Part 1: TADDM and TCR: Consuming data from TADDM
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This is Part 1 of a series I am writing on Tivoli Common Reporting(TCR) integration with Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM). This series will entail:
Once complete, this series will move to the TADDM Wiki.
Tivoli Common Reporting (TCR) 2.1 is Tivoli's strategic reporting
solution for Tivoli products. An overview of TCR can be found in the TCR Community, but particularly check out the Resources to get started with Tivoli Common Reporting 2.x presentation.
TCR 2.1 is the current version and includes the Cognos Reporting engine
and development environment as well as the BIRT report viewer to
support reports written prior to 2.1. All Tivoli products with
Reporting requirements are migrating to TCR 2.1 now and TADDM 7.2.1 now
supports this version as well. Using TCR with Tivoli Application
Dependency Discovery Manager
(TADDM) offers a powerful way to create and publish reports for
your TADDM customers. However TADDM itself offers a sophisticated UI to
get to this data and already supports BIRT Reports so you may wonder
what are the benefits of deploying TCR in the first place.
Consuming TADDM Data
TADDM offers many ways to consume its discovered data, each with pros and cons:
While TADDM offers a sophisticated user interface (UI) to consume
your discovered data, it is often convenient to provide an
alternative customer centric way to consume the discovered data.
Additionally, TCR enables cross-product reporting between TADDM and
other Tivoli Products or data sources you may have utilizing the
Cognos engine. Now let's focus on the
reasons to deploy TCR and how to get the most value out of it with
Why Deploy TCR?
The first thing to consider when thinking about Tivoli Common Reporting and TADDM is what are the primary drivers for data consumption in your environment. TADDM collects a significant amount of data that can be useful across your IT organization to help manage and track your servers and applications. TCR enables:
If you have other Tivoli products (like Monitoring (ITM/ITCAM/ITNM), CCMDB or TBSM) then you can use a single deployment of TCR to provide the Reporting infrastructure. You can also create reports consolidating and linking this data increasing the value to your customers.
Finally, creating your own reports is very simple and customers in your organization can modify or create reports on their own. If you already have Cognos skills, then you can also do even deeper analysis of the data.
TCR is not just for customers with Cognos deployed or Cognos skills. It is a robust and simple way to expose data from TADDM (or other Tivoli products) to your whole company. In the next installment of this series, we will go through how to install TCR and integrate it with TADDM. In the final installment, we will talk about developing our own reports. Again, to get more information on TCR and TADDM check out the following links: TCR Community and TADDM Wiki.