Most Helpful Review
Valuable reporting and information distribution features, but the interface needs to be improved for less technical...
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The most valuable features are Report Development (Functionality) and Information Distribution (Flexibility).
For planning, forecasting, in-boxing, modeling in general and for predicting numbers and doing work analysis, they are excellent.
A positive feature is Report Studio, where we create beautiful, complex reports.
The most valuable feature is developing reports from different data sources, making it a reliable data source.
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.
The most valuable feature is the ability to run it in Exalytics within memory coupled to a Repository on Exadata is where it flies. So it's not meant for mom and pop shops, but if you are a global 500 fortune 1000 company, this is a tool that can get you what you need on time and even in real time.
We do you use Oracle support. We've been paying for an Oracle support subscription for four or five years, and not one ticket has ever been logged. When I came in, I've encouraged the team to ask Oracle questions. They do get back quite quickly. Their support is good. Working with our account managers, if I need to escalate anything, I can speak to them and they escalate the call. I've got that ecosystem working quite well. That does work for us.
The most valuable feature is the openness of the solution. It helps us integrate some of our clients.
I think having the conformed structures makes it a lot easier for end users and pulling reports together.
The scalability of the product is good.
It's easy to use for business analysts.
Can utilize SQL queries to generate reports directly.
It mostly supports enterprise level data. We have millions of records on a daily basis.
This product could use improvement in terms of usability for those with less technical know how.
The charts and graphics are weak.
We need more predictive analytical functions, not only diagnostic or decryptic analytics.
One thing that we really want is the ability to have data portrayed on an image. Cognos is not able to do it at the moment, and that's becoming a requirement from the business side: having an image and then plotting your dataset on top of the image as a map.
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.
One significant improvement is the need for simplification. The set up could be more intuitive. An enterprise setup with HA and DR are pretty complex and to get a robust solution one has to play around with Real Application Cluster data sources and FAN notifications as well as WebLogic clustering and external load balancers. SSO also is not that simple to set up especially if you want all your Oracle systems to use the same SSO solution, i.e., no cheating with direct LDAP connectivity.
They should develop greater visualization because their visualization isn't industry leading at the moment. The way you pull the data and see the data compared to other platforms, they're lagging a little bit behind. Also, their cost. I've got Oracle account managers trying to persuade me every day to purchase these licenses. Once you purchase OBIEE, then you have to purchase the virtualization and then you have to purchase the mobile license to operate on the mobile. It's really expensive.
In terms of tech support, we have our own technicians. But, we did register for their help. When we register a call, it takes time for them to respond to us.
This solution is weak in the data science perspective. I have past data science experience. And, I find that there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of incorporating more advanced statistical modeling into the product.
It is not a good product for data visualization.
Its functionality is lacking.
When a large number of queries are running at the same time, the report fails.
It crashes when many people login simultaneously.
Pricing and Cost Advice
IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market.
The pricing we negotiated with Oracle. But, I do not have details.
I think to spread this across an enterprise will be a significant investment.
Be prepared to spend a lot of time and money.
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Also Known As
|Cognos, Cognos Analytics||OBIEE, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle BI, Oracle BI EE 11g|
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.
OBIEE is a multifaceted network of tools that can create a more fluid and better-integrated data flow for your business. This service is actually a platform that is made up of six individual elements, rather than a single tool with multiple features. These services include: presentation catalog, BI presentation service, BI scheduler service, BI server service,administration client, and metadata repository.
The purpose of the OBIEE is to have an entire system for all of your enterprising needs. The various tools within the suite can take your data, organize it, analyze it and then glean the pertinent information from it, sending it on to the relevant parties who can then use it for metrics, pattern analysis, and future projections. The essence of the platform is to integrate your current IT together with their tools in order to give you the overall best return on investment with minimal fiscal obligations.
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|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.||Banca Transilvania, BeckmanCoulter, Hong Kong Housing Society, HealthShare, Ivanhoe Cambridge Unifies, and Home Credit, and Finance Bank.|
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