IBM Cognos TM1 capabilities span personal, functional, and enterprise requirements for planning, reporting, and analysis to help Finance drive timely decision-making.

 

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Planning, budgeting, forecasting, analysis and scorecarding software

IBM Cognos TM1 is an enterprise planning software platform that can transform your entire planning cycle, from target setting and budgeting to reporting, scorecarding, analysis and forecasting. Available as an on-premise or on-cloud solution, and with extensive mobile capabilities, Cognos TM1 enables you to collaborate on plans, budgets and forecasts.

You can analyze data, and create models – including profitability models – to reflect a constantly evolving business environment. In addition, integrated scorecards and strategy management capabilities help you monitor performance metrics and align resources and initiatives with corporate objectives and market events.

  • Powerful planning and analysis – Create and analyze sophisticated plans, budgets and forecasts, even those based on large data sets.
  • Integrated scorecards and strategy management – Model metrics to measure progress toward objectives and link them dynamically to actions and forecasts.
  • Flexible modeling – Develop and deploy even the most complex planning and analysis models using a guided modeling environment.
  • Engagement with more users – Engage users from across the organization in high-participation planning and collaborate with remote and distributed users through a range of mobile devices, including the Apple iPad.
  • Cloud-based deployment option – Provide all the functionality of the on-premise solution with optional cloud-based deployment.

Next steps

Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve planning, budgeting, and forecasting in your organization. You can complete the form to request a free Cognos TM1 Custom Demo or call us at 877-454-4898, and we would be delighted to consult with you and make specific recommendations.

IBM Cognos TM1 V10.2.2 enables organizations to optimize performance through advanced planning, analytics, modeling, and reporting. Through IBM Cognos TM1's broad flexibility, you can model and then deploy various planning solutions that address the diverse needs of every department in the organization.

IBM Cognos TM1 V10.2.2 delivers the following enhancements:

  • Improved ease of use and functionality that helps increase performance, quality, and scalability.
  • Integrated metrics, scorecarding, and strategy management support built directly into its modeling environment.
  • Scorecarding usability improvements.
  • Enhancements in IBM Cognos Analysis for Microsoft Excel, allowing more advanced report building. An Application Programming Interface (API) is available that allows users to program automation of reports and explorations through visual basic for applications. Cognos TM1 turbo integrator processes are made available in the IBM Cognos Analysis for Excel sidebar. A subset of Cognos TM1 functions, including DBR, DBRW, and SUBNM, can now be executed by IBM Cognos Analysis for Excel.
  • Enhancements in Cognos Insight, allowing users to undo actions within Cognos Insight.
  • Enhancements in Mobile Contributor, allowing users with Apple iPad to access IBM Cognos TM1 planning applications.
  • Revisions to IBM Cognos TM1 Performance Modeler updates that enable users to easily define complex rules and calculations.
  • Improved user efficiency and productivity through improvements in query performance, as well as in all user web operations (enhancements for metrics, mobile contributor, operations console, planning services).

Next steps

Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve planning, budgeting, and forecasting in your organization. You can complete the form to request a free Cognos TM1 Custom Demo or call us at 877-454-4898, and we would be delighted to consult with you and make specific recommendations.

IBM Cognos TM1 radically transforms your entire planning cycle, from forecasting and analysis processes to budgeting and profitability modeling.

Powerful planning and analysis
  • Support driver-based plans and rolling forecasts; link plans together for a cohesive view of all functions, departments and geographies.
  • Perform complex cost allocations and profitability analysis to identify the most profitable products, customers, markets and sales channels.
  • Execute planning tasks through a personal workspace, connected to the broader enterprise – aggregated results are available to higher levels instantly.
  • Dramatically improve query execution times with multi-threaded queries that calculate multiple streams of results in parallel.
  • Analyze large, frequently changing data sets organized into complex models using a multidimensional, 64-bit, in-memory OLAP engine.
Integrated scorecards and strategy management
  • Add metrics and scorecards to every contributor’s workspace.
  • Model and measure key performance indicators (KPIs) in the same environment used for planning, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Ensure that strategic plans and measurement systems align capital with business opportunities.
  • Create highly visual scorecards that include interactive impact diagrams, Balanced Scorecards and custom diagrams.
Flexible modeling
  • Adopt model design and data access to fit your specific business processes; format input templates for flexibility and ease of use.
  • Create personalized scenarios to explore an unlimited number of alternatives so individuals, teams and departments can respond quickly to changing business conditions.
  • Easily monitor performance metrics for one or more planning servers from a single control panel.
Engagement with more users
  • Engage remote and distributed users through a range of mobile devices, including the Apple iPad.
  • Contribute to plans from any location. Users can review the status of plans and enter and submit plan values; managers can review, approve or reject contributions remotely.
  • Choose the interface best suited to your users: Cognos Analysis for Excel, Cognos TM1 Web, Cognos Insight or Cognos TM1 Contributor.
  • Scale to thousands of participants to support top-down and bottom-up planning budgeting, and forecasting.
Cloud-based deployment option
  • Choose from on-premise or on-cloud deployment as the best delivery mechanism for your unique corporate environment—without sacrificing capabilities or limiting future deployment options.
  • Choose from centralized or distributed planning deployments to support a wide range of users, locations, environments and work profiles, including offline use.
  • Allow contribution by remote users and integration with on-premise data sources.

