IBM Cognos Analytics 11.1 Raised the Bar

    IBM just released Cognos Analytics 11.1, which in my opinion raises the bar on self-service, discovery and easy to use analytics.  They innovated with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and deep exploration in an intuitive, guided interface. As part of the early adopter program, I explored and will share…

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Planning Value Created in 3 Steps

In my 38 years of working with companies I have often heard this complaint: “Our planning process is a complete waste of time.”  In fact, this opinion is so common I can only conclude that for many companies planning value has somehow gone off the rails and lost its whole purpose. So how do you…

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Prefixed Target Applications in FDMEE

In earlier versions of FDMEE/FDM, you could not setup multiple instances of the same target application.  Locations in the same application in FDM that existed on a lagged calendar had to be loaded to different months than locations with a non-lagged calendar.  Starting in version 11.1.2.4.220, a new feature was introduced to allow duplicate target…

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More Thoughts on Essbase Hybrid Aggregation

I’d like to add to the emerging Essbase Hybrid Aggregation knowledge base with a few clarifications, gleaned from testing in active projects. The motivation for me came from my investigation into the feasibility of using a hybrid approach for an application with a lot of heavy allocations done in business rules. I had read that…

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Excel Template Loads with FDMEE

Within 11.1.2.1 FDM, users were able to complete full financial statement loads using a workbook with multiple sheets.  Unfortunately, when upgrading to 11.1.2.4 FDMEE, the workbooks issued a multitude of errors when attempting to run the FDMEE Import Data step!   The answer from Oracle was that the workbook template functionality was fully supported and should…

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