IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

Converting Reports to Fully Interactive Mode in Cognos Analytics

Posted by Kevin Strong on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

The launch of IBM Cognos Analytics marked the release of many new features along with phasing out many mainstays of previous Cognos versions. One of these new features is a type of report, called a “fully interactive” report. Fully interactive reports have additional capabilities when compared to reports that are not fully interactive reports (sometimes called “limited interactivity”).

So what is a fully interactive report? Fully interactive reports are a new way to author and view reports in Cognos Analytics. Fully interactive reports enable live analysis of the report. This live analysis comes in the form of toolbars that enable the user to filter and group information or even generate charts. All this without re-running your report!Image Source:IBM Analytics

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Tags: update multiple Cognos reports, motiopi, Cognos Analytics

Preventing Broken Shortcuts in Cognos Using MotioPI Pro

Posted by Holly Rice on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

Creating shortcuts in Cognos is a convenient way to access the information you use frequently. Shortcuts point to Cognos objects such as reports, report views, jobs, folders, and so on. However, when you move objects to new folders/locations within Cognos, the shortcuts that reference them turn into broken links. You would then have to go into Cognos and recreate all of the shortcuts to those objects that were moved. 

Or, you could conveniently move the Cognos objects within MotioPI Pro in order to prevent broken shortcuts and avoid the pain of having to recreate them. 

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

How to Add a Footer to a Group of Cognos Reports

Posted by Cody Duncan on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 08:15 AM

Let’s say you need to add the following confidentiality statement to each of your footers in dozens of existing Cognos reports:  The information contained within this report is proprietary and confidential. No part of this report may be disclosed in any manner to a third party without prior written consent.”

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

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