IBM Cognos ICM: Standard Build Framework

Course Overview

There’s a huge amount of variety between the sales compensation environments in place at different companies, and that fact makes a lot of sense. After all, depending on your focus area and priorities, your comp goals could be wildly different even from a close competitor. This means you have a lot of options when designing a comp environment, but it can also make it difficult to know where to get started. Luckily, IBM Cognos ICM can help you know which direction to go in.

Ironside’s 5-day IBM Cognos ICM: Standard Build Framework course introduces you to the template that Cognos ICM gives you as a starting point for building a comp environment. This reusable, expandable foundation, called the Standard Build Framework, will make it simple for you to arrive at the incentive compensation models that best meet your needs. Through conceptual lectures, hands-on demos, and practical scenarios, this course will prepare you to use the Standard Build Framework and Base Model at your organization.


This course is intended for sales compensation professionals who need to build sophisticated compensation models from the ground up. You should have knowledge equivalent to having taken the Cognos ICM Fundamentals of Configuration and Build Reports courses, and some experience with data discovery and advanced configuration is recommended.

Course Goals

  • Understand the common steps required in any incentive compensation effort.

  • Become familiar with the different Base Model components available to you in Cognos ICM.

  • Apply the Attributes Approach to gather requirements, design a data model, and build calculations.

  • Put your skills together in an end-to-end practical workshop.

High-Level Curriculum

  • Identify common calculation steps and common Base Model tables.

  • Describe and explore the layout/flow of Base Model components, the functionality available through its prebuilt logic, and Base Model process lists.

  • Become familiar with the Attribute Approach by understanding its purpose/benefits, learning how it is applied throughout the Base Model, and discussing how it can be expanded to apply to more complex model requirements.

  • Recognize how BRD templates are used for calculation logic, reports, and workflow processes.

  • Learn and apply effective project design and table design principles that promote flexibility and reuse.

  • Apply calculation building best practices to craft complex calculations such as Time joins, anchoring, and balance carry-over.

  • Become familiar with a prepared business case scenario and apply the skills you’ve learned in the course to complete an end-to-end model design.

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