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
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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

Rules performance

Cognos TM1 Rules is very powerful but not always the best way to calculate results. For example, although it is possible to write rule logic to calculate consolidations within dimensions, dimension calculations work automatically and are therefore always faster than a rule. The subject of performance is a topic that is beyond this chapter but should not be overlooke﻿d.

Key notes on Rules behaviors

There are some important points about behaviors of Rules:﻿

• Cognos TM1 Rules takes precedence over dimension consolidations but keep in mind that if a rule refers to cells in the cube that are the result of a consolidation calculation, the calculation is performed first, then the rule is calculated based upon that result. Going the other way, if a consolidation calculation is based upon cells that are the result of a rule, the rule will execute first and then the consolidat﻿ion.

• You have no control over the order in which Cognos TM1 performs dimension consolidations. So, do not...