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IBM Cognos Analytics

Business intelligence suite

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Sameer V.
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  • Industry: Chemicals
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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Cognos

Reviewed on 22/7/2020

it is a great software depends on the the organisation ability to set up and master its capabilities

Pros

Capabilities of this software is far reaching and varied and it depends on the organisation ability to use it to their advantage.

Cons

the support from the consultant was great but costly.

Leon P.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
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Cognos is sophisticated BI application for large enterprises

Reviewed on 3/12/2015

Cognos is one of 2 major Business Intelligence tools on the market. If it is implemented correctly, it could provide complete web-based business solution based on the data analysis. It is a platform which allowing to deliver mission critical analytics to the business including but not limited to Enterprise reporting, Planning & Forecast, OLAP cubes technology, etc.

Pros

- The application designed to enable business users with limited technical knowledge to extract data, analyze it and make business decision based on the analysis;
- It could be used within relational or multidimensional data sources;
- It is included a mobile version allowing users to access a complete version of Cognos from mobile devices;

Cons

- very sensitive in implementation;
- requiring significant resources in order to maintain and support;
- too expensive for mid-size companies;

Catarina A.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

My Review of IBM Cognos Analytics

Reviewed on 17/6/2020

I use IBM Cognos daily, as this is the tool made available by SAP Concur to work with Business Intelligence reports. I use it to provide the necessary information to those who require it, and it works more or less like a database, where you can apply SQL language - but in a slightly different format.

Pros

I think this tool is quite good, since it allows the user several functionalities: create and adapt BI reports, automate the export of a report in a set period and for the necessary containers (they do not need a license to receive), etc. . I love working with this tool from IBM. It allows some SQL language, and some configuration features that are very good too.

Cons

One thing I can point out as a cons of this tool, is the fact that it does not always return the correct information (because the user, without knowing it, can mix incompatible information) - and only at a more advanced stage do we notice that the information is not correct - because we have no error information.
When we actually have information about the errors, this is also not very detailed, that is, we are left without knowing what the error is anyway. It is difficult to make correct associations in this tool, because it is very restricted in relation to the use of the database and the compatibility of the data between them.

Chandar R.
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  • Industry: Human Resources
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

COGNOS

Reviewed on 10/11/2016

Cognos makes it easy to design reports that match the look-and-feel required by the client. Report rendering time is also very fast. Browser support can be touchy and Dynamic Cubes are very hardware intensive.Cognos has strong out of the box capabilities with a wide array of add-ons, and good interoperability with other IBM analytics and data suites

Pros

Compatibility mode queries allow for custom ODBC and JDBC connection to made, so even if there is no native compatibility other databases can still be used as a source if needed.
Dynamic Cubes are capable of querying against millions of rows in seconds when properly set up with sufficient hardware resources.
Standard Reports are snappy, returning data and rendering quickly, as long as the pagination is kept to reasonable quantities.

Cons

Due to Active Reports packaging all of the data in the file and prerendering charts, file size can get quite large (easily several megabytes) and the initial load time can be quite long when opening it. It is best used for basic overviews and other times when some "flash" is needed, but not a large amount of data.
Configuring the interoperability with TM1 and SPSS is a little more on the technical side than most other tasks.
You could call the development process "Front heavy" meaning most of the development will be modeling. This means that it will take longer to end up with visualized data than other tools.

Jian R.
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  • Industry: Civic & Social Organization
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

A self-service analytics platform that is able to fulfill almost all BI needs

Reviewed on 7/1/2019

Pros

Handles all BI products very well, including but not limited to self-served reporting structure, reports, cubes, dashboards, and scorecards.
Project deployment and duplication are easy and quick.

Cons

User administration could be very time-consuming and we use a third-party tool (which is not free of charge).
Product upgrade is not simple enough and has to be planned and conducted with extra caution.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Good Tool for Data Reporting

Reviewed on 14/2/2019

IBM Cognos Analytics is a great enterprise tool for data reporting. There are a lot of report options and it is easy to collaborate and share reports with colleagues.

Pros

IBM Cognos Analytics is a great tool for data reporting. It is easy to use and easy to see data relationships. It has a lot of reporting options and the folder structure is nice.

Cons

It can be kind of hard to learn and there are not a ton of helpful resources online.

Sagar K.
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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Great Reporting tool for your datawarehousing need

Reviewed on 3/7/2018

Pros

Cognos tool suite is perfect for your enterprise needs, with different tool available for different user level. The tool can handle all the reporting needs (charts, table, list, crosstab). With the addition of active reports and Cognos mobile it makes a complete solution

Cons

Enhancement of geographical reporting, current available option for Maps are very limited and should be extended.

Kristin S.
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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Cognos is a very easy to use application for most areas of the business's finances

Reviewed on 7/6/2017

Pros

Easy to use, easily connects to many ERP softwares.
Houses budgeting and planning, financial reporting and dashboarding and metrics all in one suite.

Cons

Requires in-house administration, is not an out of the box software and requires monthly maintenance on the reports and the planning applications.

Katherine B.
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  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Cognos is it!

Reviewed on 13/6/2018

Pros

Cognos has such great data available and we use it through our HRIS - it has changed the way we report out on data

Cons

The only hard thing is getting used to the reporting, but once you learn then it is smooth sailing!!

