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Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G

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Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G

Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G training is intended for core project team members wishing to acquire a broad understanding of a Business Intelligence platform implementation.

During the ILT segments, the participants will perform the hands-on demos and workshops that cover four essential topic areas: Modeling, Report Authoring, Workspace Advanced, and Administration of a BI platform.

Throughout the ILT, the participants will be guided to in-depth training offerings and the paths leading to certification. The training content of the course is based on IBM products and services.

Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G Modules

Module 1: Overview of IBM Cognos BI
  • Describe the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) and its position within the IBM Smarter Analytics approach and offerings
  • Describing the IBM Cognos 10 Family of offerings
  • Describe the IBM Cognos BI enterprise components
  • Describing IBM Cognos architecture at a high level
  • Describe the IBM Cognos BI security at a high level
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos BI
Module 2: Identify Common Data Structures
  • Define the role of a metadata model in the Cognos BI
  • Distinguish the characteristics of common data structures
  • Understand the relative merits of each model type
  • Examine relationships and cardinality
  • Identify different data traps
  • Identify data access strategies
Module 3: Defining Requirements
  • Examine key modeling recommendations
  • Define reporting requirements
  • Explore data sources to identify data access strategies
  • Identify the advantages of modeling the metadata as a star schema
  • Model in layers
Module 4: Creating a Baseline Project
  • Follow the IBM Cognos and the 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
Module 5: Preparing Reusable Metadata
  • Verify relationships and query item properties
  • Create efficient filters by configuring prompt properties
Module 6: Model for Predictable Results: Identify Reporting Issues
  • Describe the multi-fact queries and when full outer joins are appropriate
  • Describe how Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G uses cardinality
  • Identify reporting traps
  • Use tools to analyze the model
Module 7: Model for Predictable Results: Virtual Star Schemas
  • Understand the benefits of using model query subjects
  • Use aliases to avoid ambiguous joins
  • Merge query subjects to create as view behavior
  • Resolve a recursive relationship
  • Create a complex relationship expression
Module 8: Model for Predictable Results: Consolidate Metadata
  • Create virtual facts to simplify writing queries
  • Creating 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
Module 9: Calculations and Filters
  • Use the calculations to create commonly-needed query items for authors
  • Use static filters to reduce the data returned
  • Using macros and parameters in calculations and filters to dynamically control the data returned
Module 10: Implementing a Time Dimension
  • Make time-based queries simple to the author by implementing the time dimension
  • Resolve the confusion caused by multiple relationships between a time dimension and another table
Module 11: Specifying Determinants
  • Use determinants to specify the multiple levels of granularity and prevent double-counting
Module 12: Creating the Presentation View
  • Identify the dimensions associated with a fact table
  • Identify conformed vs. non-conformed dimensions
  • Create star schema groupings to provide the authors with logical groupings of query subjects
  • Rapidly create a model using Model Design Accelerator
Module 13: Creating Analysis Objects
  • Apply dimensional information to relational metadata to enable the OLAP-style queries
  • Sort members for presentation and predictability
  • Define members and member unique names
  • Identify changes that impact a MUN
Module 14: Introduction to the Reporting Application
  • Examine Report Studio and its interface
  • Explore different report types
  • Create a simple, sorted, and formatted report
  • Explore how data items are added to queries
Module 15: Create List Reports
  • Group, format, and sort list reports
  • Describe options for aggregating data
  • Create a multi-fact query
  • Create a report with repeated data
Module 16: Focus Reports Using Filters
  • Create filters to narrow the focus of reports
  • Examine detail filters and summary filters
  • Determine when to apply filters on aggregate data
Module 17: Create Cross tab Reports
  • Format and sort cross tab reports
  • Create complex cross tabs using drag and drop functionality
  • Create cross tabs using unrelated data items
Module 18: Present Data Graphically
  • Create charts containing peer and nested columns
  • Present data using different chart type options
  • Add context to charts
  • Create and reuse custom chart palettes
  • Introduction to visualization
  • Present key data in a single dashboard report
Module 19: Focus Reports Using Prompts
  • Identify various prompt types
  • Use parameters and prompts to focus data
  • Search for prompt types
  • Navigate between pages
Module 20: Extend Reports Using Calculations
  • Create calculations based on the data in the data source
  • Add run-time information to the reports
  • Create expressions using functions
Module 21: Customize with Conditional Formatting
  • Create multi-lingual reports
  • Highlight exceptional data
  • Show and hide data
  • Conditionally render objects in reports
  • Conditionally format the one cross tab measure based on another
Module 22: Drill-Through from One Report to Another
  • Let the users navigate from a specific report to a target report
  • Pass parameter values to filter the data in the drill through targets
  • Navigate through multiple reports
Module 23: Create a Report Using Relational Data
  • Describe relational data
  • Choose a report format
  • Build a report
  • Use available query items
  • Use calculated query items
Module 24: Introduction to IBM Cognos BI Administration
  • A brief overview of IBM Cognos BI
  • The role of the Administrator
  • IBM Cognos BI administration workflow process
  • The role of the IBM Cognos Administration and the IBM Cognos Configuration
Module 25: Identify IBM Cognos Architecture
  • The features of the IBM Cognos BI architecture
  • The three architectural tiers
  • Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G servlets and services
  • The default servlet container and alternatives to its use
  • Example: IBM Cognos BI request processing
  • Examine the log server
  • Performance planning
  • Installation planning and options
  • Load balancing mechanisms
  • Request affinity
  • Configuration options
  • The IBM Cognos Application Firewall
Module 26: Secure the IBM Cognos BI Environment
  • Identify the IBM Cognos BI security model
  • Define authentication and authorization in IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
  • Identify security policies
  • Secure the IBM Cognos BI environment
Module 27: Manage Run Activities
  • Manage current, upcoming and past activities
  • Manage schedules
  • Enable and disable schedules
  • Set queue priority for schedules
  • Suspend a schedule until a later time
Module 28: Manage Content in IBM Cognos Administration
  • Add a data source
  • Distribute data and create a distribution list
  • Populate the visualization library
  • Plan a deployment
  • Create deployment folders
  • Export and import entries
  • Identify how to maintain IBM Cognos BI content store
  • Configure saving content
  • Customize the appearance of the IBM Cognos BI using styles
  • Use portlets to display custom Web content


You should have:

  • Knowledge of your business requirements
  • Experience using the Windows operating system
  • Experience using a web browser

The audience includes Project Managers, Technical Analysts, and Developers. For more information on Essentials for IBM Cognos BI (V10.2.2) Exam B5A70G, please contact us.

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