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Martin has an Exceptional client-facing skills, able to facilitate workshops and meetings to develop client solutions. Experience in developing client roadmaps and building client relationships. His been working as Service delivery and Applications Manager for 7 months in Octane.

What is IBM Watson™ Studio?

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IBM Watson™ Studio is a platform for businesses to prepare and analyse data as well as build and train AI and machine learning models in a flexible hybrid cloud environment. IBM Watson™ Studio enables your data scientists, application developers and subject matter experts work together easier and collaborate with the wider business, to deliver faster insights in a governed way. Watch the below for another brief intro Available in on the desktop which contains the most popular portions of Watson Studio Cloud to your Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac PC with IBM SPSS® Modeler, notebooks and IBM ...

IBM Cloud Private for Data is AMAZING!

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Yesterday I was fortunate to attend an IBM partner day based on IBM Cloud Private for Data or ICPD and thought to write this blog for you who might not know what the platform is or does.      This platform balances the individual data needs of your business by providing an integrated self-service, agile, enterprise-ready platform to significantly improve the governance around the collection, organisation, dissemination and analysis of your data but this isn't the best part. ICPD utilises modern microservices applications to enhance your data assets and analysis with machine learning (ML) and ...

PAX and PAW 2.0.41

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What's interesting to note is that Planning Analytics Workspace (PAW) version 2.0.40 and 2.0.41 are combined so that the release of Planning Analytics Workspace 2.0.41 aligns with the IBM Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel (PAX) release. With several fixes applied to both PAW and PAX in this version; this post will focus more on the enhancements and features. However, should you want to review the fixes, you can find those here. Features: With this release, you will now be able to create and edit drill through rules and processes in Workspace.   Also finding users who don't have any ...

Planning Analytics 2.0.7 release

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The long-awaited release of Planning Analytics 2.0.7 is finally here! I know a lot of you like me were eagerly awaiting this release and in particular wanting to get into the nitty-gritty details of all the documentation and testing.  Luckily for those that are not, I have summarised it all into the below — so happy reading there's lots for you and your team to consider.     With this release comes some significant enhancements which I'll get to in the section below. We will also part with several items which are marked for depreciation, replaced in some shape or form. As IBM advises: Updates ...

Cognos Analytics 11.0.11.0 is now available for download

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    If you haven't seen already the latest version of Cognos Analytics is now available for you to download. Luckily you won't need to read the about the latest changes. You can view this youtube clip which will explain what's new in it's reporting, dashboarding, stories and the portal for IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.11.     If you don't have the time some advanced features include using custom polygons and points for mapping. Also included is data caching in dashboards and stories, as well as support for Portal Pages, and controlling object visibility. To download the software you can find the ...

An Octanite abroad

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Let me preface this blog by saying that my trip to India was so insightful, culturally rich and filled with great people that it was hands down the work trip of a life time.     Amendra may have had other plans but for me this trip was about creating new connections and deepening my understanding of our cross border colleagues from all our offices.   Upon reflection I can easily say that we weren't colleagues for very long and are now people I consider friends. Well some of them, in-particular those who didn't want to Shoot me?! I still don't know where the finger guns came from but I suspect ...

Impacts to Accounting & Finance by Artificial Intelligence Automation

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As business implements more and more technology to streamline their operations the benefits of saving time, minimising costs, increasing productivity and better accuracy are starting to be realised. This means this is hardly a trend that will fade anytime soon. If you or your business are not 'there yet' it’s better to catch up now rather than being left behind with the rest of the competition. We've moved on from the times when cloud technology was an unknown territory for especially for Accounting and Finance but the industry players are now fully aware, prepared or in cloud. This leaves us ...

Your 8 step guide to success in 2018: For managers and developers alike

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    Good bye 2017! We're about to set our new year resolutions, and ready to jump into 2018! Not without some hard earned rest though. Next year like every year though undoubtedly you'll come across the same problems as this year, and maybe a couple of new ones but it's this guide that I hope you read and come back to because when I've done so it has helped me. So....   In 2018, your 8 steps to SUCCESS will be   1) Get things done The first step as a manager or developer that you need to deploy is embodying a culture of accomplishment, which will help you as success leads to success. Next ...

Is developer documentation important?

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Although we as devlopers solve problems and that gives us a feeling of success and empowerment, I landed on the realisation that by documenting a problem not just jumping in and fixing it; helps make better decisions. Ok now some of you might ask How did you get there? Others might say well yes of course. I'd like to think that it’s not for any of the obvious reasons you might think of. Let's see. Not all problems will provide a eureka moment but a couple, even one on a particular subject can lead to the formulation of a business transformation initiative. Yes it's happened and while my heart ...

A how to be a better developer

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It's hard in our industry particularily when when starting to guage how good you are or how much you know in relation to the products, especially when you don't get to mix and mingle with other Planning Analytics or TM1 developers. Worse is that you don't get to see / hear about other implementations / environments. The aim with this blog is to feature every so often different things you can do to keep work feeling fresh, help, and to push you in different directions. You don't necessarily know how good you are if you're not covering off the basics. So lets start there. Step 1: Can it be done ...

Thinking about a TM1 upgrade to Planning Analytics, and Planning Analytics Workspace?

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IBM is truly living up to its principles of a focus on customer outcomes, restless reinvention, and diverse empowered teams. I believe there is no better reflection of this that IBM’s latest release of Planning analytics (powered by TM1) No one anticipated that the next iteration would be a such a quantum leap forward. Both in terms of intuitive use, and cutting edge looks; it is refreshing to see IBM invest in this software to bring it ahead of the competition. That’s right I said ahead. To start, with certain installations you will be able to integrate with Watson, that’s right Watson! ...

Automating testing with TM1 aka Planning Analytics

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TM1 / Planning Analytics is a robust tool. Typically with other software vendors you need to rely on 3rd Party applications to test. This is not the case with TM1 depending on the type of testing you need done. There are 3 major factors that need to be taken into consideration to define whether you are doing adequate software testing time, cost, and quality. Time and cost is easy to measure but the hardest thing to measure is quality. Especially with manual testing or human testing. In executing the same steps over and over we tend to find short cuts for not doing things the right or long ...

The Octane Difference

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Choosing or even switching consulting companies is never an easy choice. Sometimes competitors make that easy be ruining relationships but being the newest on the scene also comes with inherent challenges. Although we have the best in the business, and we are landing new large clients being the latest player in the market is hard. Especially with customers who think all consultants provide the same. At times Price seems to be the only way a customer tries to tell us apart but what’s on offer is always VERY different. So here we are doing something else different, let us tell you about the ...