This book, written by Dan Volitich, is a complete reference to Cognos 8 BI. He is an experienced BI consultant, specialized in Cognos, and president and owner of John Daniel Associates, a Business Intelligence Consultancy that is Cognos-exclusive partner.
The book is well-structured, he divides the book in four parts. In the Part I, called Introduction to Performance Management and IBM Cognos 8 BI, he talks about the concepts of performance management, how monitoring performance using dashboards and scorecards, and an introduction to Cognos 8 BI.
In the Part II, entitled Accessing and Using IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, he writes about the Cognos Connection, the web-based portal that allows users to run reports, queries, metrics and analyses; perform administrative functions; and access other Cognos 8 content.
In the Part III, Authoring IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence Content, with 7 chapters, he covers all the Cognos 8 Suite of tools (Query Studio, Report Studio, Analysis Studio, Metrics Studio and Event Studio), teaching how to use the concepts of query, reporting, analytics, events, scorecards and metrics in Cognos 8 BI.
In the Part IV, Administration of IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, he talks about the Cognos Framework Manager, since how to build a model, to how to manage projects using Framework Manager.
Dan Volitich did a great job, the book covers all the Cognos 8 BI suite, and in my opinion, should be read for everyone that develop BI/PM projects using this excellent suite of tools.