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Pros
"The most valuable features are Report Development (Functionality) and Information Distribution (Flexibility).""A drag-and-drop interface for selecting creating ad hoc reports makes this product very easy to use.""The initial setup is quite straightforward.""IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions.""IBM Cognos improves the effectiveness of the sales team."

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"The new Application Design option offers lots of customization options by being able to script in Typescript (similar to Javascript).""All of the modules that we used to have separately in our on-premises solution are now integrated into one platform.""The Smart Predict, Smart Insights, and Smart Discovery predictive analysis features are quite good.""The most valuable features are the visualization and user-friendliness.""The ease of use of the solution is its most valuable feature. We haven't tried all of the features yet. The graphing and the ease of using the analytics tools have been great. It's all drag and drop; you don't need to code anything.""Provides rich features for developing automated reports and dashboards.""The user interface is quite good for developing reports out of models.""Planning is the most valuable feature of the product because it's integrated and that means we don't need to rely on an independent planning environment."

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Cons
"This product could use improvement in terms of usability for those with less technical know how.""They were lacking in the initial phases of development in the area of big data, and they still need to improve that aspect of the product.""The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution.""The performance is a bottleneck and something that can be improved.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say, monitoring, monitoring, monitoring. Some improvements in monitoring would be helpful. I'd like to see more monitoring of specific reports and fields. The way the auditing is now is very limited, so I'd like to see more of that - of the monitoring."

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"There should be more features for the time series charts.""I would like to see reporting to the Analytics cloud directly.""Some of the standard visualizations, such as a speedometer or a goal chart, are not there and should be added.""We are currently working on connectivity with S/4HANA, but we would like to have better connectivity with our legacy systems.""Statistical analysis should be a bit more profound than it is.""SAP Analytics cloud needs better exporting options.""There is no direct connector from SAP to Redshift, so we are required to use a third-party product that was recommended by SAP.""When it comes to planning there is a concern about the ability to match the exact requirements of the customer with what the product offers."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing should be improved.""The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises."

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"It is a bit expensive, but really worth it, especially if you are already using other SAP tools.""It is not the most expensive one. You have to do the cost-of-ownership analysis and take a lot of things into consideration to come up with the conclusion that it is cheaper or not, but its price is reasonable. It provides value for money.""It's quite expensive and costs a lot to maintain, especially with licensing."

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Questions from the Community
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 Enterprise… more »
Top Answer: I like the predictive features of SAP. It's easy to use tools for an end-user.
Top Answer: Pricing is fine for the BI license, but when it comes to client license, that fee is a bit high.
Top Answer: We are a consultant, so we build solutions for customers. Some of their use cases are for dashboarding, business intelligence, predictive capabilities, and planning.
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Also Known As
Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos AnalyticsSAP BusinessObjects Cloud
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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.

The SAP® Analytics Cloud solution offers all analytics capabilities for all users in one product. In the boardroom, at the office, or in front of a customer, you can discover, analyze, plan, predict, and collab­orate in one integrated experience designed expressly for the cloud. Access all data and embed analytics directly into business processes to turn instant insight into quick action. Because we built it on the high­performance SAP Cloud Platform, you can trust the solution to work quickly and reliably.

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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.Live Oak Bank
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company11%
Healthcare Company10%
University10%
Financial Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
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Computer Software Company63%
Financial Services Firm13%
Logistics Company13%
Educational Organization13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company46%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company4%
Retailer4%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Cognos vs. SAP Analytics Cloud and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,966 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Cognos is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 5 reviews while SAP Analytics Cloud is ranked 4th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 18 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 7.8, while SAP Analytics Cloud is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "View all the numbers through one single platform to make business decisions, but pay for the privilege". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Analytics Cloud writes "Enables us to allocate, spread, and distribute actual figures". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Oracle OBIEE, whereas SAP Analytics Cloud is most compared with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Microsoft BI, Tableau, Oracle Analytics Cloud and QlikView. See our IBM Cognos vs. SAP Analytics Cloud report.

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