Compare IBM Cognos vs. Qlik Sense

IBM Cognos is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 11 reviews while Qlik Sense is ranked 4th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 34 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.0, while Qlik Sense is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Flexibility: It offers a variety of technical solutions to better satisfy each customer’s needs and scenarios". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Easy to use for sales and margin reporting in a retail setting". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and Oracle OBIEE, whereas Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and ELK Kibana. See our IBM Cognos vs. Qlik Sense report.
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Pros
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.​

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The integration with R & Python for predictive modeling, and possibly machine learning in the future, is very valuable.The most valuable feature of QlikSense is that you can capture the data without modifying it and then perform the ETL (extract, transform, and load) process.We have found the use of AI to be the most valuable feature.This tool not only allows for consumption of the data in a visual way, but also allows the user to modify the question to get new answers.The most valuable features are the mobility and web integration.The UI is very easy to use, with drag and drop self-service analytics.All the necessary information is available to everyone in real time.The drag and drop UI has been the most useful to me.

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Cons
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.

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As we are a very process-oriented company, we would like to see more extensions maintained from Qlik, because it's a huge budget problem to choose the right one.Currently, we are not very happy with the iPad or iPhone app because it is not working as we want.There is room for improvement in the learning curve when getting started, but training resources have been growing.The product could be improved by implementing a user-feedback ranking system.I would like to have support for table formats without having to use an extension.Advanced graphs or visualizations must be in the built-in product, instead of building with open API extensions or mashups.The next version should include more standard integrations.The only thing I would say that comes up is that sometimes it can be a bit buggy.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market.

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Qlik Sense and its pricing model can follow any scalability.QlikSense offers a Hybrid environment architecture, which is very cost effective based on where the enterprise data resides.Licensing can start to get expensive, but compared to other tools in this space it is about average.Licensing is quite good, easy, but slightly expensive.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.

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8.0
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35
Average Words per Review
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8.9
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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.

Qlik helps enterprises around the world move faster, work smarter, and lead the way forward with an end-to-end solution for getting value out of data. Our platform is the only one on the market that allows for open-ended, curiosity-driven exploration, giving everyone – at any skill level – the ability to make real discoveries that lead to real outcomes and transformative changes.

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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.Abbvie, Airbus, Barclays, BT Openreach, BMW, Daimler AG, HSBC, IKEA, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Mail Group, Sanofi, Siemens, Wendy's, Vodafone, Volvo
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
University11%
Healthcare Company9%
Software R&D Company9%
Financial Services Firm9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Financial Services Firm13%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company8%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm26%
Healthcare Company12%
University7%
Manufacturing Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company33%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company7%
Retailer6%
Company Size
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise54%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise72%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise56%
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