IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog
Unless you’re untouched by our marketing team (and really, why would you want that?) then you’ve heard of this “In the Cognos Box” announcement. And the more it’s promoted, the more questions come our way. We love the enthusiasm coming from our customers and friends, and want to compile one solid place to answer the most popular questions!
Let’s say you need to add the following confidentiality statement to each of your footers in dozens of existing Cognos reports: “The information contained within this report is proprietary and confidential. No part of this report may be disclosed in any manner to a third party without prior written consent.”
Imagine your organization has decided to update their brand, and you’re tasked with updating the fonts on ALL company-wide reports that aren’t Arial or Helvetica with Arial. But how would you proceed to accomplish this herculean task? The average Cognos customer has between 10,00 and 15,000 reports in their production environment. So you would have to dive into tens of thousands of reports and manually edit each and every one! MotioPI Pro provides a more efficient method for mass updating all your Cognos BI content. Here is a look into how to update your fonts.
Locating errors in report outputs can be a difficult and complex task. It’s especially challenging if your Cognos system hosts a sea of reports! MotioCI can journey deep into your Development, Production, and QA environments to fish out error-filled report outputs.
In this follow up to my first post about filters. I am going to briefly talk about number filters in MotioPI Professional. Without further ado, let’s dive into number property filters in MotioPI!
Number Property Filters
Number Property filters in MotioPI are just what they sound like, filters that act on any numerical property of your content. Examples include, but are not limited to: run duration of a report in seconds, the total number of recipients set on a schedule and the size of an output. I will talk briefly about how to set up a Number Property filter and then show them in action for the three examples I listed above.
Motio ReportCard is a fantastic tool for analyzing and optimizing your Cognos performance. ReportCard can assess the reports in your environment, locate issues that cause a decline in performance, and present the results of how much performance can be improved by fixing the identified issue. Another important feature of ReportCard is the ability to continuously monitor your environment. This feature is known as “System Monitoring” and will be the focus of this blog, as we teach you how to set up alerts when performance goes outside of your expectations.
As you use Cognos throughout the years, your environments tend to get cluttered. These extra reports cause Cognos to lag, and become less efficient. MotioPI, the free tool from Motio, can help get your Cognos environment back to running efficiently. MotioPI will not only help you to eliminate extraneous reports, but in this blog post, we will help you to identify the questions you may ask to ensure you are cleaning properly.
When it comes to getting some very common and crucial tasks done in IBM Cognos TM1, we found that there are many quite painful tasks to do. They are so painful, that the thought untangling Christmas tree lights for a living seems much more appealing! One such painful task we are going to focus on today is managing security in TM1.
Have you ever lost or corrupted a Cognos Framework Manager Model? Have you ever wished you could recover the lost model based on information which is stored in your Cognos Content Store (e.g. a package which was published from the lost model)? You're in luck! You can use MotioPI (a free tool for Cognos admins) to recreate your Framework Manager Model's "model.xml" file with just a few simple clicks.