Long Hiatus

Hi All,

I’ve been extremely busy and this blog became a low priority for me. I have been away for a few years but recently remembered this and wanted to start blogging again. I will start posting again soon and be covering lots of interesting topics regarding Hyperion specially Hyperion Planning.

There is a lot that has changed in Hyperion Planning with version 11.1.2.4 and a lot of new capabilities that are now available.

Check back soon for some interesting updates and posts!

Shehzad

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Cognos Planning – Contributor

I’m going to start this post assuming you have already CREATED a model / library in Cognos Analyst and are familiar with Cognos Analyst models in terms of modeling and creating an application. Once the Analyst model / library is ready, the end users must be able to access the cubes, enter data, manipulate data and perform all manner of tasks. This is done via the web-based interface which is basically where contributor comes in. The Contributor Application is basically a published version of the Analyst model. As a published model, it is different or enhanced from the model / library in the following ways:

1. Provides a web-based front-end to the end users to access the application(s)
2. e.List creation and maintenance (Analyst can use a dummy placeholder for modeling purpose)
3. Allows user access and security settings
4. Data Validations
5. Translations (or Aliases in Hyperion Planning jargon as far as I know)

Essentially the model from analyst is copied into a contributor application so the underlying structure is the same. The other options like security, e.List, data validations, etc. which are not part of Analyst are managed here and the application is made available to the end users.

The modeler or designer can continue to work on Analyst without impacting the published application until the changes are synced to the contributor application. Even then the changes are not reflected until the Development version is migrated to the Production version (a process that is known as GTP – Go To Production).

Cognos Planning: Contributor – Basic Understanding

I’m going to start this post assuming you have already CREATED a model / library in Cognos Analyst and are familiar with Cognos Analyst models in terms of modeling and creating an application. Once the Analyst model / library is ready, the end users must be able to access the cubes, enter data, manipulate data and perform all manner of tasks. This is done via the web-based interface which is basically where contributor comes in. The Contributor Application is basically a published version of the Analyst model.
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Writer’s Block

It’s been a while since I updated anything on the blog. A lot has happened in the Hyperion and Hyperion Planning world, namely with the new 11.1.2 release.

I have been too occupied to fully explore the product and start blogging about it. I should definitely get round to that.

Adhoc Analysis within Hyperion Planning

I was trying to be creative and think up of ways to show the analytical capabilities of the Hyperion Planning system to demonstrate to a client (who had strongly suggested that these capabilities would play a very important role in their evaluation of a budgeting and planning solution) and came up with one approach that I’d like to share here.
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Cognos TM1

IBM Cognos TM1 is enterprise planning software used to implement collaborative planning, budgeting and forecasting solutions, as well as analytical and reporting applications. Similar to Hyperion Essbase, TM1 is a multidimensional data store however it only supports data storage at the “leaf” level.

Having worked with Hyperion Planning solution, I decided to explore the Cognos TM1 offering. The latest version is 9.5 which came out February 9, 2010 and there has been some considerable improvements – the most visible being TM1 Contributor which is a web-based front end. Previously TM1 was basically managed through the Microsoft Excel interface and the TM1 Architect.

In the subsequent posts I will be taking a look at the Cognos TM1 version 9.5 offering starting with the installation.

Life with Linux: BitTorrent Client

Ubuntu comes bundled with Transmission as the bittorrent client. It is a very minimalist application but it gets the job done, so I have absolutely no objection to that. However it required a few more clicks to do stuff that I sometimes end up doing.

While using Windows, I was totally dependent on utorrent and would never have imagined using any other client. So naturally I wanted something that would be on the lines of utorrent. The client I’m using now is Deluge and I must say it is pretty much everything I would want in a torrent client. It has the exact same layout as utorrent and pretty much most of the features, so I’ve decided to get rid of Transmission and rely solely on Deluge.

Update: I think I was a bit too hasty in declaring my love for Deluge. I have just discovered qBittorrent and I have now made it into my primary and ONLY bittorrent client.