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IBM Cognos TM1 The Official Guide [Paperback]

Karsten Oehler , Jochen Gruenes , Christopher Ilacqua
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1 April 2012 0071765697 978-0071765695

The only official guide to IBM Cognos TM1

Deliver timely, accurate, and actionable performance management solutions to users across your enterprise. Filled with expert advice from a team of IBM professionals, IBM Cognos TM1: The Official Guide shows you how to deploy and maintain a dynamic planning, forecasting, and scenario analytic solution. Learn the latest Cognos TM1 10.1 best practices on how to model Cognos TM1 cubes, develop highly agile performance management solutions, generate feature-rich reports, and employ dashboards and scorecards. Securing, sizing, and performance tuning are also covered in this IBM-authorized resource. This book can also be used with former TM1 versions.

  • Build Cognos TM1 models with cubes, dimensions, rules, and TurboIntegrator processes
  • Load data and establish workflow using the TurboIntegrator
  • Model and analyze multidimensional business processes
  • Develop applications using Excel and Cognos TM1 Web
  • Manage high user volumes with scaling and concurrency
  • Assign and enforce roles, privileges, and permissions
  • Deliver custom reports to end users through dashboards
  • Use KPIs and balanced scorecards to monitor performance

From the Authors

Why We Wrote This Book
It is not surprising that in 25 years, best practices and fantastic ideas of how to use Cognos TM1 have evolved. For many business problems, excellent solutions already exist. We participated in this development process and learned from experienced people. But knowledge about Cognos has been like a patchwork. Only a few sites and communities exist, and most experience has been gained by intuition and trial and error. Every novice has to go the hard way and build solid knowledge from various more or less trustworthy sources. It often takes years to become an expert. We have felt this ourselves: to train our colleagues in the secrets of Cognos TM1 takes time and effort.

Our intention is to increase the speed of the diffusion of Cognos TM1 into the business world. For this, of course, marketing is necessary, but good and comprehensive knowledge is more important. So we want to provide everything that is necessary to work with Cognos TM1 effectively, or at least what we think is necessary to work with it.

The obvious question is: why hasn’t there been a book about Cognos TM1 before now? Perhaps Cognos TM1 has been a tool for insiders. You definitely need critical mass for a book project. However, with Cognos TM1 becoming part of the IBM software family, the time is right: the first comprehensive book is now available.

Who This Book Is For
Who should read this book? Everybody who is interested in increasing their company’s performance can profit from it. External and internal consultants in particular will find a broad range of solutions.

Do you already work with Cognos TM1? Do you want to improve your existing applications? You can find lots of practical tips and tricks for projects and your daily work in this book. If you are a consultant, you can find ideas to improve your service offerings. Are you an implementer or a so-called end user? Although we provide concrete implementation advice, our conceptual proposals help users to understand better what is possible with Cognos TM1. This facilitates the communication between the user and the developers.

Perhaps you plan to use Cognos TM1, or are you simply interested in the core concepts of Cognos TM1? You can see what is possible with a modern multidimensional solution.

This Book Will Help You…
Why should you read this book? We are convinced that you will find what you are searching for:

  • A better understanding of how Cognos TM1 works internally
  • Techniques for applying Cognos TM1 to the most difficult performance management problems
  • A better understanding of the Cognos TM1 tools (including the new ones)
  • A better understanding of how to model with Cognos TM1

Although this book has a limited academic orientation, we hope we provide a sufficient explanation of the business background that is necessary to implement the solutions.

We structured this book in three parts. The first part gives an introductory overview of Cognos TM1. What are the typical problems and how can Cognos TM1 address these? You can learn how other companies profited from using Cognos TM1. All tools available for use with Cognos TM1 are briefly introduced.

If you want to get a better understanding of how Cognos TM1 works and how to use the tools, a technical deep dive in the second part of the book provides the necessary insights. For performance optimization, a sound understanding of how Cognos TM1 works internally is necessary. All core concepts are explained in detail.

The last part of the book covers the business solutions. The business requirements drive everything. The best tool can’t help if you don’t understand the business background. We will provide the business background and small, easy-to-understand models. These techniques should help you to solve typical business challenges and can become the foundation of your own solution. We try to span a wide area to cover the intelligent usage of Cognos TM1.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765695
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 18.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr. Karsten Oehler is head of the performance management client technical professionals (CTP) with IBM Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt. He has published four books and more than 130 articles on IT systems for financial management. Dr. Oehler is a visiting lecturer at several universities in Germany.

