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

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Enterprise offerings are a bit pricey. For SMBs it can be a difficult conversation to justify the costs.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

Pros

Easily integrating with most of the ERPs, very good for customizing reports, very detailed reporting

Cons

Tough to learn & not many resources available, you will get the value of the money invested in it only if you are able to get the most out of it

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Full-featured, slightly behind the curve.

Reviewed 6 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.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Powerful, Reliable, Expensive

Reviewed 3 years ago

I've been working with IBM Cognos since version 8.4 I like this product and see how IBM is improving it.

Pros

It's been a long on the market. It's offered by IBM It has a great integration with many databases

Cons

New version (CA 11) has some inconvenient UI changes (new side panel which does not allow to easily navigate and see all properties) Many things need to be done manually instead of integrating as best practices (security, deployments, testing, version control, etc.) New studios are not that intuitive / transparent

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Cognos is sophisticated BI application for large enterprises

Reviewed 6 years ago

Cognos is one of 2 major Business Intelligence tools on the market. If it is implemented correctly, it could provide complete web-based business solution based on the data analysis. It is a platform which allowing to deliver mission critical analytics to the business including but not limited to Enterprise reporting, Planning & Forecast, OLAP cubes technology, etc.

Pros

- The application designed to enable business users with limited technical knowledge to extract data, analyze it and make business decision based on the analysis; - It could be used within relational or multidimensional data sources; - It is included a mobile version allowing users to access a complete version of Cognos from mobile devices;

Cons

- very sensitive in implementation; - requiring significant resources in order to maintain and support; - too expensive for mid-size companies;

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Cognos Review

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

Cognos is not very user-friendly and often times it can take a while for an individual working with Congos to get familiar with the functionality and the power this tool possesses. Furthermore, report writing and query studio functionality require some database knowledge so the true power of the tool is sometimes limited by these factors.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Business Intellegnce Software with Standard Reporting And Self Service BI

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall it is a great product to use

Pros

Cognos Analytics is a flexible software for Standard Business Intelligence Reporting as well as for Self Service Data Visualization capability. You have the option to connect to a variety of the Data Sources as well as Multi-Dimensional Cubes. The new invention of Cognos Analytics software provides a greater flexibility for enterprise deployments and upgrades. It has the new feature of NLP (natural language processing) for predictive analytics by IBM Watson.

Cons

Too many modelling tools (Cognos FrameWork Manager, Dynamic Cube Designer, Cognos Transformer) for modelling the content. Too many studios (Report Studio, Query Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio) for report development. Maintainence and cost is huge

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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

Reviewed 5 years ago

TM1 allows you to build business models that display online results available to all authorized users of the organization.

Pros

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.

Cons

IBM Cognos TM1 needs to train personnel to administer the platform. The construction of the models requires specialized IT staff. The cost of the licenses is for medium and large companies.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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valuable yet expensive

Reviewed 3 years ago

overall its good and it is one of the initiators in the reporting market. We are still using it and find it quite useful to fulfill our client requirements.

Pros

you can combine multiple queries in one report to create your desired report, which can be formatted in multiple ways to meet your desired structure.

Cons

its little bit tricky to handle. You need to understand it thoroughly which actually takes time to began working with it from scratch. Also lacks the graphics and user interface.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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I feel Cognos is the best BI Product that I have come across.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Data Analytics, Dashboards, Complex KPI reports, Event studio objects

Pros

Very structured, Reporting features are very good and we can make use of various functions, Event studio tool is the most powerful.

Cons

I wish if natural language feature is added to Cognos. When it comes to the calculated fields we need to write functions in Cognos, but if IBM Cognos can make built in functions like Microsoft power BI then that would be awesome. High pricing is another factor.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Powerful tool for the good analysis of your data. can get quick information for quick decisions

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Cognos is a very effective BI tool. you can create customized reports without having a very technical background ... It can be easily integrated with several data sources in a simple and consistent way and I find the interface to extract data on demand or send scheduled reports (Report Planner) excellent. good user experience with the drag and drop. . . versatility of the Live API to postgres, sql server and oracle databases. We use Cognos to deliver operational reports to all production units and great and very well presented reports and productivity indicators to senior managers

Cons

It is a very powerful tool but not as easy to understand quickly as other tools on the market for the same price .. The learning curve is broad. The initial configuration is not easy, the dashboard function does not have many options. Installation can also be a complicated issue and may require vendor support

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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IBM Cognos 11 Analytics, the easy and reliable BI Tool

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Reliability, easy of use, complete set of functions, integration with other web tools, security and maintenance

Cons

The price is not for small companies, the implementation of the whole functions always requires an expert

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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One of the best time keeping software in the market

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Most employers love this software because it is easy for employees to use. Since it is fast, efficient, simple, and does its job well. You can also run great reports in it too.

