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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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.
Filtering In MotioPI
One of the most powerful features in MotioPI is its ability to filter search results. Intelligent usage of filters will enable you to answer complex questions about your environment easily via MotioPI. Using filters isn’t always as simple as just clicking "Search." In this blog post, I’ll provide general instructions on how to use filters, and then go in depth on a few filter types. Specifically, I am going to talk about text property filters.
What can filters do for me?
You know the drill: IBM announces a new version of their Business Intelligence tool, Cognos. You search the Cognos Blog-o-sphere and attend sneak-preview sessions for information on the newest release. It’s so shiny! Your reports will be so much happier in the latest and greatest Cognos version! But your excitement slowly slips away and is replaced by a nagging feeling in the back of your mind. Upgrading to the newest version of Cognos takes a lot of time, planning, and work.
There are so many circumstances that can affect how smoothly your upgrade goes. In a survey of over 100 cross-industry Cognos users, 37.1% said that managing the Cognos migration was their biggest challenge.
When I get a brand new, flawless, unsullied anything- laptop, smart phone, car, BI software system, or whatever the item...I vow to keep it lean and mean and tell myself, "This time I'm not going to accumulate any unnecessary content, apps, data, trash, take out Chinese food containers, etc., and I am going to stay on top of regular maintenance." Right.
How to Setup a Gateway for Cognos 11
A question that we very often get asked is this: “Does the Optional Gateway ever become a requirement?"
And the answer is, “Yes!"
One of the most common scenarios where having an Optional Gateway setup becomes mandatory is having single sign-on (SSO) setup. In this blog post I will cover how to setup an Optional Gateway in Cognos Analytics versions 11.0.2 and 11.0.3. Those who have followed IBM’s official document on setting up the Optional Gateway and are having connectivity issues might find this guide useful. IBM seems to have left out a couple of critical steps for setting up the Cognos ISAPI which I will cover towards the end. Let’s start with a background on the architecture.
**Please note, if you are on Cognos version 11.04 and up, the IIS configuration guideline can be found here. And to make this easier, IBM has a small tool you can download here to automate the process.
A common question that keeps getting asked of the MotioPI Support Staff is how to identify IBM Cognos reports, queries, etc. that utilize in-line SQL in their specifications. While most reports leverage a package to access your data warehouse, it is possible for reports to run SQL statements directly against the database, bypassing your package. Let's talk about why it's important to know which reports have embedded SQL.
You check your emails Friday afternoon and see that Ursula has lost the ability to see some important reports after a new release. Ursula desperately needs these BI assets available Monday morning. You can't walk over to Ursula’s office though, because she is in New York and you are in Honolulu.
The launch of IBM Cognos Analytics marked the release of many new features along with phasing out many mainstays of previous Cognos versions. One of these new features is a type of report, called a “fully interactive” report. Fully interactive reports have additional capabilities when compared to reports that are not fully interactive reports (sometimes called “limited interactivity”).
So what is a fully interactive report? Fully interactive reports are a new way to author and view reports in Cognos Analytics. Fully interactive reports enable live analysis of the report. This live analysis comes in the form of toolbars that enable the user to filter and group information or even generate charts. All this without re-running your report!Image Source:IBM Analytics