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disclaimer
Disclaimer

The information on the new product or component is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing or sales decision.

The information on the new product or component is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into any contract.

The information on the new product or component is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.  

tivoli common reporting mission statement
Tivoli Common Reporting - Mission Statement
  • Provide a solution which converges around an incredibly simple launch point for reports, where users can see what is available and use it with no training
  • Provide an effective way to deliver and share reports and reporting ideas, and find the set of content that gives the greatest value
  • Focus the individual reports on quality of information and value, not on the quantity of reports available
  • Provide consistency of the content and enable linkage between reports for best analysis flow, even if they cross individual product boundaries
tivoli common reporting moving forward
Tivoli Common Reporting moving forward
  • IBM Cognos 8.4 BI Reporting added to TCR
  • Includes UI to administer reports and edit reports
  • Enables cross-domain analytics and reporting
  • Brings industry leading reporting suite to Tivoli customers at no additional charge
    • License restricts usage to reporting on “Tivoli data” or Other data joined with Tivoli data
terms applicable to supporting programs tcr next
Terms applicable to Supporting Programs: TCR .next
  • The Program includes IBM Tivoli Common Reporting (“TCR”) which includes the reporting and modeling components of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (the "IBM Cognos BI Components") which are subject to the following limited use license.
  • Licensee is authorized to use the IBM Cognos BI Components only to support Licensee's use of the Program under this Agreement and within the limits of the Proofs of Entitlement for the Program (unless broader rights are provided elsewhere in this License Information document). The phrase "to support Licensee's use" includes only those uses that are necessary or otherwise directly related to a licensed use of the Program. The IBM Cognos BI Components are to be used only by the internal components of TCR for performing reporting and analytics on data that is (i) generated directly by a Tivoli-branded IBM software product; (ii) user-generated and managed by a Tivoli-branded IBM software product; or (iii) used in conjunction with data in (i) or (ii). By way of example of data described in (iii), Licensee may use the IBM Cognos BI Components to report on non-Tivoli-branded IBM software product data which has been joined to another Tivoli-branded IBM software product. The IBM Cognos BI Components may not be used in a stand alone fashion or, except as otherwise specifically provided, with data which is not related to a Tivoli-branded IBM software product.
tivoli common reporting focus
Tivoli Common Reporting Focus
  • Extend the Usability and Consumability of current TCR reports and reporting tools
    • Simplified interfaces and interactions for report writers to create, customize, and publish reports – let’s you build reports faster and easier
    • Extend the level of cross-product report linkage for seamless flow between related reports, blurring the boundaries among Tivoli products
    • Enable report end-users to create and save ad-hoc reports, without the need for a report writer’s involvement
    • Integration of BIRT-based and Cognos-based reporting within TCR
    • The continued adoption of TCR across the Tivoli portfolio
    • Drive for new out-of-the-box reports for products in all areas – Maximo, Storage, Security, Service Availability and Performance Management, Service Delivery and Process Automation
slide7

Value that Cognos will bring to Tivoli customers

  • Simplified report editing
    • Launch web-based Report Studio in context from a report
      • You can run an out-of-the-box report, like an ITM report, and launch the editor in context to change something
  • Ad-Hoc Reporting
    • Create ad-hoc, on the fly reports
    • Even novice users will be able to rapidly create reports with intuitive drag & drop function via the Query Studio, allowing for greater report usage with little training
  • Other capabilities
    • Automatic emailing of reports
    • Additional report formats
      • XML
      • Excel 2000 & 2000 Single Sheet, 2002, and 2007
      • CSV
    • Granular data security (row-level authorization)
value proposition
Value Proposition
  • Consistency in reporting with other Tivoli products will be achieved
  • Will be basis of end-to-end reporting for Tivoli
    • Allowing report data correlation with other Tivoli product data and business data (e.g. asset management, financial planning etc)
    • Including longer term goal of single reports using data from multiple Tivoli Products
  • Will provide ad-hoc reporting capabilities
  • Standard architecture (TIP/eWAS) will be supported
  • Allowing customers access (via upgrade) to IBM Cognos advanced analytics modules for advanced reporting capabilities never possible before
    • Will be able to drill down, slice and dice to see what is driving client’s business
      • What if Analysis
      • Trend Analysis and Forecasting