Cons

Sometimes the software has a glitch here and there, but every product does. I am sure there are less expensive products on the market, but why use something that isn't tried and true?

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Best BI tool

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Enterprise level BI implementation can be with less customizations. Can build robustic solution using product.

Cons

Most of small and medium size will not prefer this product because of the cost. Real time analytics will not be available.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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IBM Cognos Business Power

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

This software is very flexible and extensive enough to meet almost any of your needs. The reporting engine allows for complex queries and views that far surpass standard reporting methods.

Cons

While I was not involved in the purchase of the software it is my understanding the cost was a little high and this is not designed for novice users.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Expensive but Good

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

This product will do just about anything you want it to do. It does take more of a skilled employee in order to create things. However, anyone can run things once they are created.

Cons

This product is pricey, especially for a mid range company. It takes a lot of training and setup to get the product going as one would like.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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COGNOS review

Reviewed 6 years ago

Cognos has performed splendidly, met and went well past our expectations. We use it for modeling, budgets, and forecasts. We exist in a sector with a lot volatility, so being flexible is everything.The architecture of the application can be tiered nicely for performance. This allows us to scale the application to support our growing user base. Cognos' mobile features are mature and we do use that as well.

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Cons

Expensive product comparatively with other latest BI products in the market and revolving around BIG DATA.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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IBM Cognos Analytics Review

Reviewed 3 years ago

We are currently using it in our project for reporting purpose.

Pros

Its is a wonderful tool to make the reports.It has many functionalities and we can make different type of reports like PIE , BAR and many more. It has cool functionality, Good security features. we can connect to different types of databases.

Cons

Some times we were unable to save the reports.Rest all good. High pricing.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Best review

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experience with the software was very good and productive

Pros

The software was very productive and have very professional support . It was very useful and fast

Cons

The cons was pricing and overall learning curve of the software . But once the software was up and running it really was productive

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Cognos BI is best for large projects..

Reviewed 6 years ago

Using Cognos ,We can develop diff types of reports.It is suitable for big projects and it have so many new features and products like Cognos BI,Cognos Express,Cognos Tm1 aand etc..

Pros

It is suitable for Huge data projects.

Cons

Expensive and difficult to understand

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Reviewed 5 years ago

Our agency has used cogging for two years and has found it to be very user-friendly. It has the capability of generating training certificates for our employees and has a wide variety of training available. We have found the price to be very reasonable for what our agency needed to a training site. We would recommend this product.

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Cognos a great fit

Reviewed 5 years ago

We are finding value across our enterprise using Cognos reporting. With its easy and native integrations with all sorts of enterprise resource and planning tools, its a great value for the price.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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IBM/Cognos SaaS v.11

Reviewed 6 years ago

This product / release is a great self administered SaaS BI tool. Great for the creation of modules , reports and visual dashboards.

Pros

Price- Subscription base. SaaS. Easy to use

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Best BI tool

Reviewed 6 years ago

IBM Cognos maintain huge data and so many new features are in new versions.Easy to understand the structure of cognos.It is suitable for medium and large projects .

Pros

Performance wise good

Cons

Licence cost is high

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cognos Analytics in the Cloud

Reviewed 2 years ago

IBM Cognos Analytics offers the up-to-date version of the application that you can use immediately to your reports.

Pros

Cognos Analytics on Cloud removes the expensive and tedious process of installation Cognos Analytics on-premise server.

Cons

You must cope with the latest version of the software. The lesson materials that you are using in the past may be different in terms of interface offered by the application.

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Too expensive of a solution

Reviewed 6 months ago
Pros

The GUI and simplicity of creating visual reports

Cons

The cost is prohibitive unless it is licensed with other IBM products