IBM Cognos Other Advice

Lou Zunin
Senior Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
I would give the same advice as I would with implementing any BI tool/solution. Focus on building a stable and scalable foundation that’s built to last and also intuitive to the end-user. Place an emphasis on data governance/quality, change management and continuous product training for developers and consumers. This is extremely important when implementing any new BI/Analytics technology. View full review »
Managem299005
Developer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
If you are looking into BI tools, you need to go through how scalable and dynamic the tool will be, and how you're going to actually use it, how the users are going to use the tool in the end. There are various tools on the market. One can do one thing and another can do the other thing. There is not much of a comparison. If you look at Cognos, or if you look at other tools, Cognos is really good when you're looking for credibility of data. But if you're looking at other aspects of usability, then it's not that great. Investigate thoroughly is my advice. Cognos is an eight out of 10 because it's still lagging behind in some of the capabilities which other BI tools in the market are providing. Images are one of those things. Otherwise, it's really good, it does the job. Still, people have the impression that Cognos still has that dependency on IT. View full review »
BIMan297500
‎Manager BI Manufacturing at a paper AND forest products with 10,001+ employees
I would rate this solution as a nine out of 10, because of the support. Other than support, everything works. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: When we search for a vendor, we always make comparisons between them. In France, we were surprised by the product, what it delivers, and what is included in the package. There are a lot of different tools on the market that deliver on some points, but not all. Cognos Analytics gives us a lot of possibilities, including dashboarding, which you would have to purchase additionally from other providers. Every three or four years, we do some benchmarking to analyze the product. View full review »
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SenRpt3074
IT Manager Information Communication Technology with 501-1,000 employees
I would certainly give it a nine out of 10, and I could be persuaded to give them a 10. It's very good. Done lots of things we needed it to do, some very, very complex reports. It's been able to develop them. It's delivered them. Very impressed. Make sure you understand what you want to do with the tool, and make sure you have a good budget to make sure it's successfully implemented. View full review »
Dirk Brys
Senior Consultant
Response times should fall in seconds, not minutes. Visualizations should be strong. System should be capable of guiding users in their data exploration. View full review »
Ayman Alshabani
Financial Performance Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
For planning, forecasting, in-boxing, modeling in general and for predicting numbers and doing work analysis, they are excellent. View full review »
Sudha Mad
Sr. Director with 1-10 employees
The most important criteria when choosing a vendor would be that the product is the very user-friendly and that we can upload the files into the system for reporting purposes. I give this solution a rating of five out of 10 because it's not very user friendly. View full review »
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