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Cognos Training Catalog

Virtual & In-Person Cognos Training Classes 

To get the most out of your Cognos Analytics software investment you need early adoption and continued optimization. We know that your Analytics & AI needs and challenges are as unique as your business. That’s why LPA’s Cognos is completely customized to you with both on-site and on-line sessions offered. 

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LPA Cognos Training Courses

LPA will put together a custom curriculum for your employees to provide training both on-site and on-line in the areas of Cognos Analytics, TM1 & Planning Analytics, and IBM Data Science and AI.

View our Cognos Analytics Training Course Catalog below:

Training
Courses 

Class Length

Materials

LPA Course
Prerequisites

Class Size

Agenda

Cognos Analytics Workshop

1

Standard

None

Min 5
Max 10

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Report Authoring

1

Custom

None

Min 5
Max 10

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Advanced Report Authoring

2

Custom

Report Authoring

Min 5
Max 10

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Dimensional Report Authoring

1

Custom

Report Authoring

Min 5
Max 10

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Active Reports

1 -or- 2

Standard

Advanced Report Authoring

Min 5
Max 10

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Data Modules

1

Standard

None, Report Authoring preferred

Min 5
Max 10

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Dashboards & Stories

1

Standard

None

Min 5
Max 10

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Explorations

½

Standard

None

Min 5
Max 10

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Framework Manager Essentials

1

Standard

Advanced Report Authoring

Min 5
Max 10

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Dynamic Cubes

1

Standard

Dimensional Reporting

Min 5
Max 10

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Cognos Analytics New Reporting Features

1

Standard

None, but audience must have used Report Studio in Cognos 10 to create Standard reports. Active Report experience a plus.

Min 5
Max 10

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Cognos Analytics Navigation

¼ (2 hours)

Standard

None

Min 5
Max 15

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Cognos Analytics New Administration Features

1

Standard

None, but audience must be experienced Cognos 10 Administrators

Min 5
Max 10

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PowerPlay Studio Essentials

½

Standard

None

Min 5
Max 10

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Cognos Analytics Workshop

1 Day Course

 
For this 1-Day course, we cover the topics above in the morning, and in the afternoon, we perform a Workshop incorporating these features into the client’s own reports (Client must be prepared with reports they wish to write or enhance).      
  1. Navigation
    1. Getting Started
    2. Navigating the Cognos Analytics User Interface
    3. Using Smart Search
    4. Interacting with Reports
    5. Progressive Interaction through Graduated Interface
    6. Managing Subscriptions
  2. Creating a data module
    1. Uploading personal data files into Cognos Analytics
    2. Creating a Data Module
    3. Adding tables to a data module
    4. Creating Joins
    5. Creating Calculations
    6. Creating Custom Groups
    7. Refining the Data Module
    8. Cleaning Text Data
    9. Testing the Data Module
  3. Self-Service Data Discovery with Dashboards
    1. Working with Templates
    2. Assemble a Dashboard
    3. Using Cognitive Smart Search to find Data Sources
    4. Data Discovery from the Dashboard
    5. Adding filters to dashboards

 

 


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Cognos Analytics Dimensional Report Authoring

1 Day Course

  1. Dimensional Reporting: Introduction
    1. Describe the difference between Relational and Dimensional reporting styles
    2. Understand Dimensional Data Sources and OLAP
    3. Read a Dimensional Model
    4. Customize the Source Tree View
    5. Insert members and hierarchies on a report
    6. Drill up and down on a Member or Set

  2. Dimensional Reporting: Calculating & Filtering
    1. Create and use Member Sets
    2. Suppress empty cells
    3. Create Member Calculations
    4. Create Query Calculations
    5. Use Dimensional Calculations
    6. Filter dimensional data
    7. Create Page Layers


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Cognos Analytics Advanced Report Authoring

