Course Overview

IBM Cognos 8 BI Query Studio: Build Ad Hoc Reports (v8.4) is a one-day, instructor-led course designed for business authors who want to learn how to create, modify and organize ad hoc reports. The course covers how to use different report capabilities, how to graphically display the data, and how to create reports with a consistent look and feel through the use of templates. The course also covers basic administrative tasks, such as scheduling reports and delivering reports in different formats (HTML, PDF, Excel, etc.).

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Business authors.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Experience using basic Windows functionality
  • Experience using a Web browser

Course Objectives

Please refer to Course Overview for description information.

Course Content

Overview of IBM Cognos 8 BI
  • Discuss IBM Cognos 8 and Performance Management
  • Describe IBM Cognos 8 BI components
  • Describe IBM Cognos 8 architecture at a high level
  • Define IBM Cognos 8 BI groups and roles
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos 8 BI
Introduction to Query Studio
  • List the packages available for reporting
  • Understand report types
  • Add and save data to ad hoc reports
  • View data by using charts
Create Reports in Query Studio
  • Create list, grouped list, and crosstab reports
  • List the charts available and their appropriate use
  • Calculate and sort report data
  • Define a custom group to create your own report
  • Use shared dimensions to create multi-fact queries
Enhance Reports in Query Studio
  • Highlight report items using conditional styles
  • Focus the scope of a report using filters
  • Format report objects
  • Apply a report template
End to End Workshop
  • Create a grouped list report
  • Filter data based on revenue and order year
  • Add a prompt to view sales of selected sales representatives
  • Format the report
  • Create a crosstab report
  • Add a chart to the crosstab report
  • Generate report outputs
Manage Content in IBM Cognos Connection
  • Schedule and manage reports
  • View lineage information
  • Add comments to saved output
  • Personalize and organize content
  • Set alerts and watch rules
  • Design a portal page and dashboard
  • Set permissions using IBM Cognos 8 BI groups and roles