IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager Paperback – 22 May 2013
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About the Author
Terry Curran gained an interest in computers while studying for his first degree in Biological Chemistry at the University of Kent. He went on to work as a computer operator for a national supermarket company.
After working for several years as a computer operator, he went to Brighton Polytechnic, leaving with a Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies. Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a computer advisor at the City of London Polytechnic, assisting staff and students with their computer problems, and providing support for the various database systems in use across the Polytechnic. After taking voluntary redundancy from this post, he proceeded to the University of Stirling where he gained an MSc in Software Engineering.
After graduating from the University of Stirling, Terry commenced working for a software consultancy company. While working for this company, Terry assisted with the writing of a software package for the publishing industry using Cognos PowerHouse. While working for this company, Terry gained experience in Business Intelligence Reporting tools, being asked to familiarize himself with Cognos Impromptu and PowerPlay in order to promote the use of these tools to clients.
After this company ceased trading, Terry embarked on a career as a freelance computer consultant and contractor, using his experience with Cognos PowerHouse, various computer systems and databases, and Cognos Impromptu and PowerPlay, and later Cognos 8 and Cognos 10.
Terry continues to work as a freelance Cognos Business Intelligence consultant and contractor, making use of his extensive knowledge and experience of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Reporting. During the past 15 years, Terry has worked for a range of different industries including aviation, pharmaceuticals, insurance, logistics, and manufacturing to name a few.
Terry is currently working for Ultra Electronics Command and Control Systems as a freelance Cognos consultant.
Terry Curran was a technical reviewer for the book IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook, Packt Publishing.
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It does however lack some 'completeness' of details which could be a little frustrating to new users.
The chapters are ordered logically, first describing the tool and the various buttons and basic functionality, and then moving on to the advanced features. The book describes the entire process of building a model according to the most effective practices. Modellers will be well suited to keep this book open while building a model, even if it's just to keep them on track.
In addition to describing the standard modeling features, the book also describes some advanced methods. Various multiuser modelling strategies are detailed; session parameters and parameter maps are explained with useful examples.
Terry does not go into every single trick, or explain how to fix every single bug in a given model (if he did, it would probably have to be several thousand pages long). However, he does lay down a set of guidelines which will provide for a portable and efficient model.
My only criticism is that it is too short. Some sections feel more like "how-to" guides that give step by step instructions without explaining the theory behind it.
Ultimately, both users who are unfamiliar with Framework, and veterans with years of experience will find it useful to read through and to keep it as a reference.