Cognos vs Tableau Comparison Chart

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Reviews

Stephens Brown

Title your review

2017-03-13

Compares well with others in the space (Power BI, Tableau...)

Pros

Feature set, visualizations

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
Big Data & Sr BI Developer (Information Technology and Services company, 51-200 employees)
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Cognos is quite good tool

2017-05-02

Pros

I like it because of its visualization, 3D graphs wich is not available in Tableau. With the help of Cognos, we have created a lot of dashboards.

Cons

I don't have any concern with Cognos. Thanks, Cognos, I really like the features of Cognos.... Thanks to being a such a nice tool Cognos team.

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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jakob Ahman

Worst of all modern BI tools I've worked with

2018-06-28

Cognos is years behind the modern BI tools like Qlikview/Sense, Power BI and Tableau. I will hopefully never again have to work with Cognos products in the future.

Pros

Customizeable, if you know how to code. Probably could be a good tool if you have a team of trained Cognos experts that deliver all the reports and dashboards in very old-school Enterprise way.

Cons

Very very bad UI, unintuitive, messy and buggy. Very fiddly to get things right when creating reports.

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Software Advice
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Cognos Reviews
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Venkat Kanithi

The Most Amazing BI/Visualization Tool

2017-01-28

Business Analyst and BI Consultant with over 7 years of experience in the IT, and in particular Requirement gathering, Business Analysis, Consulting, Informatica, Tableau, Talend, UNIX, Cognos and PL/SQL.

Pros

Easy data Connection and Visualization, Easy interface. Multiple Datasource connection.

Cons

Cube datasource Integration, and Calculated field creation.

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Tableau

Self learning and the more we practice the More you learn.

Source: Capterra
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Alex Leinweber

Tableau Easy to Use

2016-10-25

I switched companies and switched from Cognos to Tableau for data visualization.

Pros

Ease of use and easy to learn; good options for data aggregation and visualization

Cons

Some limitations to joins require outside SQL work

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Raghavendar Neela

On the fly BI tool with rich visualizations and Dashboard features

2019-03-21

We used Tableau for Visualization BI apart from having Business Objects for reporting. We have created a story for a given subject with all the related information to present to the user. It gives a quick glance on what is happening on the sales of drug for a pharma company that I worked. Migration from non-prod to prod is very easy (unlike other BI tools). Cost of the project reduces a lot with Tableau for BI projects

Pros

Tableau has changed the BI world a lot. It has brought in a software, using with business user can create dashboard & reports on the fly and can check what is there inside. It allows the user to read through the data and derive the insights without much technical analysis. First it can connect to any database (I know about 44 database it connects) and you can set the data, slice the data needed for current analysis and then you can do quick reporting. It provide multiple features, like different charts, graphs and tables and mathematical and statistical functions for analysis. Once you have create multiple visuals you can put them onto one dashboard or multiple dashboards into a story and present the same to business

Cons

Even though it has rich features but it can support the Enterprise BI needs like business object or Cognos does. It does not provide all the feature for E L T (extraction, load and transform) which requires complex transactions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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