IBM Cognos Business Intelligence


IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
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  • Learn how to better administer your IBM Cognos 10 environment in order to improve productivity and efficiency.
  • Empower your business with the latest Business Intelligence (BI) tools.
  • Discover advanced tools and knowledge that can greatly improve daily tasks and analysis.
  • Explore the new interfaces of IBM Cognos 10.

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 318 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : May 2013
ISBN : 1849683565
ISBN 13 : 9781849683562
Author(s) : Dustin Adkison
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Enterprise, IBM

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: IBM Cognos Connection
Chapter 2: Introducing IBM Cognos Workspace
Chapter 3: IBM Cognos Active Reports
Chapter 4: IBM Cognos Mobile
Chapter 5: IBM Cognos Query Studio
Chapter 6: IBM Cognos Analysis Studio
Chapter 7: IBM Cognos Workspace Advanced
Chapter 8: IBM Cognos Report Studio
Chapter 9: IBM Cognos Framework Manager
Chapter 10: Administration and Performance Tuning
Chapter 11: Streamlining Common Administrator Tasks
Chapter 12: User Adoption
Index
  • Chapter 1: IBM Cognos Connection
    • Web-based reporting
    • The welcome page
    • Folder structures
    • My Area
    • Searching
    • Running reports
    • Scheduling reports
    • Cutting, copying, pasting, and deleting objects
    • Creating URLs, jobs, and report views
    • The business case for Cognos
    • Summary
      • Chapter 3: IBM Cognos Active Reports
        • What MHT files are
        • How MHT files can be read
        • Pros and cons
          • Pros
          • Cons
        • The business case for Cognos Active Reports
        • Interacting with Cognos Active Reports
          • Opening Cognos Active Reports
          • Navigating through Cognos Active Reports
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: IBM Cognos Mobile
          • Cognos Mobile on BlackBerry phones
          • New features of IBM Cognos Mobile
          • Interacting with Cognos Active Reports on mobile devices
          • The future of IBM Cognos Mobile
          • The business case for IBM Cognos Mobile
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: IBM Cognos Query Studio
            • Who should use Cognos Query Studio?
            • Accessing Cognos Query Studio
            • An introduction to metadata
            • The drag-and-drop interface and the right-click menu
              • Inserting content in a report
              • Adding filters
              • Creating a calculation
              • Formatting your report
              • Incorporating charts
              • Understanding your other buttons
            • Saving and sharing reports
            • The business case for Cognos Query Studio
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: IBM Cognos Analysis Studio
              • Who should use Cognos Analysis Studio?
              • Accessing Cognos Analysis Studio
              • An introduction to multidimensional data
              • Exploring the drag-and-drop interface and the right-click menu
                • Inserting dimensions and measures
                • Adding context filters
                • Drilling down and expanding data
                  • Replacing the existing dimension
                  • Nesting within the existing dimension
                  • Nesting below an existing dimension
                • Creating calculations
                • Incorporating charts
                  • Choosing a chart type
                • Understanding the other buttons
              • Saving and sharing Cognos Analysis Studio reports
              • The business case for Cognos Analysis Studio
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: IBM Cognos Workspace Advanced
                • Who should use Cognos Workspace Advanced?
                • Comparing to Cognos Query Studio and Cognos Analysis Studio
                • Accessing Cognos Workspace Advanced
                • Exploring the drag-and-drop interface and the right-click menu
                  • Adding objects to your report
                  • Adding data to your reports
                  • Drilling down
                  • Creating calculations
                  • Understanding the other buttons
                • Using external data
                • The business case for Cognos Workspace Advanced
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: IBM Cognos Report Studio
                  • Who should use Cognos Report Studio
                  • Accessing Cognos Report Studio
                  • Cognos Report Studio report types
                  • The drag-and-drop interface and the right-click menu
                    • Understanding the different areas in Cognos Report Studio
                    • Adding objects to your report
                    • Adding data to your reports and formatting
                    • Exploring your queries with Query Explorer
                    • Setting up conditions
                    • Adding a prompt to filter results
                    • Understanding the other buttons
                  • Building Active Reports
                    • Designing your Active Report
                    • Choosing the Active Report component to use
                  • The business case for Cognos Report Studio
                    • Reporting inside of the organization
                    • Reporting outside of the organization
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: IBM Cognos Framework Manager
                    • Introduction to metadata
                    • Managing the model design project
                      • Rule 1 – gather information
                      • Rule 2 – learn to dance
                      • Rule 3 – take baby steps
                      • Rule 4 – know your audience
                      • Rule 5 – get buy-in and sign off
                    • Three-tier approach to model design
                    • Designing a database view of your data
                    • Designing a business view of your data
                    • Designing an end user view of your data
                    • Publishing a package
                    • The business case for Cognos Framework Manager
                      • Understanding the problem
                      • Understanding the solution
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Administration and Performance Tuning
                      • Deciding who should be an administrator
                      • Navigating the administration interface
                      • Monitoring the system in the Status tab
                      • Performance tuning the system
                      • Designing your security model
                        • The CAF
                        • External security
                        • Cognos BI security
                        • Capabilities
                        • How it all works together
                          • What people can do
                          • What people can see
                      • Adding data source connections
                      • Importing and exporting content
                      • Routing your requests using routing sets
                      • The business case for performance tuning
                      • The business case for administration
                      • Summary
                      • Chapter 11: Streamlining Common Administrator Tasks
                        • Bulk updating Framework Manager models
                        • Validating report objects
                        • Bulk updating reports
                        • Applying screen tips to report outputs
                        • Managing security
                        • Distributing portal tabs
                        • Standardizing headers and footers
                        • Backing up, restoring, and deploying content
                        • Documenting content, security, and models
                          • Content Documentation
                          • Security Documentation
                          • Model documentation
                        • Versioning content
                        • Archiving content outputs
                        • Retrieving deleted content
                        • The business case for add-on tools
                        • Summary
                        • Chapter 12: User Adoption
                          • The beginning – executive sponsorship
                          • Building an internal user community
                          • The right development team matters
                          • How to partner with IBM and the partner community
                          • Feedback and its role in the development process
                          • Training is the key to success
                          • The business case user adoption
                          • Summary

