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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

How to Get Proactive Alerts for Cognos Issues

Posted by Holly Rice on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

When something goes wrong in your IBM Cognos environment, it's important to immediately notify the team of people in charge of fixing issues. If an issue goes undetected the following unwanted scenarios can happen:

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Tags: Cognos troublehsooting, motioci, Automated Cognos Testing

Cognos and the Cost of NOT Testing Your BI

Posted by John Boyer on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Testing has been widely adopted as part of software development ever since software has been developed. Business Intelligence (BI) however, has been slower to adopt testing as an integrated part of development in BI software such as IBM Cognos. Let's explore why BI has been slower to adopt testing practices and the consequences of NOT testing.

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Tags: motioci, Automated Cognos Testing

10 Types of Organizations that Improve Analytics through BI Testing

Posted by John Boyer on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

There is not one industry where testing of BI reports is more important than in others.  ALL industries can benefit from BI testing, however there are certain types of organizations that recognize the value of testing more so than others.

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Tags: Automated Cognos Testing

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

Evaluate the Impact of Cognos Changes Before Promoting to Production

Posted by Meenakshi Gupta on Wed, Oct 03, 2012 @ 06:49 AM

Have you ever wished you could evaluate the impact of a new version of a Cognos package before you promoted it into production?   Deploying significant package changes into a live Cognos environment can create a fair amount of anxiety.   For example: 

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Tags: cognos impact analysis, motioci, Automated Cognos Testing