Jochen Gruenes managed the German competence center for Cognos TM1 within the technical sales organization for IBM Deutschland GmbH and has led several projects and workshops on the enhanced uses of TM1.

Dr. Christopher Ilacqua is an experienced Cognos TM1 practitioner with over 20 years spent working with TM1 as a customer, OEM Manager, and Director of Product Management & Marketing, helping customers globally seeking to improve their planning, forecasting, and analysis solutions.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Work 30 Sep 2012
By Rav
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Highly Technical book. Good work.

But the non availability of example working files/data makes the reading boring.

The authors should have given the example data for users to try it themselves. The users are not there to watch it like a cinema and go away but to apply the techniques and if examples are not try-able, what is the point?

For each workout the readers cannot be expected to prepare the figures or data themselves.

Hope they will make them available to all buyers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have been working with TM1 for over 13 years and with OLAP for over 20 years. However, I still found the later chapters that describe how TM1 can be used to solve a variety of business problems very good. Even if you are not fortunate enough to be using TM1 for your analysis reporting and planning applications, I would still buy this book for the business knowledge in these later chapters.

There are a few negatives.

While the book does describe best practice on naming conventions, indentation of code, single time dimensions, etc, many of the examples don't keep to this

Common to many other programming books on the Kindle, the code examples are inserted as pictures rather than as text. This makes them impossible to read as the pictures can only be zoomed to a very limited extent, and it is not possible to use the text size feature of the Kindle.

However, overall this is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn TM1 development.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good 17 July 2012
By Jay
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The book was not what i expected it to be, If learning would not recommend the book. It doesn't detail the process very boring and not interactive. Would have expected more from IBM.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, if occasionally muddled 28 Aug 2012
By I. S. Digby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the in-depth TM1 manual we have all been waiting for. It contains a host of useful tips and a great deal of in-depth analysis and explanation of the inner workings of TM1. Truly excellent sections on the structure of TM1 in memory, how to calculate resources required, sparse consolidation and feeders.

I do have a few criticisms:

1. Part I, which is essentially a discussion of why you would want TM1 in the first place, seems incongruous in a largely technical book. Any person who can benefit from the in-depth stuff doesn't need persuading: they will already have TM1.

2. Occasionally the English grammar is poor. Perhaps English is not the native language of the writers. Elsewhere this might not matter, but with extremely complex technical detail, the problems become apparent as you try to unravel the linguistic muddle.

3. The authors, presumably because of some branding/copyright issue, use the term "Cognos TM1" throughout. I calculated that this adds several unnecessary pages to the book. Every single user of this software, except perhaps the brand manager of IBM, knows it as "TM1". Come on, let's be sensible.

Ian Digby
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Corporate Finance 26 April 2012
By Timothy D. Althof - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This guide fills an important need for corporate financial professionals deploying TM1 in reporting and planning activities. I wish we had this kind of comprehensive guide when we first deployed TM1 in a public company some years ago. We succeeded rolling TM1 out for basic financial reporting functions, but had to discover ways to extend its usefulness. That was a slower discovery process than it needed to be. This guide includes solid ideas and examples for putting TM1 to use, including all-important ways to support the senior management team through dashboards and scorecards. TM1 as a tool can transform the role of Finance in a company and this guide has everything needed to make that achievable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners with no development background 4 April 2012
By IT Newbie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the best guide for TM1 out there. It gives you a great understanding about SkipCheck, Feeders, Parallel Interactions and such that you don't find in the manuals found with the software.

Not yet half way through the whole book but I assume for a newbie it won't be any help...cause with how TM1 has evolved since the IBM acquisition...I would suggest go through a Development & Design Model training first then read this book.

Something to note though...Typo Error on Page 358...it support to be GRANT not GRAND.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated and poorly written 16 Nov 2012
By Mahesh Kshirsagar - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are new to TM1, don't touch this book. After giving high level overview and marketing it jumps straight to the most complex topics like how TM1 handles rules and feeders. I was trained and certified in TM1 and I could get that with slow reading, but I don't think anyone without such background will have any use of this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for experienced users. 14 April 2014
By Jackie Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an inexperienced user so this is a bit more technical than I need. However, I'm glad I have it and I'm sure I'll refer to it often.
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