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Soterre for IBM Cognos TM1/Planning Analytics

Streamlined Deployments for IBM Cognos TM1 /Planning Analytics


Manually deploying content between environments is slow, tedious, and error prone. And you can’t account for the money lost in human error. These inefficiencies include:

  • Restarting TM1 each time you move content by copying files into a new environment
  • Recording manual changes in Dev to replicate them in Prod
  • Deleting extraneous code that gets inserted by the transfer component of the Performance Modeler in TM1 (who has time for that?)

Utilizing Soterre’s deployment feature creates a streamlined process. It allows for smooth deployments of TM1 content (processes, views, chores, websheets, and more) into production. With Soterre, there’s no need to:

  • Restart TM1
  • Replicate changes from Dev to Prod
  • Delete extra code from TM1 processes

Version Control for IBM Cognos TM1 /Planning Analytics


When a mistake is made in TM1, there is no way to recover the last functioning version. To avoid that, users need to get creative. This usually leads to a home-made version control system where you copy/paste files from the data directory every time you want to start a new version. When something breaks, you need to sort through the entire archive of copied and pasted files to locate the right copy of the right file.

This is not only time consuming, it’s inefficient and error prone. And your time is too valuable! So we’ve created Soterre. Soterre provides version control (source control) which:

  • Eliminates the manual work by tracking changes made to TM1 objects, saving you time and allowing you to focus on analyzing the data
  • Restores older versions of an object if something goes awry, so you can focus on introducing new changes, not manually copying each change
  • Highlights the differences between two versions of an object so you can see what's changed in one screen

Client Case Studies

Achieving the most accurate and reliable BI implementations with Motio

"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...

"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