IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

Batch Validation of Cognos Reports

Posted by Dan Sellari on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 01:59 PM

As a Cognos modeler I'm sure many of you have had this experience: After your latest round of model updates, you publish a new version of a package from Framework Manager. This new version of the package accidentally breaks a ton of reports.

Let's face it - this is pretty easy to do (especially for reports you haven't thought about in a while).

Wouldn't it be nice if you could press a button and batch validate all Cognos reports which are associated with this package...?

Well, you're in luck because MotioPI (the FREE tool for Cognos admins) allows you to batch validate Cognos reports with just a few simple clicks. Here's how:

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

Find Schedules Associated with Cognos Reports

Posted by Dan Sellari on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 01:59 PM

MotioPI gives you the ability to search for schedules associated with reports, jobs, report views, and query objects in Cognos.

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Tags: Cognos admin tools, motiopi, mass update Cognos

LDAP and Active Directory Support in MotioPI

Posted by Holly Rice on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 01:58 PM

In Cognos environments which authenticate against LDAP or Active Directory, MotioPI can be configured to pull information directly from the external security provider. This enables some of the advanced features in the User Access panel without requiring a stored credential for each user.

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Tags: troubleshooting, getting started with MotioPI, motiopi

Mass Update Cognos using Search and Replace

Posted by Dan Sellari on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 01:58 PM

Have you ever needed to update an image or change the footer text on hundreds of reports? Have you ever refactored your framework model and needed to change the query item names across all reports which are built on it? Have you ever renamed a report that is referenced as a drill target in many other reports?

If you have ever faced one of these scenarios, then you know how tedious it can be when you have to manually apply the same change across a large number of reports. This is where MotioPI Pro's Search and Replace panel can save you a ton of time (and spare you a great deal of aggravation.)

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Tags: Cognos admin tools, motiopi, mass update Cognos