IBM Cognos Competitors and Alternatives

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Lunik Kanungo
Real User
Assistant Vice President - BICC - Development at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

It's the ease of use, the quick deployment from developing it and then moving it on to our servers. It's much faster than our Cognos deployment. It is also a self-service tool so it decreases the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the long run, things should be faster to deployment, to production, than they used to be before. It's the speed of getting results, based on what the user actually requires. Before it was a very… more»

What needs improvement?

I think they have just come out with a tool called Prep, which we just heard about today. It was something that was missing, a little data preparation type of tool. I believe it is an ETL tool but… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The switch was driven by the end-user level. We discovered that people were actually getting the self-service tool without us really being aware of it. Once we found out that they were using it, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be that you should consider Tableau. Certainly, for visualization-type projects, it would definitely be one of the products to look at, and I would recommend it at this time. Because… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In our case, people were already using Tableau. There are other groups within our company that are using other types of tools like MicroStrategy, and we already had BusinessObjects and Cognos here… more»
Real User
User
Nov 09 2018

What is most valuable?

The features that I have found the most helpful is the WebFOCUS portal and InfoAssist. The portal allows users to display information in multiple containers that when… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Information Builders allows decision makers to harness the power of data to make strategic decisions that will advance the goals and objectives of the organization… more»

What needs improvement?

The service levels are remarkable. The products are great as well. Information Builders should create a way to create predictive models without having to be a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost is reasonable, the initial setup can be complicated, so FastTrack is suggested.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have used Cognos which can be complicated for casual users.

What other advice do I have?

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've considered Cognos and Tableau.
Real User
IT Project Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Agility in dashboard creation and evaluating statistics with simple models.

How has it helped my organization?

Quick deployment to dashboards and analytics features (using SAS Visual Statistics and Enterprise Guide). Easy to create a simple forecast and discover business insights using segmentation tools.

What needs improvement?

* Connectivity with other data origins * Visualization is poor * Create KPIs directly

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Compare pricing online with other vendors; licensing type is simple.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

QlikView and Qlik Sense, IBM Cognos suite.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Qlik, IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy, and others.
JonathanPowell
Real User
Cloud Data Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 15 2019

What do you think of Google Data Studio?

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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