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.

 

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

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Bret from Orbital ATK
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Cognos Sucks!

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Pros

Cognos has some good time based accounting features that allow you to go back and look at how much was booked and when.

Cons

Getting the Cognos reports to match up. Some reports update once a week others are daily. This makes it difficult to see how much is actually going to be spent. Having to pull multiple reports to get the information that is needed wastes time.

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Nabeel from Salient CRGT
Specialty: Government
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Cognos Review

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Overall, if there is a company that wishes to automate it's reports and improve efficiency across their organization, Cognos is a must-have tool. There is a bit of upfront cost involved to get the reports created in Cognos but the efficiency achieved is almost unparalleled.

Pros

Cognos is an incredibly powerful reporting tool offered by IBM and it has a wonderful ability to be customized across different industries and companies. It can transform work efficiency but automating virtually any data that exists in a company's primary accounting and finance system.

Cons

Cognos is not very user-friendly and often times it can take a while for an individual working with Congos to get familiar with the functionality and the power this tool possesses. Furthermore, report writing and query studio functionality require some database knowledge so the true power of the tool is sometimes limited by these factors.

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Luigi from Soluzioni EDP SRL
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

One of the best B.I. Tool I met

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Pros

IBM Cognos is a BI suite rich of all the toos you can imagine: you can produce reports, KPI's, Dashboards etc. and let them automatically be sent either through email or mobile. It's stable whitout the need of a continuos maintenance. It allow to interface your security environment.

Cons

In my opinion the "cons" are related to the price of the tool and to the IBM decision to put out of the price list some toos like Cognos Insight that was a real "easy to sell" tool for very small companies.

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Ratnakar from Information Technology and Services
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Best BI tool

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Pros

Enterprise level BI implementation can be with less customizations. Can build robustic solution using product.

Cons

Most of small and medium size will not prefer this product because of the cost.
Real time analytics will not be available.

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Alvaro from Xnt Soluciones
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

The best software for business forecasts with functionalities for creating scenarios and sandboxes for each user.

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TM1 allows you to build business models that display online results available to all authorized users of the organization.

Pros

IBM Cognos TM1 facilitates the creation of business models with the participation and contribution of users throughout the organization regardless of their physical location.
TM1 is a enterprise-level platform that allows an integral, flexible, rigorous and perfect control over the users that contribute with the creation of the budget.
It allows building multidimensional models that incorporate the business rules that govern the financial processes of the company.

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IBM Cognos TM1 needs to train personnel to administer the platform.
The construction of the models requires specialized IT staff.
The cost of the licenses is for medium and large companies.

 
 

worapot from PTG Energy Co.,th
Specialty: Energy & Utilities
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Good product for BI Tools.

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I like the ability to create reports its has many functions ( Explore, Analysis, Report Studio, Event Studio).

Cons

I dislikes its. Because of so hard of setting page or design report page when it set wide and height.

 
 

Stephens from American Campus Communities
Specialty: Real Estate
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Title your review

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

Pros

Feature set, visualizations

 
 

Michael from Education affiliates
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

IBM Cognos Review

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My company has been using IBM Cognos for the past 4 years. When we purchased IBM Cognos it was the best fit for our situation. It has been a valued piece of software in our business. It has given us the ability to tie data from multiple data sources. It has given the ability for our departments to run reports that we haven't been able to in the past.

Pros

The software is very intuitive. If you have knowledge of SQL, it is a very easy software to pick up. The Help portion of the Cognos interface is very helpful also.

Cons

Customer Support for this product isn't the best. We have been on Cognos 10.1.1 for a while and when it came up for licensing renewal, we were charged for a newer version of Data Manger. When we inquired about this through our support contract we were going to be charged for the new software.

 
 

Jeanette from Mid-Iowa Community Action
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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Our agency has used cogging for two years and has found it to be very user-friendly. It has the capability of generating training certificates for our employees and has a wide variety of training available. We have found the price to be very reasonable for what our agency needed to a training site. We would recommend this product.

 
 

Michael from Aetna
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great for FP&A work accross many users within the organization

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Cognos was great for controlling the FP&A budget being used and having it update in real-time for a number of users to use. Could add ease of copying and pasting within to enhance the product.