Note: Will supplement other Tivoli product UI efforts (Operational console for monitoring/troubleshooting)

tcr 1 1 1 2 to tcr next upgrade key points
TCR 1.1/1.2 to TCR .next Upgrade Key Points
  • Existing TCR customer will have a smooth upgrade to the new Cognos Based TCR in the second half of 2010 as part of the TCR .next release
  • The current time and effort you have invested in TCR 1.1 or 1.2 based reports will not be wasted with the new TCR solution
  • BIRT based reports will continue to be usable in the new system
    • If you want to keep using your old reports, or edit them, etc., you can
tivoli common reporting 1 3 and next components
Tivoli Common Reporting 1.3 and .next Components

Query Studio (web-based)

  • Intuitive, self-service “ad hoc” reporting
  • Drag and drop
  • Easy sorting and filtering
  • Save, edit, and share

Report Studio (web-based)

  • Create and edit more advanced reports
  • Query Studio functions plus
    • Parameterization
    • Globalization
    • Advanced query manipulation
    • Additional chart types (e.g., maps, gauges)

Framework Manager

  • Common infrastructure
  • Plug-and-play
  • Common security, metadata, administration, and portal
  • Ability to adapt deployment as infrastructure changes
tcr for a pm next report designers
TCR for A&PM & .next Report Designers

Query Studio

Available through the TIP interface

Report Studio

Launched via a drop down tool from the TIP interface

tcr for a pm next framework manager
TCR for A&PM & .next Framework Manager

Launched as a OS native Java application

framework manager
Framework Manager
  • Provides a common infrastructure across all adopting Tivoli products
  • Framework services make the TCR solution plug-and-play, saving IT both time and resources
  • Applications share a common security, metadata, administration, and portal
  • Ability to adapt your current deployment as your own infrastructure changes
  • Can extend capabilities to other areas of your organization through up-sell options to Cognos BI modules
  • Enables:
    • Lowest cost of ownership
    • Fastest time to results
    • Consistent data across the enterprise
    • Performance software that works the way people think
which version of tcr
Which Version of TCR?
  • Important Notes
    • Reports and models created in 8.4.0 will run and are supported on 8.4.1
    • Reports and models created on 8.4.1 officially are not supported to run on older versions of the Cognos report engine
one minute reporting
One Minute Reporting
  • Uses TCR-Cognos to create a new ITM report in under 60 seconds
  • Drag and drop of key metrics such as memory, disk and CPU utilization
  • Organized by user defined business groups and operating system
architectural overview tcr 1 2

TIP Server

TCR

Architectural Overview TCR 1.2

ISC/JSR168

Web UI

Report

Store

Rendering Engine

with Plug-ins

Report

Store

Import report definitions

BIRT Reports

Report Data

Sources

Report Output

tcr 1 2 report designer
TCR 1.2 Report Designer

BIRT report designer via Eclipse

Launched as a stand alone Java application

architectural overview tcr for asset performance management

TIP Server

TCR

Architectural Overview TCR for Asset & Performance Management

Cognos UI in TIP for Cognos report administration

View Cognos based Report

BIRT

ISC/JSR168

Web UI

Report

Store

CLI –BIRT only

BIRT Reports

Report Data

Sources

View BIRT based Report

iFrame

Cognos

Reports

Existing TCR UI for legacy reports

Cognos Server

Report Data

Sources

UI

Cognos report

processing

Report

Store

tivoli common reporting next architecture

TIP Server

TCR

BIRT

(optional)

Tivoli Common Reporting .next - Architecture

View any

Report

ISC/JSR168

Web UI

CLI – All reports

BIRT Reports (optional)

Cognos

Reports

iFrame

Cognos Server

UI

Report Data

Sources

Cognos report

processing

Report

Store

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TCR .next Conversion Assistant*

