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About the Author

Dr. Karsten Oehler is head of the performance management client technical professionals (CTP) with IBM Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt. He has published four books and more than 130 articles on IT systems for financial management. Dr. Oehler is a visiting lecturer at several universities in Germany.

Jochen Gruenes managed the German competence center for Cognos TM1 within the technical sales organization for IBM Deutschland GmbH and has led several projects and workshops on the enhanced uses of TM1.

Dr. Christopher Ilacqua is an experienced Cognos TM1 practitioner with over 20 years spent working with TM1 as a customer, OEM Manager, and Director of Product Management & Marketing, helping customers globally seeking to improve their planning, forecasting, and analysis solutions.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1st edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. S. Digby on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the in-depth TM1 manual we have all been waiting for. It contains a host of useful tips and a great deal of in-depth analysis and explanation of the inner workings of TM1. Truly excellent sections on the structure of TM1 in memory, how to calculate resources required, sparse consolidation and feeders.

I do have a few criticisms:

1. Part I, which is essentially a discussion of why you would want TM1 in the first place, seems incongruous in a largely technical book. Any person who can benefit from the in-depth stuff doesn't need persuading: they will already have TM1.

2. Occasionally the English grammar is poor. Perhaps English is not the native language of the writers. Elsewhere this might not matter, but with extremely complex technical detail, the problems become apparent as you try to unravel the linguistic muddle.

3. The authors, presumably because of some branding/copyright issue, use the term "Cognos TM1" throughout. I calculated that this adds several unnecessary pages to the book. Every single user of this software, except perhaps the brand manager of IBM, knows it as "TM1". Come on, let's be sensible.

Ian Digby
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Althof on April 26, 2012
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This guide fills an important need for corporate financial professionals deploying TM1 in reporting and planning activities. I wish we had this kind of comprehensive guide when we first deployed TM1 in a public company some years ago. We succeeded rolling TM1 out for basic financial reporting functions, but had to discover ways to extend its usefulness. That was a slower discovery process than it needed to be. This guide includes solid ideas and examples for putting TM1 to use, including all-important ways to support the senior management team through dashboards and scorecards. TM1 as a tool can transform the role of Finance in a company and this guide has everything needed to make that achievable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IT Newbie on April 3, 2012
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This book is the best guide for TM1 out there. It gives you a great understanding about SkipCheck, Feeders, Parallel Interactions and such that you don't find in the manuals found with the software.

Not yet half way through the whole book but I assume for a newbie it won't be any help...cause with how TM1 has evolved since the IBM acquisition...I would suggest go through a Development & Design Model training first then read this book.

Something to note though...Typo Error on Page 358...it support to be GRANT not GRAND.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mahesh Kshirsagar on November 16, 2012
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If you are new to TM1, don't touch this book. After giving high level overview and marketing it jumps straight to the most complex topics like how TM1 handles rules and feeders. I was trained and certified in TM1 and I could get that with slow reading, but I don't think anyone without such background will have any use of this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Webber on June 5, 2012
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Part I of this book is a really 75 pages IBM sales pitch / propaganda so I must admit I did initially think "what have I done buying this book"? However Part II redeemed the book, Over 300 pages of good TM1 info particularly the diagrams and working on how rules work, explanation of feeders etc.

The last part of the book is another 300 pages of generic models / best practise to meet specific business requirements e.g. Driver based planning with rolling forecast. This section is probably of most use for a TM1 consultancy.
The authors have really done due diligence, getting endorsements from Manny Perez (the godfather of TM1) and input for industry experts like Christoph Papenfuss.

I see this book as a useful reference guide, which I will refer to in future. A fitting title would be salesly guff/ official guide/cookbook.

So far my only negative comment would be I would like a better section on improving performance (part of TM1 server in Production chapter).

But generally if you ignore most of the first part of the book I would rate the rest of the book excellent and by far the best TM1 book on the market, especially value for money wise.
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I have used TM1 since 1999, and as a former product manager of TM1 I can say that this is by far the best TM1 resource book period. It covers not only the most complex/technical aspects such as TM1 Rules but also how it can be applied to real business world problems.

To say it another way, it is the encyclopedia for TM1. Finally, a resource for TM1 that is useful, practical and covers it all for all audiences.

If you use TM1 or plan to, buy this book.
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