IBM Cognos Review

Difference between IBM Cognos and SAP Business Objects(BO)

-- IBM Cognos --

- Divided into many tools like Analysis Studio, Query Studio, Report Studio
- Appropriate integration between all the tools
- Metadata is common to all tools, which offers performance and scalability
- Separately Structured Interfaces
- Very clear and service oriented Business Intelligence
- Can be done even with the basic End Users
- Loss of Performance while scaling up the hardware
- No proper tool available to store the documents
- Customers feel Cognos is Complex
- Impromptu is relatively weaker
- Cognos ROLAP Tools and MOLAP Cubes
- Inbox drill through from one report to other
- Learning is exhaustive because of many separate tools

-- SAP Business Objects (BO) --

- All in one package- Web Intelligence
- Many tools and no Proper Integration between Queries, Excessive
- Flexible and Scalable
- Integrated Dashboards
- Unclear BI future perspective because of too many tools
- IT professionals needed for every change
- Performance is consistent while Scaling UP
- Business Objects XI Info view is used to store the documents
- Customers complain BO is not fully Business Intelligence yet
- BO's adhoc reporting capability is superior
- BO is primarily ROLAP
- Time Consuming Drill Through feature
- Learning is easy since many tools are merged

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

The difference is very clear. I would like to add that while Cognos Enterprise can work for one business or company, it might not work for another due to various factors. For instance, a company with an IT professional can easily use Business Objects and one that needs to outsource an IT expert might make use of the IBM Cognos in case they are short of funds to get such a professional. This is due to the fact that Cognos does not require a professional to operate it. Although the Cognos tools are not integrated like those of Business Objects, they are much simpler to understand and use.

author avatarit_user242652 (Sr.SAP BI/BO Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

Yes I agree with the differences shown but if the customer who has full SAP house it would be better for him to choose SAP BO which can integrate well with their existing system rather than going for a third party tool.I have not used Cognos yet so I cannot comment on its advantages over SAP BO.