Pros

Easy to use across an organization to keep things updated in real-time and organized.

Cons

System does run slow at times when multiple users are editing a number of workbooks or sheets within the workbook.

 
 

RAPID FORCE from RAPID FORCE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

COGNOS review

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Cognos has performed splendidly, met and went well past our expectations. We use it for modeling, budgets, and forecasts. We exist in a sector with a lot volatility, so being flexible is everything.The architecture of the application can be tiered nicely for performance. This allows us to scale the application to support our growing user base. Cognos' mobile features are mature and we do use that as well.

Cons

Expensive product comparatively with other latest BI products in the market and revolving around BIG DATA.

 
 

CHANDAR from 1984
Specialty: Human Resources
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

COGNOS

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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.

Advice to Others

Cognos has a robust set of capabilities out of the box with a wide array of add-ons and interoperability with other IBM analytics and data suites. IBM provides plentiful whitepapers, redbooks, and other information resources for clients and developers, as well as excellent technical support. Combined with a proper balance between ease of use and customization when developing and an affordable licensing model, Cognos was a superb choice.

 
 

Josna from Capgemini
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Review

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Product has a great self service functionality feature which helps users to interact even while disconnected.

Pros

Interactive dashboards

 
 

kalyan from IT
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Congos With BI

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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

Advice to Others

BI reporting help to business how to handle the business level

 
 

Bob from simpleBi Inc.
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

IBM/Cognos SaaS v.11

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This product / release is a great self administered SaaS BI tool. Great for the creation of modules , reports and visual dashboards.

Pros

Price- Subscription base. SaaS. Easy to use

Advice to Others

If you are a current Cognos 10.2.2. user, you have to check this release - the ease of use is a tremendous -especially for any new users

 
 

Juan from Derevo
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

A Complex BI Tool

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I did not like the experience with this tool, I needed to develop a dashboard and it was really complex for me, it was not intuitive like other BI's that I've used, the interface looks old, probably it's because I'm used to work with newer technologies and Cognos seems to be in the past and it require more time in learning curve

Pros

Even when I did not use the OLAP connection I know is posible to do it and its a good advantage against other BI's, it has a great caipability to support big data models and for reporting purposes is a fine alternative. As an enterprise solution it will provide all the scalability and secutity that you'll need.

Cons

The process to develop a dashboard was not as quickly as I can do it with other tools, personaly it was not a pleasent experience, I'll have to spend more time and continue using it to see if eventually I find it better.

Advice to Others

Analyze very well the purpose of usage and cost for it, the price is a factor to consider and specialy if you are a small - medium business.

 
 

Tony from Xavier University of Louisiana
Specialty: Education

September 2016

September 2016

Business intelligence for the novice users.

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Likes Best

The flexibility of the product and scalability of the solution.

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

Ensure you know your requirements. Focus less on what the product does and more on what you actually need. You will save a lot time and money.

 
 

Shannon from TC Services
Specialty: Other

July 2016

July 2016

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

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Likes Best

Mobile app is great, can create customized reports, easy to use. Users are able to analyze, share and collaborate on content in one dashboard which is a plus.

Likes Least

Not able to work offline since this is a completely web based system.

Recommendations

Evaluate the software to the best of your ability and make sure you give an accurate review!

 
 

obika from FreeTech Services
Specialty: Software / Technology

June 2016

June 2016

IBM COGNOS

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Very interesting software, it can install on any hardware with relatively less issues during installation, very interactive

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Easy of use Very interesting software, it can install on any hardware with relatively less issues during installation, very interactive

Recommendations

Even a novice can install the software, and i will recommend this software to my customers who i believe will need it for there day to day business transaction

 
 

Parag from VMware
Specialty: Software / Technology

June 2015

June 2015

Works mostly best for my needs

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great user interface, better visualization, integration with custom APIs, several ways to interpret the data

Likes Least

fat installer, too many packages to install, needs better error reporting

Recommendations

add more functionality into this tool like various other competitors have
make installation process easy

 
 
 
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October 2017

October 2017

Cognos review

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helpfully to seeing analytics. I am engineering in mining operation company in Mongolian

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Its all of my majority. Planners are always analyzed in daily productions. Good design, dashboard, pivot tables. That's all i need analyse data and prepare to reports

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kristin from World Resources Institute

June 2017

June 2017

Cognos is a very easy to use application for most areas of the business's finances

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


May 2017

May 2017

Cognos is quite good tool

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I like it because of its visualization, 3D graphs wich is not available in Tableau. With the help of Cognos, we have created a lot of dashboards.

