IBM Cognos 11.0.7 - Cognos Analytics

Dimensional Report Authoring


Dimensional Report Authoring in IBM Cognos Analytics is a two-day, instructor-led, online course. Students will create dynamic reports against multidimensional data sources such as PowerCubes, Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR) packages and TM1 by using best practices with IBM Cognos Authoring. Students will be exposed to multidimensional expressions, functions and prompting techniques. This course is advanced, students should have experience building traditional (relational-style) reports in either Cognos Analytics v11 or Cognos BI 10.x Report Studio. 

This is a fully interactive course. Participants will have practice performing the skills in our online classroom. The instructor is able to see each student's computer screen and offer guidance. A full set of course materials is included and hard copies are sent prior to the class.


Techniques learned in this course are relevant to all versions of Cognos Analytics v11. If you are using Cognos BI 10, you'll be interested in Report Studio Dimensional Authoring Fundamentals and Report Studio Dimensional Authoring Advanced.

Class Length

Two Days



Suggested Attendees

Advanced report authors and experienced report authors; individuals that design and develop corporate standard reports against multidimensional sources with a background in traditional authoring techniques

Class Outline
  1. Relative functions
    1. Navigate dimensional data using relative functions
    2. Navigate dimensional data using relative time functions
  2. Calculations and dimensional functions use dimensional functions to create sets and tuples
    1. Perform arithmetic operations in OLAP queries
    2. Analyze performance using a rank function
  3. Dimensional report context
    1. Understand the purpose of report context
    2. Understand how data is affected by default and root members
    3. Identify default measure and current measure
  4. Introduction to dimensional reporting
    1. Identify different data sources and models
    2. Investigate the OLAP dimensional structure
    3. Identify dimensional data items and expressions
    4. Differentiate the IBM Cognos BI query language from SQL and MDX
    5. Differentiate relational and dimensional report authoring styles
  5. IBM Cognos Analytics interface and navigation
    1. Highlight differences between Cognos BI 10 and Cognos Analytics
    2. Preview how to navigate the portal
    3. Preview how to create a new report
    4. Explore the data, toolbox and navigate areas
    5. Explore the properties pane
    6. Explore page views
    7. Explore the on-demand toolbars
  6. Multidimensional vs. relational reporting
    1. Understand the different types of multidimensional data sources
    2. Examine multidimensional data in Report Studio
    3. Compare dimensional and relational sources, reports and approaches
    4. Introduction to multidimensional terminology
  7. Introduction to dimensional data in reports
    1. Work with members
    2. Identify and use sets and tuples in reports
  8. Focus dimensional data
    1. Compare dimensional queries to relational queries
    2. Explain the importance of filtering dimensional queries
    3. Evaluate different filtering techniques
    4. Filter based on dimensions and members
    5. Filter based on measure values
    6. Filter using a slicer
    7. Dynamically filter using a tree prompt
  9. Functions for navigating dimensional hierarchies
    1. Navigate dimensional data using family functions
    2. Work with the descendants() function
  10. Advanced dimensional authoring exercises
    1. Apply knowledge with additional hands-on exercises
    2. Combine various techniques learned throughout the class
    3. Expand the use of parameters with query macros
Registration Details

  • Senturus accepts payment by credit card, purchase order and invoice.
  • Paying party will receive a payment confirmation email upon payment receipt.
  • Each registered student will receive an email with the course confirmation and details on how to access the online classroom.
  • A full, hard copy set of course materials is shipped to each United States based student a few days prior to the start of class.
  • *International students will receive electronic copies of the course guide in place of a hard copy. These students may print one hard copy of the guide for their own personal use during the course. The course materials are copyrighted and any other reproduction or distribution of these materials is strictly prohibited.

We recommend that all attendees have two displays (monitors) so they can see the training presentation and their hands-on class work simultaneously.

Audio for attendees is via VoIP and a PC Headset is highly recommended. Audio is also available via teleconference using a TOLL number.

Cancellations made ten or more calendar days prior to the first day of the course receive a 100% refund.

Cancellations made between five and nine calendar days prior to the first day of the course, receive a 50% refund.

Registrants will be charged 100% of the enrollment fee if a cancellation request is not received at least five calendar days prior to the first day of the course.