IBM Cognos Framework Certification Training Course Overview

The IBM Cognos Framework is a metadata modeling tool that drives query generation for IBM Cognos software. A serious instance is an assemblage of metadata that includes physical information and occupation data for one or more data sources. IBM Cognos software enables performance management on normalized and denormalized relational data sources and a variety of OLAP data sources. Course Objectives: Execute a single server or distributed server installation and configuration of the IBM Cognos BI tool. Explore Framework Manager and Cognos Administration. Apply dimensional information to relational Metadata to enable OLAP-style questions. Learn about the DMR package and how to publish new packages. Examine the IBM Cognos BI security environment. Identify and implement techniques to optimize and tune your Framework Manager models. Achieve minimized SQL. Examine Query Studio, Report Studio and its Work Area interface. Create various types of Reports using the Cognos tool. Understand Multi-fact, Multi-grain and Stitch Queries. Get an overview about the Dynamic Query Mode. How to knead in a Multi-Modeler Environment. Edit an SQL statement to author custom queries. Manage the caches in the Cognos Administration. Understand Determinants.

 

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Overview of IBM Cognos BI
  • Discuss IBM Cognos and Performance Management
  • Describe IBM Cognos components
  • Describe IBM Cognos architecture at a high level
  • Define IBM Cognos groups and roles
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos
Identify Common Data Structures
  • Examine the characteristics of operational databases and databases designed for reporting
  • Examine relationships and cardinality
  • Identify different data traps
  • Examine dimensional data sources
Gather Requirements
  • Examine key modeling recommendations
  • Define reporting requirements
  • Explore data sources to identify data access strategies
Create a Baseline Project
  • Examine the IBM Cognos BI and Framework Manager workflow processes
  • Define a project and its structure
  • Describe the Framework Manager environment
  • Create a baseline project
  • Enhance the model with additional metadata
Prepare Reusable Metadata
  • Identify facts and dimensions
  • Examine relationships, and data traps
  • Verify relationships and query item properties
  • Ensure efficient filters by configuring prompt properties
Model for Predictable Results: Identify Reporting Issues
  • Describe multi-fact queries and when full outer joins are appropriate
  • Describe how IBM Cognos BI uses cardinality
  • Identify reporting traps
  • Use tools to analyze the model
Model for Predictable Results: Virtual Star Schemas
  • Identify the advantages of modeling metadata as a star schema
  • Model in layers
  • Create aliases to avoid ambiguous joins
  • Merge query subjects to create as view behavior
Model for Predictable Results: Consolidate Metadata
  • Create virtual facts to simplify writing queries
  • Create virtual dimensions to resolve fact-to-fact joins
  • Create a consolidated modeling layer for presentation purposes
  • Consolidate snowflake dimensions with model query subjects
  • Simplify facts by hiding unnecessary codes
Calculations and Filters
  • Use calculations to create commonly-needed query items for authors
  • Use static filters to reduce the data returned
  • Use macros and parameters in calculations and filters to dynamically control the data returned
Implement a Time Dimension
  • Make time-based queries simple to author by implementing a time dimension
  • Resolve confusion caused by multiple relationships between a time dimension and another table
Specify Determinants
  • Use determinants to specify multiple levels of granularity and prevent double-counting
Create the Presentation View
  • Identify the dimensions associated with a fact table
  • Identify conformed vs. non-conformed dimensions
  • Create star schema groupings to provide authors with logical groupings of query subjects
  • Rapidly create a model using the Model Design Accelerator
Work with Different Query Subject Types
  • Identify key differences and recommendations for using data source, model, and stored procedure query subjects
  • Identify the effects on generated SQL when modifying query subjects, SQL settings and relationships
Set Security in Framework Manager
  • Examine the IBM Cognos BI security environment
  • Restrict access to packages
  • Create and apply security filters
  • Restrict access to objects in the model
Create Analysis Objects
  • Apply dimensional information to relational Metadata to enable OLAP-style queries
  • Define members and member unique names
  • Identify changes that impact a MUN
  • Sort members for presentation and predictability
Manage OLAP Data Sources
  • Connect to an OLAP data source (cube) in a Framework Manager project
  • Publish an OLAP model
  • Publish a model with multiple OLAP data sources
  • Publish a model with an OLAP data source and a relational data source
Advanced Generated SQL Concepts and Complex Queries
  • Governors that affect SQL generation
  • Stitch query SQL
  • Conformed and non-conformed dimensions in generated SQL
  • Multi-fact/multi-grain stitch query SQL
  • Variances in Report Studio generated SQL
  • Dimensionally modeled relational SQL generation
  • Cross join SQL
  • Various results sets for multi-fact queries
Use Advanced Parameterization Techniques in Framework Manger
  • Identify environment and model session parameters
  • Leverage session, model, and custom parameters
  • Create prompt macros
  • Leverage macro functions associated with security
Model Maintenance and Extensibility
  • Perform basic maintenance and management on a model
  • Remap metadata to another source
  • Import and link a second data source
  • Run scripts to automate or update a model
  • Create a model report
Optimize and Tune Framework Manager Models
  • Identify and implement techniques to optimize and tune your Framework Manager models
  • Use Dynamic Query Mode in Framework Manager
Work in a Multi-Modeler Environment
  • Segment and link a project
  • Branch a project and merge results
Manage Framework Manager Packages
  • Specify package languages and function sets
  • Control model versioning
  • Nest packages
Appendix A: Employ Additional Modeling Techniques
  • Leverage a user defined function
  • Set the order of operations in a model calculation
  • Externalize query subjects
  • Prepare IBM Cognos 10 content for use as a data source in Transformer
  • Create query sets
  • Use external source control through Windows Explorer
Appendix B: Model Multilingual Metadata
  • Customize metadata for a multilingual audience
Appendix C: Additional Resources
  • Links to sites where the customer can find more information about course-related material.
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Course Prerequisites
  • Experience using the Windows operating system.
  • Experience using a web browser.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL and DBMS.

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