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Cognos Alternatives

How do Cognos alternatives compare?

Adaptive Planning and Phocas stand out as its top competitors based on similarity, popularity and user reviews. When comparing Cognos to its top 100 alternatives, DataRails has the highest rating, with ThorApps as the runner-up, and Cognos ranking 83rd place. FreshBooks has the most reviews with a total of 3,486, while Cognos has 118. Users say IntelliFront BI tops the list for value for money followed by OnPlan, while Cognos comes in 84th. Users also say OnPlan and Reach Reporting are the easiest to use, while Cognos takes 87th place.


How do I choose the best Cognos alternative?

Browse our list of competitors to find the tool that's right for your team and workflow. Filter apps by features, pricing, ratings, integrations, devices and more. Read verified reviews and discover what other people in your industry are using. Compare apps side by side to find the best match for your business.


What are the top 5 alternatives to Cognos?

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Top 100 alternatives

Adaptive Planning

4.5
(171)

Enterprise planning software for agile budgeting & reporting

Pricing

Value for money

4.4

0.5

3.9

What users say about Adaptive Planning's value for money

They do have an amazing customer support team which is always there to solve your problem. Though the price of the software is little high apart from that it is perfect, can't think of any other con.

AS

Adarsh S.

Was extremely easy to set up a budget, and maintain through excel and other existing files. Adaptive is cloud based similar to google drive, so we can all work on the same files without overlap.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Total

3

50

5

features in common

3

features in common

Adaptive Planning's unique features

  • Consolidation / Roll-Up

  • Task Tracking

  • Business Analysis

  • Self Service Portal

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Commenting

Phocas

4.8
(64)

Got data? Get results.

Pricing

Value for money

4.7

0.8

3.9

What users say about Phocas' value for money

Phocas is very easy to use, very intuitive and provides excellent business information. It is relatively inexpensive per user and at times, worth its weight in gold.

AK

Andrew K.

Getting reports out to our field is easy and painless. We use subscriptions constantly, and that has made many employee's lives easier.

SS

Stephanie S.

Total

2

5

5

features in common

2

features in common

Phocas' unique features

  • Database Integration

  • Sales Analytics

  • Charting

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Monitoring

BudgetPak

4.7
(23)

Budgeting forecasting & reporting for midsize orgs 10+ users

Pricing

Value for money

4.7

0.8

3.9

What users say about BudgetPak's value for money

XLerant provides a fantastic software that has greatly improved our budgeting process.

JM

Jeremiah M.

BudgetPak has made our process more collaborative. It has centralized all the data in one place with easy access.

KD

Karen D.

Total

1

29

5

features in common

1

features in common

BudgetPak's unique features

  • Data Import/Export

  • Charting

  • Single Sign On

  • Expense Tracking

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

IntelliFront BI

4.0
(5)

Data Analytics & Business Intelligence Software

Features

Total

1

37

5

features in common

1

features in common

IntelliFront BI's unique features

  • Business Analysis

  • Charting

  • Dashboard Creation

  • Customizable Reporting

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Forecasting

Domo

4.2
(184)

Connecting people with the data they need to drive business

Pricing

Starting from

$83/month

Value for money

3.9
3.9

What users say about Domo's value for money

We really love how Domo does just about everything. The way it generates reports is second-to-none, but we really wish that the price point was a little bit lower.

JD

James D.

It's pricey, but worth it. The biggest thing was the last update they had screwed up some of my reports, and we're still trying to figure out what happened.

Cole G.

Total

2

48

5

features in common

2

features in common

Domo's unique features

  • Visual Discovery

  • Budgeting

  • SSL Security

  • Business Analysis

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Monitoring

Tableau

4.5
(1,429)

Business intelligence & analytics

Pricing

Starting from

$70/month

Value for money

4.2

0.3

3.9

What users say about Tableau's value for money

Feature rich, intuitive, good pricing and it makes for some beautiful dashboards. You can literally be up in minutes with this software with a little elbow grease.

