ReportCard - Optimize Cognos Performance


Report Card

Cognos performance problems are frustrating. Solving them is even more frustrating!

When organizations have reached the point where performance issues can no longer be ignored, fixing them is costly and inefficient. Typical approaches include on-the-fly fix methods or projects that are non-repeatable, expensive, and provide guestimates on what's causing you problems.

Since a well performing BI system is a necessity and tackling performance issues through management by crisis or with expensive one-off projects aren’t cost-effective approaches, what’s the solution to this catch-22 dilemma?

We optimize Cognos performance with a repeatable, cost-effective, structured method.

Our approach to managing Cognos performance is holistic- we combine our services with our software to look at multiple facets of the BI system to determine where the performance issues lie. Our software conducts repeatable tests that deliver measurable data to compare against baselines. We look for issues in the reports, packages, data sources, infrastructure, and have data to back up our findings.

We use our methodology and ReportCard software to conduct:

  1. Load/stress testing- simulate user activity, ramp up number of users, increase report execution frequency and examine their effect on Cognos performance.
  2. Performance/activity monitoring- examine the infrastructure behavior and relate this to load to find the bottlenecks.
  3. Report assessments- analyze reports and automatically apply ways to improve their performance.
  4. Package and data source evaluations- assess and find design flaws causing problems.

You'll be better off with our approach.

  • Gain skills and software to continuously optimize Cognos performance on your own
  • Improve the efficiency of identifying performance issues
  • Reduce the effort and costs in maintaining performance

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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