerated offering is intended for core project team members wishing to acquire a broad understanding of a Business Intelligence platform implementation. During the ILT segments, participants will perform hands-on demos and workshops that cover three essential topic areas: modeling, report authoring, and administration of a BI platform. Throughout the ILT, participants will be guided to more-in depth training offerings and paths leading to certification. During the WBT portion of the course, students will be required to complete 22.5 hours of eLearning (6 WBTs and 1 recording).

This advanced course is for:

  • Project Managers
  • Technical Analysts
  • Developers

Overview of IBM Cognos BI

  • Describe IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) and its position within the IBM Smarter Analytics approach and offerings
  • Describe the IBM Cognos 10 Family of offerings
  • Describe IBM Cognos BI enterprise components
  • Describe IBM Cognos architecture at a high level
  • Describe IBM Cognos BI security at a high level
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos BI

Identify Common Data Structures

  • Define the role of a metadata model in Cognos BI
  • Distinguish the characteristics of common data structures
  • Understand the relative merits of each model type
  • Examine relationships and cardinality
  • Identify different data traps
  • Identify data access strategies

Defining Requirements

  • Examine key modeling recommendations
  • Define reporting requirements
  • Explore data sources to identify data access strategies
  • Identify the advantages of modeling metadata as a star schema
  • Model in layers

Creating a Baseline Project

  • Follow the IBM Cognos and Framework Manager workflow processes
  • Define a project and its structure
  • Describe the Framework Manager environment
  • Create a baseline project
  • Enhance the model with additional metadata

Preparing Reusable Metadata

  • Verify relationships and query item properties
  • Create efficient filters by configuring prompt properties

Model for Predictable Results: Identify Reporting Issues

  • Describe multi-fact queries and when full outer joins are appropriate
  • Describe how IBM Cognos uses cardinality
  • Identify reporting traps
  • Use tools to analyze the model

Model for Predictable Results: Virtual Star Schemas

  • Understand the benefits of using model query subjects
  • Use aliases to avoid ambiguous joins
  • Merge query subjects to create as view behavior
  • Resolve a recursive relationship
  • Create a complex relationship expression

Model for Predictable Results: Consolidate Metadata

  • Create virtual facts to simplify writing queries
  • Create virtual dimensions to resolve fact-to-fact joins
  • Create a consolidated modeling layer for presentation purposes
  • Consolidate snowflake dimensions with model query subjects
  • Simplify facts by hiding unnecessary codes

Calculations and Filters

  • Use calculations to create commonly-needed query items for authors
  • Use static filters to reduce the data returned
  • Use macros and parameters in calculations and filters to dynamically control the data returned

Implementing a Time Dimension

  • Make time-based queries simple to author by implementing a time dimension
  • Resolve confusion caused by multiple relationships between a time dimension and another table

Specifying Determinants

  • Use determinants to specify multiple levels of granularity and prevent double-counting

Creating the Presentation View

  • Identify the dimensions associated with a fact table
  • Identify conformed vs. non-conformed dimensions
  • Create star schema groupings to provide authors with logical groupings of query subjects
  • Rapidly create a model using the Model Design Accelerator

Creating Analysis Objects

  • Apply dimensional information to relational metadata to enable OLAP-style queries
  • Sort members for presentation and predictability
  • Define members and member unique names
  • Identify changes that impact a MUN

Introduction to the Reporting Application

  • Examine Report Studio and its interface
  • Explore different report types
  • Create a simple, sorted, and f

You should have:

  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Experience using the Windows operating system
  • Experience using a web browser

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