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MotioCI: Version Control for Cognos

Versioning Cognos Reports

When you make a change on a Cognos report, your change becomes the latest version in Cognos and overrides all previous versions. So, what do you do when you want to go back to a previous version? You can’t.

This makes managing changes in Cognos very difficult. And what if you accidentally delete a Cognos report? Forget about it! That report is gone for good, and it's up to you to recreate all the data a second (or third) time.

MotioCI's Version Control captures all sorts of changes (including deletions, content deployments, etc.) and gives you the ability to roll back to a previous version. Not only can you revert to a previous version, but you can also recover deleted reports. MotioCI's Version Control gives you a safety net for your work in Cognos.

Version All Cognos Object Types, Anywhere in (and outside) the Content Store

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Any Content Store object can be automatically versioned using MotioCI, such as:
  • Reports (including Fully Interactive), Events, & Analysis objects
  • Dispatchers, Report Services & Data Sources
  • Security (Groups/Roles, etc.)

But it doesn’t stop there. MotioCI can version content outside the content store as well. This ensures that you're managing everything throughout the BI life cycle.

  • Cognos Framework Manager
  • Transformer models
  • XML specifications, names, tooltips, permission sets, etc.

Recover Deleted Content

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In Cognos out of the box, if a report was accidentally or intentionally deleted, it would be gone forever. However, with MotioCI, any Cognos content deletion can be recovered. Furthermore, MotioCI uncovers who deleted the report and when it was deleted.

Lock your Work to Securely Make Changes

In the Cognos Analytics Authoring tool (Report Studio in prior Cognos versions), you can securely make a change that will not be overwritten before you are ready to commit it. This is done through MotioCI’s exclusive locking feature. All you need to do is “check out” your report. This ensures that only you can make changes to the report until you check it back in. This locking feature also gives you more control and security of the report you are editing.


In addition to locking reports, MotioCI allows you to check out and lock transformer models and Framework Manager models. MotioCI integrates with studios in both Cognos 10 and Cognos Analytics. Once you're satisfied with your changes, you can check your report back in and include helpful commentary about the changes you've just made.

Integration with Defect Tracking Systems

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MotioCI also allows you to reference tickets in external defect tracking systems. This is because MotioCI is integrated with 3rd party defect tracking systems such as JIRA, IBM Rational ClearQuest, Trac, and more! As you make updates to a report, you can associate them back to a change request or defect from tracking system tickets. In the image, you can see "Fixes #3" in the description. This will automatically close out the ticket in your tracking system.

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 relationshiop 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...

"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