Getting Started with Cognos Analytics

This training will give you an overview of the Cognos Analytics platform- it is intended for consumers looking to use Cognos as a Self-Service Analytics platform.  Cognos Analytics will enable you to find, explore and share insights across the enterprise with simple drag-and-drop functionality to create automated visualizations.  Using Cognos, you will be able to visually explore and interact with data to identify key insights for improving data driven decisions.  This training will focus on how to navigate the Cognos Analytics platform, how to view a dashboard and how to make small changes to a dashboard. There will be a follow up training that will dive deeper into creating a dashboard of your own.

Intro to Cognos Analytics

Self-Service Business Intelligence with Cognos Analytics

What is Cognos Analytics?

  • A) A data analytics tool using R and Python
  • B) A tool to extract data to excel
  • C) A self-service data analytics tool with drag and drop technology
  • D) A complex business intelligence tool for data experts and engineers

Logging In

Link to Cognos: vspglobalanalytics.com

Cognos Login

Cognos Analytics has the login information as your .

Navigating Cognos Analytics

Cognos Analytics (CA) Homepage

Match the Cognos folder with the correct content it should contain.

  • "My content"
    A folder to store personal work or a work in progress.
  • "Team Content"
    A folder to store dashboards, reports, data, or stories that you wish to share. Hint: The content in this folder will be public to all VSP Cognos Users.

Navigating a Dashboard

Navigating to a dashboard made for you or your team

Navigating to a Dashboard

  1. A link
  2. The Team Content folder

          Team Content->Exploration->Work Area

  1. Search functionality

Saving a dashboard, sharing a dashboard, setting dashboard as home page

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Making Changes to a Dashboard

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Explore the Data

You will only be able to view data source and dashboard details in "Edit Mode".

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Understanding the data behind a dashboard

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