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Ease Cognos BI Upgrades

With IBM rolling out quarterly releases of Cognos Analytics, do you have a realistic strategy to keep up with the latest and greatest version? Since most Cognos upgrade projects last anywhere from 1 to 3 months (or longer), you MUST adopt a new method for your quarterly upgrades.

Our methodology and software solutions help you keep up with these frequent releases of Cognos Analytics by:

  • Reducing the effort that makes upgrade projects time-intensive.
  • Diminishing uncertainties that cause projects to get out of control.

IBM Approved Upgrades

But don’t just take our word for it. IBM recommends this methodology to its own customers in their upgrade program. This program (formerly known as Bring the Base Forward) allows customers to lease MotioCI throughout the duration of the upgrade process. For a comprehensive look at our Cognos Upgrade methodology, download our Resource List.

Improving Cognos upgrades with Motio

We have a 5-step methodology that incorporates the use of several software solutions to ease the upgrade process.

5-step Cognos Upgrade
  • Determine the assets to move to the new Cognos version. Use ReportCard software to identify duplicate reports, inactive reports, and other inefficiencies that actually don't need to be upgraded.
  • MotioPI software will also identify which of your Cognos reports will run versus those that are invalid and should not make the move.
  • You will then use MotioCI to automate test cases to check for things like output, formatting, performance, and data validity to provide you with a baseline of your current production environment.
  • Use this information to further narrow and determine what to include and exclude from your workload and establish timelines.
  • Rerun the MotioCI test cases after your upgrade to instantly provide you with the results. You will know what needs to be fixed and continuously tested until it passes.
  • We provide reporting so that you can monitor and manage the progress of this phase.

Meanwhile, your end users can avoid disruptions to their work with the Theia platform. As your BI upgrade project team continues to make progress, end users can continue to access their reports, regardless of the Cognos version, as Theia enables your people to work with multiple versions of Cognos simultaneously.

Client Case Studies

Achieving the most accurate and reliable BI implementations with Motio

"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...

"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

"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