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MotioADF: Orchestrate, Integrate, Collaborate

MotioADF™ is a platform for orchestrating, instrumenting and integrating artifacts from disparate Business Intelligence systems into customer defined web applications. Key use cases for MotioADF include customer defined BI portals, self-service BI scenarios, just-in-time manipulation or assembly of BI artifacts, collaboration around BI artifacts and the outputs they produce, and the ability to push near-real-time updates to previously rendered outputs via server-side event channels.

MotioADF allows you to create and rapidly deploy web-based solutions which integrate and extend existing BI assets from multiple BI systems with additional capabilities defined by Motio or Motio customers.

MotioADF often fulfills one or more of the following use cases:

Custom Web Based Applications which Leverage Existing BI Capabilities

Leverage assets from your existing BI systems - but surface those assets to end-users in a way that is far different than what the BI vendor provides. For example, a web application used to manage a large call-center is leveraging the power of IBM Cognos BI to provide insight into all data accumulated at the call-center, but you may wish to expose the Cognos BI functionality in a manner which is consistent with the look, feel & flow of the rest of the web application. Consider the following transformation from the default Cognos Connection experience into a fully branded MotioADF based web application.

MotioADF Architecture

Single User Experience Across Multiple BI Platforms

Provide a consistent user experience which aggregates content from multiple BI systems. Use MotioADF in order to provide consistent and seamless access to multiple disparate BI systems in a clean and consistent manner. For example, you may wish to surface BI artifacts generated by Cognos, Microstrategy, and Tableau all from the same consistent BI portal (rather than forcing the user to deal with a completely different experience from each of these three BI vendors).

MotioADF Architecture

Bridge the Gap Between Canned Reports and Self-Service Requirements

MotioADF provides your end users with the capability to make runtime content adjustments to configured BI artifacts. This helps bridge the gap between professionally authored BI artifacts and end user self-service requirements. For example, an end user can make controlled and targeted customizations to a high-fidelity BI artifact without having had any of the necessary training required to use the authoring tool of the BI vendor. These runtime content adjustments are applied by MotioADF to the specification of the target BI artifact during the pre-execution phase.

MotioADF Runtime Content Adjustments

Near Real-time Data Awareness For Previously Rendered Outputs

The MotioADF Data Pulse Service brings data volatility awareness to previously rendered BI outputs. By utilizing the Data Pulse service, BI outputs can be intelligently refreshed when their underlying data changes without repeatedly executing the same queries on a recurring basis. Refreshes are triggered by server-side events, not client-side timers.

Near real-time updates to BI outputs allow stakeholders to more quickly react to changing information.

Collaboration Around BI Outputs

MotioADF allows stakeholders to ergonomically collaborate around the BI artifacts and outputs surfaced through ADF. For example, stakeholders may annotate report outputs, engage in threaded discussions around the numbers, etc. MotioADF Annotation

Much More...

MotioADF was founded on the principle that we should make it easy for you, our customers, to layer additional functionality on top of your existing BI investments. Are there missing features or gaps in your BI implementations? Is there a new capability you'd love to see integrated on top of your existing BI assets? If so, contact Motio today - we'd be happy to build it for you.

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...