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Cognos TM1 – Standard TM1 Clients




A typical IBM Cognos TM1 architecture usually will be a distributed, client-server design that will consist of TM1 Application Servers running on remote servers that your users can access using a variety of supported client tools.

Cognos TM1 10.1 currently offers the following client tools:

  • TM1 Client
  • TM1 Perspectives
  • TM1 Architect

These tools are the standard TM1 clients and in a normal LAN/WAN environment, these clients all will be installed on the user’s desktop and communicate with the remote server using the TCP/IP network protocol.

TM1 Client

The TM1 (basic) client is accessed through Microsoft Excel as an Add-In and will allow limited access to available TM1 Servers. TM1 Client does not allow administrative access to any TM1 Servers. It does not offer the ability to set up and run a local TM1 Server. Since the TM1 Client is limited in functionality, most users will choose to install and use TM1 Perspectives.

TM1 Perspectives

As with TM1 Client, TM1 Perspectives is loaded and runs as an Add-In to Microsoft Excel. With TM1 Perspectives, you can access data within TM1 Servers and you can also create and maintain TM1 objects and data on both local and remote TM1 Servers.

TM1 Architect

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TM1 Architect is a standalone TM1 Client application (meaning that it does not plug in to Microsoft Excel) and is used to create and maintain data and metadata on both local and remote TM1 servers. This is a tool that will be used by a TM1 user who is granted at least minimal “administrator” privileges (that is, a developer or programmer type).  It is best to use Architect when focusing on Turbo integrator scripting or possibly checking security assignments because it allows access to these features of TM1 without having to load Microsoft Excel.

Other Options

Two additional “client tier” options are Cognos Insight and TM1 Performance Modeler. 

Cognos Insight

Insight allows you to do data exploration, analysis, what-if scenarios, planning, forecasting, dashboarding, prototyping, etc. You can work in a disconnected and connected mode while leveraging the full power of your machine since it runs in-memory. 

TM1 Performance Modeler

Performance Modeler provides visual tools to build and maintain models that use TM1 dimensions, cubes, links, and rules. You can also create new applications, assign workflow, and set up security. You can then deploy, administer, and maintain your applications. Performance Modeler also includes guided processes for standard tasks such as data import and deploying your models.

Client Machine Requirements

Since the standard client tools are Client and Perspectives – and both require MS Excel – it is recommended that your client machine configurations start based upon the suggested minimal requirements to run MS Office. From there, additional RAM and processor speed is recommended, especially for those looking to take full advantage of Cognos Insight and Performance Modeler.

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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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