2 Day Course

Day 1 Day 2
  1. Review of Report Authoring Class
    1. Introduction
    2. Lists, Crosstabs and Charts
    3. Filters
  2. Repeaters and Repeater Tables
    1. Describe Repeaters and Repeater Tables
    2. Format Repeater and Repeater Table reports
  3. Advanced Visualizations and Maps
    1. Describe Visualizations (Legacy versus New Visualizations)
    2. Describe Maps (Part of New Visualizations Gallery)
  4. Focus Reports Using Summary Filters and Prompts
    1. Examine summary filters
    2. Determine when to apply filters on aggregate data
    3. Identify various prompt types
    4. Use parameters and prompts to focus data
    5. Navigate between pages
  5. Extend Reports Using Calculations
    1. Add run-time information to the reports
    2. Create expressions using macros
  6. Customize Reports with Advanced Conditional Formatting
    1. Create multi-lingual reports
    2. Show and hide data
    3. Understand conditional rendering and formatting
  1. Advanced Queries – Joins, Unions and SQL
    1. Joins and Cardinality
    2. Unions, Intersects and Excepts
    3. Adding SQL to a report
  2. View Related Information Using Drill Through
    1. Define Drill-Through Access
    2. Set up Drill-Through Access in a Report
    3. Identify some good Drill-Through Practices
  3. Bursting Reports
    1. Define Bursting
    2. Describe options for bursting source
    3. Describe bursting recipient options
    4. Describe the steps to enable bursting
    5. Describe the security considerations for bursting
  4. Global Parameters
    1. Define Global Parameters
    2. Create a Library of Parameters
    3. Use Global Parameters as an author
    4. Use Global Parameters as a user
  5. Interactive Performance Assistant
    1. Define the Interactive Performance Assistant
    2. Enable the Interactive Performance Assistant
    3. View the results
  6. Guided Report Layout and Recommended Visualizations
  7. Final Workshop


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Cognos Analytics Active Reports

1- or 2-Day Course

  1. Introduction
    1. Define active reports
    2. Discuss the value of active reports
    3. Examine an existing active report and its controls
    4. Convert a standard report to an Active Report
    5. Investigate interactive properties
  2. Use Filter and Select in Active Reports (Workshops)
    1. Distinguish between filter and select
    2. Examine decks and cards
    3. Explore properties to use in active reports
    4. Examine master-detail relationships and decks 
  3. End-to-End Example
    1. Create an elaborate dashboard with several interactive controls

If sold as a 2 Day Course add:

  1. Working with Advanced Visualizations
  2. Advanced reporting techniques using the IBM Cognos Active Reports Cookbook
  3. Build-a-report Workshop
    1. Students bring a report to build with instructor to help and guide them

 

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Cognos Analytics Report Authoring

1 Day Course

  1. Introduction
    1. Understand the importance of the Framework Model and Packages
    2. Describe the types of reports supported
    3. Describe the User Interface
    4. Describe the steps to follow in creating a report
  2. List Reports
    1. Describe List Reports
    2. Group, format and sort list reports
    3. Describe options for aggregating data
  3. Crosstab Reports
    1. Describe Crosstab Reports
    2. Format and sort crosstab reports
    3. Create complex crosstabs
    4. Create crosstabs using unrelated data items
  4. Present Data graphically
    1. Understand different chart types
    2. Create charts containing peer and nested columns
    3. Add context to charts
    4. Create and reuse custom chart palettes
    5. Present key data in a single dashboard report
  5. Focus Reports with Detail Filters
    1. Create detail filters to narrow the focus of reports
    2. Examine Before Auto-aggregation and After Auto-aggregation filters
    3. Examine Combined filters
    4. Use generated prompts to add user interactivity
  6. Extend Reports Using Calculations
    1. Create calculations based on data in your report objects and in the data source
    2. Create expressions using operators, summaries and functions
  7. Customize Reports With Conditional Styles
    1. Use a Conditional Style to highlight exceptional data
    2. Reuse an existing Conditional Style


