Persona IQ

Change Authentication Providers in Cognos safely without loss or need to reimplement your security models.

Overview

Changing Authentication Sources in Cognos is a risky and stressful activity. Cognos meets the highest enterprise security standards by referencing internal IDs within your Authentication source. When changing from one source (LDAP, Active Directory, Series 7, OpenID Connect or other) to another, those IDs never match meaning you lose everything. Schedules won’t run, content won’t be accessible, all existing security efforts in Cognos are locked. Re-implementation is a huge tedious waste of time and prone to manual error. Motio’s Persona IQ safely gives Cognos teams the ability to smoothly map users from one authentication source to another without re-implementation or loss.

Features

Replace Your Namespace

Persona IQ allows you to virtualize multiple authentication sources (LDAP, Active Directory, Series 7, OpenID Connect or other) in Cognos as a single source.

The virtual namespace maintains the security IDs within Cognos and allows Cognos teams to change sources without touching any assets or content in Cognos at any time. No changes or impact to users, groups, role, policies, schedules, models or PowerCubes. This provides the fastest, safest and lowest impact to your Cognos environment when changing security sources today or in the future.

Migrate Your Namespace
When changing authentication sources in Cognos you risk losing everything. All objects in Cognos have a security policy and that policy is tied back to IDs within your authentication source. This is great for security but an absolute pain when changing authentication vendors or technologies. Redoing your security manually is a long, tedious process that is prone to errors and difficult to validate. Persona IQ makes moving between authentication sources safe, quick, and easy by:
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Supported Platforms
Persona IQ supports migrating to and from:

Persona IQ benefits

Whether migrating to a new authentication source or replacing your namespace, Persona IQ can provide the following benefits:

Customer Success Stories

Case Studies

Don’t just take our word for it. Read about our clients and how Motio has helped them improve their analytics platforms and save valuable time and money.

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Customer Success Stories

Case Studies

Don’t just take our word for it. Read about our clients and how Motio has helped them improve their analytics platforms and save valuable time and money.

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