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Perficient Wins IBM Award for Patient Readmissions Solution

Perficient was recently awarded a 2017 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding Watson Solution. The award was presented this week during IBM’s PartnerWorld Leadership Conference. The Beacon Awards recognize select business partners who deliver exceptional IBM-based solutions that drive business value and transform the way clients and industries do business in the cognitive era. This year’s […]

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Perficient wins Cognitive Analytics Award for IBM Watson Solution

Earlier this week, Perficient won the 2017 IBM Beacon Award for an Outstanding Watson Solution. These awards are selected by a panel of IBM executives, industry analysts, and media members, to recognize partners that are delivering exceptional IBM-based solutions and transforming the way clients and industries do business in the cognitive era. This year’s award […]

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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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Is IT ready for Innovation in Information Management ?

Information Technology (IT) has come a long way from being a delivery organization to an organization part of business innovation strategy, though a lot has to change in the coming years. Depending on the industry and the company culture, IT organization will mostly fall in the operational spectrum and a lot of progressive ones are  […]

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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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Rapidly Adaptive Visualizations

                  I was “lucky” enough to be selected to “go on the road” this year as part of my organizations presence at the IBM business analytics summits, taking pace all over the country. If you haven’t attended one yet, you should as the content presented is both […]

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Where and How to Learn Splunk

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise.” – Denis Waitley In all professions, and especially information services (IT), success and marketability depends upon an individual’s propensity for continued learning. With Splunk, there exist a number of options for increasing your knowledge and expertise. The following are just a few. We’ll […]

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Cognos TM1 Performance Review – on a budget!

Often I am asked to conduct a “performance review” of implemented Cognos TM1 applications “rather quickly” when realistically; a detailed architectural review must be extensive and takes some time. Generally, if there is a limited amount of time, you can use the following suggestions as perhaps some appropriate areas to focus on (until such time […]

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A Splunk Decision Support System

The importance of making credible decisions can be the difference between profit or loss, or even survival or extinction. Decision Support Systems (or DSSs) serve the key decision makers of an organization– helping  them to effectively assess  predictors (which can be rapidly changing and not easily specified in advance) and make the best decisions, reducing […]

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