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Streamline Cognos TM1 Deployments & Change Management

IBM Planning Analytics and Cognos TM1 are fantastic tools for all your planning, forecasting, and budgeting needs. But it's quite rigid. Out of the box, there’s no way to easily deploy content between environments, and no way to audit or track changes. So complicated workflows and innocent mistakes become roadblocks, and productivity is then lost. Introducing Soterre® to your TM1 and Planning Analytics environments can prevent a lot of these issues.

Soterre offers 2 major features to enhance your TM1/Planning Analytics platform:

Streamlined Deployments

Manually deploying content between TM1/Planning Analytics environments is slow, tedious, and error prone. And you can’t account for the money lost in human error. In TM1, you have to:

  • Restart TM1 each time you move content by copying files into a new environment
  • Record manual changes in Dev to replicate them in Prod
  • Delete extraneous code that gets inserted by the transfer component of the Performance Modeler (who has time for that?)

Utilizing Soterre’s deployment feature creates a streamlined process. It allows for smooth deployments of TM1 content (processes, views, chores, websheets, and more) into production. With Soterre, there’s no need to:

  • Restart TM1
  • Replicate changes from Dev to Prod
  • Delete extra code

Version Control for TM1/Planning Analytics

If you are manually tracking your changes to TM1 or Planning Analytics assets, how can you trust that you are catching everything? Do you trust that your team members are diligently capturing all of their changes? This type of incompetent change management system makes it very stressful for you when you need to troubleshoot errors and find the TM1 asset that worked before the problems were introduced. Soterre’s version control eliminates the manual work by tracking changes made to TM1 objects. Therefore, when something goes awry, you are able to restore to an older version of that object. You can also compare versions of TM1/Planning Analytics objects.

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