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Pros
"IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions.""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.""A drag-and-drop interface for selecting creating ad hoc reports makes this product very easy to use.""The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report.""Security administration tools are powerful and flexible.""I have worked on the features like dashboards and stories, and I do like them a lot.""The comprehensiveness or broadness of the software functions or business intelligence functions that it provides is valuable. It is also quite easy to use and user-friendly.""IBM Cognos improves the effectiveness of the sales team."

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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
"The high cost of a license makes it hard to scale up on a budget.""I would like them to reinclude PowerPlay. One thing that I am missing in the current Cognos is what was formally named PowerPlay. They have basically removed PowerPlay from it, which is something that I fail to understand because it was the most wonderful tool for business intelligence that I've ever used. As far as I know, they don't provide this functionality anymore, so this is one thing that I dislike about Cognos.""It would be nice to offer free online training on the tool for end-users.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say, monitoring, monitoring, monitoring. Some improvements in monitoring would be helpful. I'd like to see more monitoring of specific reports and fields. The way the auditing is now is very limited, so I'd like to see more of that - of the monitoring.""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 solution seems to slow down the servers.""The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution.""I would like to have predictive and forecasting capabilities in Cognos. It's one thing to do reporting, and another thing to easily predict or forecast certain data points, which is very important for all the clients."

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"Technical support is in minor need of improvement so that they can solve problems in a more timely manner.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cognos is super expensive compared to Tableau ($70/month) and Power BI ($20/month) — I think Cognos is roughly $200 a month.""It's more expensive than similar solutions like Tableau and Power BI.""Pricing should be improved.""It is my understanding that the cost is very low. It's not very expensive.""It is quite pricy. I think Microsoft BI is cheaper. Tableau might also be cheaper, but it also depends on the usage. If you have very many users, Cognos can be a problem. It could be cheaper than Tableau but not for so many users. If you have a few thousand users, Tableau, which is generally quite expensive, can be cheaper than Cognos.""The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement. Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos… more »
Top Answer: The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report.
Top Answer: As we get new requirements, we need to see if they fit into Cognos. As of right now, it fits our needs, however, that can change. We've had issues in the past that the solution is still working to… more »
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Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos Analytics
SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft SSRS, SSRS, MS SQL Server Reporting Services
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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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Financial Services Firm12%
Computer Software Company10%
Healthcare Company9%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government9%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise56%
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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 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Cognos is ranked 6th in Reporting Tools with 10 reviews while Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is ranked 12th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.2, while Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Stable product but low ease of use and time-consuming support". 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 MicroStrategy, whereas Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is most compared with TIBCO Jaspersoft, Tableau, Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer, SAP Crystal Reports and Pentaho Business Analytics. See our IBM Cognos vs. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services report.

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