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  1. 1. COGNOS - Powerplay
  2. 2. The worlds best-selling OLAP software lets usersexplore volumes of data with sub-secondresponse.•It enables users to explore large volumes ofsummarized data with sub-second response times ina Web, Windows, or Excel environment.•With Cognos PowerPlay, users at any business ortechnical skill level in a company can perform theirown multidimensional analysis, create reports, andshare them for better decision-making. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  3. 3. •Cognos PowerPlay draws information from relationaldatabases to model and build PowerCubes ("Cubes").•Cubes are data sets that can contain tens of millions ofconsolidated rows of data and hundreds of thousandsof categories (members).•Business rules and calculations (for example,percentage growth and market share change) can bebuilt right into them, and time series analysis isdelivered automatically.•Cubes and reports can be deployed to Web clients, orto Windows and Excel clients, all using the sameapplication server. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  4. 4. Cognos PowerPlay provides both a multidimensionaldata store and a feature rich end-user experience.Its multi-server, load-balanced architecture is easy toinstall and manage, and it scales to thousands of users. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  5. 5. Module 3Olap Fundamentals.An Introduction to Powerplay.Tools for Data Investigation.Analyzing Data.Report Building Using Powerplay.Advanced Concepts in Report Building.Advanced Features. Click on the Links to Traverse
  6. 6. OLAP Fundamentals• On Line Analytical Processing.• What is Business Intelligence?• What are Measures?• What is a Dimension?• Multidimensional Analysis.
  7. 7. OnLine Analytical Processing• What is OLAP? – On Line No piles of paper. – Analytical Establish patterns – Processing Data-based• On-line Analytical Processing (OLAP) is a category of software technology that enables analysts, managers and executives to gain insight into data through fast, consistent, interactive access to a wide variety possible views of information that has been transformed from raw data to reflect the real dimensionality of the enterprise as understood by the user. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  8. 8. What is Business Intelligence?• Business Intelligence (BI) is: – the use of corporate data to support decision- making – the ability to explore and analyze data to reveal trends within a business.• How does it happen? Raw Data Organized Information Better Business Decisions Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  9. 9. What are Measures• The numeric data that is collected and stored by your organization are the measures you will use to evaluate your business.• These are also termed as Facts. Example:- Cost Quantity sold Units on-hand Hours per Job Number of calls Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  10. 10. What is a Dimension?• A dimension: – Dimensions represent those data element that would be used for analyzing the Facts. – depends on data availability and on the key performance indicators of the business When? Where? What? Who? Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  11. 11. What Are PowerCubes?• PowerCubes: • are created by Transformer • organize data into selected business perspectives or dimensions. s Tim tor e di ca In Job Groups Salaries e Sta a nc tus m rfor Pe Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  12. 12. Multidimensional Analysis• When analyzing your business, you want to explore measures across several dimensions. When? Who is Selling? What Product? Where? How Much? Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  13. 13. An Introduction to PowerPlay• How Does PowerPlay Deliver BI?• What Are PowerCubes?• PowerPlay Components• PowerPlay Application Development Process• PowerPlay Navigation
  14. 14. How Does PowerPlay Deliver BI?• Powerplay Transformer combines all of the data into a summarized format called a PowerCube.• The PowerCube structures data into a multi- dimensional format.• Every decision-maker uses data organized into various reportsProduct Revenue Reports Power Cube by Quarter by Channel by Customer Type Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  15. 15. PowerPlay Components• PowerPlay includes the following components: Transformer defines the PowerPlay application and creates the PowerCube. (*.MDC) PowerPlay accesses the PowerCube to give you the ability to explore your business information quickly and to build powerful customized reports. (*.PPR) Portfolio helps distribute your reports in an interactive, easy-to-use briefing book format. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  16. 16. PowerPlay Application Development Process Sales Management Example All Years National Sales All Products Force Years Business 2 State 4 Units Quarters City 16 3 8 Product Months Store Lines 72 24 Technician 6 158 Brands 18 Products 125 Revenue Units Discounts QuotaPlan measures Obtain the Develop theand dimensions required PowerPlay data modelCreate the PowerCube Explore the PowerCube data using PowerPlay Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  17. 17. Dimension Line• The Dimension Line: – represents the various aspects of your business – contains a series of folders of all the available dimensions and measures. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  18. 18. Dimension Viewer Use the Dimension Viewer to see a hierarchical organization of dimensions and categories in your cube. Dimension = Locations Level 1 = states Category = CAToolbox Level 2 = cities Category = San Diego Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  19. 19. Levels and Categories • Data is organized into dimensions and stored in a hierarchy of levels. • A category is a data item that exists in a level. Locations Dimension Level = Region Level = Country Belgium ... Europe Germany ... France ...Categories ... Far East Americas ... Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  20. 20. Explorer Report• To explore and analyze your data, you can: – create a new report from a cube – open a .ppr file.• The default display contains: – the first two dimensions in the rows and columns – the values for the first measure. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  21. 21. Reporter ReportA Reporter report provides you with: – flexibility over the content of your report – a blank report to which you add the categories you want to analyze. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  22. 22. Tools for Data Investigation.• Various Tools For Investigation• Additional ways of Investigating the Data
