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Overview

IBM Cognos is a suite of business intelligence and performance management software, that includes dashboards, reports, forecasting,...

Infor Birst is a modern BI and analytics platform, offering automation and optimization for the entire BI process - ETL/data...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
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User reviews

4.1

125

5

4

3

2

1

44

60

16

2

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

4.1

49

5

4

3

2

1

17

25

5

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
90%
would recommend this app

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.
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VIKAS S.

Pros

The ease to create new dashboard is really impressive and simplicity to gather data and make them available to end-users are key factors for projects success.

aB

augustin B.

And you cannot overstate the importance of their terrific customer support - especially the Birst Community.

EH

Eric H.

Review the data sources you want to analyze. If they're a combination of cloud and on-premise, chances are Birst is a great fit.

RC

Raoul C.

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

Cons

This list is long, but not everything is a big problem, more an annoyance that makes what should be easy/common things difficult. Copy/Paste of Objects is impossible.

EH

Eric H.

Limited reporting and dash boarding capabilities. Bugs that lead to erroneous results, without giving and error.

MZ

Mark Z.

Its sluggish performance. Numerous bugs that give the impression that the product is not well tested.

MZ

Mark Z.

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  • Last reviewa year ago

Key features

  • Total features24
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Benchmarking
  • Campaign Tracking
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Mapping
  • Data Migration
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Geographic Maps
  • High Volume Processing
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Marketing Reports
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • OLAP
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Scorecards
  • Search/Filter
  • Single Page View
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Trend / Problem Indicators
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Discovery
  • Total features42
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Benchmarking
  • Campaign Tracking
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Mapping
  • Data Migration
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Geographic Maps
  • High Volume Processing
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Marketing Reports
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • OLAP
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Scorecards
  • Search/Filter
  • Single Page View
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Trend / Problem Indicators
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Discovery

Integrations

  • Total integrations12
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mixpanel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Snowflake
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations6
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mixpanel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Snowflake
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zendesk

User reviews that mention these apps

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

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Birst your Business!!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall experience with Birst is good as a developer. Great visualization capabilities and faster analytics with huge amount of data. Happy Birsting!!!

Pros

Developer as well as User friendly interface. Built in modelling ,drag and drop analytics. Easy connect to data.

Cons

Complex BQL Date fields handling Less visualizations Themes Slow response in IE Less available fonts

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Birst- Efficient an easy analytics

Reviewed 3 years ago

Great tool if one and the organization have the skillset to scale 👍🏼

Pros

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

Cons

I’ve used many analytics tools and while birst is robust and quick it is not the easiest to learn for non-technical folks

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Use of Birst in connection to M3 Cloud

Reviewed 2 years ago

I am not too satisfied. I see the potential of the tool but I believe there is still a lot to be done. Maybe it is in the "back" part of the tool or in the connectivity between ERP and Birst

Pros

interface looks nice for the final user and relatively easy to use after a brief training. Looks also powerful and easy to prepare new dashboard

Cons

The integration with M3 Analytics seems to have hick-ups, after updates we often need to reset something or copy data or re-adjust filters, that is annoying.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Birst in IoT

Reviewed 5 years ago

The user community is amazing. Post a question and get five ways to make it happen within an hour!

Pros

Easy to install and manage. Great support from Birst and the Birst community. Good BItools getting better every three months.

Cons

Lookng forward to seeing the new predictive analytics in 2017. Need this to go to the next level. Same is true with mobile. Demo at Birst forward looked promising.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Easy to use for simply data

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The Visualiser is simple to use for basic analytics, once everything is set up. I can pull out data very quickly and zoom into areas that I'm interested in finding out more.

Cons

Creation of dashboards is rather technical and will require someone very familiar with the data structure and BIRST to do so. Not something someone can do immediately, on the fly.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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No Copy/Paste?! No thank you!

Reviewed 4 years ago

We initially really liked this program until we came across the copy/paste issue. This may be fixed in the future, but it’s unacceptable.

Pros

For simple analytics, it’s a great program. We love the integration of Excel, which is one of the key selling points of this program. The price is very fair for what you get.

Cons

However, a big con is that you cannot copy/paste items. We experienced this problem and thought that it was just an isolated incident that we were experiencing, but when we looked it up on the internet, we saw it’s a common issue. We do not like having to redo every button we try to make. Everything should be uniform.

Overall Rating
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Birst Drives Insights and Decisions

Reviewed 2 years ago

Our experience with Birst Infor when dealing with everything from professional services, support and sales has been great. I would recommend Birst to anyone looking for a flexible and scaleable system.

Pros

The ability to deploy a new warehouse with its own set of reports and dashboards in short order has been one of the best features for us to date. This has allowed for good data governance, as well as easy, adoption across the organization by allowing more than one department to use the system without impacting business rules. The actual reporting and dashboard tools are very easy to use and users can be quickly trained on how to create reports.

Cons

In order to maintain and grow the system a high level of knowledge Data warehouse Architecture is required. Without that knowledge things can become unwieldy. Due to both our organizations small analytics staff with limited knowledge of DW architecture we have found that we needed to subscribe to Infor Birst's technical account manager program which helps counteract this issue. So if you have a small team that is spread thing or have limited knowledge the TAM program eliminates this issue but it does add to the cost.

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Birst Review froma more technical point of view

Reviewed 5 years ago

Birst is a suitable tool to review data without implementing the data in a data warehouse. it is possible to establish real-time connections to several databases or do the modeling directly in Birst. In some situations, you can see that the tool is still in its infancy but the support always finds a solution, however, it looks likes (as long as the source of interruption is critical to your business). In...

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