IBM Cognos Analytics software


Cognos Analytics is an upgrade to Cognos Business Intelligence (Cognos BI). By adding cognitive guidance, a web-based interface and new data visualization features, Cognos Analytics provides self-service analytics to large and midsize organizations across all industries. At the same time, it provides security features, data governance and management features.

With Cognos Analytics, users can process data from multiple sources, query it to find necessary information, create visualizations and reports and share those data throughout the organization. Use of existing Cognos data modules and reports is supported. Cognos Analytics provides quarterly updates and supports deployment on-premises, on the cloud or both. With its mobile integration, users can also create and share reports from a tablet.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 8

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  • Terence from financeit

    Specialty: Software / Technology

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Good BI tool but probably not worth it unless you get a good deal

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    Pros

    with Cognos 11 a ton of features came out like integration with map box and watson analytics. Does visualization quite well

    Cons

    Don't think this product is up to par with the top BI players its not the easiest to set up and configure

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  • Nehal from Primary/Secondary Education

    Specialty: Education

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Not bad app

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    Pros

    Not bad app for visualization as it get nice result in little time and such have nice features and prefomance

    Cons

    The ui and design is not bad as it has a lot of click to get result that mean the system clickable..

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  • Alonso from Personal Organization

    July 2018

    functional solution and easy to use

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    Pros

    Very functional solution, the new version brings great capabilities also with the inclusion of workspace

    Cons

    the cons are summarized in IBM customer support, ist very poor (the resolution time and customer services).

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Deb from Bluffton university

    Specialty: Education

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    July 2018

    Expensive but Good

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    Pros

    This product will do just about anything you want it to do. It does take more of a skilled employee in order to create things. However, anyone can run things once they are created.

    Cons

    This product is pricey, especially for a mid range company. It takes a lot of training and setup to get the product going as one would like.

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  • Sagar from Tarkett

    July 2018

    Great Reporting tool for your datawarehousing need

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    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • jakob from Information Technology and Services

    Specialty: Software / Technology

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    June 2018

    Worst of all modern BI tools I've worked with

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    Cognos is years behind the modern BI tools like Qlikview/Sense, Power BI and Tableau. I will hopefully never again have to work with Cognos products in the future.

    Pros

    Customizeable, if you know how to code. Probably could be a good tool if you have a team of trained Cognos experts that deliver all the reports and dashboards in very old-school Enterprise way.

    Cons

    Very very bad UI, unintuitive, messy and buggy. Very fiddly to get things right when creating reports.

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  • Katherine from ClinicalRM

    Specialty: Other

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Cognos is it!

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    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!!

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  • Felix from corporación Estelio

    Specialty: Education

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    Powerful tool for the good analysis of your data. can get quick information for quick decisions

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    Pros

    Cognos is a very effective BI tool. you can create customized reports without having a very technical background ... It can be easily integrated with several data sources in a simple and consistent way and I find the interface to extract data on demand or send scheduled reports (Report Planner) excellent. good user experience with the drag and drop. . . versatility of the Live API to postgres, sql server and oracle databases. We use Cognos to deliver operational reports to all production units and great and very well presented reports and productivity indicators to senior managers

    Cons

    It is a very powerful tool but not as easy to understand quickly as other tools on the market for the same price .. The learning curve is broad. The initial configuration is not easy, the dashboard function does not have many options. Installation can also be a complicated issue and may require vendor support

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  • Sue from Visa

    May 2018

    Ok tool

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    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    May 2018

    Before leaving their Web version, they had a very good desktop application

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    with it we can visualize in a more comfortable way our information of DW and cubes

    Pros

    Before leaving their Web version, they had a very good desktop application, but they discontinued it. is a powerful tool, with ease for the reporter

    Cons

    it is traumatic for its administration, it depends on the active directory, which can be an advantage, but in other cases it makes it cumbersome

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Abhaysingh from School of accountancy, W.P.Carey, ASU

    Specialty: Engineering

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    May 2018

    Fast Analysis

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    A nice piece of software for students.

    Pros

    This software has more powerful report design options. Which provides more freedom with tables and charts for the analysis.

    Cons

    These days this software is losing its grip on the market against competitive software in the same field.

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  • Sarah from Government

    May 2018

    Very easy platform that puts information into easily-usable action taking steps

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    Pros

    Extremely flexible and the graphing functions allow you to see and build presentations for pretty much any data analysis you wish to do.

    Cons

    Some of it is a work in progress but they're working to simplify everything which I have enjoyed.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    May 2018

    Intuitive BI and Reporting Software

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    Good enterprise product for business intelligence and trend analysis

    Pros

    We have used IBM Cognos to create customer insights and patterns to help in our marketing and targeting campaigns. The dashboards and graphs have multiple styles and formats and can be scheduled to be generated at specific times

    Cons

    Larger reports tend to be slow to generate from the report studio. Installation can also be challenging and may require purchase of vendor support

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Tena from Chautauqua Institution

    Specialty: Non-Profit

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    April 2018

    Reporting at its best

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    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!!

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    One of the best time keeping software in the market

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    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?

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    Used by team members across the world and in different markets worldwide

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    standard reports are great to pull from the system and tbhe user interface allows us to easily create new reports

    Cons

    file size get pretty large due to the data and the other info it needs to pull and regenerate charts.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Luigi from Sansottera SAS

    Specialty: Consulting

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    April 2018

    The newest BI tool on the stage

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    Schedule an upgrade to newest version. you'll fly away with your Cognos BI

    Pros

    I tried IBM analytics in order to update several Cognos 10 installations and the new version is ANOTHER PLANET.
    Forget huge definitions, forget reports, just analyze !!

    Cons

    The instalation with "on-premise" customers is not so easy; you should pay attention in te environment set-up

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    April 2018

    I recommended this SW of BI to a company that had several departments to connect and collab together

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    uses multidimensional and relational data source transforming data into metadata, Cognos is a complete platform for data experts

    Pros

    It is a very complete software already from the basic version (it already offers the map graph). it allows real-time monitoring useful also for predictive analysis. It allows you to work anywhere even offline, producing interactive reports being able to consult them even without connection. It's easy to use even without having followed a specific training program. Charts that can be customized at the the maximum level (so complete from this point of view).

    Cons

    Not captivating and innovative graphics with the times (it seems like an office pack years 2000). when the graphics are very complex they are difficult to display on web pages, they do not always fit. there isn't a feature where you can search where a particular data field is located/stored. The scheduler it's not easy to use and automating the sending of static reports to users is not easy

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Michelle from ESCCO

    March 2018

    This report writer is linked to our accounting software.

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    Pros

    You can write your own reports and pull out the data you need from our accounting software. You have the ability to create advanced reports and format in multiple ways.

    Cons

    Sometimes the fields that are in Cognos do not match exactly or have different names from the actual software so it is a guess at what field you are pulling. The report studio portion is advanced report writing and in order to create these reports it is recommended to have additional training in order to make reports be beneficial for your company.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Patrick from SC

    March 2018

    A bland looking reporting toll that just works

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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