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.



84 Reviews of IBM Cognos Analytics

Overall rating

4.0 / 5 stars

Showing 1 - 20 of 84 reviews

November 2018

Vlad from Mirateq

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2018

Powerful, Reliable, Expensive

I've been working with IBM Cognos since version 8.4 I like this product and see how IBM is improving it.

Pros

It's been a long on the market.
It's offered by IBM
It has a great integration with many databases

Cons

New version (CA 11) has some inconvenient UI changes (new side panel which does not allow to easily navigate and see all properties)
Many things need to be done manually instead of integrating as best practices (security, deployments, testing, version control, etc.)
New studios are not that intuitive / transparent

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2018

Cognos

Pros

It's an excellent reporting tool mainly used for data analysis. The best part is its interface that is really catchy.

Cons

Cognos is a Business intelligence tool but it's costlier to buy and implement.

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

Excellent data source

Excellent, I really like the reports included and the accuracy of the data

Pros

It has a lot of reports included and providing the information needed

Cons

Some reports were not easy to run and I have to go to the home page to run a different report

November 2018

Aniket from Deloitte India (Offices of the US)

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

Cognos Controller

Pros

The user access review is easily performed in cognos application

Cons

The technical details are not very clear

October 2018

Brian from Mercy Health

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

October 2018

Tons of useful features...but difficult to learn the most useful ones.

Pros

Cognos allows users to analyze data at an extremely detailed level and export at different granularities and in several arrangements. Data can be pivoted and manipulated in any way imaginable.

Cons

Good luck learning how to get the data into the format you want it. My teams and I use this product for exports all the time, but we have to make requests to an admin almost daily if there are any structural changes to the data.

October 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

Business Intellegnce Software with Standard Reporting And Self Service BI

Overall it is a great product to use

Pros

Cognos Analytics is a flexible software for Standard Business Intelligence Reporting as well as for Self Service Data Visualization capability. You have the option to connect to a variety of the Data Sources as well as Multi-Dimensional Cubes. The new invention of Cognos Analytics software provides a greater flexibility for enterprise deployments and upgrades. It has the new feature of NLP (natural language processing) for predictive analytics by IBM Watson.

Cons

Too many modelling tools (Cognos FrameWork Manager, Dynamic Cube Designer, Cognos Transformer) for modelling the content. Too many studios (Report Studio, Query Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio) for report development. Maintainence and cost is huge

October 2018

Deanna from Smithers Oasis Company

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

October 2018

Much easier to use than the other version we were on.

Pros

It is more picture oriented rather than words. It gives picture grids to choose from rather than a list.

Cons

Still have a lot to choose from which may also be a pro. The lists/categories can still be very challenging if you don't know what you are looking for.

August 2018

Matt from Turner Industries Group, L.L.C.

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2018

Cognos pulls meaning out of any data

It gives big data meaning and helps us answer business question so we can make smart decisions and provide relevant and cleanly formatted data to our customers.

Pros

It is straight-forward and feature-rich. We have combined dozens and dozens of queries into a single report without any issue before, so it has that advantage over most of the alternative solutions.

Cons

The version of Cognos we are running currently makes it difficult to pinpoint the bottle-neck of certain reports.

August 2018

Terence from financeit

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

August 2018

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

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

August 2018

Nehal from Primary/Secondary Education

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2018

Not bad app

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..

July 2018

Alonso from Personal Organization

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2018

functional solution and easy to use

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).

July 2018

Deb from Bluffton university

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

July 2018

Expensive but Good

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.

July 2018

Sagar from Tarkett

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2018

Great Reporting tool for your datawarehousing need

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.

June 2018

jakob from Information Technology and Services

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Value for money

1 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

June 2018

Worst of all modern BI tools I've worked with

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.

June 2018

Katherine from ClinicalRM

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2018

Cognos is it!

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!!

June 2018

Felix from corporación Estelio

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

June 2018

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

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

May 2018

Sue from Visa

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

May 2018

Ok tool

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.

May 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

May 2018

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

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

May 2018

Abhaysingh from School of accountancy, W.P.Carey, ASU

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

May 2018

Fast Analysis

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.

May 2018

Sarah from Government

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

May 2018

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

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.