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Hello there,

I've showed some of you how to access the Apptio Placemat/Poster in some of my classes but I understand some folks may be having difficulty printing it. In this blogpost I'd like to share some instructions that my colleague Joel DeWitt Joel DeWitt  sent along to the team.  Thanks Joel for this great information!


If you're thinking "Hey, I don't remember seeing any ATUM poster"  start here for a link to access it.

Below is a view of the "back side". It's a great thing to put up on your wall or use in discussions of ATUM as you are working with your team to align to the ATUM taxonomy.



Once you've downloaded the ATUM placemat you'll want to ensure that you are printing to a printer that can print to Tabloid (11x17) paper. The following steps will enable you to print it correctly.


Print the placemat on a printer capable of tabloid printing and use these settings:

  • Ensure the high resolution setting is enabled in the printer driver (If available)
  • When you click "Print" you will see the PDF settings shown below.
    • Use "actual size"
    • Check the "Choose Paper Source by PDF page size" checkbox
    • And "Flip on short edge" for the Print on both sides of paper setting.
  • You may also need to adjust the print driver's paper Size settings.



This way, you too can have a copy of the ATUM placemat.


Happy TBM Journeys!

deb Debbie Hagen


Have you ever seen this red line in your model and not had values flowing between those objects?  Then when you hover over it, it says "Equally weighted paths" and maybe you thought, what the heck is that, and how do I fix it?  Well, in week's post, I'm going to help you understand what it is, and how to track it down and resolve it.


Equally weighted paths happens when you are using a database reference and the inference engine find two valid paths between the two data sets. While in Apptio, there is no requirement that you have a unique Key per dataset, it is important that you don't use two different keys to get to the same data set.  When Apptio finds this situation, it isn't sure which path to use and so it flags it as equally weighted paths.  In the picture above, I appear to have an equally weighted path between Servers and Applications.


So how do you figure out where the equally weighted path is and resolve it?  I usually start by tracing the allocation line.  To do this, I right click on the allocation line and choose Show Inference Trace.

This takes me to the Inference tab where I can see what path or paths apptio is using to relate the two data sets.  Note that both the diagram and the Tracing pane demonstrate my equally weighted path issue. 



If I look at the information in the Tracing pane, I can see that there is a Key Relationship between Servers Actuals Transform and Applications Actuals transform using "Application" and "Application Name" as the Key columns. 


And in the second Equally weighted path... it says that I also have a relationship between the same two data sets using App_Consumer and Application Name as the Key columns.

If you review the inference map for the equally weighted paths, you can see that we have two keys in Servers Actuals Transform (App Consumer and Application) linked to one key in the Applications Actuals Transform Data set (Application name).  If I actually had two separate sets of keys, then I would see two red lines between the link and each data set.

Once I know what the extra keys are, I just need to choose which keys are the best match for this relationship and turn off any extraneous keys. So in this case, I'd go into the Servers Actuals Transform data set and change the App_Consumer column to a data type of Label.  Now I only have one Key relationship between my two data sets and my values can flow smoothly from Applications into Servers.

I hope this has been helpful.  Please feel free to provide feedback on they types of tips you'd like to see here. The Apptio U team always appreciates your feedback both positive and constructive.


Thanks for learning with Apptio Education Services!

Debbie Hagen

You have been tasked with analyzing the total cost of ownership for a single application. If you can do that, your next task is to do a portfolio analysis across all of your applications.


CT Apps and Services – Applications Reports Overview provides not only an overview of the components and functionality of the Applications reports available with Apptio’s CT Apps and Services module but also details on how to begin analyzing single applications or a broader application portfolio analysis.


This course will guide you through the available standard reports so you understand the full cost every application you manage.


Length: 30 minutes


Format: Web-based training


Audience: TBMAs


Prerequisites: None


Recognition Title: This course fulfills a requirement for the Navigator series of the Recognized TBMA title.

Hi there,

I often get asked about the Many to Many option that needs to be checked in order for your allocations to work correctly both in CTF and in our Studio courses.  Many to Many occurs when you have a model where your source and target object have duplicate entries in the unit identifier column.


Many to Many means that some of the fields in the Identifier column for one data set may have more than one match in the other data set. You can see this clearly if you look in your Summary Data table.  See how in the table below, I've searched on a specific  Unique Identifer.   And the values returned for the Fixed Asset Ledger ID are {Various}.  This means that for that Unique Identifier in the Cost Source Master Data set, there are multiple rows that match in the Fixed Asset Master Data set.



You can also see in the Assignment ratios table that $ from multiple rows in the Cost Source Master Data set are allocated to the Hyp-251 in the Fixed Assets object. This means that Hyp-251 had many matching rows in the Cost Source Master Data set.


Apptio allocations can definitely handle this type of matching as long as the Automatically create many to many relationship option is checked in the Selected Allocation pane.


I hope this helps you to better understand how the Many to Many option works in Apptio and when you need to select it.


Thanks for learning with Apptio Education Services.


Debbie Hagen

Craig Craig Solomon had a great question in Reporting 1 yesterday and I thought it worth sharing.


'Can you print your report without printing the slicers?' 


YES, you can hide ANY report component before printing.  See the steps below.


  1. Go to the report you want to print.
  2. Make sure you are in Viewing mode.
  3. Click the Print icon.
  4. The Print Preview ribbon appears, click the Show/Hide arrow for options.
  5. Click Show/Hide report components.
  6. Un-check the components you do not want to print.


Thanks for the question Craig and happy printing everyone!



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