We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
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.
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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