RG

Ryan G.

Overall good, our data team loves it but they also don't realize you can use our current software to accomplish the same things for way less money.

Lairs J.

Total

1

45

5

features in common

1

features in common

Tableau's unique features

  • Categorization

  • Trend Analysis

  • Collaboration Tools

  • Third Party Integration

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

Cyfe

4.6
(72)

All-in-one business dashboard

Pricing

Starting from

$29/month

Value for money

4.6

0.7

3.9

What users say about Cyfe's value for money

Best price and great layout to manage a wide variety of factors about your business.

RT

Robert T.

For as little as it costs, it's a super useful app.

JO

Josh O.

Total

2

39

5

features in common

2

features in common

Cyfe's unique features

  • Customizable Reporting

  • Dashboard Creation

  • Data Mapping

  • Data Import/Export

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

Sisense

4.6
(323)

BI & dashboard software for multiple, large data sets

Pricing

Value for money

4.4

0.5

3.9

What users say about Sisense's value for money

They work well with businesses of any size and get things resolved as quick as possible. They have made a significant investment into the tool's functionality and benefits it provides to the customer.

GH

Garrett H.

For what is it, it strike a good balance of functionality for the price. It did not require a lot of in depth training or professional services to get the software up and running.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Total

2

46

5

features in common

2

features in common

Sisense's unique features

  • Widgets

  • Automatic Notifications

  • Trend Analysis

  • Business Analysis

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Forecasting

Pricing

Value for money

4.3

0.4

3.9

What users say about Looker's value for money

I love the data that Looker was able to give me, as this helped me make real-world decisions that turned into money for the company.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Do you want to host the solution or having it hosted. Are there any implementation costs associated.

FB

Fabien B.

Total

2

43

5

features in common

2

features in common

Looker's unique features

  • Application Integration

  • Visual Discovery

  • Automated Scheduling

  • Visual Analytics

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Monitoring

QlikView

4.3
(158)

Guided analytics apps for business insight

Pricing

Starting from

$1350

Value for money

4.1

0.2

3.9

What users say about QlikView's value for money

Overall a good analytics tool at a good price/value point.

Patrik S.

If you have a big budget and time to learn this product then its the way to go as it is very flexible, powerful and extremely fast.

BB

Brian B.

Total

2

39

5

features in common

2

features in common

QlikView's unique features

  • CRM Integration

  • Custom Charts

  • Customizable Reporting

  • Custom Development

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Monitoring

  • Forecasting

MicroStrategy

4.2
(47)

Comprehensive platform for enterprise analytics and mobility

Pricing

Starting from

$600

Value for money

4.1

0.2

3.9

What users say about MicroStrategy's value for money

For a small or medium sized business who does not have time to invest heavily in the infrastructure, I would recommend a "lighter" program.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Solid BI tool for enterprise wide reporting but resource intensive (both cost and initial setup).

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Total

0

39

5

features in common

0

features in common

MicroStrategy's unique features

  • Dashboard Creation

  • WYSIWYG Editor

  • Data Import/Export

  • Data Filtering

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

SAP BusinessObjects

4.3
(152)

Self-service business intelligence (BI) platform

Pricing

Value for money

3.9
3.9

What users say about SAP BusinessObjects' value for money

Well worth the price, in terms of ROI for any organization with BI needs.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Can sometimes be very confusing to identify end points of data pulls - from budgets to customers.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Total

1

36

5

features in common

1

features in common

SAP BusinessObjects' unique features

  • Business Analysis

  • Customizable Reporting

  • Data Capture and Transfer

  • Drag & Drop Interface

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Forecasting

Yellowfin

4.6
(16)

Business Intelligence reporting and dashboard platform

Features

Total

2

37

5

features in common

2

features in common

Yellowfin's unique features

  • Dashboard Creation

  • Data Filtering

  • Data Mapping

  • HTML5 Technology

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Forecasting

Pentaho

4.3
(38)

Data integration & business analytics platform

Features

Total

2

37

5

features in common

2

features in common

Pentaho's unique features

  • Business Analysis

  • Charting

  • Customizable Reporting

  • Database Integration

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Monitoring

  • Forecasting

Pricing

Starting from

$4800

Value for money

4.3

0.4

3.9

What users say about Chartio's value for money

Definitely worth the money. We're very happy with Chartio.

