The official release of IBM Cognos Analytics (aka Cognos 11) represents a major re-write of the Cognos business analytics tools (not to mention, a re-branding of a re-brand). I’ve recently attended a Cognos Analytics training session and spent some time working in a Cognos Analytics environment.
In our first post introducing this series on the TM1 SDK, we provided some background on what is the TM1 SDK and why we think it’s worth learning about, even if you aren’t sure if you’d ever need to use it. Since it’s officially summer here, we thought for the second article in our series on the TM1 SDK we’d throw you into the deep end of the pool with one of the most significant TM1 SDK components: the TM1 REST API. If you think you won’t be able to swim, don’t worry: we’ll make sure you stay afloat with a handy, free application called Postman. We’ll show you how to use Postman to do the same kinds of things you might do today with TM1TOP or Operations Console, but using the TM1 REST API with NO programming.
Gary Quirke and I had the pleasure of organizing and presenting “A Power Users' Guide to the TM1 SDK and Planning Analytics” at the 2016 IBM Vision conference on Orlando, Florida. Our goal for the presentation was to provide attendees with a picture of the possible with the TM1 SDK, targeted toward both non-programmers and programmers who simply want to understand the alternative ways in which we can solve real business problems, new and old, using the powerful TM1 SDK tools that IBM has provided, which include the REST API, Java Extensions and TM1 Web APIs. We received very positive feedback, so thank you to everyone who was able to attend!
Effective dashboards form the backbone of a powerful business intelligence strategy, as well as the essential entry point in becoming an analytics-driven organization. Dashboards support fast and effective decision-making, provide valuable insight into key performance indicators, and make reporting simple and fast.
Over just the past few years, technology has created a massive shift in how finance organizations operate and how they’re expected to perform. For more than 20 years Excel has led the field as a business finance tool, but now alternative tools such as Google Spreadsheets and a variety of BI software platforms have matured and begun to edge into Excel’s business. At the same time, new financial modeling, database, and analytics software has entered the market to provide deeper, real-time capabilities that help companies optimize every aspect of their business.
According to an April 2015 survey, fewer than half of finance leaders are satisfied with their organization’s budgeting methods. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has been involved in the lengthy, sometimes mind-numbing process of assembling and re-keying data in order to create a budget document that may simply be set aside as soon as it’s complete. Some organizations require as much as eight months to complete the budgeting process, at which point all of the painstakingly collected data is eight months obsolete.
Nobody intends to create a cumbersome labyrinth of financial modeling systems, yet it happens to even the best of organizations. As the business adds new departments, software, and leadership, financial models are pasted together to meet growing needs. Each team uses data from ERP, HR, General Ledger, and other systems in order to create reports and make decisions. Unfortunately, the larger the organization grows, the more disconnected the models can become.
With big data and analytics becoming such an important strategic initiative for businesses, the margin of error for project planning and execution can’t be taken for granted. There are a lot of critical steps involved to ensure you are getting the most out of your analytics investment. You need to have a dependable plan to establish key business requirements, reaffirm business goals, and match your investment priorities with the overarching business strategy.
Big data, data discovery, and data science.