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Other for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

One of the best time keeping software in the market

Reviewed on 12/4/2018

Pros

Most employers love this software because it is easy for employees to use. Since it is fast, efficient, simple, and does its job well. You can also run great reports in it too.

Cons

Sometimes the software has a glitch here and there, but every product does. I am sure there are less expensive products on the market, but why use something that isn't tried and true?

Girish N.
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  • Industry: Civic & Social Organization
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Robust product with more options for customization. SDK should be free

Reviewed on 24/2/2015

Pros

Customization and more options to tune performance improvements. Many ways to connect databases like FM. Direct datasource, usage of stored procedure, and usage of database trigger is good.

Cons

SDK has to be bought as separate package, whereas it should be given free.

Tony M.
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  • Industry: Primary/Secondary Education
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Business intelligence for the novice users.

Reviewed on 19/9/2016

Pros

The flexibility of the product and scalability of the solution.

Cons

Enterprise offerings are a bit pricey. For SMBs it can be a difficult conversation to justify the costs.

Tena D.
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  • Industry: Philanthropy
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Other for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Reporting at its best

Reviewed on 16/4/2018

Pros

I love that you can report off any field and get results. There are calculations and graphs and so many tools to create any type of report for any data.

Cons

I struggle with all the information and fields and calculations. I'm old school!!

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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IBM Cognos Report Studio

Reviewed on 28/3/2019

I would recommend for company reporting, works great with a big database

Pros

Complex reports can be achieved with IBM Cognos Report studio, great for setting up scheduled reports.

Cons

Interface is not user friendly, certain features are not logically placed.Charts are not great when downloaded into Excel.

Dheeraj S.
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  • Industry: Civic & Social Organization
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Cognos Experience

Reviewed on 20/2/2015

Pros

I like the easy access, great UI, and several ways to interpret data.

Cons

It still needs to catch up with other advanced tools in this field.

Sue A.
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  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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Ok tool

Reviewed on 30/5/2018

Pros

I had used the IBM Cognod Sales Compensation tool while working a global high tech company. It took a while to learn the system but once you figure it out then it was easy to use and configure the plans.

Cons

The only issue I had at the time was the very long time it would take to run a calculations. Average was an hour.

Kalyan K.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Congos With BI

Reviewed on 27/10/2016

Business intelligence tools (BI tools) are a way for companies to monitor data and generate business insights – necessary components in making smarter, better decisions that drive results. But once you start research and compare BI software, you realize there are many types, from business analytics and big data statistics to reporting tools and dashboards that offer at-a-glance information across indicators.

Pros

Very Powerfull

Cons

It' Great Product

Terrill J.
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  • Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Best review

Reviewed on 20/1/2020

My overall experience with the software was very good and productive

Pros

The software was very productive and have very professional support . It was very useful and fast

Cons

The cons was pricing and overall learning curve of the software . But once the software was up and running it really was productive

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Powerful software; steeper learning cure

Reviewed on 8/12/2019

We use this to analyze sales for our company by region, part, etc.

Pros

Once this software is set up and you know how to use it, it is great! There is so much data that can be sorted and presented with Cognos and you can really customize how you are viewing the data.

Cons

We have a team that set up reports for us and without them, I don't think this would be useful at all. You also need to know what you are doing for this to work. There are not helpful troubleshooting messages to help you correct errors, so it can get really frustrating if you get stuck and don't have a team to support you.

Stephens B.
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  • Industry: Real Estate
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Title your review

Reviewed on 13/3/2017

All around good product. Compares well with others in the space (Power BI, Tableau...)

Pros

Feature set, visualizations

Kathy J.
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  • Industry: Mining & Metals
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

Not easy to Use

Reviewed on 27/8/2019

This is the reporting system our payroll company provides us with for weekly reports, its not easy to use and is frustrating. They do have a lot of options for running the report but its difficult to get the report to run.

Pros

If you can figure out how to make the reports run you can create nice reports with lots of information.

Cons

Not easy to create a report, some reports will stop working for no reason, they just will spin and not generate. Difficult to change the layout and information.

Nicholas B.
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  • Industry: Wholesale
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

One stop shop data

Reviewed on 29/1/2020

Pros

I like being able to pull data from various data warehouse sources and being able to pull from cognos for reporting.

Cons

Reporting studio can be a little tricky to figure out at first but once I did it was a great tool.

Paolo C.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Other for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 4.0 /10

Not great, lots of delayed data

Reviewed on 29/12/2020

Would not recommend this to anyone in media/advertising as it is really difficult to work with as far as real time data.

Pros

Pretty basic and easy to use UI. Reporting metrics show lots of good data and information. Support for the product is sufficient

Cons

Always seemed to be a delay in getting data. IBM seems to really like to have lots of control over its "proprietary" metrics. Frustrating to work with.

Patrick F.
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  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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A bland looking reporting toll that just works

Reviewed on 22/3/2018

Pros

Great reporting toll that gives you what you need without any bells and whistles to go though. Bland interface which is fine. This is a top 3 reporting toll available.

Cons

There is a learning curve to understand each screen and what it dos. Some of the labels from drop downs could be a bit better named. Larger reports can take longer than expected time to run.

Mario J.
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Cognos a great fit

Reviewed on 5/4/2017

We are finding value across our enterprise using Cognos reporting. With its easy and native integrations with all sorts of enterprise resource and planning tools, its a great value for the price.