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Cognos Analytics Navigation

¼ Day (2 hour) Course

  1. Navigating the Cognos Portal
    1. Getting Started
    2. Navigating the Cognos Analytics User Interface
  2. Consuming Reports
    1. Using Smart Search
    2. Interacting with Reports
    3. Progressive Interaction through Graduated Interface
    4. Managing Subscriptions

 



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Cognos Analytics Dashboards & Stories

1 Day Class

  1. What is a Dashboard?
  2. What is a Story?
  3. Converting a Dashboard to a Story
  4. Modes
    1. Edit mode
    2. View mode
    3. Full Screen mode
  5. Setting a Dashboard as your Home page
  6. Assembling a New Dashboard
    1. Getting Started
    2. The Dashboard Interface
    3. Dashboard Properties
    4. Data Sources
    5. Linking to a Replacement Data Source
    6. Resetting a Dashboard to the Last Saved Version
  7. Visualizations
    1. Adding Visualizations
    2. Visualization Requirements
    3. Intent-based Visualizations using the Assistant
    4. Visualization Properties
    5. Refreshing data in a Visualization on a Timer
    6. Changing the Visualization Type
    7. Changing the Visualization Layout
    8. Exploring Specific Values in a Visualization
    9. Visualization Insights
    10. Map Visualizations
    11. Binning Numeric Data
    12. Using Navigation Paths
    13. Conditional Formatting
    14. Adding Widgets: Media, Web Pages, Images, Shapes and Text
  8. Filtering
    1. Visualization Communication for Highlighting and Filtering
    2. Changing and Breaking Links between Visualizations
    3. Filtering Visualizations using the Filter Dock
    4. Using the Data Tray
    5. Filtering a single Visualization
    6. Options using the Expanded View
    7. Top/Bottom Counts
  9. Adding Simple and Complex Calculations
  10. Formatting Numeric Data
  11. Creating & Using a Navigation Path
  12. Pinning a Visualization
  13. Copying and Pasting Assets
  14. Drilling Through from a Dashboard to a Report
  15. Exporting a Dashboard to PDF
  16. Cognos Analytics Stories
    1. Storytelling in a Business Setting
    2. Assembling a Story
    3. Story Timelines
    4. Adding Entrance Animation
    5. Highlighting Data
    6. Playing all Scenes to the end and/or in a continuous loop

 



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Cognos Analytics New Administration Features

½ Day Course

  1. Architectural Overview
  2. Securing the Environment
  3. Tuning Server Performance
  4. Managing Schedules
  5. Managing Content
  6. Global Parameters
  7. Additional Management Functions
    1. Controlling access to product features
    2. User Interface Customizations, Themes and Extensions
    3. License Management Tool
    4. Data Server Connections (and their use in Data Modules)
    5. Data File Configuration Properties
    6. Global Parameters

Any time remaining in the afternoon will be spent prototyping those features that are of interest to the client.

 



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Cognos Framework Manager Essentials

1 Day Class

  1. Introduction
    1. Define Framework Manager and its purpose
    2. Describe Open Data Access
    3. Describe the role of the Framework Model in the Reporting environment
    4. Describe Reporting and Operational data sources
    5. Describe Table Relationships and Cardinality
  2. Preparing a Framework Model
    1. Define a Framework Manager Project
    2. Explore the Framework Manager User Interface
    3. Examine Data Sources
    4. Import Metadata using the Metadata Wizard and the Model Design Accelerator
    5. Examples:
      • Create Model Query Subjects
      • Create Relationships
      • Create a Dimensional View
      • Create and publish a Package and use it in Query/Report Studio
  3. Framework Model Settings
    1. Explore Usage
    2. Explore Aggregates
    3. Explore Prompts
    4. Explore Filters
    5. Explore Security Filters
    6. Explore Calculations


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Cognos Analytics Explorations

½ Day Course

  1. Introduction
    1. The Exploration Interface
    2. Cognitive Capabilities
    3. Smart Data Discovery
    4. Use Cases
  2. Load and Refine Data
    1. Starting a new exploration
    2. Add calculations and navigation paths
    3. The Relationship Diagram
  3. Discover Insights
    1. Suggested Starting Points
    2. Visualization Details
    3. Comparisons
    4. The Analytics AI Assistant
  4. Display Insights using Dashboards


