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Alternate drill down path me there will be two path to opt. For example- We will have time dimension now the client requirement is they want two type of year -one is calender year(Jan-Dec) and another is fiscal year(Apr-Mar).

While creating reports or creating models logs have all information till session closed.

A Filter is a restriction that reduces the amount of data displayed in the report.
The report filters are non-reusable and specific to the report.
Filters are

  • before aggregation: non-aggregated records are filtered(details record)
  • after aggregation: summary records are filtered

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Trformer is used for building the Cubes (Multidimensional Structure used for OLAP processing).

Big Organizations have a lot of diversified sources of data.There might be a dataware house exclusively for trport and others for data related to the project the company runs.In such case the complete enterprise's(company's) data warehouse is a big combination of all and is known the Enterprise data Warehouse(EDW).

2.0 GB (It depends on your project requirements).

For framework manager packages, before you head away with creating a new package it asks whether or not you want to have security set up for the package in use. Even if you haven't defined any security at this stage, you can always goto the actions >> package >> Edit package settings and there you can define the security settings for the package.

For reports, you can either give report-level or folder- level security by going to the properties of that and choosing suitable roles/user groups that are supposed to be entitled to view/modify/create reports.

  • In cognos 'group' is used to suppress the duplicate values. And 'associate' is used to suppress the values if it is one-one relationship.
  • Group - It Eliminates the Duplicate values from the report break the columns. Its having a one to many relationship.
  • Association-It Eliminates the Duplicate values from the report and its having one-one relationship.
  • Both Group & Association eliminate duplicates in a column.But we cannot use Association alone.It should have one to one relationship with grouped column.
  • Using Association is a performance enhancement technique.


In trformer you import metadata from architect or catalog to create a cube. We just import metadata. we don’t add data to it.

Without Dimension and Fact cannot make a relation between tables it could not be use for joins and retrieve the data as a form of reports in cognos. Dimension is a major subject area through which we can analysis our business.

Drilling lets you quickly move from one level of detail to another to explore different aspects of your business.
Drilling down moves you down in the hierarchy.
drilling up moves you up in the hierarchy.
Slicing and Dicing While you can drill to look at information at any level, you can slice and dice to select the exact information you want in your report.

CRN is web based tool. So it will very useful to view the reports very easily. So that they preferred CRN

The security module used in cognos is cognos access manager.

Drill across me when you are moving from one report to another report like country in one report and States in another Report whereas if the report is using same report from moving from country to state. In other when you are moving details level if you are using the different report it is drill across and if you are using same report it is drill through.

it contains the miscellaneous attributes such as flags , which does belong to the main dimension table.

for eg; In a sales order fact table ,some informations like, web-order , whether this is a online order or not new_cust-Is this person a new customer , verification- whether the order has been verified.

Cognos 6.6 7.0,7.3(PowerPlay, Impromptu)--ReportNet1.0,1.1mr1, 1.1mr22---ReportNet 8.0(latest)IWR is use by Impromptu to publish reports, PPES is used by PP, Cognos Connection is used by repornet. there are many other tools but these are the main.

A query subject is the basic building block in Framework Manager. A query subject is a set of query items that have an inherent relationship.

By using the Framework Manager we can create measures and dimensions according to our business needs.

Go to Cognos Configuration and see the settings for cognos in the explorer page. There you can set for win2000 server.

Report item is nothing but a query item when it is drag and drop into the work area.
Example in Go sales and retailers package-> Product (is a query subject) and-> Product line is(a query item)->when PL is dropped into the work area then its a report item.

PowerplayFrom format menu-->title, header & footer-->title-->insert report filename.

Add a list footer and a text messsage inside "No Data". create a boolean conditional variable "Test" with code "rownum()>0". Select the complete list footer and set Style Variable, if Yes, Box Type of the List footer should be set to "none". 

Create a Model In framework Manager and then publish it, make sure that Model meets the requirements, don't overload the model with unwanted query items.

Model is nothing but a project. And the project will be created by framework manager in which we can extract the metadata from the various operational sources... we will test the model by using the TOAD.

