IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Fundamentals Public Training Course

We are excited to announce our first course in a series of IBM Cognos public training offerings. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the same high-caliber training curricula as our on-site courses, led by our very own veteran consultants, at a fraction of the standard price.Class sizes for these public courses will be kept small to ensure the most valuable experience for all attendees, and thus space is limited.

Course: IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Fundamentals (View Description)
When: July 12-14, 2010
Where: IBM Innovation Center (Newport Room), Waltham, MA (Boston)

Course Description

Without user adoption, Business Intelligence implementations stagnate and over time, becoming a liability rather than an asset. Allowing technical users and IT staff to easily design reports that provide comprehensive and tactical analysis of the organization’s key metrics is the primary factor in an implementation’s success. One of the biggest pain points that we hear while interacting with our clients is that Query Studio, although an exceptional tool, does not have the technical capabilities needed to provide the strategic analysis that is key to a company’s successful utilization of Cognos.
Grant your organization the flexibility to make better business decisions on a daily basis by allowing report writers to utilize the full spectrum of options available in IBM Cognos Report Studio.

Course Outline

This three day class is best suited for anyone needing to gain a foundation in Cognos 8 BI reporting.
During Report Studio Fundamentals, students will be introduced to the entire Report Studio toolkit, beginning with an examination of the various report types, through to more complex topics such as conditional formatting.
Each topic will be highlighted with in-depth workshops, Q&A; sessions and tips and techniques drawn from over 15 plus years of cross industry experience.


The curriculum is based on the most recent version of IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio, and uses the sample data sources included in the IBM Cognos BI 8 Samples package.
All our instructors are IBM Cognos certified report authors. In addition, they provide the benefit of having up to fifteen years of real-world experience.
Our manuals are aimed at self-study.


A good comprehension of Microsoft Windows and the Office suite is mandatory.
An understanding of the standard IBM Cognos 8 BI portal (Cognos Connection) and Query Studio is beneficial.

High-level Curriculum

  • Report studio environment overview
  • Display your data via multiple report types
  • Focus queries with prompts and filters
  • Extend reports using calculations
  • Sum and aggregate data
  • Query modeling
  • Enhance report layout with additional report building techniques
  • Highlight information based on business rules

Transportation, Lodging and Dining

For additional information regarding transportation to and from the IBM Waltham Innovation Center as well as nearby dining and lodging accommodations, please review the IBM Waltham Innovation Center Welcome Packet.

The Ironside Group Inc. Commitment to Excellence

At Ironside, we firmly believe that a solid understanding of the technology is only part of the puzzle. Because our educators have a varied background, they can look at problems with a different perspective, and often provide specific examples and exercises on the fly. Our goal is to make students independent by allowing them to provide concepts and methods to improve business decisions on a daily basis.