IBM Cognos Pros and Cons

IBM Cognos Pros

Pietro Noli
Founder, Owner and CEO at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Report Studio: This is the most powerful and sophisticated tool for professional reporting.
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Lou Zunin
Senior Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
One of the strong suits of Cognos is its robust corporate reporting capability.
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Managem299005
Developer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is developing reports from different data sources, making it a reliable data source.
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BIMan297500
‎Manager BI Manufacturing at a paper AND forest products with 10,001+ employees
A positive feature is Report Studio, where we create beautiful, complex reports.
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SenRpt3074
IT Manager Information Communication Technology with 501-1,000 employees
It's enabled us to report directly from our main application systems. We're removing islands of data and we're removing inefficiencies, where people or small divisions had their own store of information.
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Dirk Brys
Senior Consultant
Using custom controls, it is possible to extend the application with even more functionality and make the application intuitive and attractive.
Self-service is possible through the use of dashboards, which are also very intuitive. Stories can be used to pin snapshots, tell the story for meetings, etc.
Integration with Office can enable the 'download' mode of storytelling.​
Mapbox integration for geospatial analytics down to longitude/latitude layers.
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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.
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Wolfram Eulberg
Senior Data Warehouse Consultant
The most valuable features are Report Development (Functionality) and Information Distribution (Flexibility).
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IBM Cognos Cons

Pietro Noli
Founder, Owner and CEO at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Chart quality: many other competitors have charts and graphics that look much better and that provide dynamic effects. Cognos doesn't.
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Lou Zunin
Senior Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
One key area for improvement is the need to improve the self-service nature and functionality of the product in terms of visual analytics.
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Managem299005
Developer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
One thing that we really want is the ability to have data portrayed on an image. Cognos is not able to do it at the moment, and that's becoming a requirement from the business side: having an image and then plotting your dataset on top of the image as a map.
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BIMan297500
‎Manager BI Manufacturing at a paper AND forest products with 10,001+ employees
We need more predictive analytical functions, not only diagnostic or decryptic analytics.
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SenRpt3074
IT Manager Information Communication Technology with 501-1,000 employees
I think the GIS pieces maybe not as good as we would like.
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Dirk Brys
Senior Consultant
Extending features on dashboards so it becomes a real dashboard building application, not only a data exploration tool.
Extending dynamic cubes aggregate awareness with calculated measures.
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Ayman Alshabani
Financial Performance Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The charts and graphics are weak.
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Wolfram Eulberg
Senior Data Warehouse Consultant
This product could use improvement in terms of usability for those with less technical know how.
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