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Real User
Cognos BI Developer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ability to produce reporting solutions which are accessible on other devices (iPads, iPhones and Android). * Ability to distribute interactive reports (Active Reports) to over 1400 recipients. It became too difficult to create reports on a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Active Reports: More detailed data is available to sales reps and management. The reports are configured for the rep/manager role with a focus on their own territory/market data. The reports are delivered to email, so there is no difficult... more»

What needs improvement?

When bursting a low volume report using a burst key, I would like the ability to copy myself on the reports. The Carbon Copy variables to control formatting. * Ability to ‘scroll lock’ in Report Studio: You create a list within a block and... more»
Consultant
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 21 2016

What is most valuable?

* I love the new user interface! Finally, Cognos BI has a new face. * New handling of JavaScript. * Story board. * Dashboarding with combined shared and local data. * Backwards compatibility.

How has it helped my organization?

Our client was very unhappy with the v10 and earlier UX. They wanted something "sexy". Our UX team came up with a very pleasing design mock-up of the dashboards using Marvel. Also, the tool UX is more more easily customised in this version.

What needs improvement?

IBM has stated that Cognos Analytics 11 will include RAVE2/D3 charting support by the end of the year. I am using v11.0.4 and it is not included. V11.0.4 is the latest release TMK. IBM has stated that Cognos Analytics 11 will include a... more»
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Real User
Cognos Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Cognos Analytics, or CA for short, is an enterprise level reporting platform. At the most basic level you can use it to build reports. But taking a broader look allows you to see that it covers a vast amount of ground through many different... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a consultant, I've had the pleasure of working with a very wide range of clients with very specific needs. So far, Cognos has not failed to meet their needs, and surpass their expectations. The beautiful thing about Cognos is its... more»

What needs improvement?

As with all products, I have run into bugs; some severe enough to derail the project until IBM provided a patch. IBM Support can be slow at times, but they can usually deliver in a timely manner. Fortunately, show-stopping bugs are few and... more»
Real User
Senior BI Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 21 2017

What is most valuable?

Cognos contains many components that make up the entire Cognos suite. The starting point is the meta data designer, which is Framework Manager. Framework manager allows you to pull in database tables from any type of database, this is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We developed sophisticated reports in the fundraising area, which pulls in data from many different databases and presents graphs, charts and summary financial information over any time period that the person wants to see. This set of reports... more»

What needs improvement?

Right now, we are in the midst of implementing a brand new version of Cognos, named Cognos Analytics. This version is very, very different from prior versions. We are finding ‘undocumented features’ on a daily basis and reporting issues to... more»
Real User
BI Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 20 2017

What is most valuable?

The jobstreams and the ways SQL-scripts can be effectively organized behind icons.

How has it helped my organization?

* It gave the organization a better insight in the quality of the data, which in many ways was poor. * It gave the call center the possibility to monitor its effectiveness and efficiency a lot better.

What needs improvement?

* The Cognos Data Manager is very datamart/Kimball oriented, and it should be made more flexible, so that it can be used for architectures like Inmon’s or a data vault. * Some of its components are not very stable (for instance the lookups).... more»
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What is IBM Cognos?

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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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.

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