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PowerPlay Studio Essentials

½ Day Course

  1. Architectural Overview
  2. Dimensional Data Sources and PowerCubes
  3. PowerPlay Studio Explorer User Interface Components
  4. Using the Dimension Viewer and Dimension Line
  5. Expanding and Replacing Categories
  6. Finding Categories
  7. Drilling Up/Down
  8. Using Subsets
  9. Adding Calculations
  10. Presenting Values as Percentages
  11. Zero Suppression
  12. Page Layering in PDF Outputs


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Introduction to Cognos Dynamic Cubes

1 Day Class

  1. Introduction
  2. Comparison of Different IBM Cube Technologies
  3. Modeling with Cube Designer
    1. Creating Dimensions
    2. Creating Cubes
    3. Creating Virtual Cubes
  4. Aggregates in a Dynamic Cube
  5. Security in a Dynamic Cube
  6. Deploying and Managing Cubes
  7. Dynamic Query Analyzer


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Cognos Analytics Data Modules

1 Day Course

  1. Introduction
    1. Definition
    2. Data Sources
    3. Uploading Files
    4. Data Sets
    5. The Data Modules interface
  2. Creating Tables
    1. Organizing your Model
    2. Creating Tables from existing tables
    3. Creating Tables using SQL
    4. Caching Data
    5. Column Usage and Icons
  3. Adding Relationships
    1. From Database Metadata
    2. Adding by Hand
    3. Join Types and Cardinality
    4. Bridge Tables
    5. Summary Tables
  4. Layout, Calculations and Filters
    1. Laying out a Data Module using Folders
    2. Properties
    3. Basic Calculations
    4. Advanced Calculations using the Calculation Editor
    5. Grouping data
    6. Cleaning data
    7. Splitting data
    8. Hiding Objects
    9. Fixed Filters
    10. Stand-alone Filters
  5. Navigation Paths and Relative Time
    1. Creating a Navigation Path
    2. Using a Navigation Path
    3. Defining Relative Time
    4. Using Relative Time on a Date Column
    5. Using Relative Time on a Measure column
  6. Additional topics
    1. Data Security
    2. Relinking Data Sources
    3. Defining Column Dependencies
    4. Validating your Data Module
    5. Using the Try it Button


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Cognos Analytics New Reporting Features

1 Day Training

  1. Overall Cognos 10 to Cognos 11 Reporting Changes
  2. Functionality Mapping from Cognos 10 Report Studio interface to Cognos 11.1 Reporting Interface
  3. The Interactive Viewer
  4. New Features Introduced in Cognos 11.0.3
    1. Multi-package Reports
    2. Data Lists in active Reports
    3. Filter Text Tool
  5. New Features Introduced in Cognos 11.0.4
    1. JavaScript in Interactive Reports
  6. New Features introduced in Cognos 11.0.5
    1. Dimensional Lists in the Interactive Viewer
    2. Updated Visualizations (RAVE2)
    3. Lineage in Authoring
  7. New Features introduced in Cognos 11.0.6
    1. Full query support for Data Module sources
    2. Freeze List Column Headings in the Interactive Viewer
  8. New Features introduced in Cognos 11.0.7
    1. Interactive Map Visualization
    2. Interactive Filtering in HTML Reports using Interactive Viewer
    3. Setting Parameters using My Parameters panel
    4. Using Navigation Groups
  9. New Features introduced in 11.0.8
    1. Latitude/Longitude Layer in Maps
    2. Create a Custom Image Library
  10. New Features introduced in 11.1
    1. Guided Report Layout
    2. Smart Visualizations Recommender
    3. New Visualization Library
    4. Client-Side Filtering
    5. Custom Palettes
    6. Enhanced mapping support
    7. Reusable Styles
    8. Copy/Paste
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