From the Back Cover
Insider Techniques from Top IBM Cognos Trainers!
In this book, two leading IBM Cognos instructors show experienced users how to create better reports with less effort and take full advantage of IBM Cognos 10’s most valuable improvements. The authors walk through dozens of detailed examples built in response to actual business reporting challenges. Their step-by-step examples illuminate everything from report design and formatting to queries and statistical analysis--and every example is designed for easy modification.
The authors begin with techniques for creating more usable, “consumer-friendly” reports, and for ensuring that your reports match your analysis. Next, they demonstrate how to utilize the IBM Cognos report hierarchy and data models more effectively and introduce advanced techniques for report formatting and data processing. They conclude with a full chapter on IBM Cognos 10’s most powerful new tools--including Active Reports, support for local data sources, improved charting, and advanced statistical reporting.
• Creating simpler, more meaningful reports that match the way your users process information
• Quickly generating complex crosstab calculations
• Rapidly building interactive dashboards that illuminate management’s key metrics
• Taking full advantage of the IBM Cognos report hierarchy and layout library
• Comparing legacy report queries to new IBM Cognos Framework Manager data models
• Overriding the standard data model to reflect the way your company organizes its data
• Combining multiple queries in one complex report
• Providing access to interactive reports to users who aren’t connected to your servers
• Retrieving complex statistical analyses via the new IBM Cognos Statistics, powered by IBM SPSS
About the Author
Roger Johnson is a learning consultant on IBM Cognos technologies delivering a wide variety of courses focusing on the needs of his learners. His education experience has been honed over years of work in training software professionals, college students, and many types of technology users. After he started his career as a computer programmer, a coworker said, “Hey, you do community theater productions. You would make a good trainer.” With those words, his career took a different direction. Over the next 20 years, he never moved too far from either technology or education. As a learner, he has masters degrees in Systems Management and Education. Currently, he is researching the end-user adoption of technology as his doctoral dissertation at Capella University. He calls Orlando home, but is regularly seen around North America delivering any number of IBM Cognos courses. When he is home, he enjoys the time he gets to spend with family, and his dogs keep him busy jogging around the lake.