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IBM Cognos TM1 Certification







The benefits of earning a certification in Cognos TM1 are many. These include:

  • A self-assessment of your skills
  • Identifying areas of greater strengths and/or weakness
  • Building a killer resume, industry acceptance and prestige.

With Cognos TM1, the COG-310 (developer certification) is the exam you’ll want to prepare for. It is  “multiple choice”, and there are a total of 63 questions that cover all of the fundamentals of the technology. To pass (and become certified) you must earn a minimal score of 73 %. There is a fee for the exam that is nonrefundable, regardless of your final score.

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Even if you have participated in multiple TM1 projects, you may find the exam challenging. I have personally have earned all 3 Cognos TM1 certifications (Developer, Analyst and Master), and I strongly recommend that you take a reasonable amount of time to prepare. If you do not have the luxury of attending a formal training class or if time is of the essence, I have recently published a book that “fast tracks” the effort required to prepare for and pass the exam.

What my book covers

Chapter 1, The Components of TM1, will identify and discuss each of the components of IBM Cognos TM1 that are covered in the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

Chapter 2, Dimensions and Cubes, will discuss the most basic Cognos TM1 objects— Cubes and Dimensions.

Chapter 3, TurboIntegrator (TI), will explain the purpose and use of Cognos TM1 TurboIntegrator.

Chapter 4, Rules, will review the information pertaining to TM1 Rules that is important to understand when taking the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam, including the advantages of using Rules versus TurboIntegrator as well as basic rule construction fundamentals.

Chapter 5, Advanced Techniques for TI Scripting, will discuss advanced techniques for TurboIntegrator scripting in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

Chapter 6, Drill-through, will discuss the Cognos TM1 drill-through functionality in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam. We will go over what it is, how it works, and how to construct an application with drill-through capabilities.

Chapter 7, Virtual and Lookup Cubes, will explain the definition and purpose of both virtual and lookup cubes in Cognos TM1 in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

Chapter 8, Time Considerations, will discuss the importance and use of the time dimension in Cognos TM1 in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

Chapter 9, Data Presentation and Reporting, will identify techniques for presenting and reporting on data in a TM1 application in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.


My book is based upon my eight years of Cognos TM1 experience as well what I have learned by preparing for and passing this certification exam. I think that you will find it useful:

IBM Cognos TM1 Developer’s Certification Guide

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Jim Miller

Mr. Miller is an IBM certified and accomplished Senior Project Leader and Application/System Architect-Developer with over 30 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience. His current role is National FPM Practice Leader. His experience includes BI, Web architecture & design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, Database modeling and systems analysis, design, and development of Client/Server, Web and Mainframe applications and systems utilizing: Applix TM1 (including TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and Planning Manager), dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, Websuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE SQL Server, etc. His Responsibilities have included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and Web site) design; data modeling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development and testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, etc.) systems and client/server SQL server and Web based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources. In addition, Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development Manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple Web Sites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems and administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a Web based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team. Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director. Specialties Include: Cognos/TM1 Design and Development, Cognos Planning, IBM SPSS and Modeler, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development. IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 (perfect score 100% on exam) IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

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