IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

Lisa Zavetz

Hello! I’ve been a member of the Motio Marketing department since 2012! I work behind the scenes to keep Cognos customers aware of product updates, webinars, market trends, and more. From E-mails to translating information into Spanish, if Motio content reaches you, I probably helped influence it.
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Recent Posts

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

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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Security for IBM Cognos- How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

There is often a misconception of the idea of security. Many think security means that your system can’t be hacked, and your personal files are not accessible. Security means that nobody can get your great aunt’s secret banana bread recipe. You can never be too secure, right?

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Tags: Cognos management, IBM Cognos

Hug a Cognos Admin Day™: 10 Ways to Say Thanks

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

There are several things that the majority of Cognos admins have in common. They are dedicated, hardworking, and don’t anticipate accolades. They are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Cognos environments up and running and their end users happy, but how often are they thanked?

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Tags: IBM Cognos, Motio, Hug a Cognos Admin Day, Cognos Ninja

Cognos Self-service Deployment and Testing Webinar Series

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
Earlier this month, we kicked off our MotioCI 3.0 webinar series. In this three-part series, we dive into the substantial new features and enhancements of the automated Cognos testing and self-service deployment capabilities in MotioCI.
The first session, titled “Achieve Quality BI with IBM Cognos Testing,” focused on a broad introduction and overview of automated testing concepts in Cognos. (To see the recording of the webinar, click here.)

This webinar covered the following topics:

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Tags: motioci, self-service deployment, Automated Cognos Testing

Is IBM Information On Demand 2012 Right for You?

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

If you’ve been paying attention to the Cognos community recently, there has been a lot of hype about IBM’s Information on Demand 2012. If you’ve attended this annual Las Vegas event before, then you’re probably familiar with the process. But if not, IBM IOD can seem overwhelming and leave you unsure of where to start.

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Tags: IBM Cognos, Business analytics, IBM Events & Conferences