AttrPutS TM1 Function: Use and Syntax

AttrPutS is a TM1 Turbo Integrator function that inserts a string onto a specific attribute for the current element in a specified dimension. Note this does not insert a value as a number.  To insert a numeric value into an attribute please see AttrPutN. Syntax of AttrPutS The syntax is AttrPutS(Value, DimName, ElName, AttrName, [LangLocaleCode] ); value, is the string that you want to insert dimname, is the dimension that you … Continue Reading

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DimensionSortOrder TM1 Function: Use and Syntax

DimensionSortOrder is used to sort a dimension from within a Turbo Integrator (TI) process. Syntax of DimensionSortOrder DimensionSortOrder ( DimName , CompSortType , CompSortSense , ElSortType , ElSortSense); where: DimName, is the dimension to be sorted. CompSortType, sets the order for Consolidated elements. ByInput (the order used is the order the elements were added to the dimension) or ByName (the order used is alphabetic on the field chosen). CompSortSense, Ascending or Descending ElSortType, sets … Continue Reading

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How to Pad a Variable Length Element in TM1

Often we have a situation were we want to create a dimension with the contents of a code from a source system.  Sometimes, however the IDs in the source system are of a variable length and we want to present them uniformly.  To overcome this, we need to pad the code at the left with a constant character to make them all the same length. the method below will pad out … Continue Reading

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Attributes in TM1

I have been using attributes since I started working with TM1 and are often asked what are they and what are they used for. What are Attributes in TM1 TM1 Attributes are a way of adding relevant information to elements in dimensions. For example, an attribute of a date element might be the day of the week, or the number of business days passed in a month. Or for a … Continue Reading

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TI Error: Cannot convert field number 9

I was working on a new TI process today and got this error – “Cannot convert field number 9, value “*textdata*” to a real number”. Odd, I thought. Cryptic error – cannot convert field number 9! I initially thought it might concern field number 9 in my source data.  Nope.  No cigar! What this is saying is that there is a field on the Variables tab has been defined as … Continue Reading

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Cognos Express Backups: How to Create an Effective CX and TM1 Backup Strategy

Backing up your TM1 and/or Cognos Express environment is vital.  Without it, you potentially could lose months of work and cost your organisation a motza.  Good disaster recovery planning will help alleviate this risk. There is a Backup tool available in the Manager screen of Cognos Express that backs up and restores your entire Cognos Express environment.  Unfortunately this does not allow restoring of specific elements of your system.  Thus we … Continue Reading

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ItemSkip TM1 Function: Use and Syntax

ITEMSKUP is a Turbo Integrator function that forces the current record being read from a data source to be skipped. Syntax of ITEMSKIP The syntax is just ITEMSKIP; – real simple eh! And there are no operators. Usage Typically ITEMSKIP will be used with an IF statement so that only data that satisfies a certain criteria will be further processed. This both speeds up the processing and also allows you to discretely … Continue Reading

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SUBST TM1 Function (like Excel MID or SQL Server SUBSTR): Use and Syntax

The SUBST function is essentially the same as the Excel MID function or the SQL Server SUBSTR function, in that it allows you to select a group of characters of  a specified length from a larger string of characters. Syntax of SUBST The syntax is SUBST(string, beginning, length); where string, is the text string that you want to take a slice out of beginning, is the numeric position in string where you want to start … Continue Reading

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Accumulating Values for a Rolling Forecast

Mmmm.  Hard one.  How do I take a value and then use it for all periods from now on in a Rolling Forecast environment.  For example, I have a change I want to apply to a rate that is then to be used from now until the end of the rolling forecast. Year 2014 2015 Month Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Price             100             100             100             … Continue Reading

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ProcessQuit TM1 Command: Use and Syntax

Ever wondered how you can stop a TI process?  Or if you haven’t thought of it, maybe you should have! When creating a Turbo Integrator process in TM1 you will often get part way through creating the code and need to test it.  It’s not really an issue when you have a short TI process, but if you are doing multiple steps in the TI or are addressing a large … Continue Reading

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