HS

Heather S.

The visualization tools are great for spotting trends, board meetings, investor updates, and dashboards.

SO

Sasha O.

Total

2

44

5

features in common

2

features in common

Chartio's unique features

  • Collaboration Tools

  • Trend Analysis

  • Content Filter

  • Third Party Integration

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Monitoring

Infor Birst

4.1
(49)

Modern business intelligence and analytics platform

Pricing

Value for money

4.5

0.6

3.9

What users say about Infor Birst's value for money

Scalable, moderately priced, functionality is better than other platforms, great for SMB and enterprise audiences.

SK

Shelby K.

There is a large misconception that building a BI dashboard is easy. Using Birst to do this IS somewhat easy, but invest in your data model.

AW

Adam W.

Total

0

49

5

features in common

0

features in common

Infor Birst's unique features

  • Charting

  • Predictive Analytics

  • Collaborative Workspace

  • Client Management

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

BIME

3.9
(11)

Build reports and dashboards with multiple data sources

Pricing

Starting from

$490/month

Value for money

3.5

0.4

3.9

What users say about BIME's value for money

Not worth the time investment - use your time wisely and implement a better BI tool.

ET

Evelyn T.

If you are stuck in the ice ages of excel reports and lots of copy paste then i definitely recommend. The are more robust options out there but they also have a higher price point.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Total

1

11

5

features in common

1

features in common

BIME's unique features

  • Web Analytics

  • Real Time Reporting

  • Multiple Data Sources

  • Charting

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

Anaplan

4.4
(16)

Planning & performance management platform

Features

Total

1

22

5

features in common

1

features in common

Anaplan's unique features

  • Data Synchronization

  • Data Import

  • Dependency Tracking

  • Collaboration Tools

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

TIBCO Jaspersoft

4.3
(20)

Business Intelligence solution

Features

Total

2

3

5

features in common

2

features in common

TIBCO Jaspersoft's unique feature

  • Charting

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Performance Management

  • Forecasting

Gooddata

4.4
(11)

Business intelligence software and open analytics platform

Features

Total

0

3

5

features in common

0

features in common

Gooddata's unique features

  • Exception Reporting

  • Data Filtering

  • API

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

Planful

4.2
(30)

The FP&A Platform for Continuous Planning

Features

Total

1

12

5

features in common

1

features in common

Planful's unique features

  • Real Time Reporting

  • Project Budgeting

  • Profit / Loss Statement

  • Consolidation / Roll-Up

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

OnPlan

4.9
(12)

Sales forecasting and financial reporting software

Features

Total

1

34

5

features in common

1

features in common

OnPlan's unique features

  • Consolidation / Roll-Up

  • Cash Management

  • Projections

  • Data Capture and Transfer

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

XLReporting

4.5
(8)

Improve your reporting and budgeting

Features

Total

1

18

5

features in common

1

features in common

XLReporting's unique features

  • Data Import/Export

  • Data Filtering

  • Data Connectors

  • Database Integration

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

Prophix

4.6
(60)

Automate & streamline corporate performance management

Pricing

Value for money

4.6

0.7

3.9

What users say about Prophix's value for money

We have had a very good experience with Prophix. We were very reliant on Excel spreadsheets for Financial reports and budgeting.

TS

Tom S.

My experience has been so much better than expected. We have reduced our budget cycle by 2 1/2 months, that’s just one example.

RB

Rebecca B.

