Overview of this book

IBM Cognos TM1 is enterprise planning software that provides a complete, dynamic environment for developing timely, reliable and personalized forecasts and budgets. It is a real time, in memory tool that helps any sized business perform planning, budgeting and forecasting as well as other financial exercises. This book prepares you to master COG-310 certification using an example-driven method that is easy to understand. The IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification guide provides key technical details and background to clear the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (test COG-310) certification exam. This certification book covers all the modules of the certification clearly and in depth. The initial chapters cover in detail the components that make up Cognos TM1 and designing and creating dimensions and cubes. The book then dives deep into basic and advanced scripting using TurboIntegrator and then we learn to understand and write basic Rules. We then learn about the drill-through functionality of TM1, virtual and lookup cubes and lastly Time, and presenting and reporting data
IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification Guide
Credits
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Free Chapter
The Components of TM1
Dimensions and Cubes
TurboIntegrator (TI)
Rules
Drill-through
Virtual and Lookup Cubes
Time Considerations
Data Presentation and Reporting

Chapter 2. Dimensions and Cubes

In this chapter, we will discuss the most basic Cognos TM1 objects:

• Cubes

• Dimensions

We will identify and explain each of these objects—focusing on the information covered in the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

The current certification exam assigns a weightage of 16 percent to this topic.

Introduction to cubes and dimensions

What tables are to relational databases in the way cubes are to TM1. Almost all data stored in TM1 is stored in and accessed from cubes.﻿

There are two ways to create cubes:

• Empty cube: You can create an empty cube by selecting (at least) two dimensions from the list of existing dimensions in the Creating Cube window to create a new cube with no data﻿.﻿

• External data sources: You can create a cube and load it with data by using TurboIntegrator to identify and map dimensions and data from an external data source to a new or existing cube (of course, this requires some expertise using TurboIntegrator).﻿

Each...