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"It's more expensive than similar solutions like Tableau and Power BI.""It is my understanding that the cost is very low. It's not very expensive.""Cognos is super expensive compared to Tableau ($70/month) and Power BI ($20/month) — I think Cognos is roughly $200 a month.""The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises.""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.""Pricing should be improved."

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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 »
Top Answer: There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
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Also Known As
Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos Analytics
Pentaho, Kettle, Hitachi Pentaho Business Analytics
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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.

Pentaho is an open source business intelligence company that provides a wide range of tools to help their customers better manage their businesses. These tools include data integration software, mining tools, dashboard applications, online analytical processing options, and more.

Pentaho has two product categories: There is the standard enterprise version. This is the product that comes directly from Pentaho itself with all of the benefits, features, and programs that come along with a paid application such us analysis services, dashboard design, and interactive reporting.

The alternative is an open source version, which the public is permitted to add to and tweak the product. This solution has its advantages, aside from the fact that it is free, in that there are many more people working on the project to improve its quality and breadth of functionality.

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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.
Cargo 2000 Lufthansa, Marketo, ModCloth, Cardiac Science, Telefonica, ExactTarget, Active Broadband Networks, and Brussels Airport.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm12%
Computer Software Company10%
Healthcare Company9%
University7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government6%
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Educational Organization8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government10%
Insurance Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise30%
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IBM Cognos is ranked 6th in Reporting Tools with 10 reviews while Pentaho Business Analytics is ranked 10th in Reporting Tools with 1 review. IBM Cognos is rated 8.2, while Pentaho Business Analytics is rated 9.0. 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 Pentaho Business Analytics writes "Pentaho is best fit for small and medium enterprises where the quantity of data and the workload are not critical". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Oracle OBIEE, whereas Pentaho Business Analytics is most compared with Knowage, Microsoft BI, Tableau, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Oracle OBIEE.

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