Nov 1, 2016

What is the Return on Investment of Pulse?

Pulse brings many new opportunities to those responsible for the administration and development of TM1 systems. Up until now what is actually happening within your TM1 servers has very much been a black-box. Pulse enables you to shine a light on your system and actually deliver better, faster and more maintainable system to your users.

Save time doing during migration process

Pulse moves TM1 from a departmental solution to one that can be managed at an enterprise level with large development teams and hundreds or thousands of users. 
Source control enables accountability and oversight of your developers by giving full transparency of changes that have been made.
The migration features allow you to separate the duties of your developers and those that are responsible for support of your production system. Developers no longer need access to your production systems and all changes can be applied in a managed way that is tracked. 
This makes the process of complying with the strict governance controls required by the governance models mandated in Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) and Euro-SOX much easier.


For any company with TM1 or Cognos Express there is a significant investment in purchase of licenses for your users. If you are a company that is expanding your TM1 footprint (or wanting to), you are moving from one license scheme to another or conversely you are worried about whether you are within your current entitlements Pulse can deliver the information you need. You can make informed decisions by actually having hard evidence of how your system is used.
Each time a user logs into the system the type of user (admin, write or read-only) is logged to the internal database. The following statistics are available out of the box:


Best practice is often talked about but rarely is it followed and enforced, developers have their own ideas on how a system should be built. Pulse for TM1 allows you to validate your best practice rules against your model. This allows you to ensure consistency in design. A consistent system is one that is easy to maintain, saving countless hours and shortening the time taken for new developers to understand how it all fits together.
Shipped as part of the Pulse, are 40 best practice rules that have been formulated with decade’s worth of collective TM1 consulting experience. You can use these straight out of the box on your own models or develop your own to fit your particular needs.


Documentation is a long and costly task that is often ignored for more “interesting” tasks by developers and administrators alike. Pulse for TM1 automates much of this process by doing all of the tedious tasks for you. For a typical integrated TM1 model we have found that Pulse saves between 10 and 15 days of work giving you significant savings. The information produced by Pulse is also up to date and can be generated quickly at any time. 

Quality Control

The documentation features gives you an insight not only to the system architecture but can also identify and highlight common bad practices. If you are managing large development teams in can be very difficult to efficiently review the code base, Pulse can reduce this time by highlighting issues that are known to lead to performance degradation. 
The changes between development iterations can be easily identified and viewed ensuring best practices and overall architectural design has been adhered to.


In conclusion, Pulse for TM1 is a tool for all companies interested in maximising their Business Intelligence investment through developing End-to-End Sustainable Competence – from Server through to the Users. With this tool you will have the information to develop, remedy, measure and maintain core TM1 applications and be sure your users are benefiting and growing with you.

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