Barry MorrisBI Cognos Expert at a tech services company
Anonymous UserSpecialist Geosciences Data Consultant at a energy/utilities 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."
"The comprehensiveness or broadness of the software functions or business intelligence functions that it provides is valuable. It is also quite easy to use and user-friendly."
"From a scalability standpoint, I would say it's pretty fantastic."
"The two features that I have found most valuable are its ability to customize the dashboards when it comes to the evaluation. The second feature is its ability to handle a large amount of data, which is also something very unique about it."
"The out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board."
"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."
"I would like them to reinclude PowerPlay. One thing that I am missing in the current Cognos is what was formally named PowerPlay. They have basically removed PowerPlay from it, which is something that I fail to understand because it was the most wonderful tool for business intelligence that I've ever used. As far as I know, they don't provide this functionality anymore, so this is one thing that I dislike about Cognos."
"The design of the UI could be improved."
"When it comes to data manipulation, there are features which are good, but one of the features which has really been missing in Spotfire is an offline ability for data manipulation."
"Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier."
"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."
"It is quite pricy. I think Microsoft BI is cheaper. Tableau might also be cheaper, but it also depends on the usage. If you have very many users, Cognos can be a problem. It could be cheaper than Tableau but not for so many users. If you have a few thousand users, Tableau, which is generally quite expensive, can be cheaper than Cognos."
"It's more expensive than similar solutions like Tableau and Power BI."
"The cost is a few hundred dollars per user per year."
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.
TIBCO Spotfire is your secret weapon. You can create beautiful, interactive visualizations that will help you find the critical insights hiding in your data - fast. Spotfire gives you the tools to quickly and easily examine, organize, analyze and comprehend your data to see connections, patterns, and opportunities.
IBM Cognos is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 9 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 9th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 3 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.4, while TIBCO Spotfire 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 TIBCO Spotfire writes "A scalable and secure, enterprise-grade analytical platform". IBM Cognos is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Oracle OBIEE, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, Qlik Sense, Alteryx and ETL Solutions Transformation Manager. See our IBM Cognos vs. TIBCO Spotfire report.
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