Compare IBM Cognos vs. SAP Analytics Cloud

IBM Cognos is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 11 reviews while SAP Analytics Cloud is ranked 18th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 2 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.0, while SAP Analytics Cloud is rated 9.6. 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 SAP Analytics Cloud writes "Easy for cloud-based story development with powerful what-if analysis functionality ". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and Oracle OBIEE, whereas SAP Analytics Cloud is most compared with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Microsoft BI and Tableau. See our IBM Cognos vs. SAP Analytics Cloud 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 new Application Design option offers lots of customization options by being able to script in Typescript (similar to Javascript).Real-time data makes for a single version of the truth.The stories have really been helpful in looking at specific scenarios and analyzing trends over periods of time.

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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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There should be more features for the time series charts.We need to know that we are using the latest and greatest, and SAP appears as if it has lost some credit in the market.​

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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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It is a bit expensive, but really worth it, especially if you are already using other SAP tools.

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16,583
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12,570
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11
Average Words per Review
343
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8.0
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6,102
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4,833
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2
Average Words per Review
328
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9.5
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Also Known As
Cognos, 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
REVIEWERS
University11%
Financial Services Firm9%
Healthcare Company9%
Software R&D Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Financial Services Firm13%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company39%
Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise54%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise72%
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