Barry MorrisBI Cognos Expert at a tech services company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report."
"This solution allows you to input a wide range of file formats."
"In terms of stability, I think that Cognos is more stable than Tableau and Power Bi because of its framework manager concept that allows us to import metadata and store it in the framework manager."
"I find Crystal Reports very easy to use, even for a non-technical person."
"The most valuable feature is that from a user's point of view, it is easy to use and requires just a simple click to generate a report."
"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."
"The solution seems to slow down the servers."
"It would be nice to offer free online training on the tool for end-users."
"Tableau and Power BI are faster than Cognos."
"There could be improvements made to the analytics capabilities."
"A real improvement would be a simpler system that allows users to play with the visualization without needing specialized skills and code."
"Pricing should be improved."
"The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises."
"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."
"This product costs a lot of money."
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.
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IBM Cognos is ranked 6th in Reporting Tools with 7 reviews while SAP Crystal Reports is ranked 10th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.4, while SAP Crystal Reports is rated 8.0. 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 Crystal Reports writes "Offers a good user experience that can export reports to different platforms, but it requires a specialized skillset to develop them". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Oracle OBIEE, whereas SAP Crystal Reports is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, TIBCO Jaspersoft, Tableau and QlikView. See our IBM Cognos vs. SAP Crystal Reports report.
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