Category Archives: TM1 pre 10.1

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

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

Notepad++ for TM1 Rules & TI – Updated!

With the new release of Notepad++ yesterday to v6.4.1, I thought it was a brilliant time to update the TM1 Turbo Integrator and Rules Syntax files to be based on TM1 v10.1.0 Reference Guide. The new version xml file can be found here: TM1 v10.1 Notepad++ update In this release, we’ve added a couple of new TI functions such as: Synchronize: Used in a TI script to force serial execution of … 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

How to write easily understood Turbo Integrator code

As many of TM1 consultants know, reading TI code always has the possibility of being a tricky task – especially if it is someone else’s code. This is mostly due to TM1 Perspectives Turbo Integrator lacking Syntax Highlighting (See our Notepad++ highlighter) but in part it is due to poor variable naming, indenting, casing or things simply not developed consistently throughout the model.

Broken Transaction Log?

With Windows Vista, 7 and many of the newer server editions of Windows a Microsoft security fix has removed a component which TM1 Perspectives & Architect use to display the Transaction Log browser.  This component is called “MSMask32.ocx” which traditionally belongs in the System32 folder. To get this working again on these machines: Download the component here: Save these to the appropriate folder below: On a 32-bit computer save to C:\Windows\System32\ On … Continue Reading

Removing old TM1 Servers from "Services"

When upgrading a clients environment to IBM Cognos TM1 10.1 I noticed a bunch of older TM1 Services. A quick google reveals that you can remove services by using the following command line: sc delete “Service Name” Note: If you have a TM1 Service setup as: “TM1 Server x64 / Production Server” you will use the following command sc delete “Production Server” Is it about time you cleaned up the … Continue Reading

Turbo Integrator Syntax Highlighter (Notepad++)

It is no secret that syntax highlighting script editors increase developer productivity. I regularly find myself staring at a chunk of TI processes (especially those written by someone else) for far too long. The combination of black and white text with small, crowded fonts in Turbo Integrator doesn’t help with the readability at all. While Notepad++ is a great tool for text and script editing, unfortunately it doesn’t support TM1 … 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

Automating Data Transfers between TM1 Servers

Replicating a Cube from a one TM1 Server into another has never been easier. Follow the steps below to copy a cube from one server to another (this includes synchronising TM1 Dimensions). This process uses the ODBO Provider for TM1 and generated MDX. I was going to show how to create an MDX Query for the desired cube but as it turns out you can select ODBO Cube as the data type … Continue Reading