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

CQM to DQM and Why the Transition Isn’t as Hard as You Might Think

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Mon, Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Transitioning from CQM to DQM. It’s a hot topic, and one we have yet to discuss.

Not dissimilar to a Cognos upgrade, you are looking into switching to DQM because it supports new database types, enhances performance, and is required for Cognos on the Cloud! But of course, the newest, best technology is worthless if your reports don’t run and/or the data is inaccurate.

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An Intuitive Clean Out: How Organizing Photos Relates to a Cognos Upgrade

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

I got a notification on my phone that my storage space was running “dangerously low.” My initial thought was, “wow, what a pain.” I was not looking through spending my whole Saturday sorting through my phone and deleting stuff before I could use the camera feature again. So I clicked on the notification, saw this, and took a screenshot:

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Product Spotlight on Soterre: Version Control and Deployment for Cognos TM1/Planning Analytics

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Tue, Apr 09, 2019 @ 03:05 PM

 

Our Soterre product was conceptualized by, well, you! After constantly being asked, “Hey, can you make MotioCI but for TM1/Planning Analytics?” we knew something had to be done.

If you aren’t familiar with MotioCI, the highlights include version control and automated deployments for Cognos BI. This has saved countless hours for our customers each week by better managing their BI workloads. It has also improved the management of their Cognos environment and helped to reduce stress in their Cognos community.

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We Answer Your Motio “In the Cognos Box” Questions

Posted by Lisa Zavetz on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Unless you’re untouched by our marketing team (and really, why would you want that?) then you’ve heard of this “In the Cognos Box” announcement. And the more it’s promoted, the more questions come our way. We love the enthusiasm coming from our customers and friends, and want to compile one solid place to answer the most popular questions!

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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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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