MotioCI New Features

MotioCI 3.1.2 Supports Cognos Analytics

The latest release of MotioCI fully integrates its capabilities that safeguard your BI assets, ensure the accuracy and reliability of your BI implementation, and increase efficiency of your BI team with Cognos Analytics. We've modernized our icons and their accessibility from within Cognos Analytics to give you an improved user experience. Additionally, we've added a few other enhancements to our software.

Accessing MotioCI

Cognos Connection has been replaced with a new welcome portal. When MotioCI is connected, you will notice a "Cognos Ninja" icon in the menu bar on the left of this screen, which is where you will access the MotioCI user interface.

Report Studio Becomes Authoring

The "Authoring" mode has replaced Report Studio in Cognos Analytics. Just like in previous versions of Cognos, you will notice the additional MotioCI icons added to the toolbar when you are working with reports.

  • Check-in and Check-out buttons protect and prevent others from overwriting your work
  • The Revision History icon leads you to a complete record of any changes ever made to BI artifacts, allowing you to take such actions as:
    • restoring a previous version
    • recovering deleted content
    • deploying BI assets ready for release
  • The Test Case icons take you to any test cases associated with a BI artifact. The icon itself will indicate alerts, failures, or successes as portrayed by an exclamation point, "X" mark, or "check" mark.

Report Spec Protection in Highly Interactive Mode

The new "Highly Interactive" mode in Cognos Analytics was designed to let users beyond report authors make their own changes to reporting for data analysis without relying on IT. However, this could unfortunately end up in unwanted changes made to the underlying report specifications. MotioCI has that protected too, with the check-out icon added to this mode in Cognos Analytics. You'll also notice that you can access Revision History and Test Cases from this screen.

Additional Enhancements in MotioCI 3.1.2

  • Improve the process of upgrading to Cognos Analytics with enhanced output comparisons between Cognos versions
  • Improve automated deployment processes with new labeling options that support tools (e.g. DevOps) and additions of Cognos content
  • Version changes of Cube Designer model files (.fmd) can now be compared (diffed)
  • Cognos 11 Exploration specifications can be diffed

Client Case Studies

Achieving the most accurate and reliable BI implementations with Motio

"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

"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