Impromptu Startup!

Impromptu Startup!

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More than 1.5 million professionals now use Cognos Impromptu for enterprise/data warehouse reporting -- and this is the first complete guide to helping them take full advantage of it! Business intelligence expert Brian Olah walks users step-by-step through every key technique for both standard and ad hoc reporting. The book's detailed coverage goes far beyond the documentation, helping users find the Impromptu answers they need immediately -- so they can gain the business insight they desperately need, faster than ever. After a brief overview of the Impromptu product family and software installation, Olah demonstrates how to work with existing reports and the Impromptu user interface; then create and format basic reports. In Part II, he introduces the key building blocks of more sophisticated reports: filtering, calculations and functions, sorting, grouping, sums, subtotals, and totals. Then, using detailed, hands-on examples, he presents "power-user" Impromptu techniques, including prompting for results, advanced formatting, drill-through, crosstabs, subreports, and more.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 177.8 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 839.14g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130191159
  • 9780130191151
  • 2,150,295

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Maximize productivity with Impromptu: Practical tips and tricks! Automate standard reports and create fast, accurate ad hoc reports Master "power user" techniques: drill-through, crosstabs, subreports, and more Covers Impromptu 6.0 -- the latest release!

The first complete reference & tutorial for Cognos Impromptu!

If you're one of the 1.5 million professionals who use Cognos Impromptu for enterprise/data warehouse reporting, here's the book you've been searching for! Business intelligence expert, Brian Olah, walks you step-by-step through every technique you need to get the timely business answers you need -- in both standard and ad hoc reports! You'll find solutions to your most crucial reporting questions -- information you simply won't find in the documentation ! Coverage includes:

The Impromptu interface and toolset: a complete, productivity-focused tour Hands-on examples based on the sample Cognos database you already own Tips, techniques, and solutions for today's most common enterprise reporting problems Formatting, filtering, and functions Sorting, grouping, and calculations Step-by-step guidance for automating standard reports

Through hands-on examples, Olah helps you master "power-user" Impromptu techniques -- including prompting for results, advanced formatting, drill-through, crosstabs, subreports, and more. If you've invested in Impromptu, get the one book that'll help you make the most of it: Impromptu Startup!
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Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a summary.)I. BASIC IMPROMPTU REPORTING.

1. So, You Just Bought Impromptu ... Now What?

What Is Impromptu? What Kinds of Reports Are Available in Impromptu? Standard or Managed Reporting. Ad-Hoc Reporting. Who Uses Impromptu? Administrator. Report Developer. Report Consumer. Where Can Each Role Find Information? So, Who Should Do What? How Do I Load Impromptu? Loading Impromptu. What Gets Loaded? Create Desktop Shortcut. Differences with Administrator Version. Additional Products and Services.

2. Getting Started.

Opening Your First Report. Start Impromptu. What Just Happened? How This Affects the Report Developer/Consumer. Looking at the Report. Query Data. The Catalog. The Catalog Components. Questions and Answers.

3. Of Desktops, Menus, and Toolbars.

Before We Begin. The Impromptu User Interface. Desktop. Menu. Toolbars. The Status Bar. The Two Parts of a Report. The Query. The Layout.

4. Creating New Reports.

Creating a New Report. A Word about Templates. Let's Create a Report. Before We Run the Report.... Running the Report. Viewing the Report. Saving the Report. What Was Just Saved? Saving Exercises.

5. Formatting a Report.

Before We Begin. Different Ways to Format a Report. Using the Toolbar. Right Click Approach. Format Menu Approach. Formatting Strategies. Basics on Headers. Report Page Header. Column Headers.


6. Filtering.

Before We Begin. Filtering Reports. The Basics of Filtering. Multiple Filters. Dropdown Filtering. Filters in the QDB. Looking Around in the Filter Tab. Creating a Filter in the QDB Filter Tab. Changing Filters.

7. Calculations and Functions.

Before We Begin. Basic Calculations. First: A Basic Calculation. Complex Calculations. A Calculated Column without a Calculation. Finally, Calculations for Strings. Functions. First, A Basic Function. Applying a Function to an Existing Calculated Column. Multiple and Nesting Functions. Other Uses.

8. Sorting and Grouping.

Before We Begin. Sorting. Point and Click Sorting. Sorting in the QDB. Grouping. Point and Click Grouping. Grouping with the QDB. Associations. Be Careful!

9. Totals and Summaries.

Totals and Summaries and Reporting. Before We Begin. Point, Click, and Total. Where is the Total? Totals in the QDB. How It Looks in the QDB.... Let's Do Another One. Smart Summaries. A Final Word on Associations. Other Ways of Adding Totals. Create a Total Using Insert. Calculation. Creating a Total Using the QDB. Summaries: More Than Just Totals. A Complete Totals Report from Scratch.


10. Prompt Reporting.

First, Let's See a Finished One. Under the Hood of the Prompt. Building a Basic Prompt Report. Prompt Manager. Adding Another Prompt and Filter. Debugging a Broken Prompt Report.... Error-Free Prompt Reports. Different Types of Prompts. Type-In Prompts. File Picklist Prompt. Prompts in the Catalog. Prompts in Complex Reports. One More Prompt Tip....

11. Advanced Layouts and Frames.

A General Description of Frames. Frames and Simple List Reports. Selecting a Parent Frame. The Report Body. Select Another Detail Level Cell.... Open an Advanced Layout. Common Frame Properties and Formats. Frame Properties. Frame Format. Specific Frames. Text Frames. Picture Frames. Chart Frames. List Frames. Form Frames. More Objects. Another Example: The Mailing List.

12. Drill Through Reporting.

Drill Through Evolution. How Drill Through Works. What Was My Drill Through Filter? Not Too Bad, Let's Do Another! Filter on a Different Column. Only One Column per Drill Through? How It's Done. View an Existing Drill Through. Create a Drill Through. Test New Drill Through.

13. Crosstab Reports.

Crosstabs: The Basics. When to Use a Crosstab Report? Opening an Existing Crosstab. Open The Report. Overview of Result Layout. Inside The QDB. Creating a Crosstab. Enhance a Basic Crosstab. Summarizing the Crosstab Report. Moving Items around in the Crosstab. Convert a List Report to a Crosstab. Building the List Report. Show the Report to the Boss. Convert to a Crosstab Report. Advanced Calculations. Calculate Button. Advanced Calculations.

14. Sub Reports.

A Sub Report Is.... When to Use a Sub Report? Opening an Existing Sub Report. Building a Sub Report. Get Started: The Requirements. Did You Really Need.... Not Just Linked Together.

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About Brian Olah

BRIAN OLAH is Director of Business Intelligence for Oxford Consulting Group, which specializes in strategic information technology planning and management.
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