  23. 23. Various Tools For Investigation• Drill-Down and Drill-Up. – Drilling down or up is a specific analytical technique whereby the user navigates among levels of data• Slice & Dice. Slice and dice allows you to change and arrange dimensions in a report, which provides a different perspective on your data.• Changing Displays. By changing the display you can see trends and relationships in a graphic. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  24. 24. Drill Down and Drill Up ExplorerBeforeDrill DownAfterDrill Down Drill Up Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  25. 25. Slice and Dice• Slice and dice allows you to change and arrange dimensions in a report, which provides a different perspective on your data.• You can slice and dice by dragging a new dimension folder into the display. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  26. 26. Change DisplaysBy changing thedisplay you cansee trends andrelationships ina graphic. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  27. 27. Various Tools For Investigation• Using Alternative Drill-Downs.• Special Categories.• Replace Rows and Columns.• Swap Rows and Columns.• Explanation Window. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  28. 28. Alternate Drill Down and Drill Up Paths• Alternate drill paths: – provide you with additional Primary Path perspectives on your business – are set up by the Administrator – are easily identified from the Dimension Line and Dimension Alternate Viewer. Path Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  29. 29. Using Special Categories • Special categories: – are used to compare trends – provide an alternate organizations of the data. Region Europe North America Far EastSpecial Category New Reps Charles Loo Nam Lee Chan Hari Krain Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  30. 30. Analyzing Data• Rank and sort data• Filter data using different methods• Add layers• Use measures and multiple measures.• Nesting and Formatting.• Using Charts.
  31. 31. Rank Data• Rank categories by their value in a specific row or column.• See interesting trends like top selling Tents.• By default: – ranked data is sorted – data is re-ranked as you drill or slice and dice. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  32. 32. Sort DataSorting data:• arranges categories in alphabetical or numeric order• finds products or customers quickly and easily. Alphabetical Numeric Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  33. 33. Filter Data Using the Dimension Line• Filtering creates focused reports that show you the exact level of information desired in each dimension.• You can filter your report to focus on a particular location.• The Dimension Line displays the filters in use. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  34. 34. Filter Data Using the Dimension Viewer• You can filter data by clicking the Filter button.• The Dimension Viewer displays the hierarchical position of the filtered category. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  35. 35. Layer Data• Add layers to a report as a third set of dimension categories.• Drag a dimension folder to the Layer target. Locations Layer 4 of 4 North America Layer 3 of 4 Europe Layer 2 of 4 Far East Layer 1 of 4 Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  36. 36. Suppress Zeros• Remove any zero value categories from the report to focus only on positive outcomes.Suppress zeros, rows, and columns Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  37. 37. Show Values as Percentages• Display the values in your report as a percentage of various totals.Percentageof Row Total Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  38. 38. Change Measures• Use the Measures folder to change the key performance indicator of a report.• By default, the values in a new report are based on the first measure in the measure list. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  39. 39. Multiple Measures• Display multiple measures to examine differences between them.• Show multiple measures in the rows, columns, or layers. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  40. 40. What is Nesting ?• Nesting is the introduction of another level to: – provide additional information within the crosstab – increase the perspective of your exploration. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  41. 41. Create a Nested Crosstab• Drop zones are located in the crosstab label areas of both rows and columns. Inserting a first-level column nested category Select an item and then dragInserting a first-level row nested category Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  42. 42. Select Nested Categories When you select a nested category, all occurrences of thatcategory within the report are selected. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  43. 43. Layout Options PowerPlay gives you three layout options to choose from: Standard Indented 1 Indented 2 Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  44. 44. Add Titles, Headers, and Footers To customize titles, headers, and footers:  insert an item from the Insert menu  cut and paste to and from the clipboard  apply various font styles to text. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  45. 45. View Your Report There are three different views of the crosstab. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  46. 46. Report Building with PowerPlay• Reporter and Explorer Differences – An Overview• Reporter Mode Features
