Data & Intelligence

Framework Manager – Creating a Parameter Map

A session parameter is a variable that IBM Cognos Framework Manager associates with a particular session. Examples include (current user name, current active language, current date and time, and others). Parameter maps are a method for substituting different values with different keys.

A parameter map can be thought of as simple data “look-up table”.

Each parameter map has two columns:

  • a key column and
  • a value column (holding the value that the key represents).

In Cognos TM1, Lookup (or mapping) cubes (and dimensions) are common (and I’ve blogged on them before).

So let’s create a simple Framework Manager Parameter Map:

Well, to construct your map, you can:

  • enter the keys and values (for your map) manually,
  • import them from an external file, or
  • base them on query items in your Meta model

– it all depends upon the size and/or complexity of the parameter map you need to build.

Some helpful hints:

  • All parameter map keys must be unique so that the Framework Manager can reliably obtain the correct value!
  • The value of one parameter can be the value of another parameter, so you must enclose the entire value in number signs (#).
  • There is a limit of five levels when nesting parameters in this way.

So let’s look at an example exercise. I chose to use the “source file” method to create my map.

In Framework Manager, right-click in the Parameter Maps icon, then select Create and Parameter Map:

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From there, you can enter a name for your parameter map.

Since I am converting (or mapping) (Corvette) part numbers into part descriptions, I’m naming my new parameter map:

“Keen Corvette Restoration Parts”,

and then selecting the option “Manually enter the parameter keys and/or import them from a file”:

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On the Create Parameter Map Wizard dialog, I entered a default value (a value to be used if a key doesn’t have a value in your map) and then clicked on Import File…

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Navigated and selected mysource file (to use a .txt file for import, the values must be separated by tabs and the file must be saved as UTF8 or in the Unicode format. ANSI text files are not supported):

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Clicked OK and Framework Manager created my parameter map. It looks good, (it does!) so I clicked on Finish:

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And you can see my new map now existing in my project:

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Done!

If you double-click on your map, the Parameter Map dialog opens again where you can clear your map, import a new source file (to over lay or add to your map), add new specific keys, export your map or edit it directly.

Next time I will illustrate how to use the new parameter map!

About the Author

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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