1. Extract key report info

Conversion Assistant annotates the TCR BIRT report (below) with SQL queries and other info

3. Complete final Cognos based TCR report

User completes report using TCR Report Studio (below) to fill in details

2. Generate draft Cognos based TCR report

Conversion Assistant creates draft new TCR report, preserving layout and annotating actions user should take

*Available from TCR .next

cognos reports for os agents
COGNOS reports for OS Agents
  • Background:
      • IBM Tivoli Monitoring reports were based on BIRT technology
      • Reports were posted on OPAL web site (not a product out of the box solution)
  • Current Status
    • ITM 6.2.2 FP02 delivered TCR 1.3
    • ITM 6.2.2 FP02 delivered the first 5 OS Agents reports with forecasting and the Cognos Data model for on the fly and report studio reports
    • Other ITM Agents delivered Cognos Reports (VMWare) and System P Agents are on the field
os agents cognos reports roadmap
OS Agents Cognos Reports Roadmap
  • Roadmap
    • TCR 2.1 by 1H 2011
    • 27 new OS Agents Cognos reports by 1H 2011
    • An improved data model (raw data support for better capacity plan)
vmware tcr reports
VMWare TCR Reports
  • Top N VMs by Host: This report shows the most utilized or top N virtual machines by CPU and Memory Utilization on one or more host servers on a cluster. The user can select a cluster and host (one, many or all), a time range and the number of VMs to display. The virtual machine names on the list are hyperlinks that drill down to a daily trend or line chart over time for that virtual machine. From the daily trend chart it is possible to drill through to hourly trend chart by clicking on a particular date.
  • Bottom N VMs by Host: This report shows the least utilized or bottom N virtual machines by CPU and Memory Utilization on one or more host servers on a cluster. The user can select a cluster and host (one, many or all), a time range and the number of VMs to display. The virtual machine names on the list are hyperlinks that drill down to a daily trend or line chart over time for that virtual machine. From the daily trend chart it is possible to drill through to hourly trend chart by clicking on a particular date.
  • Top N VMs by Resource Pool: This report shows the most utilized or top N virtual machines by CPU and Memory Utilization on one or more resource pools on a cluster. The user can select a cluster and resource pool (one, many or all), a time range and the number of VMs to display. The virtual machine names on the list are hyperlinks that drill down to a daily trend or line chart over time for that virtual machine. From the daily trend chart it is possible to drill through to hourly trend chart by clicking on a particular date.
  • Bottom N VMs by Resource Pool: This report shows the least utilized or bottom N virtual machines by CPU and Memory Utilization on one or more resource pools on a cluster. The user can select a cluster and resource pool (one, many or all), a time range and the number of VMs to display. The virtual machine names on the list are hyperlinks that drill down to a daily trend or line chart over time for that virtual machine. From the daily trend chart it is possible to drill through to hourly trend chart by clicking on a particular date.
vmware tcr reports1
VMWare TCR Reports
  • VM Details Daily: This report shows the daily CPU and Memory utilization trend of one or more virtual machines (on one or more host servers) on a cluster over time. The user can select a cluster, host server (one, many or all) and VM (one , many or all) and a time range. . From the daily trend chart it is possible to drill through to hourly trend chart by clicking on a particular date.
  • VM Details Hourly: This report shows the hourly CPU and Memory utilization trend of one or more virtual machines (on one or more host servers) on a cluster over time. The user can select a cluster, host server (one, many or all) and VM (one , many or all) and a time range.
  • Server Heat Chart: This report shows patterns of CPU and/or memory utilization over a period of time for the selected server(s) on a cluster in an hourly heat map format. The user can select a cluster and host servers (one, many or all).
  • VM Heat Chart : This report shows patterns of CPU and/or memory utilization over a period of time for the selected virtual machine(s) in an hourly heat map format. The user can select a cluster , host servers (one, many or all) and VM (one, many or all)
report screenshots

