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IBM Cognos 8 PowerPlay Client: Exploration and Reports (V8.4) (B2473G)

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Course Overview

Course Duration 2 days.
IBM Cognos 8 PowerPlay Client: Exploration and Reports (V8.4) - is a two-day self-paced course designed to provide participants with the skills needed to analyze business data and create reports in PowerPlay Client. Fundamental Business Intelligence topics are covered, along with the technical skills required to successfully explore PowerCube data and remote data sources in PowerPlay Client and to apply these techniques to create professional reports. To analyze their data, participants will learn how to drill through cube data, replace categories and measures in a crosstab, change the display to view the data in one of several graphical formats, format each display to enhance their analysis, sort, rank, and filter data, and create calculations. To create reports, participants will learn how to build a report crosstab, perform and add calculations, use advanced nesting functions, create subsets, and distribute reports.

Who Should Attend

  • This advanced course is for Professional Authors who want to be able to immediately apply PowerPlay Client to bring multidimensional management to their own business environment.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


  • Understand the business need for ad hoc data exploration and analysis
  • Experience using basic Windows functionality

Course Objectives

  • Please refer to the Course Overview for the description information.

Course Content

Overview of IBM Cognos 8 BI
  • Discuss IBM Cognos 8 and Performance Management
  • Describe IBM Cognos 8 BI components
  • Describe IBM Cognos 8 architecture at a high level
  • Define IBM Cognos 8 groups and roles
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos 8
PowerPlay Studio Fundamentals
  • Discuss fundamental terminology
  • Login to a secure namespace
  • Describe the contents and uses of data sources
  • List the PowerPlay components and describe their purposes
  • Explain the PowerPlay application development process
  • Use the dimension line, dimension viewer, and online help
  • View an Explorer report
  • Publish reports to the IBM Cognos portal
Tools for Investigation
  • Drill down to lower levels of details
  • Replace rows and columns
  • Change measure values
  • Change display types
  • Investigate various ways to arrange a report
Data Exploration and Reporting
  • Filter data
  • Sort and rank data
  • Suppress data
  • Multiline and bar graphs
  • Use alternate drill paths
  • Examine scenario dimensions
Add Value to your Exploration
  • Use layers to analyze a third dimension
  • Show multiple dimensions with a stacked bar display
  • Add and explore multiple displays
  • Nest categories in rows, columns, and layers
  • Change the layout of nested crosstabs
  • Use nested charts
Data Analysis
  • Apply multiple measures
  • Compare two measures
  • Use special categories
  • Show values as percentages
  • Create 3D Bar, Pie, and Correlation displays
  • Add statistical lines to charts
Calculations in Explorer Mode
  • Create and use calculations
  • Create forecast calculations
  • Use calculated categories
Reporter Mode
  • Determine why to use Reporter mode
  • Compare Reporter and Explorer modes
  • Drill down in Reporter mode
  • Add categories as rows or columns
Calculations in Reporter Mode
  • Define different types of calculations in Reporter mode
  • Create group calculations
  • Work with calculated categories in Reporter mode
  • Generate calculations when adding categories

Course ID: B2473G

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