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IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide Paperback – May 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071498524 ISBN-10: 0071498524 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071498524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071498524
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Volitich is president and owner of John Daniel Associates, a Cognos-exclusive partner serving Fortune and mid-market enterprises in the Business Intelligence market for more than a decade. In recognition of Dan's product expertise, John Daniel is one of 12 companies worldwide to have successfully completed all technical requirements for Cognos Accredited Partner status.


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Customer Reviews

Please don't buy this book new like I did - you'll be wasting your money.
ReportsGuy
It is a good book for those who want more insight in Report Studio, Framework Manager, Analysis Studio and etc.
Andre L. Wilson
If one is already familiar with Cognos and needs to have a reference book, than this book is okay.
Wayne Pollack

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By DMC on June 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I cannot say I have read this book completely, but I am currently trying to learn how to use Cognos 8.4 and as I work with the product I find myself turning to this book to clarify something or teach me something. Each time, I come up empty.

This books appears to have only the most high level information, it goes into no detail whatsoever. It spends only a page or two on some very big topics.

There seems to be a lack of Cognos BI books out there, but trust me, this book is not going to help you all that much. If you want a very high-level overview of some of the Cognos features, without going into too much detail on how to really work with the tool, and if your company is paying for the book, then by all means pick this up. Otherwise, steer clear of this book, it's useless for in-depth details on how to use Cognos 8.4 BI.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Ruppert on July 18, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I found the book to have a ton of useful examples on how to write reports using Cognos and on how to use some of the more complicated features. For example, creating a union in a report and how to use a Master-Detail relationship in a report. There are examples for just about everything.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Pollack on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you need a book to learn how to use Cognos 8 or plan to use this book for training, DO NOT use this book. If one is already familiar with Cognos and needs to have a reference book, than this book is okay. If you need to learn Cognos from the ground up, do not waste your money on this book. Find something else or take a training class.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Renee Wright on January 14, 2010
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Some of the reviews warned me about the content of this book being inadequate but I wanted to try it anyway. They were right- this book is terrible. But I was so starved for some type of documentation I remained hopeful. Dont waste your money
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre L. Wilson on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
While I have not read this book completely. It is a good book for those who want more insight in Report Studio, Framework Manager, Analysis Studio and etc. However, this book is not a good resource for Cognos Administrators. Administrators should stick to the Cognos documentation and resources.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ReportsGuy on February 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Like an idiot, I spent $75 on this book (Barns and Noble). I would have got a better deal on Amazon here going thru one of the used book dealers. Please don't buy this book new like I did - you'll be wasting your money. They call this book the official guide and I'm really surprised they did that. I had problems with several of the examples as they seemed to have left out important information. Specifically the examples on pages 277, 259 and 329. Those pages deal with placing totals on subgroups when using a union query, editing a query on a singleton and inserting hierarchies into reports. Another important example they should have included is using a drill through to details on the same report. On some of these examples, you are better off using the "Try it yourself" sections in the Cognos help file. Some of the book's sections are really good like Framework Manager. To make matters worse, they have no online reference for the corrections like Wrox publications does. Overall, shame on McGraw Hill for putting their name on such a rag of a book!
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