IBM Cognos Competitors and Alternatives

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Santosh Pallai
Sr Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 10
Oct 18, 2020
Enables us to allocate, spread, and distribute actual figures

What is our primary use case?

My VP asked me to work with my plan number to figure out how to increase and support our sales region. On the planning admin, I created a model and then imported actual and forecasted data. From that, I was able to determine the variance. We managed to plan this with small amounts of data. We created a planning model and enabled it to make a planning checkmark that works with the time category in the tab dimension, in order to bring it down to the lowest granularity, by month, start date, and end date. We created an organization dimension. A responsible person to monitor each region is… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "In the most recent release, the schedule publication was officially updated and it's been added on MS Office 365. I like how we had an EPM for B to C perspective; it's a great enhancement. Also, I believe the B to B connectivity has been improved. Android support for mobile is really good also. Power BI has always had android support in place, so manual support for SAP Analytics Cloud is also a very good feature."
  • "Custom visuals is another area of improvement. There are also some mobile features that are missing. There are features that aren't available on the mobile."

What other advice do I have?

If you are new to SSE and are trying to implement SSE in your project, don't think that SSE is an SAP product. Look into the features because I am sure you'll be satisfied with the features. They come out with the releases. I go into the release notes to understand what are the enhancements are. This will make it easier to understand. If you have somebody who isn't as experienced with BI, even that person can still learn SSE and can cope up with the BI requirements. In India, if you want to be a BI compatible, you have to have at least three years' experience so that you can understand all of…
Sreekrishna Mohandas
Chief SAP - ICT (Digital & IT) at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 31, 2020
Great for following KPIs, good performance and good for presentations

What is our primary use case?

We have been using Tableau for all sorts of analytical tasks. When I was having an ERP SAP practice, we used SAP analytical tools and IBM Cognos plus Tableau for dynamic display session purposes. Tableau ended up being the best solution. That is why we moved over to Tableau. We predominantly implement and use Tableau.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution makes for very productive and really informative decision making. It can lead the whole business and build a strategy across whole working departments."
  • "The cost of owning the solutions from Tableau is much higher compared to any other analytical solutions."

What other advice do I have?

We're only customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. We have not moved to the cloud so far with this product. Only SAP Ariba is on the cloud. The rest of our solutions, all analytical solutions, are on-premise solutions only. Businesses should know what exactly they can do with Tableau. It's not just a visualization center or dashboard. You can contact a lot of assets that are in use - such as institutional analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. It can integrate with any artificial intelligence learning solutions and analytic solutions. That is…
Samuel Kamau
Co-Founder at Beta Edge Technology Limited
Real User
Top 20
Oct 31, 2020
Reasonably-priced and promotes collaboration through good shareability features

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to analyze financial statements from our partners. We build dashboards to see information on a product that is offered by one of our local telcos.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is shareability, where we can publish work to the cloud and share it with team members."
  • "I think that they can add more types of charts because the selection on the desktop version is limited."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody interested in using Microsoft BI is to set up the desktop version. It's good to start off with, it's easy to learn, and they get the trial period for the BI service. Then, once they're done with the trial period, I think the licensing per month is quite affordable. In summary, this is a good solution. It is not perfect, although if they added audio, emojis, and more types of graphs, then it would be. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
JonathanPowell
Cloud Data Architect at Burwood Group
MSP
Top 20
Aug 15, 2019
Easy to use and offers a plethora of query sources

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution for business reporting.

How has it helped my organization?

This has improved our organization by allowing people to see their data and develop visualizations themselves.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are its ease of use and the plethora of query sources.

What needs improvement?

There is a significant degree of sophistication required to compete with Tableau or Cognos.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for three years.
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