IBM Cognos Review

A stable solution that allows us to import and store metadata


What is most valuable?

Cognos includes a framework manager concept that allows you to build a framework model. Once you've built the model, you have to release the package and then it's available for reporting.

What needs improvement?

Tableau and Power BI are faster than Cognos.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cognos for a few years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, I think that Cognos is more stable than Tableau and Power Bi because of its framework manager concept that allows us to import metadata and store it in the framework manager. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cognos is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

Installation and configuration-wise, Cognos is more complicated than Tableau and Power BI — it takes more time. You have to install and configure it, then make the data available before you can do reporting. With Tableau and Power BI, the initial setup is very quick; you can just directly connect to Excel or a file on the desktop. Unlike Cognos, Tableau and Power BI eradicate dependency on a framework model. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cognos is super expensive compared to Tableau ($70/month) and Power BI ($20/month) — I think Cognos is roughly $200 a month. 

What other advice do I have?

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Cognos a rating of eight. 

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