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IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples Paperback – October 28, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0132656757 ISBN-10: 0132656752 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132656752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132656757
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Take Your IBM Cognos 10 Reporting Skills to the Next Level:

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.

 

Coverage Includes

• 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

Filip Draskovic has spent his professional career, which covers the past 11 years, living and breathing IBM Cognos. For the first 8 years of his career, he had been an IBM Cognos consultant and developed his skills applying IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and Planning solutions in multiple industries. Wanting to do something different, he spent the next 3 years as a Cognos trainer teaching public and private IBM Cognos courses in IBM’s offices around North America. Following his desire to constantly gain new experiences and knowledge, he is currently filling the role of an IBM Cognos client technical professional. You can find him today in Toronto’s financial district. At home, with his wife, he is enjoying raising their son and daughter.

 

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.

 

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AA on January 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
So you've taken a course on Cognos Report Studio, or you've read the manuals/guides, now what?? I found this book to be a good 'bridge' between having an understanding of the fundamentals and actually building practical, professional reports. I found most of the examples quite useful and have implemented some into my reports. I also found that following along with these examples helped improve my proficiency and familiarity with Report Studio, but I would not recommend it to someone who has had little-to-no experience with it.

There are a couple minor complaints that I have with the book though. It doesn't spend a lot of time elaborating on some of the functions and it isn't always intuitive what a particular step is accomplishing. There were also a few times where the walkthroughs were a little vague or slightly confusing, although I could still complete them all without too much difficulty.

Also, with the exception of the last chapter (which is version 10 specific) this book applies to Cognos 8 just as much as it does Cognos 10. I used Cognos 8 to complete all of the examples and there are clear notes that highlight any differences between the two versions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Henriksen on June 2, 2013
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This is the only book I've found, so far, that gives step-by-step instructions for real reports using as much of the functionality of the tool as possible. It gives alternative ways to do the same tasks. I found an error in some of the code in the first example (missing parenthesis) which almost stopped me in my tracks. There are many, many, steps to each report so it is easy to get lost, but the instructions are quite good. I'm not at all a fan of Cognos, but this book has helped be get past the distaste. I'm still looking for a book that explains - in relatively plain English - how to fill in data for charts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V McDowell on October 28, 2013
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I was really hoping for more examples and step-by-step processes for creating complex reports. I could use a little less theory and lot more examples and "how-to's". I learn more by example than by paragraphs of words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura27 on June 7, 2013
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This has been helpful so far. I would have liked to see more examples of actual code and syntax but all in all this is a good guide for basic steps for beginners like me.
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This is perfect for someone who is new to Cognos Report Studio. I only wish there were more books like this with practical examples to learn from.
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