Cognos Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Cognos Reviews


Business intelligence suite

4.06/5 (52 reviews)

Cognos overview

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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United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 5 other markets, Europe, India, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, French, German, Spanish
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Cognos reviews

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Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-11-10
Review Source: Software Advice

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 suitesCompatibility 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.

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Nabeel Chohan

Cognos Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-18
Review Source: Software Advice

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. 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.

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Alvaro Rivas

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-06-11
Review Source: Software Advice

TM1 allows you to build business models that display online results available to all authorized users of the organization.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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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.Easily integrating with most of the ERPs, very good for customizing reports, very detailed reporting

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Michael Barnes

IBM Cognos Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-02-23
Review Source: Software Advice

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. 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.

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Cognos pricing

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Cognos features

Business Intelligence

API (104 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (71 other apps)
Ad hoc Reporting (57 other apps)
Business Analysis (38 other apps)
Charting (61 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (52 other apps)
Dashboard Creation (57 other apps)
Data Filtering (44 other apps)
Data Import/Export (53 other apps)
Data Visualization (72 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (39 other apps)
Graphical Data Presentation (34 other apps)
Real Time Analytics (68 other apps)
Real Time Data (48 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (41 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (49 other apps)
Third Party Integration (38 other apps)
Visual Analytics (74 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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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.