IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

Distribute Parameters to Multiple Cognos Report Views

Posted by Dan Sellari on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

Have you ever needed to update the parameters for a large number of report views?    This can be very time consuming in Cognos Connection.    For example, imagine a report which expects 15 parameters (normally populated via its prompt screen).   Since filling out 15 parameters each time they execute this report is a bit taxing, its pretty common place for users to save report views of this report (to capture all of their parameter selections, and make launching the report much easier in the future).

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

Change the Package for Multiple Cognos Reports

Posted by Dan Sellari on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

With MotioPI Pro's Property Distributor you have the ability to modify the properties on any Cognos object in bulk. In today's example, we'll use this feature to update the package associated with multiple Cognos reports in one fell swoop.

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

Update the Default Action for Multiple Cognos Reports

Posted by Dan Sellari on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

MotioPI Pro provides a quick and easy way to mass update the Default Action for a set of Cognos reports.

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

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

Log In to MotioPI

Posted by Holly Rice on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 @ 12:51 PM
The first time you log in to MotioPI, you will notice a dispatcher pre-filled in the "Cognos Dispatcher" text box. This is only an example, you will need to enter your own Cognos Dispatcher in this text box.

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Tags: troubleshooting, getting started with MotioPI, motiopi

Corporate Proxy Workaround for MotioPI

Posted by Holly Rice on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:46 PM

If you received the error below while attempting to launch MotioPI, you are most likely behind a corporate proxy. The following workaround will enable you to run MotioPI.

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Tags: troubleshooting, motiopi

Document Cognos User Security

Posted by Holly Rice on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 05:04 PM

Using MotioPI's User Access panel you can quickly and easily identify (and export) security information on IBM Cognos users. The readily available information includes:

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Tags: Cognos documentation, Cognos admin tools, motiopi