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Motio Releases Persona IQ

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 28, 2012 – Today Motio announced the immediate availability of Persona IQ™ - a new product designed to allow IBM Cognos customers to seamlessly transition between external security sources, such as Access Manager, Active Directory and LDAP, without impacting their existing Cognos content or configuration.change cognos auth providers

“Historically, it has been a big effort for Cognos customers to migrate from one security source to another, as Cognos implementations often contain many references to the original security source,” said Lance Hankins, CTO of Motio, Inc. “One of the novel aspects of Persona is its ability to make this transition without any changes to these references. This innovative approach enables us to transition even large-scale Cognos instances between security sources within a matter of minutes.”

Persona IQ™ has an immediate appeal for many Cognos customers who are still utilizing Access Manager as their external authentication source. Access Manager was formerly distributed with Cognos Series 7, and is still used as an authentication source by many long-standing Cognos customers. Access Manager is considered by most to be legacy software, so Cognos customers still using it are often looking for a migration path.

“We designed Persona to provide an amazingly smooth transition for Cognos Customers looking to leave Access Manager behind,” said Hankins. “Persona can function as a drop-in replacement for Access Manager, providing customers stuck on it with an immediate bridge to the future. We can migrate an existing Cognos customer from Access Manager to Persona in a matter of minutes, without impacting their Cognos content or configuration.”

Persona IQ™ also supports bridging Cognos authentication to LDAP or Active Directory, making it a very natural step for customers seeking to centralize authentication against a corporate directory server. Companies who are promoting their Cognos applications from the department to the enterprise, or who have standardized on a common authentication provider and need to move their Cognos applications to the new provider will find that Persona IQ™ saves considerable time and effort.

Transition Cognos to a new security source without changing CAMIDs

IBM Cognos is designed to delegate authentication to external security sources such as LDAP, Active Directory, and Access Manager. Cognos identifies each user, group and role from an external security source via a unique identifier called a “CAMID”. Numerous aspects of a Cognos instance’s content and configuration utilize these CAMID’s to track things such as permissions, memberships, user content, and schedule recipients. For sizable Cognos instances, this can often mean tens of thousands of CAMID references in Content Store and external models.

Transitioning a Cognos instance between security sources normally causes the CAMIDs to change. This can present a significant challenge for Cognos teams, since all of the old CAMID references then need to be found, mapped and updated.

One of the key capabilities of Persona IQ™ is its ability to transition an existing Cognos instance to a new security source without changing CAMIDs. Using Persona, users, groups and roles are exposed from the new security source with the same CAMIDs as before.

“Previous approaches to Cognos security migration tend to be very brute force”, said Hankins. “Persona is a paradigm shift – it provides an elegant solution to this problem. A Cognos instance can be re-configured to point at a new security source, but the CAMID’s do not have to change. This eliminates the need to find, map and update CAMID references littered throughout the Content Store, models, etc.”

Persona IQ™ is officially supported on Windows Server 2003 and higher as well as Linux and Unix based operating systems.

About Motio, Inc.

Motio produces award-winning software for IBM Cognos. Motio software is used by customers around the globe to streamline, automate and extend IBM Cognos. Motio, an IBM Premier Business Partner, empowers Cognos teams by removing burdens and enabling them to focus on the essential complexity of Business Intelligence.

For more information on Persona IQ™, visit http://www.motio.com/products/persona.do

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