Look what you get when you search for TM1 10.2 on the Apple App Store....
That's right, just TM1 Mobile and InfoCube Spark - the free TM1 server monitoring tool from InfoCube....
Managing Director at InfoCube, dad of 3 boys, rugby fan, photographer, reader - not much time for much else!
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Cognos Dynamic Query Mode (DQM) is an intelligent data caching mechanism which can dramatically improve the performance of OLAP style queries over a range of OLAP sources, such as SAP BW, Essbase, Analsys Services and TM1 and also over Relational Sources.
This document is intended to provide a single point of reference fortechniques and product behaviours when dealing with SAP NetWeaverBusiness Warehouse® (SAP BW) as a data source for Cognos 8.4. It is is a highly detailed cook book for connecting IBM Cognos 8.4 to SAP BW and most of the detail contained herein is applicable to connecting Cognos 10 to BW as well.
Why would you battle with the problems inherent in Excel? From no web interface, to the inability to have the information centrally stored in a database, through to auditability, workgroup usage, inflexibility (yes) and lack of workflow, all create problems.
IBM Cognos 10.2 Enterprise was announced recently and it brings a bunch of improvements,with a significant improvement to the graphing capabilities of the personal analytic tool, Cognos Insight, A rebadging of Business Insight to Cognos Workspace along with a nice set of enhancements, a new cubing engine that is builds further on the integration of TM1 into the Cognos stack and then on the back end, a full 64 bit environment, Dynamic Query support for Salesforce, SAP ECC and big data engines amongst other things. All in all, it seems like a great release....
We are extremely proud to advise that John Vaughan, Managing Director of InfoCube has been invited by CPA Australia to present in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra two presentations - The Death of Budgeting and The Pillars of Planning....
Analytics Zone, the specialist site set up for Business Analytics by IBM, has some wonderful examples of the use of Cognos tools with real business applications. These are all fully functional tools ready to use with Cognos Insight, IBM's new personal analytics solution. All you need do is install the trial of Cognos Insight, download the examples (called Accelerators) and away you go....
I was invited to present on the topic "The Death of Budgeting" at CPA Week in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over May and June 2012. The discussion was primarily around the problems inherent in traditional budgeting, for accountants to become more forward focussed, to escape spreadsheet hell, to try and eradicate the gaming that happens at planning time and to introduce InfoCube's five Pillars of Planning - to plan with the frequency that matters, to the horizon that matters, to the level that matters,with the people that matter and use the drivers that matter....
This excellent summary was written by Dan Hess of the Ironside Group. It provides insight into the use of levels from a TM1 dimension for use in Report Studio (and indeed Cognos Express Xcelerator and Cognos Express Reporter).
As many of you know, TM1 has become a major component of the IBM Cognos BI application offerings. As a corporate OLAP solution, there are a number of advantages to utilizing TM1 versus PowerPlay; from faster response times in larger cubes to the capability to handle vast volumes of data. The expectation of course is that the application will work within the IBM Cognos BI infrastructure, specifically within the user facing studios that make Cognos a best of breed solution. While this is true in most aspects, there are a couple of “work arounds” that must be implemented in order to optimize the user experience with TM1 as an MDX based data source.
This article was originally posted by Rick Ensign from The Ironside Group and we thought it to be an excellent article, especially for those of us who come from an EP backgroup originally!
When you first begin to use TM1, especially if you came from the EP world as I did, you can quickly become enamored with how well TM1 can handle large cubes with ease. You can create multiple hierarchies within a cube and within those hierarchies TM1’s sparse consolidation algorithm aggregates values at light speed. You can reach out to virtually any data source with a Turbo Integrator (TI) process and create a dimension, create and populate a cube with data, or a myriad of other tasks only limited by the developer’s imagination. The challenge comes when you need to write rules governing more complex calculations or movement of data between cubes. No intuitive D-Links or BiF’s here. Everything must be coded, and getting the calculations to work properly requires mastering the art of feeders.
I received an interesting email the other day from a colleague regarding an alternative way of financing software, hardware, support and InfoCube services from IBM. Using IBM Global Finance (which apparently is in the top ten largest financial institutions globally), you can lease the entire package so that it includes not only the hardware and software, but also our services to implement the solution. Neat, huh!
I found this blog post by Tim Richardson from GrowthPath in Melbourne extremely thought provoking and an excellent, although simple analysis of the opporutnity costs involved with extending the monthly close process for a smallish enterprise....
The IBM Business Analytics Forum (Cognos Forum, as it used to be known) will be held in Melbourne next Year in the week building up to the Australian Grand Prix.
Save up to $550 from your booking: InfoCube customers and friends are able to book your seat at Forum and receive up to a $450 per seat discount from IBM. All you need to do is quote the promotional code "INFOC" (for InfoCube) when booking and you will be offered this discount. Please let us know when you have done this and when it is confirmed by IBM, we will pass on additional cashback to you of another $100, saving you a total of $550 off your registration fee (this is limited to the first 10 people who advise us of their registration).
The only official guide to building effective business solutions with TM1 from IBM Cognos...
Nesting dimensions from SAP BW InfoCubes in Cognos Report Studio reports can sometimes lead to failure when the report is run. This is primarily because the amount of data returned by the query can very quickly become enormous. This discussion gives some pointers as to how you might overcome the problem.
Interesting stuff... It's not the software that doesn't deliver, but rather the lack of internal ability to interpret business need and translate into IT speak, or just translating "what we've always done" from paper reports to business intelligence systems - what better ways to doom your BI project from the start...
TM1 9.5.2 includes major changes that will support very large numbers of parralel users and massive improvements to performance when used as a source for Cognos 10.
Despite the small increment in the version number, (from 9.5.1 -> 9.5.2), our understanding is this is a major release with significant changes to the database locking mechanism, multi-user access and parallel processing.