Understanding and documenting existing IBM® Cognos® TM1® models can be a time-consuming process. When making changes to complex models, it is challenging to fully understand the implications of these changes to ensure issues or inaccuracies won’t arise. Having made the changes, documentation must be also updated.
I recently sat down with our partner, Scott Felten, General Manager of QUBEdocs, to talk about the benefits of using QUBEdocs for TM1 documentation.
Q: What is QUBEdocs?
Scott: QUBEdocs is a proven solution for addressing the everyday challenges of TM1 analysts, developers and administrators. By delivering meaningful documentation of TM1 models, it virtually eliminates many of the time-consuming tasks associated with managing and making risk-free changes to TM1 models.
Q: How does it work?
Scott: QUBEdocs automates and centralizes the documentation of TM1 models, by allowing you to tag model constructs such as business rules, models, processes and applications. Integrating closely with TM1, it pulls information from vast numbers of underlying TM1 source files enabling you to organize your model and delivering an otherwise-unavailable consolidated view:
- Depicting models visually
- Delivering hard to find information to developers, administrators and end users in a meaningful way
- Displaying comprehensive model dependencies
- Enabling impact analysis of proposed changes
- Highlighting errors through integrity checks
- Tracking changes to meet corporate governance requirements
- Capturing and reporting on changes over time or between environments
- Maintaining documentation as changes are made
Q: What benefits can an organization expect from using QUBEdocs?
Scott: QUBEdocs significantly decreases the cost of managing your TM1 implementation, adding significant value to your business. QUBEdocs automatically generates documentation for TM1 models and uses a simple framework for translating the technical aspects in TM1 into your own business language ‘as you go’ resulting in time and resource savings. Presenting comprehensive TM1 model information in a meaningful way, QUBEdocs empowers users to logically and visually interrogate their model – making them less likely to make errors that result in support costs. Users and developers can clearly see dependencies within complex models, depict the models visually and search entire models. This allows them to effectively anticipate the impact of changes before making them.
Want to learn more about QUBEdocs? Contact John Pra Sisto.