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Motio software maximizes our customers IBM Cognos investment by enabling more accurate and reliable BI implementations. We are not limited to specific industries or the size of a given establishment in need. The following testimonials will illustrate the challenges our clients faced in their BI environments and the solutions Motio provided.
MotioCI Enables Agile and Self-service BI at IBM
As the adoption rate of IBM's enterprise-wide business analytics platform, "Blue Insight" continued to accelerate, their BACC operations team found itself spending more and more time servicing administrative requests from Cognos business teams. Frequent administrative requests involved: 1) Content promotions- the promotion of Cognos content between environments, 2) Data recovery – the restoration of accidentally deleted Cognos content, 3) Issue resolution – helping with root cause analysis of defects in the authored BA content, etc.
The IBM BACC selected MotioCI as the solution for streamlining many of the day-to-day Cognos administrative tasks that were devouring so much time from the operations team. The key benefits the IBM BACC has gained from implementing MotioCI include: 1) Reduced Cognos administration and support costs, 2) Balanced governance and autonomy, 3) Improved development processes by enabling Agile BI methods, and 4) Governed self-service BI.
CIRA Transitions to an Agile Methodology with MotioCI
CIRA had processes in place that made collaboration on report development and deploying Cognos content to new environments quite cumbersome and inefficient. When CIRA upgraded to IBM Cognos 10.2, they recognized that they had to change their methodology in order to increase the BI team's velocity and keep up with the demands of their business users.
CIRA's BI team spearheaded the move toward agile BI processes and acquired MotioCI to support this movement. MotioCI sped up the development process at CIRA by empowering users to quickly make changes, deploy, and test BI content while having the added safety of undoing and correcting as needed. MotioCI plus agile methodology has enabled CIRA to rapidly deliver time-sensitive data to its business users.
MotioCI Saves a Corrupted IBM Cognos Content Store at DaVita HealthCare
Prior to implementing MotioCI, DaVita HealthCare Partners had a peculiar way of artificially versioning BI content which was more like a safety net with gaping holes in it. Their process was complex and unreliable. They still risked content being out of sync with packages, not recovering correct versions, and losing large amounts of development work altogether by not having version control in their Dev environment. DaVita needed to reduce risk and automate Cognos development processes.
MotioCI was implemented and DaVita immediately saw improvements in ease of deploying between environments and quickly reverting to previous content versions. Just 4 months after MotioCI was installed, DaVita's content store got into an unstable state due to a combination of events in Cognos. The MotioCI version control capabilities and support team allowed DaVita to pinpoint the cause of the problem and return their Content Store to a stable state. Had MotioCI not been in place, they would have lost months worth of work.
Catlin Insurance Group Improves BI Management Thanks to MotioCI
When Catlin switched to IBM Cognos, they expanded the size of their BI implementation and increased their users which negatively impacted the BI team's ability to manage the implementation. The BI team could not get releases into production nor data quality assessed quickly enough to meet the demands of their user base. They needed a better way to control change management, deployments, content quality, and overall performance. Their existing methods were causing bottlenecks in getting content to their users.
Catlin turned to MotioCI to manage their Cognos implementation. Their deployment issues were solved almost immediately. They replaced their manual method of content promotions with MotioCI's self-service promotion capabilities. The combination of version control, release management, and testing capabilities that MotioCI provided, helped Catlin achieve results in these areas:
- Improved management of BI teams and environments
- Reduced development time
- Increased the amount of BI assets released to production
- Boosted confidence in BI content accuracy
- Raised end user satisfaction
Persona IQ Securely Migrates HealthPort's Cognos Authentication
In accordance with HIPPA regulations, HealthPort needed all of its applications to authenticate against a single, tightly controlled Active Directory infrastructure. This created a big challenge for their Cognos application which historically authenticated against Access Manager. Transitioning Cognos authentication raises a lot of concerns, and for HealthPort, security and downtime were the most pressing.
Manually transitioning to a new authentication source would have been expensive, error-prone, and time intensive, therefore, HealthPort chose Persona IQ to facilitate their transition. Persona IQ diminished risk and guaranteed that HealhPort's existing Cognos content and security configuration remained intact and functioned just as it had before. Additionally, HealthPort has benefitted from other Persona IQ features which have improved their support processes. To learn more, read the full Customer Case Study.
