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IBM Cognos Analytics Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

IBM Cognos Analytics product overview

What is IBM Cognos Analytics?

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.

Key benefits of using IBM Cognos Analytics

  • 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.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Phone Support
    Knowledge Base
    Email/Help Desk

    IBM Cognos Analytics pricing information

    Value for money

    3.9

    /5

    123

    Price starts from

    No info

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    IBM Cognos Analytics features

    Functionality

    4.1

    /5

    123
    Total Features24 9 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Data Visualization
    Reporting/Analytics
    Visual Analytics
    Search/Filter
    Dashboard
    Performance Metrics
    Ad hoc Reporting
    Data Connectors

    Functionality contenders

    IBM Cognos Analytics users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.1

    /5

    123

    Positive reviews

    83%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend7.91/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    Combined with a proper balance between ease of use and customization when developing and an affordable licensing model, Cognos was a superb choice.

    CR

    CHANDAR R.

    I love working with this tool from IBM. It allows some SQL language, and some configuration features that are very good too.

    CA

    Catarina A.

    The best thing is "Quality reports can be run at any time and by any representative with a substantial log-in " at IBM Cognos Analytics.

    VIKAS S.

    Cons
    The space usage for this software is to high. The IBM Windows services is slow on startup and service errors can be very difficult to diagnose due to bad log structure or description.

    EL

    Eddy L.

    When we actually have information about the errors, this is also not very detailed, that is, we are left without knowing what the error is anyway.

    CA

    Catarina A.

    There are not helpful troubleshooting messages to help you correct errors, so it can get really frustrating if you get stuck and don't have a team to support you.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    Overall rating contenders

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    A great solution for your financial planning

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    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.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    New age and Traditional BI tool

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    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.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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    Full-featured, slightly behind the curve.

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    It brings a lot of functionality all under one roof. Our team found the "visualization" a little easier in Cognos vs Power BI, but the paginated reporting better in SSRS/PBIRS. We ended up transitioning entirely from Cognos to the MS stack and the broad consensus by the team is it was an overall welcomed upgrade. We're starting to consider Tableau or Looker, but returning to Cognos isn't on our horizon.

    Pros

    The ability to visualize data in many way all using the same utility is beneficial so we don't have to worry about multiple deployment/support patterns. Having an in-memory OLAP option made performance less of an issue compared to hitting an on-prem database directly for everything. The ability to add custom code allows for some really creative solutions to unique business problems in reporting.

    Cons

    We felt the interface and functionality was a little dated - our more technical employees were fine but the more analyst-type developers preferred something "prettier"/"friendlier" like Tableau/Power BI. It also got expensive for us which was one of the two the primary reasons we transitioned. This is obviously dependent on the number of users, so consider your own environment of course.

    Overall Rating
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    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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    IBM Cognos Analytics

    Reviewed 16 days ago
    Pros

    Extensive features, vast ability to access, mine and report on data.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, this software requires intensive training, is not intuitive and requires a dedicated analyst.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Cognos

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    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.

    IBM Cognos Analytics FAQs and common questions

    IBM Cognos Analytics has the following pricing plans:
    Free Trial: Available


    IBM Cognos Analytics has the following typical customers:
    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    IBM Cognos Analytics supports the following languages:
    English


    IBM Cognos Analytics supports the following devices:
    Android, iPad, iPhone


    No, IBM Cognos Analytics does not have an API available.


    IBM Cognos Analytics offers the following support options:
    Phone Support, Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk

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