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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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Cognos TM1 TurboIntegrator – Run-time or Read-time?

In this blog I wanted to take some time to describe certain “behaviors” of Cognos TM1 TurboIntegrator processes. Access to Processes As of version 10.2 (or as of this writing), TM1 Server lists all processes (in alphabetical order) under the consolidation “Processes”. The visibility of processes can be controlled by implementing TM1 security. TM1 groups […]

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Using Splunk with Cognos TM1

IBM Cognos TM1 offers powerful enterprise planning, forecasting, and analysis capabilities. These benefits are best realized by extending the solution across departments for a consolidated, integrated planning process, leveraging business-specific financial models that mirror business strategy. Our years of experience implementing TM1 have shown an increasing demand on support personnel to coordinate data transferring and […]

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Using Splunk for WebSphere Application Server

Splunk hosted a webinar earlier today on their Splunk for WebSphere Application Server 2.0 application. This is an application they wrote that extends Splunk’s already powerful capabilities to provide WebSphere-specific searches and reports. If you’re not familiar with Splunk, you should take a look. In a nutshell: Your IT infrastructure generates massive amounts of data. […]

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