Model contains meta data which is related to business reporting Information. We import this data from the data base. Using this metadata we are creating Packages, Publishing packages, This metadata contains query subjects and namespaces.

drill through allows you to navigate from summary to detailed information.

drill down also similar kind of thing,for example will do drill down on year if we drill down on this the next level will come me year contains quaters, it contains

  • months,
  • months contains weeks,
  • week contains days.

so,we can view all the levels through drill down.

using deplyement tool we can migrate the reports.

Cascading report works based on the condition but drill thru work based on the data item what we select as a drill thru options.

Macro is set of instructions to run report.

Prompt is just like a dialog box which will ask user to select/enter the information what he needs.


Select Properties, and then click the Headers/Footers tab.

Enhancements in Cognos reportnet is Cognos 1.0, 1.1, MR1.1, MR1.2 Cognos 1.0,1.1, MR1.1, MR1.2 AND cognos 8, 8.1.1MR, 8.1.2MR, now new version is 8.2

Enhancement in cognos in the list report:-

  • Apply list column title styles
  • Apply list column body styles
  • Apply table styles.





Visualizer is a representation of data cubes in a dashboard format. We can drill through to the ground level of a hierarchy as like in power play report but cannot add or remove fields dynamically.

Cognos script editor : We can write cognos macros or programs in this tool and can fine tune or process some execution.

A Snapshot is a Permanent Local Copy Of the Report.Snapshot is Static Data Source it is saved with .imr File it is suitable for Disconnected Network.

You can create measure once you import all the data into the data source.You can create measures and dimensions by draging the required source from datasource into dimension map and measure tab.(need to find scope of measures for all the dimensions)

First you have to click on column header which you have to change. Then in property pane you will found name option. Then change column name.

Using a single Model, we can create as many number of cubes u want. By using the dimension views...etc. Regarding the navigation, when we save cubes, these act as separator multidimensional databases. There wont be any relations. Navigate me opening the cubes separately.

In cognos report net by the validate report option a report can be tested. If there will be any error, it will specify the error, unless it will give message -'report specification is valid'.

After creating the report we will connect to the oracle and we will write the sql query and we will compare this 2 reports .

Slowly Changing Dimensions are those whose data are not fixed.

SCD types:
SCD type 1: Whose data is not fixed.
Historical data are not saved. Data keeps on changing.-> Current Data

SCD type 2: Whose data is fixed and also save historical data.

SCD type 3: Like SCD type 2 only but save historical data in another table. In one table data will updated and in another table historical data will be there.


List report show data in rows and columns versus a cross tab report show data in grids with dimension in rows and columns and measures in cells or in the intersection points.

List Report and Cross tab report both contains rows and columns but difference is list report is a detail report for analysis whereas cross tab report is the intersection of data or summarized data for analysis.

  • List report, Cross tab report, pie charts etc.
  • Master detail, Drill through, CascadingList, Cross tab, Chart, Map report are the basic report of Cognos.

Open that report and save as that reportSelect public folder and then select package in which package you want to save then save it.

  • EP7 series is the oldest cognos series.
  • cognos report net is the next series.
  • cognos 8.@
  • cognos 8.3 is the latest version.
  • but most of the companies use cognos 8.@

  • Drill down me it will explains the summary level information to lowest level information.
  • Slicing is nothing but cutting edge of the cube.
  • Dicing is nothing but viewing the cube in all possible directions.
  • Drill down is the way to get the more detailed data.
  • Slicing and dicing is to get the data according to where clause.

You can associate one or more data items with a grouped data item. An associated data item should have a one-to-one relationship with the grouped data item. For example, Order No. is a grouped data item.
For each order number, there is an Order Date. Order No. and Order Date have a one-to-one relationship.

  • Cube can be created by using different data sources.
  • Data sources: iqd, tex file Cube creation by using iqd data sources.
  • These iqd sources are coming from impromptu.

Cardinality is nothing but relation between tables like

  • One to One,
  • One to Many and
  • Many to Many.

Cardinality is the nature of the relationship. 1-1,1-many relationships Cardinality is the nature of the relation between two query items.