Choose a reporting style - IBM Cognos

Before users start authoring reports, it is imperative that they choose the reporting style that they will adopt in working with data:relational or dimensional.

When choosing the reporting style, users must answer the following questions:

  • Do you think about your data as tables and columns?
  • If yes, use relational reporting style.

  • Do you think about your data as a number of dimensions intersecting at cells?

If yes, use dimensional reporting style.

The reporting style determines how to insert, filter, sort, and customize reports. Mixing both reporting styles in one report can cause unpredictable results.

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