IBM Cognos Transformer: Design OLAP Models (V10.2)


IBM Cognos Transformer: Design OLAP Models (V10.2)

Course ID: CLBI015

Course Overview

IBM Cognos Transformer: Design OLAP Models (V10.2) is a four-day course that provides developers with knowledge of OLAP modeling concepts using Transformer. Participants will learn how to design, build, and maintain PowerCubes for use in IBM Cognos BI so that end users can easily analyze data.

Who Needs to Attend

This intermediate course is intended for Developers who design OLAP models for use in IBM Cognos BI.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:

IBM Certified Developer – Cognos 10 BI OLAP Models


This offering is intended for Developers who understand the business need for ad hoc queries and analysis, and have experience gathering requirements and analyzing data. It is also recommended that students take the IBM Cognos Report Studio: Author Professional Reports Fundamentals (V10.2) course.

  • IBM Cognos Report Studio: Author Professional Reports (V10.2) (CLBI011)

Course Content

[accordion id="faq"]
[accordion_item in="true" id_parent="faq" title="Overview of IBM Cognos BI"]

  • Discuss IBM Cognos and Performance Management
  • Describe IBM Cognos BI components
  • Explain how to extend IBM Cognos BI

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Transformer Fundamentals"]

  • Discuss the basics of OLAP analysis
  • Review Transformer capabilities and its role in IBM Cognos 8 BI
  • Discuss Transformer components
  • Define categories and members

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="The Transformer Development Process"]

  • Describe the purpose of a model plan
  • Match business requirements to the model
  • Discuss an approach for creating a model plan

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Data sources in Transformer"]

  • Discuss the types of data used by Transformer
  • Create data source files and define properties
  • Preview source data and SQL
  • Add IBM Cognos data sources to the model
  • Discuss data filtering

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Building a Model"]

  • Create model structures and modify property sheets
  • Confirm the data source origin
  • Generate categories to populate the model
  • Modify the model using the dimension diagram
  • Verify the model and create a Power Cube
  • Publish as a data source and package

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Considerations for Designing Successful Power Cubes"]

  • Describe model types and data entities
  • Define members and member unique names
  • Address changes that Impact a MUN
  • Discuss when category codes can change

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="The Time Dimension"]

  • Define a regular time dimension
  • Examine standard and nonstandard time dimensions
  • Limit the range of valid dates

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Relative Time"]

  • Compare trends over time
  • Set the current period
  • Create relative time categories
  • Customize relative time categories

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Use Multiple Data Sources"]

  • Discuss the use of multiple data sources
  • Plan the data sources
  • Define data source types
  • Uniqueness
  • Identify and resolve conflicts between data sources
  • Validate a multiple data source model
  • Discuss a unique move

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Working with Measures"]

  • Discuss the purpose and uses of measures
  • Describe regular and calculated measures
  • Set measure properties
  • Compare rollup options
  • Create a calculated measure
  • Create calculations before or after rollups
  • Create a category count

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Allocated Measures"]

  • Discuss measure allocation
  • Allocate measures as a constant and by another measure
  • Check measure distribution

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Currency Conversion"]
Apply and use currency conversion techniques
[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Alternate Hierarchies within a Dimension"]

  • Discuss primary and alternate hierarchies
  • Describe the benefits of alternate hierarchies
  • Create an alternate drill-down path
  • Define convergence levels and identify uniqueness issues

[accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Advanced Dimensional Modeling"]

  • Discuss techniques for customizing dimensions
  • Add a new source level to an existing dimension
  • Create a manual level in a dimension
  • Create orphan categories
  • Modify a dimension using a subdimension
  • Create a special category
  • Create a scenario dimension
  • Use calculated columns and categories
  • [/accordion_item]
    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Customize Cube Content"]

    • Create various types of Power Cubes
    • Omit dimensions and exclude measures
    • Create and apply dimension views

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Examine IBM Cognos Security"]

    • Examine the security environment
    • Identify the IBM Cognos BI security model
    • Define authentication and authorization
    • Identify security policies

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Applying Security"]

    • Review model security
    • Create custom views
    • Assign security to custom views
    • Assign custom views to Power Cubes
    • Combine custom views with dimension views
    • Examine a union of custom views

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Maintain models and Power Cubes"]

    • Maintain models and Power Cubes
    • Understand data source, model, cube updates
    • Synchronize the model and data source
    • Incrementally update Power Cubes
    • Copy and activate a newer version of the Power Cube without affecting users

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Considerations for Drill Through"]

    • Identify conformed values between data sources
    • Discuss using drill through in IBM Cognos BI
    • Define a report drill through
    • Define a package-based drill through
    • Identify drill-through values
    • Discuss modelling recommendations

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Optimize Power Cubes"]

    • Examine cube groups
    • Plan for disk space
    • Optimize Power Cube inputs and outputs
    • Determine factors that affect Power Cube build time and user response time

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Partition Power Cubes"]

    • Identify the pros and cons
    • Develop a partitioning strategy
    • Create a time-based partitioned cube
    • Automatic vs. manual partitioning
    • Understand multi-file Power Cubes

    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Blank Model Plans (Optional)"]
    [accordion_item in="false" id_parent="faq" title="Identify Common Data Structures (Optional)"]

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