MotioCAP and MotioCAP-SAML – Cognos Authentication

Custom authentication providers and SAML solutions for Cognos


There are times when Cognos customers face the challenge of integrating Cognos with their security infrastructure. Motio uses its years of deep Cognos experience to provide turn-key solutions, customized to your specific needs, and fully supported.

When it comes to securing Cognos, Motio has the experience to integrate with your security provider using either our MotioCAP or MotioCAP-SAML solution, depending upon your preferences and needs.

Motio frees you from the time sink of doing this on your own, or the cost of hiring security talent that might not be there when Cognos is updated or other issues arise. Motio knows precisely how to build it right. And we are always there to help keep you tightly integrated with your security provider.


When your chosen authentication source is not available in Cognos you are faced with coding your own integration. This requires a rare and specialized skill set that is knowledgeable at the functionality and API levels of authentication standards and Cognos Analytics.

Motio frees you from finding the right developer, the time and effort required to build it and maintain it as Cognos releases new versions. MotioCAP and SAML frameworks ensure that your integration is done correctly and efficiently to avoid knowledge gaps of how Cognos works with security. Save time, effort, and be safe and secure.

Experts In IBM Cognos Authentication Providers & SAML

When it comes to security for our clients there is no room for error. We’ve been selected by branches of the US Military, Fortune 500 companies as well as academic and financial institutions to provide the security experience they require in Cognos.

Ongoing Support & Security

Establishing the integration and providing the desired security experience isn’t the end. Clients rely and entrust us to test, maintain and update their integration as needed with new releases of Cognos.

Meeting Your Authentication Needs

Motio Custom Authentication Providers provide flexibility and adaptability to enable authentication for Cognos against many non-standard sources:
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