Category Archives: Cognos Insight

TM1 Tutorials remodelled with added analytics

I’m pleased to announce that TM1 Tutorials.com has had a complete rebuild and today we have launched the new site, just in time for IBM Information On Demand (IOD). Please head on over to the new and improved TM1 Tutorials.com and see for yourself what all the fuss is about! You can also track our progress at IOD by following @TM1Tutorials on twitter. The new TM1 Tutorials website is now … Continue Reading

Finding the Rules Editor in Cognos Insight

I was tasked to draft up something on Cognos Insight.  Without going through the Cognos Insight user guide, I have got stuck when trying to link data between cubes.  “How I do edit rules in Insight?”, I asked. Until I have got a reply from a colleague, “Look for the widget toolbars!”. Have you ever been wondering why there are so very few menu options on the main toolbar in … Continue Reading

CX/TM1 Monitoring on the App Store – Spark Mobile

Spark Mobile is now on the iTunes App Store. Thanks to all the beta testers. You can access and download the free iPhone / iPad App here. This brings the insights the Spark Cloud has to offer, direct to your mobile device! Notifications about significant events can now be pushed directly to your mobile device and at a touch you can now see Server Configuration, Logs and TM1Top Activity. We hope you … Continue Reading

Neglected Functionality – Custom Rollups & Subset Consolidations

In this blog segment, we’ll look at value add features of the IBM Business Analytics software which are often overlooked and underused. In this article I’m going to explain Custom Rollups and Subset Consolidations within IBM Cognos TM1. Custom rollups are used to create a temporary user-defined consolidation element. It is a very useful, but somewhat underused functionality. With custom rollups, you won’t be able to save the subset but … Continue Reading

Testing Turbo Integrator Code

Calculated Variable Formula Window

In the last post we talked about how we can output String and Numeric values in a Fixed Width Field Format. I realised just after writing the article that I used a not-well-known trick in order to perfect the snippets I posted. This is: Using Calculated Variables to Test Field Calculations. I’m going to use the example of the numeric field from the last post to present how to better … Continue Reading

Fixed Width File Format from TM1

When outputting data from TM1 usually we can get away with comma separated values format. Which is standard functionality from a Turbo Integrator process [See ASCIIOutput, TextOutput functions]. Every now and then we need to interface with a ERP system which requires Fixes Width Fields. This presents a few problems, not insurmountable but still not expressly easy either. The tips below will make things easier for you. ASCII Quote Character Options To start your extract process … Continue Reading

Monte Carlo simulation with TM1

A bit about Vangelis: Hi, I am Vangelis, I am from Greece and now I live in Sydney Australia. Currently, I’m working as a consultant at Infocube Consulting. I have expertise in IBM Cognos products, BI and TM1 and also in mathematics and statistics. My academic background consists of a BSc in Mathematics, MSc in Finance & Banking, MSc in Information & Telecommunications Technologies and a couple of certifications on … Continue Reading

Woohoo! TM1 Tuts has cracked 100,000 visits!

This is just a shout out to all the administrators, support teams and developers who have browsed or subscribed to the TM1 Tutorials blog over the last two years. Thanks, your the best and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to share our time tested tips and tricks with you all If you are new to TM1 Tutorials, take a moment to read through the topics we have covered … Continue Reading

Back to Basics – Regions in Rules

If there is one basic technical best practise which makes TM1 Solutions more straight-forward thus sustainable which is most often not utilised it is #Regions in cube rules. Regions work the same way as grouping rows within Microsoft Excel, except the grouping is done automatically around a set of key words. This is actually a feature in many scripting environments and is called code folding, it is added to a rule like so: #Region *The title … Continue Reading

Cognos Insight – Aligning using the Grid

Just found a cool little trick when organising widgets on a Cognos Insight Dashboard thanks to the team at IBM. You can hold shift while dragging or resizing widgets in Cognos Express to bring up the positioning grid. This makes alignment ridiculously easy. Cognos Insight – Olympic Medals – Australia – Swimming Click here for a 30-Day Free Trial of IBM Cognos Insight