IBM Cognos Pricing, License Cost and Setup

Jay Bockstoce
Cognos BI Developer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The standard user licensing is straightforward. It seems like they are expanding these licenses now to cover more of the tools so there is less complexity there. PVU licensing must be researched and understood before committing. The terms of PVU licensing seemed to be a little vague and confusing. We discovered a great deal more by asking IBM some detailed questions. This will save us some headaches in the future. View full review »
it_user502383
Senior BI Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
For the university, Cognos is very competitive, because IBM offers huge discounts to higher education. My advice would be to work with an IBM business partner. View full review »
it_user560289
Cognos Consultant (Contract) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Do your homework on the licensing that you require. The penalties and costs involved if you are audited for licensing can be expensive. IBM does not allow you to trade or swap licenses. Most companies don't allow this either. The definitions of what each license holder is and requires should be clearly understood before entering into any agreements. Some of their requirements around user licensing for those who were only consumers of reports (e.g., they have output sent to them by email) used to be fairly onerous. View full review »
TLBizAnalytics511
Team Lead, BI and Analytics at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Licensing has been simplified over the years. However, we do not like their Processor Value Unit (PVU) model and prefer the named user licensing route. Pricing can be expensive depending on the number of administrators or developers. Regular consumer licenses do not cost as much. They also have a cloud solution. View full review »
Lou Zunin
Senior Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
If you are going to invest in a reputable quality BI solution, be prepared to not be frugal in terms of pricing/licensing. IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market. View full review »
Gill Staniland
Data Strategist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial set-up price is higher than comparative tools, due to the base server component, but can be more cost-effective in the long run for a larger user base (> 100 users). Also, all features come standard, so add-ons are not required for printing, distribution etc. View full review »
Suraj Neupane
Cognos Developer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Make sure to assess the number of concurrent users and the type of users, i.e., studio vs viewers. Also, there is need to assess the purchase license accordingly so as to avoid audit penalties. View full review »
Pavan Kumar Maddali
Senior Cognos Developer at ADP
The pricing and licensing policies are comparatively cheaper than other products in the market . View full review »
it_user504744
Cognos Consultant at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The only advice I can give here is that there are several third-party companies that will handle implementation as well as provide continued support post-production. I recommend doing your homework and hiring one of them to take care of implementation and support, if you don’t have a dedicated team to do so internally. View full review »
Mike Bernaiche
Business Analytics Coach at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Work with an IBM partner like Lodestar Solutions to ensure you have the right mix of licenses and you are not over paying in support. View full review »
Nicolas Fontan
Senior Business Intelligence consultant, freelance at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Licensing is expensive and can be an issue to expand the number of users within a company or to get new customers. Only large companies invest in Cognos. Cognos is not a very common BI product in Denmark, even though it's one of the best on the market with a broad palette of tools. More creative licensing policies should be made by IBM in order to win market shares in the BI market. View full review »
it_user34830
Business Intelligence Specialist at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
I don't have any advice about these issues. View full review »
Romeo Felix Isfan
IBM Cognos Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
You need to have a good idea of how many people will be using the product. It helps knowing how many of them should have full permission (admins), how many will be developers, and how many will be "just" consumers. View full review »
it_user561858
BI Cognos Developer II at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was not involved in the licensing process. View full review »
it_user505704
Senior Technical Consultant - Analytics at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Pricing and licensing is high. It can be lowered. View full review »
SrCognosDev925
Senior Cognos Analyst Developer at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Recently, IBM have changed the way they package the licensing (which so far seems to give us a better understanding of what we are paying for). The product can seem quite pricey compared to other suitors in the BI arena. View full review »
it_user534747
Cognos - BI Consultant / Tech Lead at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s an enterprise tool and different stacks of tools are beneficial for small, medium, or large companies. View full review »
SrCognosDev095
Sr Cognos Developer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
If the organization is big enough, I would recommend this product. View full review »
it_user538227
Business Reporting Engineer (Contracter) with 10,001+ employees
Use one of the best BI tools, which Cognos is. View full review »
Abhishek Dandekar
Business Technology Associate Consultant at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
If you need enterprise grade reporting, Cognos is a very economical solution for organizations. View full review »
Kleber Vieira
Business Intelligence Consultant at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The price is a bit expensive. View full review »
DataWarehouseMgr798
Data Warehouse Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees
The prodict is expensive. View full review »
it_user551508
Continuous Auditing Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very costly, now that IBM has taken over. View full review »
Marcel Bergmans
Business Intelligence Specialist / Information - Business Analyst / Cognos BI Specialist at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Pricing and licensing have many forms and possibilities. Take a good look at the number of users and the profiles needed. This will increase or decrease the price accordingly. View full review »
Artour Aslanian
BI Architect/Cognos Solution Architect/ETL Design Architect at a media company with 201-500 employees
Not matching the product quality. View full review »

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