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Getting Started with MotioPI

MotioPI Software Resources

Get up to speed quickly with MotioPI™. This page will help you get started with some useful tips and how-tos below.

Before You Start

Register for MotioPI

MotioPI Registration Screen

After You Register

Check Your Email

You will receive an email with instructions on how to launch MotioPI software. Look for "Registration" in the subject line.

MotioPI Registration Email

Initial Download of MotioPI

Click the link to launch MotioPI from your "Registration" email. This will take you to the following web page to download MotioPI for your Operating System.

MotioPI Launch Page

Log In to PI

The first time you log into MotioPI there will be an example dispatcher pre-populated in the text box. Replace this with your Cognos Dispatcher, Cognos Gateway, Cognos Username, and Cognos Password.
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MotioPI Registration Screen

LDAP / AD Authentication (Optional)

If your Cognos environment authenticates against LDAP or Active Directory, MotioPI can be configured to pull LDAP or AD information from your cogstartup.xml file. The following blog entry provides easy instructions for LDAP / AD support in MotioPI.
LDAP/AD Settings

Common Uses of PI

Document Cognos User Security

The "User Access" panel enables you to access security information on Cognos users, such as:

  • group & role memberships
  • access levels to specific Cognos content

You can document this information by exporting it to a csv, html, or txt document.

Document Cognos User Settings

Validate Cognos Reports

Need to make sure your recent model changes haven't broken any existing reports? Use MotioPI to quickly batch validate hundreds of reports, queries, analysis objects, etc.

Validate Cognos Reports

Locate Schedules Associated with Cognos Objects

Find Cognos schedules associated with Cognos objects, such as reports, jobs, report views and query objects.  

Cognos object schedule results

Additional Resources:

Watch videos and read blog posts demonstrating some of the software's most useful features.

"How To" MotioPI Blogs
User Access Video
Reclaim Content from Deleted Cognos Users Video
Environment Panel Video

Client Case Studies

Achieving the most accurate and reliable BI implementations with Motio

"We could not manage our environment without MotioCI. The release team is no longer the bottleneck. Processes are going smoothly."

—Richard Wylde, Catlin

"Finding a solution which minimized risk and guaranteed that our existing security policies remained intact was very important to us. We were very impressed with the smoothness of the transition."

—Lisa Kelley, HealthPort

"MotioCI is an active insurance policy. It is doing exactly what we wanted it to do."

—Molly Doyle, University of Colorado

"The automated testing provided by MotioCI proved invaluable. With so many reports being created and modified, and the framework model and data sources evolving, it was a huge advantage to have MotioCI proactively pointing out inconsistencies and errors."

—Tim McGuire, Ameripath...

"Our users were wowed by the functionality of MotioADF. The self-service nature of this application has reduced our number of support requests. Even a user with little or no training is able to figure the interface out and immediately become productive."

—Tim McGuire, Ameripath...

"We had one report author delete a series of reports and could not recover them without restoring the entire Cognos Content Store, thus losing all of the work completed since the last backup. We know how valuable version control is and we knew we had to have it."

—Dustin Jordan,...

"By having MotioCI we directly save 500 hours per year on hiring external specialists, so we actually reduce our out-of-pocket costs."

—Rob Bakker, Eneco

"The relationship with Motio is an integral part of our rapidly expanding BICC, enabling holistic change control and proactive issues resolution on our critical reporting portfolio. It has and will continue to increase end user satisfaction and reduce total cost of ownership of our...

"With the complexity of our user interface, it would have taken us twice as long as it did if we had not started with Motio's software. They worked alongside of us to provide the best user interface for the product and the end results are quite impressive."

—Sheila Higgins, Avaya...


"By using MotioCI, we reduced the time to upgrade to Cognos Analytics from 14 months to 3 months!"

— BI Manager, Pharmaceutical Industry



"MotioCI allows me to test all reports against the outputs of an upgraded environment and know if there are any data differences. This allows us to dramatically shorten the upgrade testing cycle from one to two months to one to two weeks."

—Enterprise Reporting and Analytics...

"Without MotioCI we would be in a situation where we would have to fight fires every day just to make sure things are done according to our requirements."

—Sean Nguyen, Sr. Information Architect, Providence St. Joseph Health

"I know of one instance several weeks ago where a set of reports went missing off the development environment and a ticket was submitted for the BACC support team. We were able to quickly show them how you can just restore the missing reports using MotioCI and their panic was over. It's...

"After we deploy to production, if something was missed in testing, or we have an issue, we can very easily roll back to a previous version using the MotioCI tool."

- Jon Coote, CIRA

"When our Dev content store crashed, we had just implemented MotioCI four months prior. If we had not had MotioCI, we would have been in a really, really bad situation. Right there, it paid for itself. We would have lost months worth of development effort that was only in the Dev environment...