  47. 47. Reporter and Explorer Differences - an Overview Area of Difference Reporter Explorer Structure Completely freeform Has uniform and flexible structure Calculations Can be added Cannot be added Drilling Adds Drilling Replaces Drilling Categories to the Categories in the Report Report. Appends categories Replaces categories Data Exploration to the report in the report Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  48. 48. Reporter Mode Features• Dimension Viewer Basics.• Next and Lowest Level Children Of…• Drilling Down in Reporter.• Slicing and Dicing in Reporter.• Deleting Categories in Reporter. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  49. 49. Dimension Viewer Basics Dimension Viewer toolbox Create subsetdefinition buttonsNext and Lowest Dimensionlevel children of Viewer Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  50. 50. Next and Lowest Level Children Of• Control the level of detail when adding categories to the report. Next Level Children Of (Locations) Lowest Level Children Of (Locations) Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  51. 51. Drilling Down in Reporter• During drilldown the other Data is not HiddenBeforedrill downUnchangedAfterdrill down Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  52. 52. Slicing and Dicing in Reporter• Adds Categories into the Report and doesn’t hideCategories. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  53. 53. Deleting Categories in Reporter Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  54. 54. Advanced Concepts in Report Building• Including Calculations.• Adding Values to the Report.• Standard Reports.• Automating and Distributing Reports.
  55. 55. CalculationsIntroduction to Cognos Powerplay
  56. 56. Working with Calculations Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  57. 57. Calculated Categories• A category based on a calculation. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  58. 58. Perform Calculations When Adding Categories Each Sum of Average of Share of Intersect Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  59. 59. Perform Calculations When Adding Categories… Next level children of Each Average of Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  60. 60. Custom Exceptions• You can define custom exceptions to quickly see the unusually high and low values in your reports.• This feature helps you to immediately recognize information that may need further exploration. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  61. 61. Nested Crosstabs• Add nested categories to see another level of information about your business. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  62. 62. Long Drop ZonesNext levelchildren of Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  63. 63. Short Drop ZonesNext levelchildren of Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  64. 64. Drilling Down in Nested Crosstabs• Drilling down on a category added using the short drop zone. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  65. 65. Calculations and Nested Crosstabs Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  66. 66. Create Nesting Levels• Use the Dimension Viewer toolbox to add nested categories. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  67. 67. What are Standard Reports?• Standard Reports will be used on a recurring basis and provide up-to-date cube data. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  68. 68. What are Subset Definitions?• With a subset definition, you can view up-to- date cube data in a Reporter report. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  69. 69. Creating a Subset From a Subset Definition• A subset definition is added to a report the same way as a category or dimension is added. Subset Subset Definition Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  70. 70. Changing a Non-Standard to a Standard Report • Because standard reports are created with subsets, any changes to the categories will be updated. Non-Standard Report Lowest level children of Standard Report Parentage subset definition Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  71. 71. Create a Parentage Subset Definition• Create a subset based on levels in a dimension. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  72. 72. Create an Advanced Subset Definition• Create a subset that will meet multiple requirements and restrictions. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  73. 73. The Advanced Subset Dialog Box Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  74. 74. Restricting by Parent and Find Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  75. 75. Breaking a Subset• You can break a subset when you don’t need it in a report, but you do not want to delete the subset altogether. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  76. 76. Additional Features• Publish as HTML.• Scheduling reports.
  77. 77. Publish as HTML• HTML reports can be viewed by anybody who has a web browser. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  78. 78. Publish as HTML Dialog Box• Creating a separate folder for each HTML report will keep all the required files together and make it easy to distribute them. Introduction to Cognos Powerplay
  79. 79. Scheduling Reports • You can schedule reports to be run at night or over the weekend.Introduction to Cognos Powerplay