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IBM Cognos 10 is the next generation of the leading performance management, analysis, and reporting standard for mid- to large-sized companies. One of the most exciting and useful aspects of IBM Cognos software is its powerful custom report creation capabilities. After learning the basics, report authors in the enterprise need to apply the technology to reports in their actual, complex work environment. This book provides that advanced know how. Using practical examples based on years of teaching experiences as IBM Cognos instructors, the authors provide you with examples of typical advanced reporting designs and complex queries in reports. The reporting solutions in this book can be directly used in a variety of real-world scenarios to provide answers to your business problems today. The complexity of the queries and the application of design principles go well beyond basic course content or introductory books. IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples will help you find the answers to specific questions based on your data and your business model. It will use a combination tutorial and cookbook approach to show real-world IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio solutions. If you are still using IBM Cognos 8 BI Report Studio, many of the examples have been tested against this platform as well. The final chapter has been dedicated to showing those features that are unique to the latest version of this powerful reporting solution.
About the Authors xvi
Foreword by Erin Pyka xvii
Chapter 1 Creating Consumer-Friendly Reports 1
Highlight Selected Text 1
Avoiding Query Macros 10
Complex Crosstab Calculations 20
Chapter 2 Matching the Report to the Analysis 27
The Dashboard 28
Prompting from an Entire Hierarchy 45
Additional Dimensional Functions 58
Master-Detail Report from Two Separate Lists 70
Configuring the Interactive Dashboard 82
Chapter 3 Understanding the Report Hierarchy 91
Layout Library 91
Using the Layout Library 100
Inheriting Formatting 109
Inheriting Structure 120
Creating the Briefing Book 127
Chapter 4 Overriding the Data Model 141
Creating a Union 142
Joining SQL and Model Queries 156
Chapter 5 Additional Examples 175
Using HTML to Enhance Functionality 176
Final Product 176
Integrating Multiple Queries into a Complex Report 187
Final Product 188
Chapter 6 New Techniques in Version 10 201
Using Active Reports to Replace HTML Code 202
Adding Local Data Sources to Reports 207
New Charting Options and Active Reports 220
Statistical Analysis 247