Cons

I don't have any concern with Cognos. Thanks, Cognos, I really like the features of Cognos.... Thanks to being a such a nice tool Cognos team.

Review Source: GetApp
 

Mario from Supply Chain

April 2017

April 2017

Cognos a great fit

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Nazeer from IBM
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

January 2017

January 2017

One of the best report generating tools

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It is easy to generate reports. Customized dashboards can be created for quick and usage. On demand menus for access to full capabilities. Easy to use. It is a good product.

Pros

Easy to create report

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Sugarman Rogers
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Cognos Review

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My prior firm switched from the other software to Cognos to leverage the data contained in our Pivotal database. This software was far easier to use to create reports on the fly.

Pros

I like the ability to create reports on the fly.

Cons

I do not have any dislikes other than the staged rollout of pieces of my prior firm's datamart.

Advice to Others

No

Review Source: Capterra
 

pavan from Loyalty SOlution & Research Pvt Ltd
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

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I used Cognos as an analytical tool by linking our ERP (Microsoft Dynamic NAV) to it. All the financial data would be mapped & a lot of customized reports were taken out like Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). The user interface is pretty good. The CUBEs are little confusing but once you get the grip they work very well. The ability to drill down the reports to very basic level is a plus point
A little tough to learn & customize. It's a little slow when dealing with a medium amount of data.

Pros

Easily integrating with most of the ERPs, very good for customizing reports, very detailed reporting

Cons

Tough to learn & not many resources available, you will get the value of the money invested in it only if you are able to get the most out of it

Advice to Others

Go for it only if your organisation is huge & you need an additional reporting tool apart from your ERP

Review Source: Capterra
 

Dawn from NC Machinery
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Cognos Review

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I utilize Cognos for dashboard and custom reports and the ease of creating and storing reports is fairly simple. The organization of files is a bit confusing and the ability of seeing other employee folders tends to be complication for sharing. The availability to send out reports is much easier though.

Pros

The ability to create custom reports makes it user friendly for anyone to figure out

Cons

the cubes tend to be confusing for file storage

Advice to Others

Enable a formal organizing platform to make finding files to share easier to use

Review Source: Capterra
 

A from Brigham Young University

October 2016

October 2016

Cognos is Great, but Hard to Learn

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Cognos is a very useful tool. I use it to share data with other workers in my corporation. My only complaint with it is that it can be very hard to learn. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Derek from N/A

October 2016

October 2016

Integrated. Proven. Reliable.

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Cognos suite of tools have always been good, but have evolved into an integrated solution that is second to none.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Nathan from Western Governors University

October 2016

October 2016

Great Report Running for Oracle Systems

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Really easy to integrate with Oracle systems to pull reports ad hoc or scheduled. Simple solution for IR departments to use in multiple business fields.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kathryn from WGU

October 2016

October 2016

Easy Access

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Reports are very intuitive and allow for a wide range of dashboard options to suit all options. Integration with Salesforce reporting was smooth.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Cherup from Teamware Solutions
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2016

March 2016

Best BI tool

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IBM Cognos maintain huge data and so many new features are in new versions.Easy to understand the structure of cognos.It is suitable for medium and large projects .

Pros

Performance wise good

Cons

Licence cost is high

Review Source: GetApp
 

Chinna Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

February 2016

February 2016

Cognos BI is best for large projects..

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Using Cognos ,We can develop diff types of reports.It is suitable for big projects and it have so many new features and products like Cognos BI,Cognos Express,Cognos Tm1 aand etc..

Pros

It is suitable for Huge data projects.

Cons

Expensive and difficult to understand

Review Source: GetApp
 

Leon from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

December 2015

December 2015

Cognos is sophisticated BI application for large enterprises

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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;

Review Source: GetApp
 

Murat from Agthia Group PJSC
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

September 2017

September 2017

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Peter from Cubewise
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2017

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