Cognos Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Cognos

Business intelligence suite

4.13/5 (115 reviews)

Cognos overview

What is Cognos?

Cognos Software by IBM is a family of business intelligence products with tailored solutions for businesses of all sizes. The software combines standard BI features such as reports, dashboards, advanced data visualization, real-time monitoring, analysis, and forecasting, with advanced features such as performance scorecards and strategy management, collaboration tools, and financial planning and analysis. You can also use Cognos to design automated workflows and data integrations.

The kinds of analysis you can carry out in Cognos include trend analysis, what-if analysis, and predictive analysis. You can build interactive dashboards in Cognos with moving data and collaboration tools such as comments and annotations. You can also build scorecards to monitor performance, measure KPIs against corporate objectives and develop strategy. Also included in the suite of products are solutions for sales compensation management, process automation, and planning & budgeting.
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Pricing

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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India

Supported languages

English, French, German, Spanish
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Cognos reviews

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Gerson Madrid

A great solution for your financial planning

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-02-22
Review Source: Capterra

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

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Avineet Agarwalla

New age and Traditional BI tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-08
Review Source: Capterra

Cognos is used for operational reporting and analytics and schedule reports to be sent via email to users on a duly basis. Used in mobile as well.

Pros
Cognos 11 comes with all the latest features expected in a BI tool, the graph generations and story buildings as well as predictions.

Cons
Interactive pdf is not available for reports. Can be difficult to implement without admin support for end users.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Enterprise Reporting and Analytics Tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-10-07
Review Source: GetApp

It has been a solid tool for our company for last so many years. IT meets out current needs in terms of performance and capabilities. However, as we start exploring more cutting edge technologies like cloud, SAAS and Advanced Analytics, we see the tool is not in the top 3.

Pros
Well established took with huge user base and support. Being IBMs main BI tool, it comes with a lot of Support and Knowledge Base. There are tons of supporting products for Advanced Analytics, Visualization and AI/ML which makes the tool both powerful and versatile. It fits into both departmental BI as well as for Enterprise wide reporting.

Cons
IBM should increase the support the provide for their products. It is difficult to get quick help from IBM.Self service features of the tool and not as easy as other contemporary tools like Tableau and Qlikview. IBM has catching up to do in this area. Also cloud based SAAS is not yet advanced for COGNOS.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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pavan rayagoudnavar

Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2016-12-12
Review Source: Capterra

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Sameer Vayalam

Cognos

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-07-22
Review Source: Capterra

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

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

Cons
the support from the consultant was great but costly.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Cognos pricing

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Cognos features

Business Intelligence
Monitoring

API (196 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (160 other apps)
Ad hoc Reporting (84 other apps)
Charting (83 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (81 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (106 other apps)
Dashboard Creation (106 other apps)
Data Filtering (108 other apps)
Data Import/Export (124 other apps)
Data Visualization (181 other apps)
Multiple Data Sources (79 other apps)
Predictive Analytics (83 other apps)
Real Time Analytics (121 other apps)
Real Time Data (91 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (138 other apps)
Third Party Integration (122 other apps)
Trend Analysis (77 other apps)
Visual Analytics (140 other apps)

Additional information for Cognos

Key features of Cognos

  • Query & reporting
  • Dashboards
  • Collaboration tools
  • Mobile business intelligence
  • Scorecards
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Trends & pattern analysis
  • Advanced data visualization
  • Planning, budgeting & forecasting
  • Enterprise disclosure management
  • Profitability modeling and analysis
  • Financial close, and regulatory and management reporting
  • Sales performance management
  • Process automation
  • Data integrations
  • Multiple solutions available
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Benefits

Use Cognos to design automated process using an intuitive interface with no coding or IT skills required.

Use Cognos Insight to create custom dashboards, apps & visualizations using data from your desktop, such as personal files, historical data and more.

Small & medium-sized businesses can use IBM Cognos Express to access enterprise-level reporting, analysis, dashboard, visualization, scorecard, planning, budgeting & forecasting.

Use the Android and iOS app to access and interact with reports, analysis, dashboards, and visualizations when on the move.

Use the collaboration and social networking-inspired tools to exchange knowledge and information, share insights, and comment on data.

Use dashboards to visualize, personalize and interact with data. You can view historical data, data in motion, and predictive analytics on one screen.

Use scorecards to measure and communicate performance and to manage and plan strategy with elements such as strategy maps, impact diagrams, & financial KPI monitoring.