IBM Cognos vs Microsoft BI

IBM Cognos is ranked 6th in Business Intelligence Tools with 67 reviews vs Microsoft BI which is ranked 3rd in Business Intelligence Tools with 30 reviews. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "We can distribute interactive reports. Simple tweaks to some of the tools would increase productivity and development. ". The top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "The ability to perform complex business modeling through DAX calculations stands out in a crowd". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and Oracle OBIEE. Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, Oracle OBIEE and QlikView. See our IBM Cognos vs Microsoft BI report.
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Pros
It's enabled us to report directly from our main application systems. We're removing islands of data and we're removing inefficiencies, where people or small divisions had their own store of information.Using custom controls, it is possible to extend the application with even more functionality and make the application intuitive and attractive.Self-service is possible through the use of dashboards, which are also very intuitive. Stories can be used to pin snapshots, tell the story for meetings, etc.Integration with Office can enable the 'download' mode of storytelling.​Mapbox integration for geospatial analytics down to longitude/latitude layers.One of the strong suits of Cognos is its robust corporate reporting capability.Report Studio: This is the most powerful and sophisticated tool for professional reporting.Cognos is the best application with dashboards,batch reporting, jobs, events and ad-hoc reporting for business users.

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Other people can access data much more easily than before. Its usability is the main advantage, people in the company are using it.With Power BI, you're able to store your data within spreadsheets and SharePoints, and then have Power BI pull the data out and report on it. So we actually saved a ton of money not needing to load the data into databases, which is a big prerequisite for many other reporting tools.It is very well integrated with other Microsoft products, including PowerApps and Excel, as well as Access, so it fits well into our workflow.Key features are its dashboard functionality and ease of integration with various data sources.The DAX coding language is good for creating formulae.Easy to use. End-users can make changes to the graphics.In the early stage of an implementation, it not only helps decision making, but it allows people to have insight into problems with data so that they can go and get it corrected.Allows business users with a mission to solve their own problems, without an IT person.

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Cons
I think the GIS pieces maybe not as good as we would like.Extending features on dashboards so it becomes a real dashboard building application, not only a data exploration tool.Extending dynamic cubes aggregate awareness with calculated measures.One key area for improvement is the need to improve the self-service nature and functionality of the product in terms of visual analytics.Chart quality: many other competitors have charts and graphics that look much better and that provide dynamic effects. Cognos doesn't.The visualization aspect needs to be improved and I believe, this is being resolved in upcoming versions.It would be better if it is was easier to implement without extensive training for it.Cognos charts are not as fast as those of the other tools, even with DQM (dynamic query mode).

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It is definitely a wonderful analytics tool. However, database ETL, data integration functionality would be absolutely perfect in many cases. Currently, it doesn't get the job done and we need to extract, transform, and load the data from faulty data sets into something more suitable for the deployment of the analytics tool.I am a SAP user and I would like this tool to have more connectors - and to more easily connect to - the ERP or SAP environment.I would prefer that the solution not be shared. I'm concerned that if we make a mistake we could reveal information to people who shouldn't see it. I would like to have my own on-prem server, to buy my own server and have my own infrastructure for Microsoft BI, with only with my data.One thing I would like to have is the scripting language, as they already have within Excel. It's already within a Microsoft business product, because Excel is the number one business product out there. So it would be nice to have the scripting capability in order to automate certain processes.Drill-down in dashboards needs to improved. The capability only works in Power BI Desktop today. We need to have an alternative approach today.The data source definition is all over the place.It needs a wizard that covers all its options.It needs an AI which can choose the appropriate connection strings and provide options for connections.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market.The pricing and licensing policies are comparatively cheaper than other products in the market .There is need to assess the purchase license accordingly so as to avoid audit penalties.

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The Report Server is pretty expensive on-premise. But as long companies are happy to use the cloud version, that's very cost effective.Pricing, that's where Microsoft beats Tableau. It is priced much cheaper.Remove the cost of a licence to show a dashboard within SharePoint. Why should readers of a dashboard have to pay to view? ​Make it low in cost. It is a no-brainer!Globally, we evaluated a number of products, including Salesforce's product, Microsoft won on the ground of simple functionally and cost.Paid for itself in the first month.I would advise that Microsoft BI products are rightly priced and the licensing is easy to follow and to fulfill.All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.

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Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Also Known AsCognos, Cognos AnalyticsSSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS BI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data
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Overview
Overview

Cognos Software is IBM's Business Intelligence and Performance Management solution, offering BI, strategy management, financial performance, and data analytics applications. Cognos caters to all levels in an organization with products designed for individuals, workgroups, departments, mid-size companies, and big enterprises.

Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

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Sample Customers
Sample Customers More than 23,000 leading organizations across multiple industries use Cognos. Some examples of Cognos customers include BMW Financial Services, Quinte Health Care, Troy Corporation, Michigan State University, and GKN Land System. Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
University
12%
Healthcare Company
10%
Software R&D Company
10%
Pharma/Biotech Company
8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
30%
Energy/Utilities Company
6%
University
6%
Manufacturing Company
6%
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Financial Services Firm
20%
Energy/Utilities Company
13%
Manufacturing Company
13%
Government
13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
19%
Healthcare Company
7%
University
7%
Government
6%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
27%
Midsize Enterprise
21%
Large Enterprise
52%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
14%
Midsize Enterprise
21%
Large Enterprise
65%
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Small Business
46%
Midsize Enterprise
10%
Large Enterprise
44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
16%
Midsize Enterprise
28%
Large Enterprise
56%
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