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

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

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

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.

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