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IBM Cognos TM1 Applications- Care and Feeding

Every system that was ever implemented requires routine chores to be regularly performed to “keep it current and healthy” or to “deal with anticipated events” -and TM1 models are no different.

Some of these chores might include:

  • The loading of updated data pools from source systems;
  • updating system security;
  • closing an accounting period;
  • updating conversion (or other) percentages

as well as many others!

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Some general guidelines I find helpful:

  • Routine tasks or events should never require TM1 administrator access.
  • No task or event should result in TM1 logging runtime errors.
  • No task or event should result in server lock-outs or outages that last more than an acceptable period of time (typically seconds).
  • Routine tasks or regularly required tasks or events should (wherever possible) be scheduled and not require manual initiation or intervention by any individual.
  • Routine or events should never require changes to program code.
  • All regular or routine tasks and events should be well documented.

 In addition, some more systemic advice includes: 

  • Data should be systematically monitored and key individuals should be automatically alerted of  “critical” errors
  • The server instance should be regularly recycled -shut down, restarted and backed up.
  • Memory to Disk saves should be coordinated and occur on a routine basis that does not impede user access to the application but ensures capture of all data changes.
  • Performance bench marks should be taken at key intervals and routinely checked

 Of course, these are just some ideas (based upon my experiences), but I think that they make sense – so I hope you find them helpful.




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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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