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IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager

By : Terence Phillip Curran
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IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager

By: Terence Phillip Curran

Overview of this book

"IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager" is a complete practical guide to using and getting the best out of this essential tool for modeling your data for use with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Reporting. With its step-by-step approach, this book is suitable for anyone from a beginner to an expert, complete with tips and tricks for better data modeling."IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager" is a step by step tutorial-based guide; from importing your data to designing and improving your model, and creating your packages while working with other modelers, every step is presented in a logical process.Learn how to use the best design strategy to design your model, create an import layer, a modeling layer, and a presentation layer to make your model easy to maintain. Do you need to design a DMR model? No problem, this book shows you every step. This book can even make working with other users easier - we will show you the methods and techniques for allowing others to work on the same model at the same time. Need to create dynamic data structures to change the way the data is presented to your users so your French users can see the data in French, your German users in German, and your English users in English? You can do all this with parameter maps."IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager" continues where the product manuals end, showing you how to build and refine your project through practical, step by step instructions.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
IBM Cognos 10 Framework Manager
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Starting Framework Manager

To start Framework Manager, go to Start | All Programs | IBM Cognos 10 | IBM Cognos Framework Manager.

This will display the initial screen:

This screen shows the last four Framework Manager projects that you had opened, including information on the project location and the date when the project was last modified.

From this screen you can manage your projects in several ways.

From File | Manage Projects, you have the ability to:

  • Copy a project

  • Move a project

  • Rename a project

  • Delete a project

You have three options in the middle of the screen:

  • Create a new project

  • Open a project

  • Create a new project using Design Accelerator

Alternatively, if you have already opened the project in a previous session, you can simply click on the project name to open the project.

A Framework Manager project appears as a folder that contains a project file (.cpf) and the specific .xml files that define the project. The project files usually consist of the following files:

  • Archive-log.xml: Archive log messages file

  • Custom-data.xml: Custom settings file

  • IDlog.xml: Contains details for the diagram's display settings

  • Log.xml: Project log file

  • Model.xml: Project model file

  • Preferences.xml: User preferences file

  • Session-log.xml: Current session log file

  • Session-log-backup.xml: Previous session log file

  • <project_name>.cpf: Project control file

The files in the project folder are unique to each project.


All the project files are text files, and can be viewed and modified using any suitable text editor.

For now we will choose the option to open an existing project.

Click on Open a project, and then use the file explorer window to browse to the location of your project or the samples directory.

If you have installed the IBM Cognos Samples, the samples projects will be located at C:\Program Files\ibm\cognos\c10\webcontent\samples\models.

Or you can click on the title of the project that you have already been working on.

If your IBM Cognos Server requires authentication, you may be requested to log in. Enter your usual login credentials and Framework Manager will connect to the IBM Cognos Environment that you have previously configured.