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IBM Cognos 8 Planning by Rich Babaran, Ned Riaz, Jason Edwards

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Designing the model template in Analyst

A planning model is a set of Analyst objects whose purpose is to generate specific plans using a variety of data inputs, assumptions, and calculations. We will discuss the Analyst objects in greater detail in Chapters 4 through 7. In practice, a model is named after the output it produces. An output can be a specific budget for product lines or it can be a category of expenses consisting of several general ledger accounts, such as payroll.

Once you have identified the model output, break it down into its inputs, assumptions, and calculations. For example, a salary plan may be the outcome of the inputs of employees and positions, their current salary, earned merit increases, and bonuses. The salary for newly-hired ...

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