IBM Cognos Analytic Server
Cognos Analytic Server, a component of Cognos TM1, offers advanced distributed architecture for greater scalability and interactivity. It lets an organization choose centralized or distributed deployment methods for its planning activities, depending upon the level of interactivity needed. The thin client – Cognos TM1 Web -- supports centralized planning, while the distributed process supports higher levels of planning participation.

IBM Cognos Performance Blueprints
Cognos TM1 can be used with dozens of pre-configured templates – Cognos Performance Blueprints – that help transform essential processes quickly, at less cost and with less risk. Cognos Performance Blueprints help organizations apply proven best practices to their functional processes quickly, and reduce the total cost of ownership.

Next steps

Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve planning, budgeting, and forecasting in your organization. You can complete the form to request a free Cognos TM1 Custom Demo or call us at 877-454-4898, and we would be delighted to consult with you and make specific recommendations.

Why Migrate

  • The basic architecture of IBM Cognos Enterprise Planning (EP), including the underlying database technology hasn’t fundamentally changed from its first incarnation in the mid 90’s.  The scalability, speed and maintenance  hurdles that often challenge administrators and users, are often overcome by limiting the design to smaller and less granular models, or eliminating certain business requirements or preferences altogether.
  • In other cases, EP may not be meeting expectations as a result of dramatic business changes since the original implementation, and the design is just not capable of supporting the current business challenges, complexities and climate.
  • Irrespective how Cognos EP might be performing relative to planning needs, reporting on data contained within the planning application requires time consuming data publishing and manipulation, which greatly reduces the ability to facilitate dynamic, real-time reporting and analysis needed by various business users.

Making the decision to migrate to TM1 requires a simple and straightforward assessment, and should be based on your current and future needs, including a gap analysis of your business performance management objectives. For most Cognos EP customers, the benefits and business value of TM1 will be dramatic, and when implemented and deployed using best practices, will result in a substantial return on your investment.

TM1 Migration Benefits

Architecture

A 64-bit, in-memory, multi-dimensional OLAP engine provides exceptionally fast performance for complex and sophisticated models, large data sets and even streamed data.  It efficiently handles products at the SKU level and large numbers of customers, employees, cost centers, departments and regions. The scalability of TM1 allows you to build your entire solution in one or multiple applications and totally eliminates the need for synchronizations and GTPs. The entire solution updates in real-time, running on demand processes when appropriate.

Reporting

With TM1, you can easily deliver high quality Cognos BI dynamically and in real-time, and leverage all the power and features in Report, Analysis, Query, Metric and Event Studios.

Managed Contribution or Excel

TM1 provides enterprise level contribution using Excel or managed contribution through an easy-to-use interface similar to the EP Contributor application. It utilizes TM1 as its database engine, and calculations are driven by flexible rules which can cross any dimension items, including Approval Hierarchy items (similar to eList, but better) with no necessary outside processes.

New Features

TM1 10.2 brings a wealth of powerful new features including:

  • Integrated metrics, scorecarding, and strategy management support built directly into its modeling environment.
  • New version of IBM Cognos Analysis for Excel, which permits advanced exploration, discovery, reporting, and analysis of IBM Cognos TM1 data in Microsoft Excel.
  • Mobile access to IBM Cognos TM1 planning applications for users who enter, review, and approve plans on an Apple iPad.
  • IBM Cognos TM1 Performance Modeler updates that enable users to easily define complex rules and calculations.
  • Improved user efficiency and productivity through dramatic improvements in query performance, as well as in all user web operations.

Migrate in Phases

With TM1, you have the flexibility to phase your migration - you can enhance your existing EP implementation with real-time TM1 reporting and analysis now and migrate your planning later, or you can develop and deploy a comprehensive TM1 solution from the start.  Either way, TM1 offers a highly-scalable 64-bit in memory Financial Performance Management Platform that can easily adapt to your dynamic business needs, process and optimization - it eliminates the long and frustrating administrative tasks and truly empowers your team with sophisticated rule building capabilities, and real-time dynamic reporting that empowers users to focus on business needs and processes without having to settle for work-around solutions.

EP to TM1 Migration Methodology

Having a working Analyst and Contributor solution in place gives you a considerable advantage towards developing a TM1 solution. This approach is incorporated in DataClarity’s EPIC methodology, and provides a seamless transition from EP to TM1.

Why DataClarity

Should you desire to assess your TM1 migration opportunity, consider DataClarity as your partner - we’re a top 10 North American Premier IBM Cognos partner uniquely positioned to assist you with any assessment and migration. Our highly-experienced team of certified senior and principal level TM1, EP and BI consultants utilize the DataClarity EP to TM1 Migration Methodology to ensure a smooth, efficient and successful migration.  Their many years of experience with the entire Cognos platform suite, including many EP and TM1 implementations allow more seamless migrations across the platform. 

With over 1,000 successful projects completed since 1999, DataClarity has an impeccable track record, and a blend of finance and business knowledge, technical skills, industry experience and consulting expertise that translates into more value and less risk for clients.

Next steps

Contact us today to speak with a certified solution expert about a no cost or obligation TM1 Migration Assessment. You can complete the form or call us at 877-454-4898, and we would be delighted to consult with you and make specific recommendations.

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Next steps

Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve planning, budgeting, and forecasting in your organization. You can complete the form to request a free Cognos TM1 Custom Demo or call us at 877-454-4898, and we would be delighted to consult with you and make specific recommendations.