IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

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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Analyze the Impact of Security Changes in Cognos TM1

Posted by Holly Rice on Fri, May 05, 2017 @ 03:24 PM

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. 

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Tags: Cognos TM1, Agni for TM1

How to Recover a Lost Cognos Framework Manager Model (in 60 seconds or less)

Posted by Holly Rice on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 04:52 PM

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.

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Tags: Cognos admin tools, Cognos framework manager model, motiopi

Why using MotioPI Search Filters helps you work more Efficiently in Cognos

Posted by Kevin Strong on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

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?

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Tags: Cognos admin tools, motiopi

Easing the Cognos Upgrade Process

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

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.


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Tags: motioci, Upgrading Cognos

The best Strategy and Tools You Need for Managing Cognos BI Performance

Posted by Holly Rice on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 03:44 PM

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.

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Tags: Cognos Performance, ReportCard