IBM Cognos vs. Qlik Sense

As of February 2019, IBM Cognos is ranked 6th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 42 reviews vs Qlik Sense which is ranked 7th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 38 reviews. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "We can distribute interactive reports. Simple tweaks to some of the tools would increase productivity and development. ". The top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Has proven to be flexible, powerful, and friendly to both developers and end users". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and Oracle OBIEE. Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, ELK Kibana and Microsoft BI. See our IBM Cognos vs. Qlik Sense report.
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Pros
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.​Mapbox integration for geospatial analytics down to longitude/latitude layers.

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Placing buttons on my sheets creates a unique user experience and clears up clutter at the same time.It has improved our organization by providing data to decision-makers in a safe visual environment.The ETL component allows us to pull from many different sources, making pulling data in easy.Set analysis is a powerful scripting functionality which calculates complex queries into simple terms.Qlik Sense helps us increase our organization's customer relationships and brings in more projects.Qlik Sense has helped us in getting all inventory details in real-time ready for our sales reps to order and fulfill our inventory based on demand.Faster time to delivery utilizing useful charts and graphs, which allows for on-demand generation of analytical data in tables, graphs, and charts.End users can adjust their analysis with a few simple clicks.

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Cons
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.Chart quality: many other competitors have charts and graphics that look much better and that provide dynamic effects. Cognos doesn't.

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I am not really a fan of the set analysis. It's its own language that doesn't quite make a whole lot of sense to me at this point. I wish it were more intuitive.The management console appearance needs improvement to its look.The navigation is quite clunky and outdated.Qlik Sense should have a conversion tool which automatically converts QlikView to Qlik Sense, so customers can easily migrate between the products of Qlik.Needs more bookmarking and a data load screen.I would like to see more types of visual elements and better configuration options for additional flexibility when developing charts.It needs continued improvement on its visualizations and content customization.I would like to more easily themed environments.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market.The pricing and licensing policies are comparatively cheaper than other products in the market .There is need to assess the purchase license accordingly so as to avoid audit penalties.

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Costs are a little high on the license/token side. However, if you look at the TCO, it is not too bad, particularly against Power BI.Know your needs when going into the purchasing decision.The costs can initially become quite high. Make sure you have a clear understanding of who will truly use the product as opposed to someone that will simply receive the end report.The new licensing model is much better.Qlik Sense pricing and licensing is like that of QlikView. It's on the high side for a small company, but it’s competitive among its peers. Use of licenses (referred to as tokens) is a bit confusing. There is a login access pass for infrequent or anonymous access.For personal use, the desktop version of Qlik Sense is absolutely free, and you can share visualizations with others and to a personal cloud space, though limited with storage space.I believe pricing is similar to other products in the same category, if you have it on-premise.Currently, our ROI is clear and concise decision-making. This timely addition will easily add $15 million to our bottom line in 2017.

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Also Known As
Cognos, Cognos AnalyticsQlikSense
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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.

Drive insight discovery with the data visualization app that anyone can use. With Qlik Sense, everyone in your organization can easily create flexible, interactive visualizations and make meaningful decisions. With Qlik Sense, everyone in your organization can easily create flexible, interactive visualizations and make meaningful decisions.
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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.Deloitte, Cisco, Drexel University, Andersen, Aon, Big Brothers
Top Industries
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University11%
Healthcare Company9%
Software R&D Company9%
Financial Services Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Pharma/Biotech Company21%
Financial Services Firm19%
University9%
Retailer8%
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Financial Services Firm27%
Healthcare Company11%
Security Firm5%
Retailer5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company16%
Financial Services Firm14%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
Healthcare Company8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise53%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise55%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise60%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Cognos vs. Qlik Sense and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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