Who Uses This Software?

All enterprise organizations, from small to medium to large.


Average Ratings

77 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 3.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    In Person
  • Support
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • IBM
  • www.ibm.com/analytics/us/en/technology/products/cognos-analytics/
  • United States

About IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics offers smarter, self-service capabilities so you can quickly and confidently identify and act on insight. The engaging experience empowers business users to create and personalize dashboards and reports on their own - while providing IT with a proven and scalable solution that is available on premises or on the cloud.


IBM Cognos Analytics Features

  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad Hoc Reports
  • Benchmarking
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Dashboard
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • OLAP
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trend / Problem Indicators

IBM Cognos Analytics Reviews Recently Reviewed!


COGNOS

Nov 10, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Cognos Review

Nov 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

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

Jun 10, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

Cons: 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.

Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

Dec 11, 2016
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Go for it only if your organisation is huge & you need an additional reporting tool apart from your ERP

IBM Cognos Review

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

Great capabilities, but really difficult to use practically.

Mar 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Cognos Analytics has really great capabilities. There is so much that you can do with the framework if you know what you're doing. Good security features. Good for enterprise level reporting.

Cons: If you're hoping this will replace a dedicated reporting team or IT team, it will not. The ease of use depends on several factors and be SURE that you have an experienced team built the framework. No support whatsoever from Cognos themselves for end users, and they take a long time to get back to us on issues. The new visualizations can be clunky, especially maps. They are unusable for detailed maps. Scheduling features slow down the system considerably.

This report writer is linked to our accounting software.

Mar 28, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

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.

I feel Cognos is the best BI Product that I have come across.

Feb 26, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Very structured, Reporting features are very good and we can make use of various functions, Event studio tool is the most powerful.

Cons: I wish if natural language feature is added to Cognos. When it comes to the calculated fields we need to write functions in Cognos, but if IBM Cognos can make built in functions like Microsoft power BI then that would be awesome. High pricing is another factor.

Overall: Data Analytics, Dashboards, Complex KPI reports, Event studio objects

Cognos pulls meaning out of any data

Aug 31, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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.

Overall: 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.

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

Jun 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Great Reporting tool for your datawarehousing need

Jul 03, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

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.

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

Apr 05, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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

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

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

Jun 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money

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.

Relatively bland, but very effective for gathering data, especially when away from the office.

Feb 06, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: It's a really nice tool for storing and accessing files on the cloud. It is simple to use, and it allows the user to edit at a very basic level. Overall, I am happy with the tool, and it is very helpful when staging data for a report or dashboard.

Pros: The interface is very easy to use, reports can be built by simply dragging and dropping, and filtering can be done at a very granular level directly from a data source.

Cons: It's really bland. The GUI (if you can even call it one) looks like an old site map or archive. Also, it does not run particularly fast, and processing power will not speed up a poor internet connection.

Almost unworkable product

Jun 07, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Unfortunately, there is not much to write in this section. The only possible "pro" in all cases would be the flexibility offered in the product as far as setting up the framework. Other than that, not much to like.

Cons: User interface was slow and clumsy. The user experience was not smooth at all. There was no ease of use whatsoever. The retrieval times from the back end were even worse. We had to retrofit an existing n-tier system to use the reporting side of this software and it was a disaster. There is no way I would recommend to anyone to purchase this system.

Overall: A reporting framework that can be used to access back end data.

Cognos review

Oct 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: 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

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

Cognos is sophisticated BI application for large enterprises

Dec 02, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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;

Where Self-serve BI is being enabled and controlled

Feb 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: IBM Cognos Analytics is a BI tool that can be used to bring a new methodology and look to traditional BI products. It is a stand-alone system that enables self-served BI.

Pros: IBM Cognos Analytics provides drag-and-drop dashboard creator, and deals well with multidimensional and relational data sources. It facilitates the implementation of a logically reasonable BI solution and is very powerful in controlling different aspects of BI.

Cons: For users who are used to Excel, they might find it difficult to use this tool at the very beginning. The installation and upgrade usually is a pain. Its embedded administrative tools are limited as well.

Cognos is it!

Jun 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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!!

Good product for BI Tools.

May 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Ok tool

May 30, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

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.

Worst of all modern BI tools I've worked with

Jun 28, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

I am a BI developer

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like its functionality and different features. I also like the ease of use.

Cons: Cognos's support sometimes is not as it should be. The support should be quick and accurate, and Cognos should have more error details to track down the solution. The majority of time, the error doesn't provide meaningful info, so it is always difficulty to track down the solution.

Recommendations to other buyers: We should have more and more functionality into this BI platform to make this Cognos BI a powerful tool. It should be capable of all analysis aspects to strengthen your business and its performance.

Seems a bit archaic and was not easy to learn how to use

Dec 27, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Once you have mastered the learning curve and know exactly where to click and what to type to querie your data, you are able to get what you need

Cons: Not intuitive and knowing where to go or click for different queries/reports/data searches and you really need a colleague who has done it before to show you how.

Capterra-loader

A great solution for your financial planning

Feb 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has integration with with other IBM products like business intelligence. The excel functionality is great for finances. The product to meet our needs perfectly for all our needs.

Cons: Creating reports is overwhelming at the beginning but if you dedicate time and resources there will be the face of your deployment.

Overall: Take your time and implement it right and the rewards will be very good.

From 0 to expert in IBM Cognos 11+

Mar 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Is not a good tool to start because it needs a previous needs.

Pros: Too many full features Very visual Off line optional download Customizable Program code similar to SQL The framework manager is the best diagraming tool for packages

Cons: The transformer software is not user friendly Slow learning Not life proof The LATAM partner is not efficient

One of the best time keeping software in the market

Apr 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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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?