Total

1

11

5

features in common

1

features in common

Prophix's unique features

  • Workflow Management

  • Sales Reporting

  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Ad hoc Reporting

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

NetSuite

4.1
(731)

The World’s Leading, Most Deployed Cloud ERP Solution

Pricing

Starting from

$499/month

Value for money

3.7

0.2

3.9

What users say about NetSuite's value for money

A long learning curve, but very happy with the outcome. You will be investing a lot of time and money to get this rolling, so you need to think about being in it for the long haul.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Since it is so customization it is a little more difficult to learn. It is a bit costly and you pay per seat so if you need to have 1 person have multiple seats then it could get a little more costly.

CC

Crystal C.

Total

1

65

5

features in common

1

features in common

NetSuite's unique features

  • Capacity Management

  • Order Processing

  • Sales Forecasting

  • Cash Flow Management

Cognos' unique features

  • Commenting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Forecasting

DataRails

5.0
(16)

The FP&A solution for Excel users.

Pricing

Value for money

4.9

1.0

3.9

What users say about DataRails' value for money

Information is available on a global scale instantly so we can standardize analyses. A great investment if you’re looking to improve processes.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

With DataRails we can track budgets, labor contributions, and finances. Cumulatively this helps us make better decisions.

RL

Ryan L.

Total

0

32

5

features in common

0

features in common

DataRails' unique features

  • Risk Alerts

  • Consolidation / Roll-Up

  • Trend Analysis

  • Automatic Backup

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

QuickBooks Online Advanced

4.4
(607)

Accounting & business management for small businesses

Pricing

Starting from

$150/month

Value for money

4.2

0.3

3.9

What users say about QuickBooks Online Advanced's value for money

QuickBooks Online is very helpful in tracking invoicing and forecasting revenue projections. Its ease of use and benefits of cloud computing is the game changer.

Lahari K.

Wonderful program and easy to use. Many different ways to save time and money using QuickBooks Non-Profit.

JM

James M.

Total

0

95

5

features in common

0

features in common

QuickBooks Online Advanced's unique features

  • Invoice Management

  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Pipeline Reports

  • Automated Billing

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

Jirav

4.8
(11)

All-In-One Forecasting/Budgeting, Reporting & Dashboarding

Pricing

Starting from

$100/month

Value for money

4.8

0.9

3.9

What users say about Jirav's value for money

I like that its easy to understand for founders and employees alike - we use it to export bunch of reports and share with investors.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Planning - revenue modeling is very robust. Forecasting - real-time comparisons against budget vs actual.

CI

Chase I.

Total

1

35

5

features in common

1

features in common

Jirav's unique features

  • Cost Analysis

  • Custom Charts

  • "What If" Scenarios

  • Template Management

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

  • Commenting

CenterPoint Accounting Software for Agriculture

4.0
(11)

Manage your farm′s finances with software for agriculture.

Pricing

Value for money

3.3

0.6

3.9

What users say about CenterPoint Accounting Software for Agriculture's value for money

My Accountant says the reports I give him helps keep what it cost me to have him do taxes to a minimum.

KT

Keith T.

It is not for me either but have to much money into it to go back now. Yearly service is ridiculously expensive which we should not need to use so often but when we only do bookwork once a month.

bw

bill w.

Total

0

4

5

features in common

0

features in common

CenterPoint Accounting Software for Agriculture's unique features

  • Inventory Tracking

  • Financial Analysis

  • Receiving

  • Customizable Reporting

Cognos' unique features

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forecasting

  • Monitoring

  • Performance Management

Jedox

4.4
(113)

Seamless planning across your business

Pricing

Starting from

$160/month

Value for money

4.5

0.6

3.9

What users say about Jedox's value for money

Here's the thing, I've tried a lot of budgeting tools, but this is my favorite by far. I love the fact that you can do so much things with it.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Powerful EPM tool that helps us produce all of our financial reporting and simplifies our budgeting and planning process.

JM

Jennifer M.

Total