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Searching in Cognos

Modified on: Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Cognos Search

  • Allows user to search content within the Cognos Content Store
    • Reports
    • Queries
    • Packages
    • Content of saved reports

Searchable content updated nightly

  • Batch process updates content store each night.

Cognos Security is maintained

  • If you don't have access to execute or edit some Cognos objects they will not appear in the results section of your search.

Your “My Folders” are included


  • Not Case sensitive
  • Wake -  same as "wake"

Multiple words

  • Wake Forest – search for either word
  • “Wake Forest” – searches for the exact phrase

Search examples

  • “[Remedy Requests].[Request].[Impact Description]” - Cognos report writer metadata field name
  • “Impact Description” - Report column heading
  • Wisconsin - a really good basketball team that came up one game short..... finds saved report output of other Badger fans.

+ plus sign (no space after +)

  • Wake +Forest – must have Forest

- minus sign (no space after -)

  • Wake –Forest – everything having Wake but never Forest

* - asterisk – wild card (no space between phrase and *)

  • deac*

Search Result Sections

  • Create and Explore – Cognos starting point to build a report - Avoid using the results of this section to create your own queries/report. Talk to a peer or ask someone familiar with the Cognos Packages (Frameworks) to help you use the proper metadata.
  • Suggested – relevant percentage - click on the down arrows to see what Cognos search says it matched on to insure you found what you were looking for.
  • Refine the Results – further filtering of the results using left hand side of search results page.

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