IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog

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

How to test Cognos Data Source Connections

Posted by Holly Rice on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 04:34 PM


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

Updated August 28, 2019

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

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

Compare Objects Across Two Cognos Environments

Posted by Dan Sellari on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

Most Cognos developers have been confronted with this situation before:  A report runs perfectly fine in the Cognos Development or Test environment, but has some sort of issue in the Production Cognos environment.   This scenario generally results in the Cognos team asking the question, "What are the differences in this report between the Cognos environment where it works (Development/QA) and the Cognos environment where it has an issue (Production)?".  

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Tags: cognos change management, Cognos troublehsooting, motioci, Cognos version control

4 Common Version Control Scenarios 

Posted by Dan Sellari on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:04 AM

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Tags: cognos change management, motioci, Cognos version control, recover deleted Cognos

Version Control in Cognos Report Studio

Posted by Dan Sellari on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

One of the central capabilities of MotioCI is automated version control for all Cognos objects. While many of MotioCI's version control capabilities are transparent to BI Developers, key workflows around version control for certain types of objects are surfaced into the Cognos authoring studios.

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Tags: cognos change management, Cognos report studio, motioci, Cognos version control

Recovering Deleted Items From Cognos

Posted by Dan Sellari on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 @ 04:44 PM

Recovering deleted Cognos content usually means getting your DBAs involved to do a database restore. But more often than not, this means losing even more content, especially on heavily used development instances.

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Tags: motioci, Cognos version control, recover deleted Cognos