Improvements for Report Developers in Cognos Analytics R7+


IBM Cognos Analytics Release 7+ Authoring Improvements

January 25, 2018

Dashboards, Reports & vIsualizations

Demos of New and Reintroduced Features

See our on-demand webinar for the new functionality for 11.1.6.

For report writers, it was hard not to be bummed by the first several releases of Cognos Analytics. Some of the go-to features and functionality that we relied on in previous generations of Cognos reports seemed to either go away, or change unexpectedly. For instance, in R5 there were issues with synchronized drill down (behavior changed). Bookmarks, Tables of Content and Report References just did not work the way we had hoped. Our hopes have been restored starting in Release 7. It’s time to get fired up again about using Cognos to build reports!

In this webinar recording, we share all our cool reporting discoveries along with tips and demos. We cover

  • How to use these newly refreshed features to add interactivity to your reports with OLAP data.
  • Simple techniques for creating briefing book-style reports based on existing reports using report references and tables of contents (really cool!).
  • How to use the report pages framework to combine various presentations of data into a single report, complete with hyperlinked tables of contents and bookmarks.
  • Tips to increase efficiency in report building.

You may also be interested in viewing our Cognos Analytics Release 8 Enhancements webinar recording, which focuses on time saving efficiencies and making visualizations easier to understand.

Our other on-demand webinars highlighting Cognos Analytics new features


BI Report Authors, BI Power Users (Developers, Support Staff), BI Managers, Business Analysts


Cognos Analytics v11


Albert Valdez
Vice President of Learning Solutions
Senturus, Inc.

Albert has more than 17 years of experience in business intelligence education and technical training. In addition to founding and running the Senturus training division, Albert also serves in various roles in the company including senior consultant and solutions architect. Before joining Senturus, he was a Senior Education Specialist at Cognos. Albert is an IBM Cognos Certified Trainer and has his lifetime CTT and certification from CompTIA.


  • The IBM Cognos Analytics Rapid Releases – History
  • The IBM Cognos Analytics Rapid Releases – Future
    • March 2018: R10 – significant enhancements
    • June 2018: R11 – major enhancements
  • Demo #1: Synchronized OLAP Behavior is Back by Default
  • Demo #2: Authoring Productivity Hints: Explore Data, Save Tim and Combine Reports
  • Demo #3: Briefing Book Reports with Enhanced Navigation: Using Table of Contents and Bookmarks
  • The IBM Cognos Author – The Path Forward
    • Keep building skills
      • Invest in training – Cognos 10 skills and content (Report Studio and Workspace Advanced) will not become obsolete
    • Check out what’s new
      • V11 New Features training
        • Experienced Authors training – training to transition
      • Senturus Resources
      • YouTube
    • Take advantage of new features
      • Data modules and dashboarding
      • Want a quick overview of the entire new environment?