Intuitive BI and Reporting Software

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: Good enterprise product for business intelligence and trend analysis

Cognos Review

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Enable a formal organizing platform to make finding files to share easier to use

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

Feb 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Evaluate on product usage, robustness, and performance.

Best BI tool

Oct 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Business intelligence for the novice users.

Sep 19, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Reporting at its best

Apr 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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!!

IBM Cognos Business Power

Apr 24, 2015
4/5
Overall
2.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
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Pros: This software is very flexible and extensive enough to meet almost any of your needs. The reporting engine allows for complex queries and views that far surpass standard reporting methods.

Cons: While I was not involved in the purchase of the software it is my understanding the cost was a little high and this is not designed for novice users.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep in mind the software is there to help you achieve your primary reporting business needs but no one solution may meet all your needs.

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

May 22, 2018
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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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

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

Cognos Sucks!

Nov 28, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality

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.

One of the best report generating tools

Jan 30, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Easy to create report

Overall: 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.

Expensive but Good

Jul 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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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.

Cognos Review

Jan 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Cognos Experience

Feb 20, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Update with the competition with several tools that beat this product in some features.

COGNOS review

Nov 14, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

Congos With BI

Oct 27, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Comments: 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

Recommendations to other buyers: BI reporting help to business how to handle the business level

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

Apr 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: 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.

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

Nov 15, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: 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.

An easy-going tool for every day analysis

Dec 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Its similarities with Excel, and the possibility to export data with ease. It has been extremely useful for the day to day analysis.

Cons: It feels lacking, and the analysis that can be performed are limited; it is not a stand-alone tool, it requires Excel for the most complex tasks. Also to learn how to use it is an adventure by itself

Cognos BI is best for large projects..

Feb 18, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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

Get Data for Any Type of Report You Want

Aug 05, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: What I like best about Cognos BI is the ability to use the Analytics reports to easily create whatever kind of analytical view I want and to change it on the fly. It is so easy to use. The Cube dimensions, levels, categories, and measures give me the power that I need to run any report I want and to create new ones as the business changes.

Cons: There is a lot to the installation of this product, but it's worth it.

Recommendations to other buyers: The standard reports can be really good, but I prefer the Analytical Reports/Analytical Cube Views by far because of the enormous flexibility they have.

Excellent product with new and improved features every release

Jan 29, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Active Reports, Dynamic Cubes and Prompt APIs are some of the features that are helping a lot for meeting visualization. Latest introduction of RAVE added a lot of visualization that helped streaming and better visualization.

Cons: Workspace needs to be more integrated and advanced as of today. Flashy UI and customization needs to be provided within the tool itself.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure that when you compare it with other tools, do not consider that it can provide everything of all tools, but try to look for what makes it best in its features.

Apr 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

Jul 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: 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.

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

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

Review

Jan 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

Title your review

Mar 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: All around good product. Compares well with others in the space (Power BI, Tableau...)

Pros: Feature set, visualizations

Complicated but powerful

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: -can pretty much do anything you need

-backed by the mega corporation that is ibm

-has unlimited configurations

Cons: Very complicated to understand/ huge learning curve

Isn't able to accurately forecast how long it should take to run

functional solution and easy to use

Jul 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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).

Not bad app

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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..

A Complex BI Tool

Oct 13, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Ease of integration

Mar 02, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The thing I like most about the product is its integration with other custom APIs.

Cons: I didn't like that fact that it can't integrate with the Oracle database.

Recommendations to other buyers: They should make there deployment to be simple and robust, so that even a rookie can deploy the solution confortably.

Cognos is quite good tool

May 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: 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.

Cognos Review

Jan 05, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Cognos is a very powerful tool but can be difficult depending on the structure of your data and how you set it up to run. If you're looking for a data visualization tool there may be better options out there depending on how your much data you have and how it's structured. The inflexibility of the tool is one of the hardest things to deal with and requires experts to be present in order to modify simple queries or analysis.

Beauty is in details

Feb 22, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: In overall, it is one of the best reporting tools.Definitely in the top 3.

Pros: What I like about IBM Cognos is that it has so many features implemented in both reporting and analysis topics. You can pretty much do anything thanks to its strong flexibility.

Cons: Complicated and its ability to build reports from its smallest details will land some heavy consequences: Creating a report will take longer than expected and also some features such as linking 2 reports are really hard to implement.

Best BI tool

Mar 09, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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

A bland looking reporting toll that just works

Mar 22, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality

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.

The newest BI tool on the stage

Apr 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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

IBM COGNOS

Jun 17, 2016
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Very interesting software, it can install on any hardware with relatively less issues during installation, very interactive

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

Recommendations to other buyers: 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

Great for reporting, lacks in dashboarding

Jan 28, 2015
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Users love it, but it has a steep learning curve.

Cons: It's a bit outdated in terms of GUI compared to BusinessObjects.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's certainly worth trying; it's a robust tool, and changes are relatively easy once you get the hang of it.

Cognos a great fit

Apr 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

Cognos is Great, but Hard to Learn

Oct 12, 2016
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

Great Report Running for Oracle Systems

Oct 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

Easy Access

Oct 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

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

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

May 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

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.

IBM/Cognos SaaS v.11

Oct 21, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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

Recommendations to other buyers: 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

Integrated. Proven. Reliable.

Oct 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

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

Works mostly best for my needs

Jun 30, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: great user interface, better visualization, integration with custom APIs, several ways to interpret the data

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

Recommendations to other buyers: add more functionality into this tool like various other competitors have make installation process easy

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Review

Nov 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Product has a great self service functionality feature which helps users to interact even while disconnected.

Pros: Interactive dashboards

Sep 25, 2017
1/5
Overall

Fast Analysis

May 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

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

Aug 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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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