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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Cognos vs. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Pros
"The most valuable features are Report Development (Functionality) and Information Distribution (Flexibility).""A drag-and-drop interface for selecting creating ad hoc reports makes this product very easy to use.""The initial setup is quite straightforward.""IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions."

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"The solution's features are all just wrapped up in one nice easy package. I don't need a lot of toolsets to get everything I need done.""The SQL Server Reporting Services makes it very easy to get the data whenever we need it."

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Cons
"This product could use improvement in terms of usability for those with less technical know how.""They were lacking in the initial phases of development in the area of big data, and they still need to improve that aspect of the product.""The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution.""The performance is a bottleneck and something that can be improved."

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"It doesn't have quite the flexibility of a Tableau or something like that. Many users are more comfortable with Tableau and I'm not quite sure why that is right now, but it seems to be the case.""Technical support is in minor need of improvement so that they can solve problems in a more timely manner."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing should be improved.""The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises."

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"The price is pretty good."

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Also Known As
Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos AnalyticsSQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft SSRS, SSRS
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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.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world.

We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 114,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.

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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.CMS Wire, The New York Times
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company11%
University10%
Healthcare Company10%
Financial Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider11%
Government7%
Insurance Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government12%
Healthcare Company8%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise54%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Cognos vs. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,846 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Cognos is ranked 7th in Reporting Tools with 6 reviews while Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is ranked 14th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 7.6, while Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "View all the numbers through one single platform to make business decisions, but pay for the privilege". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services writes "Well packaged and easy to figure out but needs better visualization". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI, Qlik Sense, Oracle OBIEE and SQL Server, whereas Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is most compared with ComponentOne ActiveReports, Pentaho Business Analytics, Yellowfin and Plotly. See our IBM Cognos vs. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services report.

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