- Centralized metadata model
- Integration (security, external visualizations, etc.)
Better and more interactive visualizations.
Clustering and security (SSL, SSO, etc) can be tough at times.
Support team is timely with responses, but working out through issues can take some time.
Yes, used Cognos (IBM) previously. Switch was due to management decision.
Initial (simple) set up is straight forward, but complex environments (multiple nodes, complex security requirements) can be complicated. That said, once set up the tool is very flexible and addresses enterprise-wide requirements
This is a good solution, but its strengths (centralized, secure, enterprise-wide reporting) can also be seen as weaknesses if you are looking for a more flexible, lighter-footprint reporting package with better visuals. That said, newer versions of the tool have gone a long way to catch up on the visuals side (new views, external viz options, etc) and flexibility as well (BI Cloud Service).