IBM Cognos Workspace & Workspace Advanced


IT departments are often tasked with providing an option for business users to create their own dashboard style reports in a flexible and cost effective manner. In order to answer the growing demand and further increase user adoption, IBM offers Cognos Workspace (formerly Business Insight) and Cognos Workspace Advanced (formerly Business Insight Advanced), two tools that empower your non-technical user community to start authoring rich reports in both tabular and graphical formats without the need to understand the complexities of the underlying technology.


Course Outline

This two-day class is suited for both business users looking to create rich reports and dashboards to analyze business requests, and developers needing to understand how the tools work.

During this class, students will review both tools: Cognos Workspace and Cognos Workspace Advanced, beginning with an introduction to the user interfaces and the creation of simple reports, through to more complex topics, such as integrating external data.

Each topic will be highlighted with in-depth workshops, Q&A sessions, and tips and techniques drawn from over 15 years of cross industry experience.


The curriculum is based on the most recent version of IBM Cognos Workspace and Cognos Workspace Advanced, and uses the sample data sources included in the IBM Cognos BI Samples package. This course is a replacement for the Cognos Business Insight and Business Insight Advanced training, and covers all features and functions of this version of the tool as well. For an even more enriching experience, the course content can be entirely customized to any customers environment, including, but not limited to the tutorials and workshops.

All our instructors are IBM Cognos certified. In addition, they provide the benefit of having up to 15 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 BI portal (Cognos Connection) is beneficial.

High-level Curriculum

  • Introduction to IBM Cognos Workspace
  • IBM Cognos Workspace Advanced Overview
  • List Reports
  • Crosstab Reports
  • Chart Reports
  • Filters and Prompts
  • Calculations
  • Effective Report Design
  • Conditional Formatting
  • External Data