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Jay Bockstoce
Real User
Cognos BI Developer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ability to produce reporting solutions which are accessible on other devices (iPads, iPhones and Android). * Ability... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Active Reports: More detailed data is available to sales reps and management. The reports are configured for the... more»

What needs improvement?

When bursting a low volume report using a burst key, I would like the ability to copy myself on the reports. The Carbon... more»

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

The standard user licensing is straightforward. It seems like they are expanding these licenses now to cover more of... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not aware of any previous solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Cognos provides a multitude of reporting options and I love working with it. I would recommend it as a reporting... more»
Bob Edis
Consultant
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 21 2016

What is most valuable?

* I love the new user interface! Finally, Cognos BI has a new face. * New handling of JavaScript. * Story board. *... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our client was very unhappy with the v10 and earlier UX. They wanted something "sexy". Our UX team came up with a very... more»

What needs improvement?

IBM has stated that Cognos Analytics 11 will include RAVE2/D3 charting support by the end of the year. I am using... more»

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

Cognos BI or Cognos Analytics comes bundled with many IBM solutions now. E.g, PMQ, Maximo. Check if your company has... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I previously used CBI10.2.2; upgraded to CA11.0.4 to get a better UX.

What other advice do I have?

If you go with Cognos Analytics, install at least version 11.0.4. It has backwards capability for old reports and... more»
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PaulMendelson
Real User
Cognos Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Cognos Analytics, or CA for short, is an enterprise level reporting platform. At the most basic level you can use it to build reports. But taking a broader look allows you to see... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a consultant, I've had the pleasure of working with a very wide range of clients with very specific needs. So far, Cognos has not failed to meet their needs, and surpass their... more»

What needs improvement?

As with all products, I have run into bugs; some severe enough to derail the project until IBM provided a patch. IBM Support can be slow at times, but they can usually deliver in a... more»

What other advice do I have?

The best piece of advice I can give to companies considering Cognos is to factor in the cost of training or consultants. Cognos, despite what some sales people may say, is not an... more»
it_user502383
Real User
Senior BI Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 21 2017

What is most valuable?

Cognos contains many components that make up the entire Cognos suite. The starting point is the meta data designer,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We developed sophisticated reports in the fundraising area, which pulls in data from many different databases and... more»

What needs improvement?

Right now, we are in the midst of implementing a brand new version of Cognos, named Cognos Analytics. This version is... more»

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

For the university, Cognos is very competitive, because IBM offers huge discounts to higher education. My advice would... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was an independent consultant and have used competing products; they all have their quirks. Here at the university,... more»

What other advice do I have?

Hire an experienced business partner, who can provide ongoing support and training.
Joop Moerkens
Real User
BI Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 20 2017

What is most valuable?

The jobstreams and the ways SQL-scripts can be effectively organized behind icons.

How has it helped my organization?

* It gave the organization a better insight in the quality of the data, which in many ways was poor. * It gave the call center the possibility... more»

What needs improvement?

* The Cognos Data Manager is very datamart/Kimball oriented, and it should be made more flexible, so that it can be used for architectures like... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I started using Cognos Data Manager because the company I worked for already used it. To start with SSIS: * SSIS is a lot more flexible than the... more»

What other advice do I have?

* Consider carefully if you want a Kimball architecture with datamarts for your datawarehouse. If so, the Cognos Data Manager is a good option.... more»
Warren Thrush
Consultant
Cognos Consultant (Contract) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Various studios vary in the level of control they give you in putting together a report. As an example, I spend most of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Allowed the organizations I've worked for to standardize the information they deliver to hundreds of decision makers.... more»

What needs improvement?

Metadata documentation could be improved. While IBM Cognos tools allow you to document most aspects of the metadata... more»

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

Do your homework on the licensing that you require. The penalties and costs involved if you are audited for licensing... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Most companies that I have consulted for had IBM Cognos in place for several years.

What other advice do I have?

* Resourcing: Don't underestimate the resources required to build good business intelligence reporting and analytics.... more»
Asha Shankar Lakshumanan
Real User
DWH/Cognos Project Lead at Syntel Inc @ Mercedes Benz USA
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

There are several valuable features of Cognos. In this review, I will be concentrate more on the Automating Cube Building and Deployment without any manual intervention.. even... more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM Cognos Transformer cubes are one of the widely used OLAP data sources. Normally, a PowerCube contains calculated and aggregated data that is organized as dimensions and... more»

What needs improvement?

- Need improvement towards Visualization.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Always been using different versions of Cognos - right from the Impromptu.
Pietro Noli
Consultant
Founder, Owner and CEO at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Dec 02 2017

What is most valuable?

Flexibility: It offers a variety of technical solutions to better satisfy each customer’s needs and scenarios. IBM Cognos BI, the modeler will... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I’m a freelancer; I am a consultant. I’ve helped hundreds of customers to better understand their business and to make better decisions.

What needs improvement?

I think IBM Cognos BI data source connections: many other competitors support connections to cloud and innovative data sources, Facebook,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I’ve always used this solution.

What other advice do I have?

Be sure you have an expert Cognos consultant before starting.
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What is IBM Cognos?

Cognos Software is IBM's Business Intelligence and Performance Management solution, offering BI, strategy management, financial performance, and data analytics applications. Cognos caters to all levels in an organization with products designed for individuals, workgroups, departments, mid-size companies, and big enterprises.

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More than 23,000 leading organizations across multiple industries use Cognos. Some examples of Cognos customers include BMW Financial Services, Quinte Health Care, Troy Corporation, Michigan State University, and GKN Land System.

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