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MotioCI Air Takes Flight

Dallas, TX (May 11th, 2009) - Motio, Inc. is taking its development and QA suite for IBM Cognos BI not only to the next level, but into the cloud with Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Motio, Inc. announces the immediate availability of MotioCI Air, its first hosted Software as a Service product.

Motio, Inc. has put the powerful features of MotioCI within reach, within budget, in the cloud. Cloud computing allows users to access resources and services over the internet without additional infrastructure and with minimal expense. Cloud computing allows organizations to enjoy the benefits MotioCI has to offer on a pay as you go basis. Now, customers can leverage the BI best practices of MotioCI for any IBM Cognos BI development project, regardless of size.

"Cloud Computing is where we see the future and great opportunity for our customers," says Motio Inc. Chief Technology Officer Lance Hankins. "The cloud model allows organizations to use our tools anytime, anywhere, with minimal investment and almost zero ramp up time."

MotioCI Air is hosted in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in partnership with Amazon Web Services, for guaranteed uptime, reliability, and security. The SaaS aspect of MotioCI Air means set up takes only a matter of minutes.

"The cloud model also dramatically changes the typical software installation and management process," said Hankins. "In larger organizations, there can often be a great deal of coordination and effort when installing and maintaining an enterprise software product. Aside from the install itself, customers have to worry about obtaining the hardware and database accounts, setting up production monitoring and backups, etc. With the cloud based model, we have dramatically changed that equation. From the time a customer gives us a green light, we can have a completely dedicated MotioCI Air instance provisioned and ready for them to use in less than ten minutes. That's a game changer."

MotioCI Air offers the same capabilities as MotioCI. MotioCI Air provides a method for continuous, automated version control and regression testing of IBM Cognos BI content, visibility into changes in the BI Ecosystem and managed deployments between BI environments. MotioCI Air puts these tools in the cloud, at a very low cost to organizations. In fact, it will be available for a short time - for free.

"This is great news for our Cognos team. In the past, rolling out a critical product like MotioCI in house could take months. Often in an organization of this size, it is challenging just to get the cost and equipment approved, not to mention what it takes to get the necessary databases approved and up and running. With MotioCI Air there was none of that. We were up and running in minutes not months!" said Will Senn, Director of Decision Support, University of North Texas.

The evolution of MotioCI Air means there is no reason for any organization to keep from implementing life-cycle management best practices within the IBM Cognos BI environment.

"With MotioCI Air, we have eliminated many of the barriers which have prevented some teams from implementing these much needed best practices", said Lynn Moore, CEO of Motio, Inc. "It just makes sense, particularly in today's economy, to allow organizations of any size the option to have access to a product such as MotioCI Air at a fraction of the cost. With the cloud based offering we have an easy pricing model, where customers simply pay as they go."

Motio CI Air is deployed in the cloud utilizing the power of Amazon Web Services platform, which means immediate benefits for users, including:

Flat monthly fee per IBM Cognos Content Author - By using MotioCI Air in the cloud, organizations will keep costs down by paying only for actual users. There is no need to pay for potential users. While this lowers up-front investment, it does not limit capacity, as the flexibility of cloud computing allows for more capacity to be transparently added as demand grows.

Secure - MotioCI Air uses encrypted channels to deliver the highest level of security available. Organizations can access the convenience of the cloud without compromise.

Reliable and Available - MotioCI Air deploys in a matter of minutes. There is no down time waiting for infrastructure or software to be installed. There is no need to install servers at your facility. Cloud computing saves time not only in deployment of services, it also saves valuable time lost in maintenance of additional hardware.

Scales automatically to meet demand - MotioCI Air in the cloud is the answer for organizations looking for flexibility in their response to changing demand. From several users to several thousand, MotioCI Air will seamlessly handle the load.

Supports development teams across the globe - With all the necessary elements of MotioCI Air in the cloud, any number of users from any location can access the software at any time. Cloud Computing offers the ultimate experience in flexibility and adaptability for organizations with teams working side by side or spread across the world.

Motio, Inc. is offering a special trial version of MotioCI Air; the first three months are free. After that, the cost is contained to a flat monthly fee per IBM Cognos Content Author.


 

About MotioCI Air

The MotioCI Air™ solution is self contained with Zero-Touch Version Control™, Timeline Manager & Automated Promotion. In partnership with Amazon?, Motio will provide your organization with a highly secure, robust infrastructure within minutes. No need to procure hardware or worry about scaling to meet demand. Order the service and get started today.

Features

  • 100% software as a service 'in the cloud' solution.
  • No hardware to buy or databases which must be installed / configured.
  • Full Zero-Touch Version Control?, Timeline and Automated Promotion.
  • $55 USD per month per IBM Cognos content author.*
  • Encrypted channels for optimal control and security

Benefits

  • Easy to deploy in the cloud.
  • Increased control and insight into your BI environment.
  • Deploy fewer development resources and incur lower costs per report created.
  • Grow BI productivity without increasing your support resources.
  • Proactive management of the life cycle of BI content.
  • Proactive regression testing of BI content
  • Track the performance of BI content over time
  • Enables BI teams to produce more consistent, accurate, and performant BI content - in less time.

About Motio Inc.

Motio, Inc. is the recognized leader in value-added functionality for the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software. Motio's range of products monitor, automate, and customize the operational performance of BI implementations, embedding emerging best practices and empowering BI Competency Centers to enhance overall system performance and maximize quality. As an IBM Cognos Silver Technology Partner, Motio has helped hundreds of Cognos customers meet the increasing demands for business intelligence and effectively compete in the quickly maturing BI market.

For more information about Motio, Please visit us at http://www.inmotio.com

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—Molly Doyle, University of Colorado

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—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,...