Tips for Intermediate Cognos Report Studio Authors

July 09, 2015

Report Authoring

Demos of Techniques, Tips and Tricks

Chock full of tip-and-trick demonstrations, this webinar helps boost productivity and makes reports more dynamic. Continuing our Beginning Cognos Report Studio Author webinar series, this session is ideal for users with a grasp of the Cognos platform and report building basics. Albert Valdez, Vice President of Learning Solutions at Senturus, provides a number of demonstrations using the Cognos BI version 10.2.2.* Covered are intermediate fundamentals such as:  

  • Dynamically filtering report data based on the user running the report
  • Using report bursting to enable dynamic report delivery based on report groupings
  • Using report references to quickly consolidate individual reports into a single master report
  • Creating dual-axis charts, assigning default parameter values and using layout component references

*Techniques shown are applicable to all versions of Cognos BI.


BI Report Authors, BI Report Consumers, BI Power Users (Developers, Support Staff), BI Managers, IT Managers, IT / BI Executives (CTO), Business Executives (CEO), Financial Analysts, Marketing Analysts, Marketing Managers / Directors


IBM COGNOS BI, Cognos Workspace Advanced, Cognos Report Studio, Cognos Active Report


Albert Valdez
Vice President of Learning Solutions
Senturus, Inc.

Albert has spent the last 15 years as a technical trainer focused on business intelligence and performance management. Before joining Senturus, he was a Senior Education Specialist at Cognos for five years. He is an IBM Cognos Certified Trainer and has his lifetime CTT and certification from CompTIA. Since 2007, Albert has acted as a Senior Consultant, Solutions Architect and Director of Education for Senturus.


Poll Question

  • How many years have you been doing development work with Cognos Report Studio?
    • < 1 year
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-6 years
    • > 6 years

Business Analytics and Professional Authoring

  • Report Studio is a professional authoring tool that leverages a metadata package, allowing us to create reports
  • Metadata is produced using IBM Cognos Framework Manager and is based on one or more physical data sources
  • A well-designed architecture makes authoring more effective and less labor-intensive
    • Less data manipulation
    • Easier to identify and understand – better query performance
    • More stable and reliable results

Good Data Architecture = More Effective Reporting