Trend Comparison Charts

Report Screenshots

Top Virtual Machines by CPU Utilization

Stacked LPAR CPU Utilization

report screenshots1
Report Screenshots

Memory Utilization Heat Chart

Application Response Time

Cell Tower Performance

objectives
Objectives
  • Develop cross product reporting that shows analytical and product integration capabilities of new TCR based on Tivoli Reporting and Analytics Model (TRAM) strategy
  • Develop standards, tools and components for modeling and analytical reporting to enable Tivoli portfolio for scalable and manageable reporting solution for IT management
  • Create highly consumable TCR enablement process that allows Tivoli product to quickly move to new TCR solution
  • Facilitate development and delivery of cross product reports
  • END GOAL: Enable customers to rapidly ask questions and get the answers based on multiple data sources (Tivoli products)
architecture overview
Architecture overview

Tivoli Common ReportingConsole

Tivoli Common Reporting

for Asset and Performance Management

server (TIP)

Cognos BI Modeling

ISC/JSR168

Web UI

Cognos BI Reporting

TDW

TivoliData

Warehouse

UI

DB2 Client

(native

database

client)

Cognos report

processing

Report

Store

TRAM

Tivoli Reportingand Analytics Model

Common

dimension

population utility

Tpae / Maximo

ecosystem DB(TSRM / CCMDB)

TADDM

Tivoli Application

Dependency Discovery

Manager

gathering customers questions

ClientA

Client B

Client C

Gathering customers questions
  • Product managers contacts
  • Sales and services contacts
  • Global Tivoli Users Group
  • Tivoli development
  • Plan
    • Intent is to trigger further questions from the field
    • Validate feasibility for selected scenarios (available data, resources, product plans)
    • Implement (some additional integration work will be required)
selection of questions
Selection of questions
  • What's the average usage level for servers which are components of a particular business service/business application?
  • Which servers can be consolidated due to the fact that they are not utilized much and they do not have many application servers running on them?
  • How does a fault impact my performance and what was the performance leading up to the fault?
  • How does a change on my system (upgrade/patch/etc) affect the system performance (memory/CPU/transaction response time)?
  • Who are the users that are involved in the infection of the IT infrastructure and who are the ones I need to focus on when raising awareness on security threats?
  • Which components and business services would be impacted and to what degree (offline/degraded) by failure of specific component?
question analysis
Question analysis
  • Question
    • What's the average usage level for servers which are components of a particular business service/business application?
  • Interpretation
    • Customer mentioned about this capability in case of ITM and ITCAM reports. They would like to get the report about their business services components. They don't want to select each particular server and get the resources utilization or availability data for one server only. They would like to get the report which will combine information about the machines participating within business service.
  • Products involved
    • TBSM or TADDM
    • ITM (OS Agent)
tsam cloudburst v irtual i nfrastracture c onsistency r eports
TSAM & Cloudburst Virtual Infrastracture Consistency Reports
  • Problem Statement
    • Potential lack of consistency of information about virtualized environement in TSAM management infrastructures
  • Resolution through Reports
    • VM Existence Report
      • List all available VMs per DCM and hypervisors
    • Orphaned Object Report
      • List orphaned objects: VMs, IP, images, storage nodes
tsam cross product reporting scenario 1
TSAM – cross product reporting – scenario 1

Problem statement:

TPM Data Center Model holds information what is running on each host system (VMWare images running on ESX, etc). This configuration data can easily get out of sync in case of an infrastructure failure (for example one of the hosts with several virtual machines crashes). This is a weak point of current TSAM solution. The report can help administrator to find out if current DCM is up to date and take corrective actions if necessary.

VM Existence Report

  • Value for the user (TSAM administrator):
    • Show what is on each host per Data Center
    • Model and per hypervisors
  • The sources for report:
      • TPM
      • Hypervisors (external products)
tsam cross product reporting scenario 2
TSAM – cross product reporting - scenario 2

Problem statement:

In current TSAM solution there is a possibility that some resources will exist without suitable reflection in component databases (VMs without reference to a service, IP addresses reserved but not used). The failure can produce inconsistency between information stored in component databases (TSAM, SRM, TPM) and real state on hypervisors. This set of reports can help identify those orphaned resources.

