Cognos Analytics Training – Level Up Your Cognos Skills

Cognos Analytics Training – Level Up Your Cognos Skills
Cognos Analytics Training – Level Up Your Cognos Skills
Written by Mike Bernaiche, January 31st, 2024

Are you looking to level up your Cognos Analytics skills?  Maybe you are new to Cognos Analytics, or you have been using it for years and need a refresher.?  We have the right offer for you!  Our Cognos Analytics training, taught by a veteran Cognos Analytics consultant, is a great opportunity to master your Cognos Analytics skills. 

Cognos 12 brings so much power to your fingertip in analytics.  Join us from February 20th – 22nd to master your skills and provide more value to your organization.

Why Sign Up?

Our Cognos Analytics training program is meticulously crafted for professionals like you, whether navigating the advanced features of Cognos 12 or working with earlier versions like Cognos 11.2.x or 11.1.7.  Here's why you should not miss this opportunity:

  1. Limited Seating: First Come, First Served: We have limited seats available, and they are filling up quickly! Secure your spot today to guarantee your place at this exclusive event. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from industry experts in an intimate setting.
  2. Expert Guidance: Learn from a seasoned 20-year professional consultant, not just a trainer. Gain insights from real-world scenarios and industry best practices, ensuring you're equipped with practical skills.
  3. Comprehensive Curriculum: Dive deep into Cognos Analytics Reporting fundamentals during the first two days. Explore topics such as Report Creation, Filters, Parameters, Calculations, and Formatting. On the third day, master Cognos Analytics Dashboard 12 Essentials, covering Pins, Explorations, and Data Storytelling. This will help you plan your upgrade if you are not on Cognos 12 yet.
  4. Hands-On Experience: Immerse yourself in a real-world Cognos Analytics environment. Our interactive sessions provide hands-on experience, allowing you to apply your knowledge immediately.
  5. All-Inclusive Training: No need to worry about materials. We provide everything you need to succeed, including comprehensive training materials to support your learning journey.

The Details

What: Cognos Analytics Training – Reporting and Dashboards
When: Tuesday, Feb 20, Wednesday, Feb 21, and Thursday, Feb 22
Time: 10:00 am Eastern to 5:30 pm Eastern with a couple of small breaks and a break for lunch
Cost: $2,991
Included: All training e-books and training environment
Optional VIP Addon: $397 includes 1 year access to training recordings and 2 hours of consulting.
Invoicing: Payment for all attendees must be received before Feb 20, 2024, to ensure access to the labs. Lodestar will invoice clients upon registration.

The Agenda

Cognos Analytics Training Agenda


As you can read, we have you covered when it comes to Cognos Analytics.  Why wait?  Sign up now and take your Cognos Analytics game to new levels.

If you are looking for everything new in Cognos 12 you can find that info here.  Cognos 12.0.2 was released in Jan 2024.

If you are wondering if you should upgrade to Cognos 12, please read here

NOTE: Cognos 11.1.7 will reach the end of support on April 30, 2024.  If you are not on a newer version you need to reach out to us now.

Cognos Analytics Upgrade New Feature Training Chicago 2019

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Cognos Analytics Upgrade Feature Training Chicago 2019
October 10, 2019

Cognos Analytics Training – Hands on & Live

Are you a power user thinking about upgrading your current BI system?  Maybe you are new to Cognos Analytics and you need a jump start on new features.  Did you just complete your upgrade and you have no idea where to start?  We are proud to offer a Cognos Analytics Training class on new features to help get you started!

Below are all of the details on this amazing Cognos Analytics Training class.

When, Where and Cost:

Thursday November 14, 2019
9am – 5pm
1 hour on your own lunch break

IBM Office – Chicago
71 S Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60606

You get everything below and so much more for only $497 a person.

Who Should Attend:

Cognos BI power users or those thinking about upgrading their current BI system to Cognos Analytics 11.1.3.  Learn about the new features through a hands-on, interactive Cognos Analytics training experience. 

Why Should I Take this Training Class?

