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Birth and Death: The Life Cycle of Employment

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Watching EMS on TV and movies, especially when it’s fictional, is always entertaining. Everything goes smoothly, there’s very little blood (or anything else), […]

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The Importance Of Transformation Initiatives In Banking And Insurance

Conversations with our clients have shed light on what’s taking place in their organizations and how they’re approaching their need to become more profitable. It’s evident that, for many, transformation initiatives are in development or already in place. These initiatives are not short-term plans, but rather ones that span many months or even years. Without […]

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DataPower Configuration Management tool

DCM (DataPower Configuration Manager) is an open source tool published by IBM for automating and simplifying the configuration and management of IBM DataPower appliances (with the exception of the XC10).  It can be used standalone OR within IBM UrbanCode Deploy platform.  Business partners, clients or anyone else for that matter can contribute enhancement or fixes […]

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An Architectural Approach to Cognos TM1 Design

Overtime, I’ve written about keeping your TM1 model design “architecturally pure”. What this means is that you should strive to keep a models “areas of functionality” distinct within your design. Common Components I believe that all TM1 applications, for example, are made of only 4 distinct “areas of functionality”. They are absorption (of key information […]

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A Practice Vision

Vision Most organizations today have had successes implementing technology and they are happy to tell you about it. From a tactical perspective, they understand how to install, configure and use whatever software you are interested in. They are “practitioners”. But, how may can bring a “strategic vision” to a project or to your organization in […]

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IBM OpenPages GRC Platform –modular methodology

The OpenPages GRC platform includes 5 main “operational modules”. These modules are each designed to address specific organizational needs around Governance, Risk, and Compliance. Operational Risk Management module “ORM” The Operational Risk Management module is a document and process management tool which includes a monitoring and decision support system enabling an organization to analyze, manage, […]

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The installation Process – IBM OpenPages GRC Platform

When preparing to deploy the OpenPages platform, you’ll need to follow these steps: Determine which server environment you will deploy to – Windows or AIX. Determine your topology – how many servers will you include as part of the environment? Multiple application servers? 1 or more reporting servers? Perform the installation of the OpenPages prerequisite […]

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IBM OpenPages Start-up

In the beginning… OpenPages was a company “born” in Massachusetts, providing Governance, Risk, and Compliancesoftware and services to customers. Founded in 1996, OpenPages had more than 200 customers worldwide including Barclays, Duke Energy, and TIAA-CREF. On October 21, 2010, OpenPages was officially acquired by IBM: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/32808.wss What is it? OpenPages provides a technology driven way […]

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Configuring Cognos TM1 Web with Cognos Security

Recently I completed upgrading a client’s IBM Cognos environment – both TM1 and BI. It was a “jump” from Cognos 8 to version 10.2, and TM1 9.5 to version 10.2.2. In this environment, we had multiple virtual servers (Cognos lives on one, TM1 on one and the third is the gateway/webserver). Once the software was […]

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Perficient takes Cognos TM1 to the Cloud

IBM Cognos TM1 is well-known as the planning, analysis, and forecasting software that delivers flexible solutions to address requirements across an enterprise, as well as provide real-time analytics, reporting, and what-if scenario modeling and Perficient is well-known for delivering expertly designed TM1 based solutions. Analytic Projects Perhaps phase zero of a typical analytics project would […]

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Exercising IBM Cognos Framework Manager

In Framework Manager, an expression is any combination of operators, constants, functions, and other components that evaluates to a single value. You can build expressions to create calculation and filter definitions. A calculation is an expression that you use to create a new value from existing values contained within a data item. A filter is […]

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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 […]

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Creating Business Logic – in Cognos Framework Manager

One of the goals of the Cognos Framework Manager modeler is to build a model that makes report authoring easier. To accomplish that, you “build in” business logic” (a loosely defined term here) into your meta model. This business logic can be simple (like simply renaming or hiding a database table column) or quite complex […]

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Cognos Framework Manager, Transformer & Metric Designer

During a recent project of mine, I jumped “head first” into IBM Cognos Framework Manager. Yes, it is an awesome tool, but where exactly does it “fit” into the Cognos environment? Are there similar or alternate tools that can be used? I just had to have a quick look! The Cognos Components       […]

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IBM Cognos Framework Manager – Proven Practice

A proven practice for Framework Manager Meta Modeling is to divide your model into a series of layers, each layer having a specific purpose. (Originally IBM recommended the use of two layers (data and modeling), but later added a presentation layer, and (optionally) a separate dimensional layer). The layers should be: The top layer – […]

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Flexible Meta Models and IBM Cognos Framework Manager

A metadata model is “a gathering of Meta information that includes both physical information and business information for one or more datasources and is the foundation for both future modelling and report development within an organization”. Meta-model flexibility can be defined as the ability of a (Meta) model to: Easily expand and grow (to support […]

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Lessons Learned – Transitioning from an FTE to a Consultant

A little over 3 years ago I began what I would call an internal transformation as I started to reevaluate my career and personal life.  I had been working as a Full-time Employee (FTE) in two large corporations over the course of 10 years and I was very proud of what I had accomplished.  I […]

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Big Data – Organizational Challenges

My previous blog post was about Enterprise Search.  Within my research, I continuously came across the term Big Data.  Obviously, I had heard of this before, but I was not well versed on what it actually meant.  While I was waiting at the airport, I saw a Harvard Business Review (HBR) magazine staring at me, […]

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Leadership: be the future; don’t just talk about it…

I recently spent some time in Hilton Head, SC with my family recharging and refocusing. Although the company and the scenery were more than inspiring enough to me, I came across the following article “6 Steps to Become Amazingly Inspirational” by Mr. Simon Stapleton, July 18, 2012 and would like to share its message. In his […]

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A Case for a Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence (CoE)   A Forrester survey (“The EA View: BPM Has Become Mainstream”, Forrester Research, Inc.) indicated:   “Of companies experiencing clear measurable improvement in FPM, 49% have a CoE in place”   With that in mind, I attended a presentation by Sandy Kemsley, (an accomplished FPM Analyst and Consultant) entitled, “Maximizing FPM […]

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