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Persona IQ - Seamless Cognos Security Migration

The Problem

  • Do you need to transition your Cognos environment from one authentication source to another?
  • Are you migrating from an on-premise Cognos installation to a cloud-based installation?
  • Or, do you need to integrate your Cognos authentication with SAML?
Did you realize that this can wreak havoc with your existing Cognos content and configuration? This can result in orphaned or lost My Folders content, schedules which can no longer run, email deliveries which no longer happen, mis-configured security policies, and many other problems (see the video below).

The Solution

Motio's Persona IQ™ quickly and seamlessly transitions Cognos between external authentication sources WITHOUT breaking the existing security configuration. Persona IQ:

  • Migrates between Cognos authentication sources without changing the CAMIDs of users, groups & roles
  • Supports migrating from and/or to:
    • Cognos Access Manager
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • LDAP
    • IBM Tivoli Directory Server
    • Cognos On-premise to Cloud Installations
  • Requires less than five minutes of Cognos downtime
  • Requires ZERO changes to
    • Content Store
    • Framework Models
    • Transformer Models
    • TM1 Applications
    • Planning Applications
  • Easily integrate Cognos authentication with Okta, SAML, etc.
  • Empowers BI support personnel while still adhering to corporate authentication standards
  • Eliminates expensive, risky and time-consuming migration projects
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Want to Learn More?

PersonaIQ Video Preview

Check out the video provided just to the left. It demonstrates concrete examples of many of the content and configuration issues which can arise when migrating a Cognos environment between authentication sources, and then goes on to show how Persona IQ makes the same migration virtually seamless.

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US Patent 9,401,904
US Patent 9,660,973
US Patent 10,009,333
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