MotioPI, QubeDocs, Esri Maps – Great Tools for Cognos

9/16/15

MotioPI, QubeDocs, Esri Maps - Great Cognos ToolsAs a Business Analytics Coach, I’m often asked about security and version control. As most Cognos BI admins know, security and version control is not an easy task to complete. Enter these Tools for Cognos.  There is a great tool available called MotioPI. Our friends at Motio developed a powerful FREE tool to help the Cognos BI admin perform these tasks in a quick and easy manner. This tool will perform the following tasks:

  • Querying for all Cognos content based on search criteria.
  • Document all users’ security settings.
  • Validate reports after changes have been made to the model.
  • Recover lost or deleted Framework Manager Models.
  • Document schedule recipients.

Did I mention all of this is available at NO COST to you?

With the pro paid version, you can do so much more! Just a few of the highlighted areas you get with the MotioPI Pro are bulk changes to Cognos BI content & configuration, many different time savers for Cognos BI administrators, as well as automatically updating of Cognos objects. If you ask me, MotioPI is a tool that every Cognos system should have!

http://www.motio.com/content/motiopi-cognos-administration-tools MotioPI

http://www.motio.com/products/pipro.do MotioPI Pro

Do you struggle with documenting your Cognos TM1 system? Do you often make changes to your models and need an efficient way to document those changes? QubeDocs by Motio, is a model management tool for Cognos TM1. It can show you how your models will be affected by change and then document those changes. There are many benefits to using this tool. They include decreasing the cost of maintaining TM1 documentation & models, ensure compliance with regulation requirements, and organizing your TM1 data. Check out QubeDocs at the follow link.

http://www.motio.com/products/qubedocs.do QubeDocs

As a Cognos report writer, have you been asked to provide enhanced maps to further outline your strategy with the business? Have you been asked to provide visualization in target markets to enhance your sales footprint? With Esri Maps for IBM Cognos, you can elevate your BI footprint with location based analytics. More and more companies are using location based analytics and Esri Maps can help take your Cognos BI system to the next level.

http://www.esri.com/software/location-analytics/esri-maps-for-ibm-cognos Esri Maps

Total that all up and we have provided you with 3 very valuable products that will enable you to take your Cognos systems to the next level. For this I only ask that you take two minutes and opt in to our community to receive updates and valuable FREE information. It is simple to do – go to the right side of our homepage (www.lodestarsolutions.com ) and simply enter your name and email address. You will receive a conformation email and all you have to do is click the link. Done – that easy!

Written/Published – MB 9/16/15

Documenting TM1 with QUBEdocs

Documenting TM1 with QUBEdocsQUBEdocs – is this the solution to some of your TM1 challenges?

One of the biggest challenges with TM1 has always been the limited ability of the application to provide artifacts for documentation. Over the years, we have seen many flavors of documentation. Some are good and have been plagiarized and some are really bad. In the end, a common theme among them is two type of documents; Design and Administrative. Creating these documents and keeping them updated is very tedious and takes away precious time from other activities. Since TM1 development is definitely an agile activity and dynamic updates to the application are sometimes lost and not covered in the documentation, it is high time that a product is developed that takes care of this problem. Could this solution be QUBEdocs?

In most cases, when there is an issue, an opportunity is available to solve it.  Some organizations have seen the opportunity in the limited documentation capabilities of TM1 and created products that fill this gap. One of these products may be the aforementioned QUBEdocs.

As per the QUBEdocs website:

QUBEdocs makes documenting IBM Cognos TM1 easy.

QUBEdocs enhances Cognos TM1 by adding a new dimension of visibility and information governance. Developed by leading TM1 specialist and IBM Premier Business Partner, Cortell NZ, QUBEdocs is a proven solution for addressing the everyday challenges of IBM Cognos TM1 analysts and developers. By delivering meaningful documentation of TM1 models, it virtually eliminates many of the time-consuming tasks (and overheads) associated with managing and making risk-free changes to TM1 models.

The biggest bang for your buck could be the potential for auto generating documentation for the updated architecture as changes are made and keeping all parties in the know. If QUBEdocs can solve this problem, then there is a bright future for this product.

In the next few weeks we will be testing this product and will provide our review. We will also be covering other products that claim to fill this need. Should you have any questions on this particular product or any others that we have tested or should test, please feel free to contact us at Sales@LodestarSolutions.com.

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