With the release of Cognos TM1 10.2.2, there are a number of updates users should try out. Here is a quick look at some of the ones I recommend checking out.
CAFE (Cognos Analysis For Excel)
This tool has been around for a while, but has some noticeable improvements in this release. For anyone trying to provide a better user experience right in Excel, this helps provide that. Yes, we have Xcelerator to navigate views, but CAFE provides some additional column drilling now that wasn’t available before.
Scorecarding is now native functionality in TM1. With this 10.2.2 release, they have further improved the experience by being able to convert a planning cube into a metrics cube… with one click! Previously, we would need to create a separate metrics cube with the KPIs embedded. Now, the tool can generate the metrics cube from any planning cube…making scorecarding faster and easier.
Data Flow Diagrams in Performance Modeler
Performance Modeler is a good tool for designing cubes, links and processes. One challenge has always been graphically displaying the links between all models in an application. The folks at IBM have solved this one now. In Performance Modeler, we can now navigate a visual display showing all the cubes in our model, as well as the links (rules and TIs) between them. This is still not as powerful as the analysis provided by something like QubeDocs, but it will really help folks learn and maintain new models they encounter.