IBM Releases Cognos TM1 10.1
February 28, 2012 Alex Woodie
IBM last week issued the 10.1 release of Cognos TM1, its Windows-based in-memory OLAP database. The new release features several new features that IBM says will help customers get the most out of large or complex data sets.
TM1 is one of the product lines that IBM obtained five years ago in its $5 billion acquisition of Cognos. The software, which was previously developed by Applix, features a 64-bit in-memory database that IBM says is very good at consolidating, viewing, and editing enormous volumes of multidimensional data, particularly data used for budgeting, forecasting, and performance analysis.
With version 10.1, IBM has added a new desktop client called Cognos Insight that facilitates data exploration and collaboration among groups of users. The software presents a drag-and-drop dashboard interface that allows users to explore the data from their reports or spreadsheets. Data that’s manipulated by the users are translated back into OLAP members automatically. IBM introduced Cognos Insight with last fall’s release of Cognos 10, and shipped the software earlier this month.
Other new features include a new performance modeler, better management of the TM1 environment through its operations console, a more distributed architecture for better scalability and interactivity, better conformance to Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR) and non-DMR models, and expanded language support.
Cognos TM1 10.1 is available now. For more information, see IBM’s website at www-01.ibm.com/software/analytics/cognos/products/tm1/.