Suppose you want to restrict users or clients to access only a subset of the virtual machines in your virtualized environment. This restriction can be imposed at the report level for the ITMfVE reports using Tivoli Common Reporting and Cognos.[Continue Reading]
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The next release of SmartCloud Monitoring, which includes new releases of IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) and IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Environments (ITM for VE), is currently in development, and we would like to invite customers old and new to participate in our Early Adopter Program, our fancy name for a beta program (because we HAVE to have an acronym here at IBM, and how do you make an acronym out of "beta?")
This open program will allow you to download our Beta code and provide feedback and guidance on the new functionality, product improvements, and code quality of IBM Tivoli Monitoring "vNext." As the SmartCloud brand continues to expand, this beta will help long-time customers see that the ITM foundation is strong, and being continually enhanced to help us all adapt to the disruptive influence of "Cloud" on our IT management responsibilities. Both ITM and ITM for VE are still separately available (and are the products where the code enhancements you'll see reside), while the SmartCloud Monitoring bundle makes it convenient for customers to purchase the two products together.
This ITM Community site will enable you to download Beta drivers, see important announcements, interact directly with product developers and planners, and provide the ITM development team your valuable opinions about our planned product enhancements. As we develop this release, however, we're already doing long-range planning for the "N+1" release that will follow this one, so long-range enhancement requests are a good topic of discussion as well.
Please contact Nathan Bullock (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the ITM vNext Open Beta Program.
Understanding IT Costs, Cost Variance and Budgets versus Actuals with New TUAM Cognos Reports and Dashboards
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The TUAM team are pleased to announce the delivery of a further 17 TCR Cognos reports. These enhance the existing TUAM reporting set plus allow you to:
Dashboards allow users to get an immediate understanding of the situation at-a-glance. As an introduction to Dashboards in Cognos, reports to demonstrate two methods for creating dashboards have been provided in this report pack. Users can build pages in Cognos containing reports as well as other Cognos navigation objects and set this to be their home page when accessing Common Reporting:
For more information about Dashboards, log on to the IBM Integrated Service Management library.
Two reports are also provided to allow users to understand how they are doing against their budget. The Line Item Budget report compares usage against budget at service level to help identify those services using more than their allotted budget. Similarly, the Client Budget Report is a new report showing a comparison of the client level budget with the actual charges for the client, with any deviations from the budget highlighted:
The Client Budget Report can also be used to help monitor the actual costs of a Cloud project. For example, the budget for different periods can be updated when you get a charges estimate for a new Cloud project and the report can then show the difference in what you were actually charged later. The difference will be as a result of server configurations or the duration of project changing after the estimate was produced. More details on this can be found in the cost preview blog entry here.
The Percentage report allows users to understand the charges by sub-client and service by showing the total charges and its associated percentage of the overall costs by both client and service. For cloud users, this allows you to drilldown to understand the distribution between projects and teams. Users can expand and collapse the report to get a full understanding of all the areas being charged.
Reports to compare both the charges and usage between periods have been provided in this report pack. The Cost Variance report compares the charges from the current and previous period by client and service providing an understanding of the changes in charges over time. Similarly, the Resource Variance report compares the usage in the same way so users can see in detail how usage is changing from period to period.
Drill Down Reports
Drill down through the account hierarchy and see the services being used by each client with the Application Cost Report. Cloud users can drilldown into their projects and teams to get an understanding of what resources are being used and their charges. Users can see the charges for each level in the Account hierarchy and the associated charge for each service and service group being used.
How do I find out if my warehouse has all the tables/views needed to run a report or create a custom report?
A new set of reports have been added under the folder "Prerequisites Checking" in ITMfVE 7.1 for the VMware VI agent which provide you with a prerequisite scanner that checks if the list of all tables/views needed to run the predefined reports and the ones needed to support custom reporting are available in the Tivoli Data Warehouse. It also checks the VMware VI agent version and lets you know if the available version is up-to-date or not. The reports also point you to appropriate documentation which can be helpful in enabling historical collection and summarization and pruning, creating IBM_TRAM schema, Time Dimension and other shared dimensions like WEEKDAY_LOOKUP, MONTH_LOOKUP and ComputerSystem and populating Time dimension. In addition to this, the report also provides the list of attribute groups for the VMware VI agent to guide the users while enabling historical collection.Please note that in spite of having all the prerequisite tables/views in the Tivoli Data Warehouse, you may not be able to run the reports [Continue Reading]
Are your queries taking an unusually long time to run for the amount of data that you've in your Tivoli Data Warehouse? Do your Cognos based reports take forever to render the screen with some results? There are several tweaks that can be made to the data model and the reports to get optimum performance while running your reports. Some of the best practices to be followed while developing your custom reports and data models are discussed here.
Editing the data model using Framework Manager to optimize performance of queries: [Continue Reading]
Framework Manager, a Windows only desktop client is a tool used to customize/extend/create data models. If the user wants to add new or 3rd party data to Tivoli data, he can use the data modeling tool to enhance/create data models that can be used for reporting. However, if the user wants to if the user wants to create reports with the attribute groups supported by the installed agent only, he will not need to use this tool.
Installing Framework Manager: Framework Manager (FM) ships with Tivoli Common Reporting (TCR) and the setup files for installation can be found under the CognosModeling/win32 folder. Make sure to run the setup files under CognosModelingFix/win32 folder once the Framework Manager is installed. This will help you fix the SSL encryption errors that you might encounter after the FM installation. [Continue Reading]
Would you like to expand your TUAM Cognos reporting experience?
The TUAM team are pleased to announce the delivery of 10 new Cognos reports, that enhance TUAM Cognos reporting in the following ways:
Graphical reports are now available providing an immediate view of usage and cost recovery.
The screenshot below shows the Top 10 Pie Chart. For more information about the graphical reports, log on to the IBM Integrated Service Management library.
Trending ReportsTrending reports allow users to get an insight into the trends in cost accrual and usage in order to monitor how the cost recovery process is progressing.
The screenshot below shows the Cost Trend Graph (Click to enlarge). For more information about the trending reports, log on to the IBM Integrated Service Management library.
Additional Crosstab reports are now available that allow you to monitor costs and usage. You can now better understand charges over time using the Monthly Crosstab report and gain a better understanding at a high level of the usage and costs being accrued using the Summary Crosstab reports.
Use these new reports to create your own reports. Use the Top 10 Pie Chart as a template for other graphical reports to show the highest and lowest consumers of resources and costs. Use the Trend Graph reports as templates for reports showing lower level details of the trend in costs and usage
Log on to the IBM Integrated Service Management library to download this latest report offering package (including the detailed report document) from the TUAM team.
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Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) development are pleased to announce the release of the IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager (TSAM) - Extension for Usage and Accounting v1.0.
This TSAM extension delivers cloud cost management capability by enhancing the integration, reporting and services between TUAM and TSAM. The extension allows cloud users to view historical invoice reports that show the charges associated with each project.
The Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension provides the following features:
The following table shows the evolution in the TSAM/TUAM integration.
The diagram below show how the Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension facilitates the integration between TSAM and TUAM.
For more information about the Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension, log on to the Information Center.