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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765695
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 By Rav on 30 Sept. 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on 8 Feb. 2013
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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 17 July 2012
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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
Excellent, if occasionally muddled 28 Aug. 2012
By I. S. Digby - Published on
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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
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Great for Corporate Finance 26 April 2012
By Timothy D. Althof - Published on
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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.
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Not for beginners with no development background 4 April 2012
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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 support to be GRANT not GRAND.
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Too complicated and poorly written 16 Nov. 2012
By Mahesh Kshirsagar - Published on
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best TM1 book by far 5 Jun. 2012
By James Webber - Published on
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Part I of this book is a really 75 pages IBM sales pitch / propaganda so I must admit I did initially think "what have I done buying this book"? However Part II redeemed the book, Over 300 pages of good TM1 info particularly the diagrams and working on how rules work, explanation of feeders etc.

The last part of the book is another 300 pages of generic models / best practise to meet specific business requirements e.g. Driver based planning with rolling forecast. This section is probably of most use for a TM1 consultancy.
The authors have really done due diligence, getting endorsements from Manny Perez (the godfather of TM1) and input for industry experts like Christoph Papenfuss.

I see this book as a useful reference guide, which I will refer to in future. A fitting title would be salesly guff/ official guide/cookbook.

So far my only negative comment would be I would like a better section on improving performance (part of TM1 server in Production chapter).

But generally if you ignore most of the first part of the book I would rate the rest of the book excellent and by far the best TM1 book on the market, especially value for money wise.
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