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IBM Cognos Review
Enables activity reports and visualization. I would like to see better functionality in the report studio.


Valuable Features:

The most valuable features are activity reports and visualization. Visualization is fast and very powerful for a quick answer. It provides an interactive user experience.

Improvements to My Organization:

It allows manually derived reporting via the DB and excel dumps to automated reports and dashboards.

Room for Improvement:

In the report studio, the basic functionality requires more development.

Use of Solution:

I have been using this solution in different companies for over 10 years.

Stability Issues:

It is not very user-friendly with unstructured or direct DB connected data.

Scalability Issues:

No scalability issues, but the data retrieval times of live data can be horrible.

Technical Support:

Technical support was good until IBM took over.

Initial Setup:

I wasn’t involved with installation directly, but the consulting group set it up for us and supported it, so it was OK.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

It is very costly, now that IBM has taken over.

Other Solutions Considered:

Depending on one’s needs, I would push for Tableau more than this solution.

Other Advice:

There are plenty of other cost effective and efficient solutions available, such as Tableau, cloud based solutions, and big data options.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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