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Release Management for Cognos

Automate Your Cognos Deployments

Deploying Cognos content between environments is typically a cumbersome process. MotioCI simplifies Cognos deployments and provides you with more command over promoting content into new environments, e.g. choose specific assets to move to a new environment, deploy a particular revision of BI content, choose when and how many environments you wish to deploy to, eliminate having to move an entire folder’s content, etc.

Deploy Whatever You Want

You are no longer confined to deploying an entire folder of content when you use MotioCI. You can narrow and select exactly what you need to deploy into a new environment (e.g. specific Cognos packages, reports, etc.) MotioCI gives you the freedom to easily deploy individual revisions (including deletions) of a single Cognos asset or a collection of Cognos content. This allows you and your colleagues to synchronize how content is distributed across different environments.

Deploy Whenever You Want

MotioCI gives you the flexibility to promote Cognos content immediately, or to schedule it at any time, on any date. Our scheduling feature automates deployments at the most convenient times so as not to disrupt peak business hours. Additionally, MotioCI integrates with external deployment tools, enabling you to trigger a promotion through an already established method.

Full Featured Content Labeling

In MotioCI, a label is used to identify specific revisions of versioned Cognos content into a single group. Labels are useful for deploying a collection of Cognos content to various environments and folders. This labelling feature permits Cognos users to customize exactly what content they choose to deploy.

Promotion to Multiple Cognos Environments

Promotion Groups is a powerful time-saving feature which permits content deployment to multiple Cognos environments simultaneously. (e.g. deploy from QA into 5 production environments, all at once.)

Impact Analysis of Staged Content Deployments

The Impact Analysis feature of MotioCI combines the power of automated testing and promotion capabilities to allow Cognos users to see the impact of a deployment into a new environment before committing to it. Cognos users can deploy with confidence, as Impact Analysis will uncover any problems in a temporary testing location before causing any failures in a live environment.
You can validate such things as:
  • Do the reports still work against the new version of the package?
  • Do the reports produce accurate data?
  • Does the new version of the package affect report performance?

Automated Promotion Upon Validation

MotioCI also allows for “self-service” Cognos deployments. An additional time-saving feature from MotioCI is the option to automatically deploy Cognos content into a new environment once an Impact Analysis is successful.

“Undo” Promotion Button

If a user makes a mistake or changes their mind, there is a single “undo” button to simply reverse a Cognos deployment to go back to its prior state.

Client Case Studies

Achieving the most accurate and reliable BI implementations with Motio

"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...

"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