Course Overview

Essentials for IBM Cognos 8 BI: Supplement for Metadata Modelers (v8.4) is a two-day, instructor-led course for metadata model Developers who have attended the Essentials for IBM Cognos 8 BI (v8.4) course. It provides them with knowledge of topics not previously covered in the Essentials course, including both advanced modeling concepts and additional modeling techniques available in Framework Manager. Participants will learn advanced concepts such as modeling for drill through, generated SQL for complex queries, parameterization, and optimizing and tuning models. They will be introduced to additional Framework Manager tasks such as creating analysis objects, maintaining models, and working in a multi-modeler environment.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for developers who design metadata models for use in IBM Cognos 8 BI

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


  • Essentials for IBM Cognos 8 BI (V8.4) course

Course Objectives

Please refer to course overview for description information.

Course Content

Create Analysis Objects
  • Apply dimensional information to relational metadata to enable OLAP-style queries
  • Sort members for presentation and predictability
Manage MUNs in Framework Manager
  • Describe model types and data entities
  • Define members and member unique names
  • Identify changes that impact a MUN
Model for Drill-through in Framework Manager
  • Identify conformed values between data sources
  • Define a report drill through
  • Define a package-based drill through
  • Identify drill-through values
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 Manager
  • Identify session and model 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
  • View lineage
  • Create a model report
Optimize and Tune Framework Manager Models
  • Identify and implement techniques to optimize and tune your Framework Manager models
Work in a Multi-modeler Environment
  • Implement repository control
  • Segment and link a project
  • Branch a project and merge results
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
Manage Packages in Framework Manager
  • Specify package languages and function sets
  • Control model versioning
  • Nest packages
Employ Additional Framework Manager Modeling Techniques (Optional)
  • Leverage a user defined function
  • Set the order of operations in a model calculation
  • Externalize query subjects
  • Prepare IBM Cognos 8 content for use as a data source in Transformer
  • Create query sets
Model Multilingual Metadata (Optional)
  • Customize metadata for a multilingual audience