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Active Report Application Drill for the iPad
Product(s): IBM Cognos 10 Mobile Area of Interest: Reporting

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Contents
1 INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................... 4 2 ADDING AN ACTIVE REPORT TO IBM COGNOS MOBILE ............................... 5 3 REPORTSTUDIO DESIGN ......................................................................... 6

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1 Introduction
1.1 Purpose The purpose of this document is demonstrate how to create Active Reports in ReportStudio that will enable disconnected linking to other Active Reports running in the IBM Cognos Mobile app running on the Apple iPad. Applicability What is outlined in this document requires IBM Cognos 10 RP1, with FP3 for IBM Cognos Mobile installed.

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2 Adding an Active Report to IBM Cognos Mobile
The following document will provide step by step instructions on how to use Application Drill-Throughs to do disconnected linking in ReportStudio for an Active Report. Introduced in FP3 for IBM Cognos Mobile is the ability to use Application DrillThrough definition in ReportStudio to allow an iPad Active Report to disconnected linking to another Active Report

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3 ReportStudio Design
1. Select the control you wish to setup Application Drill-Through on

2. On the Properties for the that object select the Application Drill-Through under Interactive Behavior to display the Application Drill-Through dialog box

3. Click the New button dialog box.

on the bottom right of the Application Drill-Through

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4. Add a Name for the drill through definition Note: this name is not exposed to the user 5. Enter cogmobgr for the Method (it must be cogmobgr) 6. Enter a label; this label is exposed to the user on the iPad 7. Click the New button under the Parameters at the bottom of the dialog box

8. Enter cogmobgr_cm_store_id 9. With the Static Value(s) option button selected enter the store id for the target report click the New button to add a static value 10. Enter a new Static Value on the dialog box. Note: store id can be found on the properties of the report in Cognos Connection

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(for example: i0F10608D19D14A84BB03223DD83AED2C)

11. Click OK twice 12. Repeat this process for the Search Path 13.Click the New button under the Parameters at the bottom of the dialog box

14.Enter cogmobgr_cm_search_path 15.With the Static Value(s) option button selected enter the search path for the target report click the New button to add a static value 16. Enter a new Static Value on the dialog box. Note: search path can be found on the properties of the report in Cognos Connection

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(for example: /content/folder[@name='salem']/interactiveReport[@name='App Drill Child Year 2005']) 17. Click OK twice 18. Repeat this process for every report that you wish to drill to.

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Design considerations 1. All context you wish to pass from the Source to the Target report must have the variable declared as Public (External)

For example varPL is set for Public (External) and will pass the value of the variable to the target report when the drill through is invoked

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2. A variable must be created to enable the drill through definition to occur. In this example varDrill is associated to Pie chart control and the variable value is set to an arbitrary string value (in this case ‘drill’).

3. On the target reports all variables must be declared as Public (External) if they are to receive context from the Source report.

4. All variables on the Target report must have the same name as the Source variables.

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Considerations 1. Schedule the group of reports as a job so that they arrive on the iPad together and have equally fresh data. 2. DrillTarget.AgeDifferenceReRunThresholdHours is a new Mobile Service advanced setting that controls the maximum allowable age difference between Active Reports for offline linking; if the value is greater between target and source the reports will not be available for disconnected linking.

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3.3

On the iPad 1. Reports on My iPad section will display all of the Active Reports in the group 2. After drilling to the Target report use the Back on the top right in the iPad application navigate back to the source report.

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