CU Saves Time and Money on Debugging with MotioCI
The University of Colorado had a complex BI ecosystem that encountered lots of changes to the environments, and lacked visibility and automation in its deployment and testing methods. CU was spending tens of thousands of dollars, per event, to discover and fix errors or performance issues to BI content that was caused by changes made in their Cognos environments.
The University of Colorado implemented MotioCI and the results were immediate. MotioCI saved CU time and money by delivering the following:
- Fast recovery from work loss
- Documented and controlled deployments
- Repeatable testing
- System monitoring
- Established best practices
- Compliant with audits
MotioCI Testing Ensures Accurate and Consistent Data at Ameripath
Ameripath's extensive infrastructure includes over 400 pathologists and scientists providing services to a network of over 200 hospitals and laboratories. As their data-rich environment has evolved, so have demands and standards for accuracy and consistency with their BI content.
Ameripath addressed these demands with the testing features of MotioCI. Automated, continuous tests were configured to check BI assets and instantly help Ameripath identify issues that relate to:
- Data validity
- Corporate standards conformance
- Output accuracy
MotioADF Fulfills Ameripath's Vision for a Better User Experience
The following requirements at Ameripath exceeded the capabilities of IBM Cognos:
- Expose Cognos BI content through an Ameripath branded user experience
- Tightly control access to and retention of sensitive BI outputs
- Provide consistent look and feel across all reports
Ameripath created a customized and intuitive interface with MotioADF. They produced a scalable, hardened, user experience that exposes BI content exactly the way Ameripath consumers need to see it. Management of BI outputs were offloaded from Cognos and supported by sophisticated and business specific security and retention policies.
Texas Tech University Safeguards Cognos BI Content with MotioCI
Texas Tech University realized the importance of version control in their BI environment when an unfortunate event happened- reports got deleted and the only way to recover them was to restore their entire content store. Unfortunately this content store restoration caused them to lose ALL of the work completed since their last backup. With 19 report modelers/writers, 50 report authors, and over 2500 users at Texas Tech, BI content was very vulnerable to accidental deletions or being overwritten by one another.
MotioCI's automated version control gave Texas Tech peace of mind by safeguarding susceptible data and ensuring that valuable time and work is not lost again.
Eneco Saves on Maintenance and External BI Specialist Costs with MotioCI
Eneco, an energy company based in the Netherlands, required a better way to manage their Cognos development process, which was automated by self-written Linux scripts. Their current process was difficult to maintain, error-prone, slow, and resource-intensive. They needed to lower the associated costs as well.
With MotioCI in place, Eneco achieves the following:
- Saves 15% on the maintenance budget for IBM Cognos every year
- Saves 500 hours per year on hiring external specialists
- Eliminates having to maintain Linux scripts
- Reduces communication needed between SCBI (Solution Center Business Intelligence)and Operations about the scripts
- Resolves incidents quicker
- Improves the timeliness of report delivery
- Sees less failures due to corrupt files
Telus Increases Speed and Efficiency of Cognos Releases
TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, had a strong desire to accelerate the growth and performance of their IBM Cognos environments. However, they had hundreds of report authors working with thousands of reports for a user base of 3500 people, and were hindered by long development cycle times and too many manual operations.
With the implementation of MotioCI at Telus, the software's automated promotion feature provided a dramatic reduction in release cycle times, triggering an increase in productivity at TELUS. Frequent, automated regression testing and version control have also contributed to an increase in timeliness and quality at Telus by minimizing delays and errors in their BI content.
MotioADF Delivers a Customizable Reporting Solution for Avaya
Avaya, who is a leading provider of business communications solutions serving millions of business worldwide, needed to create and deliver to its customers an entirely new BI software application interface for IBM Cognos that aligned with its overall product concept. However, there is little to zero customization for the Cognos user experience. Additionally, they wanted to ensure this custom BI experience was seamless and more robust for its customers.
Avaya implemented MotioADF and was able to deliver a faster time-to-market, customizable solution for its customers. The MotioADF solution included an object-oriented interface for Avaya's reporting application and web-based widgets and wizards that allow Avaya's end users to create reports based on its unique business logic.