IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

CQM to DQM and Why the Transition Isn’t as Hard as You Might Think

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Mon, Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Transitioning from CQM to DQM. It’s a hot topic, and one we have yet to discuss.

Not dissimilar to a Cognos upgrade, you are looking into switching to DQM because it supports new database types, enhances performance, and is required for Cognos on the Cloud! But of course, the newest, best technology is worthless if your reports don’t run and/or the data is inaccurate.

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An Intuitive Clean Out: How Organizing Photos Relates to a Cognos Upgrade

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

I got a notification on my phone that my storage space was running “dangerously low.” My initial thought was, “wow, what a pain.” I was not looking through spending my whole Saturday sorting through my phone and deleting stuff before I could use the camera feature again. So I clicked on the notification, saw this, and took a screenshot:

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Product Spotlight on Soterre: Version Control and Deployment for Cognos TM1/Planning Analytics

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Tue, Apr 09, 2019 @ 03:05 PM

 

Our Soterre product was conceptualized by, well, you! After constantly being asked, “Hey, can you make MotioCI but for TM1/Planning Analytics?” we knew something had to be done.

If you aren’t familiar with MotioCI, the highlights include version control and automated deployments for Cognos BI. This has saved countless hours for our customers each week by better managing their BI workloads. It has also improved the management of their Cognos environment and helped to reduce stress in their Cognos community.

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We Answer Your Motio “In the Cognos Box” Questions

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

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!

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How to Add a Footer to a Group of Cognos Reports

Posted by Holly Rice on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 05:21 PM

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.”

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Tags: Cognos admin tools, update multiple Cognos reports, motiopi, mass update Cognos

Locate and Mass Update Fonts in ALL your Cognos Reports, Quickly and Easily

Posted by Sammy Ng on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 01:08 PM


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.

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Tags: cognos change management, getting started with MotioCI, IBM Cognos, Cognos Analytics

How To Use MotioCI “PDF Diff” To Accelerate The Cognos Upgrade Process

Posted by Sammy Ng on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

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.

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Tags: Cognos management, getting started with MotioCI, Automated Cognos Testing, Upgrading Cognos

Discover Performance Issues in your Cognos Environment with MotioPI!

Posted by Kevin Strong on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 11:35 AM


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

What are 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.

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Tags: motiopi, Cognos Analytics

Get Alerts When Your Cognos Performance Starts To Hurt

Posted by Sammy Ng on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 04:57 PM


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.

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Tags: Cognos Performance, ReportCard

Cognos Cleanup: Leveraging the Audit Database with MotioPI

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 @ 08:20 AM

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.

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