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IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification guide

By : James D. Miller
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IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification guide

By: James D. Miller

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
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IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification Guide
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The Components of TM1

Chapter 8. Time Considerations

In this chapter, we will learn the importance and use of the time dimension in Cognos TM1 in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

The current certification exam assigns a weightage of 3 percent to this topic.

The importance of time

Cognos TM1 applications are most often used to view, compare, and predict information over time. For the most part, information in TM1 will be:

  • Trended over time

  • Compared between different time periods

  • Forecasted for future time periods

To support these requirements, most TM1 cubes will have time added as one (or more) dimension. Of all the considerations for deciding what dimensions should make up a TM1 cube, time is one of the (if not the most) important.

Most TM1 cubes will have at least one time dimension.

It is the purpose of time to allow analysis of past, present, and future information as well as to support the ability to predict the future (also known as forecasting).

When considering...