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IBM Cognos TM1 Performance Modeler – Hierarchy Dimensions

This time I wanted to “run through” how creating a simple dimensional hierarchy using Performance Modeler compares to using Architect and “native” TM1. Keep in mind that although you properly would not use this technique to build a production ready TM1 model, it is most likely more than adequate for prototyping and building personal models.

Creating the New Dimension

As you probably guessed, after launching Modeler, you right-click to select Dimensions, select New and then Dimension:


This time when you name your new dimension object, select “Hierarchy” as the type.



Until you actually save your new dimension, Modeler shows it with an asterisk in the navigational pane:


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Adding Your Elements

Of course you can type in each element (or import them from a file); the most user friendly method is to paste them in. To do this you can select and copy the cells from a MS Excel worksheet and then, in Performance Modeler, right-click on the “” cell and select Paste:



Creating The Hierarchy

After the elements are added you can use the “hierarchy edit” icons (move up or down and promote and demote) in Modeler to build your hierarchy. This icons work with a single selected element or a group:


Without much effort we have our dimension hierarchy built and saved:



Once you clicked Save, the dimension exists in TM1 – which I just had to log in and confirm:



Using modeler to create a simple dimension hierarchy prototype was actually a little bit easier than doing it with the dimension editor in TM1 (of course we all know that TM1 offers other methods to accomplish this). Also I want to stress again that this was a simple prototyping example, manually manipulating and updating elements directly in a hierarchy is certainty prototyping work, not production support.


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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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