                          Dustin Adkison

                          Dustin Adkison is an active member of the IBM Cognos community. He began his career in Business Intelligence at one of the premier Cognos customers, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. After a short period, he became one of the Cognos administrators of a very large Cognos implementation as well as the training coordinator for all Cognos needs. While at BCBST, Dustin began to shape his skills in Cognos Report, which later became IBM Cognos 8 and IBM Cognos 10. Dustin soon joined the Cognos consulting industry with Market Street Solutions (a Tennessee-based IBM Premier Partner that focuses on IBM Cognos). There he worked as both a consultant and a sales and presales resource. Dustin was an active member of the Atlanta and Tennessee Cognos User Groups during this time. He also further developed his skills around IBM Cognos and began presenting to various user communities. For the last 5 years, Dustin has worked for BrightStar Partners and BSP Software, which are now owned by Avnet. He manages a team of sales resources, provides sales and technical sales support, and sets the direction for the sales team. Dustin is currently an active member of the Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, St. Louis, and Michigan User Groups. He has been a speaker at each of these User Groups in the past. In addition, he has presented at the Chattanooga, Nashville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Victoria, Toronto, and Vancouver User Groups as a guest. As one of the leaders of the adoption of Cognos Express, Dustin was asked to present both on a panel and as an individual at IBM Information on Demand (IOD) and on a cfo.com webcast. Dustin has written about the importance of soft skills in the BI industry and has had his writings featured on various forums. For the past two years, Dustin has been honored as an IBM Champion, an award that is given to the information leaders within the IBM space.
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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Learn comprehensive query and reporting capabilities that will help you to make smarter decisions based on your data.
                          • Get to grips with analysis in order to help you fully exploit the data that is available to you.
                          • Discover how to successfully link strategy to your business operations and utilize the latest modern tools for collaboration, building stronger teams and stimulating better decisions.
                          • Produce real-time, relevant information and discover how statistical analysis can be incorporated into your business reporting.
                          • Learn convenient methods for delivering Business Intelligence to a wider audience and master the art of high-impact presentation.

                          In Detail

                          IBM Cognos is Business Intelligence software that enables businesses to fully utilize their maximum potential. It connects people with information from virtually any data source whenever and wherever they need it so that they can make better decisions, faster.

                          Take the practical, hands-on approach to managing your reporting environment with "IBM Cognos Business Intelligence" - packed with coverage of all the latest features to truly help you maximize your potential.

                          With this in-depth practical guide you will learn how to fully utilize IBM Cognos 10 so that your business can make smarter decisions, achieve better results and gain a deeper understanding of your company’s data. You will learn about critical topics like Report Studio, Query Studio, Analysis Studio, Security and Administration as well as in-depth coverage of other features like Business Insight, Business Insight Advanced, and Active Reports, which were introduced with IBM Cognos 10.

                          Approach

                          Written as a practical guide, this book will show you how to manage your reporting environment using IBM Cognos 10 and make the most out of BI tools within your business - taking a hands-on approach to stimulate learning and develop your understanding.

                          Who this book is for

                          If you are an IBM Cognos or Business Intelligence developer or consultant, have a basic knowledge of Cognos 10 BI and a good level of understanding of Cognos 8 then this book is for you.

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