In this 1-day session, you will learn about all of the new features through a hands on, interactive training environment. This training will:

  • Reduce dependency on consultants and consulting fees
  • Increase executive satisfaction
  • Decrease time to deliver dashboards and reports to end users
  • Increase your ROI on your upgrade.
  • Secure quicker end user adoption
  • Network with others in the same position as you
  • Learn how to leverage the new AI functionality as well as data modules and dashboards

What is Included:

Complete overview of new features and User Interface
Deep dive into the Dashboard Module including:

  • All new mapping down to street level
  • Target Data Slots to compare budget or target information
  • Drill through
  • Using the all new Assistant feature to create widgets and dashboards
  • Distributing Dashboards through email or PDF

Intent Driven Modeling through Data Modules

  • Introduction to Data Modules
  • Add data sources and upload files
  • Learn to add filters, calculations and navigation paths (creating dimensionality from flat data)
  • Create and use relative time periods (easily create YTD/MTD comparisons)
  • Use global parameters with relative time to create system wide usage

AI in BI through Explorations

  • Introduction to AI through Explorations – get started more efficiently in analyzing your data points
  • Learn to use the new assistant feature to guide you through creating widgets and explorations
  • Compare explorations to one another to create quick analysis

Updates to Reporting module

  • Reporting overview
  • New custom filter interface for ease of use

Learn tips to quickly bring end users up to speed with videos and leverage our BAAM Business Analytics Agile Methodology. 

BONUS – high level walk through of Cognos Analytics 11.1.4 enhancements!

How do I Sign Up for this Amazing Cognos Analytics Training Class?

Click on the link below to register and realize all the benefits this class has to offer.  HURRY – space is limited!  Register early to secure your spot. Registration ends Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Additional Information to Get you Started

Are you looking for some additional information on Cognos Analytics 11.1.3?  Check out this blog, What's New In Cognos Analytics?

Are you thinking about upgrading your BI system to Cognos Analytics?  Check out this blog chopped full of information to get you started,
Why Upgrade to Cognos Analytics?

Did you know that if you are still on Cognos BI 10.2.x it is out of support with IBM? Check this link out!

This is blog 1 of 3. In the 2nd blog of this series we will be providing additional details on the agenda and what you will learn. Stay tuned!

Contact us at to discuss your upgrade, talk about new features or get more information on this amazing training class!

Expert Training for Cognos Analytics

Expert Training for Cognos Analytics

Next Steps

Now that you have upgraded to Cognos Analytics, what's next?  How about expert training for Cognos Analytics?

Lodestar Solutions offers a number of different training options from self-paced to instructor led classroom and everything in between.  Below is an explanation of each type of training, ballpark costs and availability.

Self-Paced Training

Self-paced training is a good choice for entry level training or for those on a small budget.  The typical cost is around $350 per day of training per person.  This training includes an IBM image, workbook and is good for 30 days - once you start the course.  For a few dollars more, we can set this training up with 30 to 60 min of Q&A with a senior level consultant.

Instructor Led Training

Next on the training options list is instructor led training.  This training can be done virtually through web meetings or can be delivered onsite at your location or a local training facility.  Typical cost is approximately $700 per day per person.  A Lodestar Solutions Certified Instructor will guide you through the class material with slides, discussion and hands on work.  Each student has an IBM image and follows along with hands on the keyboard.  Again, like self-paced training and for a few dollars more, we can set this training up with 30 to 60 min of Q&A with a senior level consultant.

Online Education Programs

We are really excited about our newest training option, our Lodestar Solutions online education programs.  These programs are 100% created and owned by Lodestar Solutions or Heatherized, Inc (sister company).  Once you sign up for one of our programs, you will get access to a library of documents and a series of videos that take you step by step through the process.  Currently we offer a  comprehensive dashboard course that touches on the user interface, data and storytelling.  We also offer a software agnostic Destination Dashboard program that teaches you soft skills and techniques to produce killer dashboards that people actually​ use.    Check out this video to learn more and see pricing for the online programs.

One on One Training

Lodestar Solutions senior consultants can provide one on one training using your system and data.  Typically, we will meet with you ahead of time to plan out the training,  ensuring that we meet all of your needs.  Then we can come onsite and work in full day increments or plan virtual sessions from 2 to 4 hours at a time.   We find that when training virtually, smaller chunks of time provide a better environment in which to learn.  Please contact to discuss your one on one training needs in greater detail.

Small Project Services / Training

Is your task list overflowing with old work?  However, you are still given more and more assignments, reports and dashboards to add to your never ending list?  Do you have little budget but need to get things done? Lodestar Solutions offers small project services that includes help in all of these areas, including training.  Check out our small service webpage at

Upcoming Events

Bookmark this link for quick access to Lodestar Solutions upcoming events page. We have a lot of great things happening here!  Check them out, register and take your analytics game to the next level.       Upcoming Events

As you can see by all of the above options, we have your training needs covered.  When you think of expert training for Cognos Analytics, think Lodestar Solutions.  Contact for more information!