IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

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

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

Using MotioPI Search Filters to 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 Strategy and Tools You Need for Managing Cognos BI Performance [Webinar]

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

Setting Up a Gateway to Enable SSO for Cognos 11

Posted by Amir Sarir on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

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.

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Tags: IBM Cognos, Cognos Analytics, SSO for Cognos

How to Identify Cognos Reports with Embedded SQL

Posted by Kevin Strong on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

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.

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Tags: Cognos management, Cognos admin tools, IBM Cognos, motiopi

Improve How You Solve Cognos Report Access Issues with Impersonation

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

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.

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Converting Reports to Fully Interactive Mode in Cognos Analytics

Posted by Kevin Strong on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

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

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Tags: update multiple Cognos reports, motiopi, Cognos Analytics

Testing Cognos Data Source Connections

Posted by Holly Rice on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 04:34 PM

PROBLEM:

A Cognos user (let's call him "Carlos") tries to run a report but receives an error message indicating that the attempt to connect to the data source failed. Carlos alerts you, the administrator, about the issue and you are now tasked with finding the cause. Meanwhile, Carlos' workflow is interrupted and he must switch gears to something less important until the data source issue gets resolved for him to be able to access reports again. What if you could avoid the frequency of this data source connectivity problem hitting Carlos and the rest of your Cognos users? Well, you can and we'll show you how in this blog post. 

We recently broadcast a "skills session" webinar for testing IBM Cognos administrative objects with MotioCI software. One of the featured objects we demonstrated how to test was data source connections. Data source connectivity can be automatically and continuously tested by MotioCI and comes preconfigured with the software, out-of-the box. Let's take a look...

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Tags: motioci, Automated Cognos Testing