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IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples by Roger Johnson, Filip Draskovic

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Foreword

When I was eight, I had a friend who could build absolutely anything out of those little bright-colored, plastic interlocking blocks. Spaceship with wings, solar-powered treehouse, prehistoric monster; you name it, he could build it. He had one giant pillowcase full of the blocks, and a stack of instructions by his bedside. I remember him looking at the step-by-step guides, picking and choosing among the patterns, and then combining them to provide me with the monster truck equipped with water skis that I had requested.

Mastering any creative process requires a thorough knowledge of available techniques and tools, as well as ongoing exposure to new ideas and ways to apply those techniques. I will not stretch my metaphor so much as to ...

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