Orphaned Object Reports

  • Value for the user (TSAM administrator):
    • Facilitate handling of TSAM server failures
  • Orphaned objects:
    • VMs, IPs, images, storage nodes
  • The sources for report:
    • TSAM (SRM)
    • TPM
    • Hypervisors (external products)
model merging explanation
Model merging explanation

Cross-products

Cognos Package

ITM OS Agent

Cognos Model

TDW

TivoliData

Warehouse

uses

TRAM

Cross-products

Cognos Model

publish

merge

by development

TRAM

Tivoli Reportingand Analytics Model

Report Studio

develop reports

which can be included

into the package

Query Studio

create ad-hoc

reports

TADDM

Tivoli Application

Dependency Discovery

Manager

TRAM

TADDM

Cognos Model

incidents over resources utilization tsrm itm
Incidents over resources utilization (TSRM/ITM)

Problem statement:

What was my system performance before the problem was reported?

What is my system performance after the change introduction?

Incidents / Problems / Changes

can be marked

over utilization chart

Different metrics from ITM

can be visualized on this kind

of chart (disk, memory, etc.)

User can easily examine system

performance (like CPU utilization)

before issue was reported or after

change implementation.

incident facts aggregation tsrm taddm itm
Incident facts aggregation (TSRM/TADDM/ITM)

Incidents / problems / changes

can be aggregated within additional

dimensions (defined by data gathered

in TADDM)

Problem statement:

Which hardware/operating system is causing the biggest number of issues?

Show me CPU/memory/disk usage on the servers that have more than N incidents in the last week.

Different incident / problem /

change facts can be aggregated

Different groupings

are possible here:

