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IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio Cookbook, Second Edition

Ahmed Lashin, Abhishek Sanghani

Getting the most out of IBM Cognos Report Studio is a breeze with this recipe-packed cookbook. Cherry-pick the ones you want or go through the tutorial step by step – either way you’ll end up with some highly impressive reports.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849688208
Paperback364 pages

About This Book

  • Learn advanced techniques to produce real-life reports that meet business demands
  • Learn tricks and hacks for speedy and effortless report development
  • Peek into the best practices used in industry and discover ways to work like a pro

Who This Book Is For

The Cognos 10 Report Studio Cookbook is for you if you are a Business Intelligence Developer who is working on IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio and wants to author impressive reports by putting to use what this tool has to offer. It is also ideal you are a Business Analyst or Power User who authors his own reports and wants to look beyond the conventional features of IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio.

This book assumes that you are familiar with the architecture of IBM Cognos 10. You should also have basic knowledge of IBM Cognos Report Studio and can do the basic report authoring tasks.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Report Authoring Basic Concepts
Summary filters and detail filters
Sorting grouped values
Aggregation and rollup aggregation
Implementing if-then-else in filters
Formatting data – dates, numbers, and percentages
Creating sections
Hiding columns in crosstabs
Prompts – display value versus use value
Chapter 2: Advanced Report Authoring
Adding cascaded prompts
Creating a nested report – defining the master-detail relationship
Writing back to the database
Adding conditional formatting
Formatting negative values
Playing with conditional styles
Using conditional blocks – many reports in one
Defining drill-through from crosstab intersection
Overriding crosstab intersection drill-through definitions
Chapter 3: Using JavaScript Files – Tips and Tricks
Defining dynamic default values for prompts
Changing the title of the value prompt
Validating textbox prompts
Showing/hiding prompt controls at runtime
Selecting and submitting values automatically
Manipulating the Date Time control
Creating a variable width bar chart using JavaScript
Chapter 4: The Report Page – Tips and Tricks
Showing images dynamically (traffic light report)
Handling the missing image issue
Dynamic links to an external website (a Google Maps example)
Alternating drill links
Showing tooltips on reports
Merged cells in Excel output
Worksheet name in Excel output
Conditional column titles
Chapter 5: Working with XML
Changing drill targets quickly
Copying and pasting drill links
Removing references to old packages or items
A hidden gem in XML – row level formatting
Chapter 6: Writing Printable Reports
Controlling the container size and rows per page
Eliminating orphan rows
Defining page orientation and size (and overriding them for one page)
Avoiding page title repetition
Horizontal pagination
Page numbering with horizontal pagination
Choosing the output format from a prompt
Choosing the right colors
Defining page sets
Cautions about HTML items and JavaScript files
Displaying the report name in a footer
Chapter 7: Working with Dimensional Models
List report or crosstab report
Filtering rows or columns
Filtering a whole report
Adding a prompt into Slicer and its limitations
Achieving zero suppression
Aggregation versus preaggregated values
The roleValue() function
Swapping dimensions using MUN manipulation
Chapter 8: Working with Macros
Adding data-level security using the CSVIdentityMap macro
Using the Prompt macro in native SQL
Making prompts optional
Adding a token using macros
Using the prompt() and promptmany() macros in query subjects
Showing the prompt values in a report based on security
String operations to get it right
Showing a username in the footer
Chapter 9: Using Report Studio Efficiently
Using Report Studio's environmental options
Copying and pasting partial or full reports
Upgrading report specifications
Setting the execution timeout
Setting the maximum row limit
Handling slow report validation
Capturing a query
Browsing values from the data expression window
Viewing the page structure
Picking up and applying styles
Using the "grab them all" practice
Using Default Data Formats
Chapter 10: Working with Active Reports
Building tabbed reports
Working with Decks
Working with the Data Deck
Filtering data using Data Check Box Group
Chapter 11: Charts and New Chart Features
Chart formatting options
Converting a chart to another chart type
Working with pie charts
Getting started with bullet charts
Getting started with scatter charts
Chapter 12: More Useful Recipes
Timing report execution
Missing values versus zero values
Overriding data formatting using patterns
Setting up conditional drill-throughs
Dynamically switching between reports using an iFrame
Freezing column titles
Chapter 13: Best Practices
Reducing the number of query items
Highlighting hidden items
Using relative paths for images
Controlling JavaScript file execution
Customizing classes for report-wide effect
Creating templates
Regression testing
Commenting the code
Naming data containers (lists, crosstabs, and charts) for use in Cognos Workspace
Enabling a larger worksheet size for Excel 2007

What You Will Learn

  • Learn basic and advanced options around sorting, filtering, and aggregation of data
  • Explore the powerful features of Report Studio—Conditional Formatting, Cascaded Prompts, Master-Detailed queries, and more
  • Learn how to build and use Active Reports
  • Achieve real business demands such as dynamic drill-though links, showing tooltips, minimum column width, prompt manipulation, and merged cells
  • Learn to edit reports outside Report Studio using XML editing
  • Develop sophisticated printer friendly reports
  • Introduce best practices such as inserting comments, regression testing, and version controlling in your reports
  • Enhance the features of Report Studio by using macros and Work with dimensional models (DMRs and Cubes)

In Detail

IBM Cognos Report Studio is widely used for creating and managing business reports in medium to large companies. It is simple enough for any business analyst, power user, or developer to pick up and start developing basic reports. However, this book is designed to take the reader beyond the basics and into the world of creating more sophisticated, functional business reports.

IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio Cookbook, Second Edition helps you understand and use all the features provided by Report Studio to generate impressive deliverables. It will take you from being a beginner to a professional report author. It bridges the gap between basic training provided by manuals or trainers and the practical techniques learned over years of practice.

Written in a recipe style, this book offers step-by-step instructions for IBM Cognos Report Studio users to author reports effectively, allowing a reader to dip in and out of the chapters as they desire.

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.

This book covers all the basic and advanced features of Report Authoring. It introduces the fundamental features useful across any level of reporting. Then it ascends to advanced techniques and tricks to overcome Studio limitations. Develop excellent reports using dimensional data sources by following best practices that development work requires in Report Studio. You will also learn about editing the report outside the Studio by directly editing the XML specifications. You will discover how to build and use Cognos Active Reports, a new addition in IBM Cognos 10.

Provide richness to the user interface by adding JavaScript and HTML tags and using the different chart types introduced in IBM Cognos 10. The main focus is on the practical use of various powerful features that Report Studio has to offer to suit your business requirements.

Learn numerous techniques and hacks that will allow you to make the best out of your IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio.


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