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IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook [Paperback]

by Abhishek Sanghani
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June 1, 2010 1849680345 978-1849680349
Written in cookbook style, this book offers learning and techniques through recipes. It contains step-by-step instructions for Report Studio 8 users to author effective reports. The book is designed in such a way that you can refer to things chapter by chapter, and read them in no particular order. You will see a new fictional business case in each recipe that will relate to a real-life problem and then you will learn how to crack it in Report Studio. If you are a Business Intelligence or MIS Developer (programmer) working on Cognos Report Studio who wants to author impressive reports by putting to use what this tool has to offer, this book is for you. You could also be a Business Analyst or Power User who authors his own reports and wants to look beyond the conventional features of Report Studio 8. This book assumes that you can do basic authoring, are aware of the Cognos architecture, and are familiar with Studio.

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About the Author

Abhishek Sanghani

Abhishek Sanghani has worked as a Cognos developer and consultant with multinational companies in private sector. He is currently working with a leading media company based in London. He began his career in 2004 and earned many awards for his performance and certifications in the field of Business Intelligence. He has an extensive experience of building reporting solutions using Cognos tools over various databases and schemas; including data warehouses, operational systems, and multi-dimensional cubes. He also writes a blog in his spare time and takes on-demand training classes.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849680345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849680349
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest.... September 21, 2010
By NancyR
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I'm a real report developer on the east coast of the US, and yes, this is a real review. I have to admit that I am not a seasoned Cognos person - I come to Cognos from SQL Server/Business Objects and have been in data warehousing and reporting for 7+ years. I've been using Report Studio intensively for about 4 months now.

So far, none of the Report Studio documentation or books that I have read come close to being useful, even the user documentation from IBM. This "Cookbook" by Sanghani does give some helpful approaches to specific Report Studio questions/problems, but in no way is it a complete or thorough treatment of how to use Report Studio. At best it will help you figure out how to do some of those nagging little things that you know you should be able to do but just can't seem to figure out. It's best if you've already been using Report Studio for some time - this is not a book for newbies trying to learn the software. IMO, there is also too much of "Do exactly what I tell you" but not enough explanation of the "why" behind what you're told to do.

The English needs refinement. It's not blatant, and the text remains readable, but there are many annoying little English grammar and usage errors throughout.

All in all, OK if you want helpful hints, but don't look to it for anything more than that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for ideas to overcome some of many challenges encountered while trying to learn Cognos Report Studio.

I work for a company which has recently made a decision to use the Cognos software platform for its performance reporting and data analysis activities. This encouraged me to attended training classes and read numerous technical books\articles on using Report Studio.

For the last few months, I have been struggling to master some techniques needed to produce exceptional business reports using Report Studio. Most of the technical guides that I have read contained long drawn-out explanations that were difficult to understand.

Within 1 week after purchasing the "IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook", I was able to use 3 techniques to overcome some challenges I was having in developing some reports.

The author of this book describes his techniques in a simple but effective form using "Getting Ready", "How to do it...", "How it works..." and "There's more...". This makes it easy for readers to easily interpret how to apply the technique being described. I really like the section describing "How it works..." because this is usually not included in most technical guides.

This is an excellent book and well worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than most, but not complete October 6, 2010
By Vic
There are a number of helpful hints and tips here. Some are dead on the money. However, trying to correlate his partial explanations of his examples, to actually applying it to closely related real world issues, is a no go. On one of the pages, he refers you back to IBM's documentation, that has no explanation of the code, and worse, he uses newer code and refers back to old code that won't work on other versions.

I'm surprised they didn't edit the book for grammatical errors. Someone else posted on it. For the price, its really sad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for Cognos Report author July 17, 2010
A Kid's Review
IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook by Abhishek Sanghani is certainly the best Cognos authoring book. IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook is a mostly easy and fun read providing you with many insights and best practices on how to use Cognos Report Studio effectively.

I've been Cognos authoring since 2004 and sometimes think I know everything I need to know about working with the language. "IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook" made me realizes that there's always much, much more to learn.

This book is packed with incredibly useful information that every single Cognos developer should know. The best part is that Abhishek is simply organizing and presenting tried and true Cognos reporting and methods

In IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook, Abhishek does a great job describing best practices that you as report author will find useful on a daily basis. For example, I really found his example of the Abhishek (Chapter 3, page 79) quite interesting. Another Item that fascinated me, was Item 15 (page 73) Overriding crosstab intersection drill-through definition.

While the vast majority of the book was very easy to read and to understand, Overall, I highly recommend IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook, which will continue to serve me, and likely you too, as an excellent reference resource.
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