  • by manufacturer or model of the server
  • by business service

Facts from ITM can be

added here as well

customer value
Customer Value
  • Current Customers will get the answers to well defined, common questions through the report outputs
  • Ability to answer more questions not covered by Tivoli deliverables (self-service reporting Cognos)
    • Customers will know how to get the answers by means of self-service reporting
  • General benefits of cross-product reporting
    • Bringing new facts to light
    • Easy integration of different products, different technologies
    • Single access point for multiple data sources
    • No database skills required for business users (self-service reporting Cognos)
your cross product report questions
Your Cross Product Report Questions
  • Please help to support this project by contributing your questions to:
    • The Global Tivoli User Community -> Community forums home ‹ Product Forums ‹ Reporting -> Cross Product Reporting
      • (http://discuss.tivoli-ug.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=27)
  • Or for IBM’ers in the room…
    • W3 -> IBM forums > software > tivoli > reporting -> Cross product reporting
      • (http://ibmforums.ibm.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=529116)
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FAQ
  • Why are you changing the underlying architecture for TCR?
    • While TCR has been very successful in providing a lot of out of the box value for our customers, the addition of Cognos to the Tivoli portfolio provides greater capabilities because of the Cognos report engine and its superior reporting capabilities. We elicited feedback from many customers before deciding that this was the best approach to take to create greater value for integrated reporting
  • Will my BIRT reports still work in the new TCR offering?
    • Yes, your existing reports will still work. We are including a BIRT engine into the new release of TCR and any BIRT based reports will be identified and dispatched to the BIRT report runner
  • Will the new TCR offering include the full Cognos 8 release?
    • No, the release will only include the basic Cognos reporting capabilities, which include Query Studio, Report Studio, Framework Manager, and Report Viewer
  • Will I still be able to build reports in the standalone Eclipse/BIRT designer and add them to my solution?
    • Yes, you can still continue to build your reports via the Eclipse/BIRT report designer
  • Will I be able to build BIRT reports via the TIP UI?
    • No, any new reports built via the web-based TIP/TCR Report or Query Studio will be Cognos based definitions
faq cont
FAQ (cont.)
  • What are the difference between TCR Report Studio and Query Studio?
    • Report Studio is used to create sophisticated reports and charts with complex prompts and filters. Query Studio is used to create ad hoc queries and simple reports and charts
  • What do I do if I want to change all of my reports over to the new TCR solution?
    • We are providing a move assistant which will assist with the conversion process, from BIRT based TCR reports to Cognos based TCR reports. This assistant does not provide a complete conversion and some user intervention is required for each report being converted
  • Will BIRT eventually be deprecated?
    • We have no plans to deprecate BIRT at this time
  • Why are there different releases of TCR coming out?
    • We are releasing a version of TCR for Asset and Performance Management this year as a directed effort to validate the solution and for products which have not previously included the current TCR solution, Tivoli process automation engine (Tpae) and Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager (TNPM). In 2010 the new TCR solution will be made available to other IBM Tivoli offerings for incorporation into their respective solutions
faq cont1
FAQ (cont.)
  • Will Tivoli products which deploy with the new TCR release come with BIRT or Cognos based reports
    • Tivoli Products which deploy with the new TCR release will bundle a set of Cognos based TCR reports and framework model which make use of the new capabilities and functionality. If the Tivoli product was previously released with TCR 1.2 then over time we anticipate the Tivoli products with BIRT based TCR reports to be replace by Cognos based TCR versions
  • Is the new TCR solution a complete replacement of all existing TCR function?
    • The new release of TCR will augment the existing capabilities provided with TCR 1.2. If you have a Tivoli product which incorporates the TCR 1.2 release, the upgrade to the release of that product which has TCR .next will be a clean process
  • Will the new TCR give me analysis type capabilities?
    • No, as this is a free offering, we are only able to provide basic reporting capabilities. If your business needs more advanced BI type functionality, then there is an option to buy an upgrade to the full Cognos 8 BI offering which includes Analysis Studio, Power Cubes, etc.
training
Training
  • Cognos Training Paths and Curriculum Fact Sheets
    • Cognos has several classes available to provide information on how to write reports or use the query studio
    • You can review the fact sheet to find appropriate training
      • http://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=page&c=W113304M84371I29
  • IBM Cognos 8 BI - Professional Author Role
    • The following path covers the Report Studio in depth, and is directly relevant to TCR
      • http://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=page&c=R985771H68561E16
  • IBM Cognos 8 BI - Developer Role
    • From the Developer Role path you can select B2452 course to learn about modelling tool, which is also shipped with TCR
      • http://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=page&c=Y184868V54783N59
  • IBM Cognos 8 BI - Administrator Role
    • For the Administration, only the first course B2455 covers the Administration aspect applicable to TCR. The other training is for components which are not delivered with TCR
      • http://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=page&c=O665987U87260V10
customer quotes
Customer Quotes
  • TCR 2.1 Beta Feedback
    • “I’m really jazzed about all the neat improvements”
    • “This is what we’ve been waiting for”
    • “”BIRT reports works fine with the (Cognos) embedded BIRT engine. This is going to keep lot of customers happy. “
    • “Conversion assistant does not handle complex reports. (with JavaScript).  This is a minor gripe really as BIRT runtime support is excellent.”
  • Customer comments at Pulse and SAPM CAC
    • "Please tell your management to shelve BIRT and use this (Cognos). This would make my life much simpler."
    • "Right now I give my users BIRT reports and ask them to customize it. They are not able to. With this anyone can build a report. We would definitely like to participate in a beta"
    • "I don't have time or money to invest in developing BIRT skills. Give me something simpler to use for writing reports. BIRT is difficult"
    • "Ever since Cognos was acquired by IBM I have been wondering about the marriage between Tivoli and Cognos. I am glad to see a roadmap taking shape. Please let us know if we can participate in a Beta for this"
    • "We already have Cognos and Cognos skills. I am glad to see the Cognos integration"
tivoli common reporting community news
Tivoli Common Reporting – Community News
  • Follow TCR news and interact with other users at (or use your search engine to find: Tivoli Common Reporting)
    • http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/spaces/tcr
  • Catalogue of reports to download
  • Tips and techniques
  • Forums for general and specific help
  • Sample style guide for consistent report layout
  • Useful links
  • Pointer to TCR ‘You Tube’ videos and recorded demos