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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 (version 10) is a… 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 solution needs improvements in: 1) chart quality: many other competitors have charts and graphics that look much better and… more»

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

I’ve always used this solution.

What other advice do I have?

Be sure you have an expert Cognos consultant before starting.
Lou Zunin
Consultant
Senior Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 18 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the strong suits of Cognos is its robust corporate reporting capability. Its flagship Report Studio component… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have many clients using Cognos for their ad-hoc query and standardized reporting needs. It fits the category of an… more»

What needs improvement?

One key area for improvement is the need to improve the self-service nature and functionality of the product in terms of… more»

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

If you are going to invest in a reputable quality BI solution, be prepared to not be frugal in terms of pricing/licensing… more»

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

I work with customers who have multiple BI solutions in-house. I position Cognos where I see fit, utilizing the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give the same advice as I would with implementing any BI tool/solution. Focus on building a stable and scalable… more»
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Managem299005
Real User
Developer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 29 2018

What is most valuable?

Developing reports from different data sources, making it a reliable data source.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved things in a lot of areas, such as in better decision making for the company. People are relying more on the reports coming out of… more»

What needs improvement?

What we have noticed is that it's lacking a few things which we want, especially on the visualization side of things. We want Cognos to improve… more»

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

We were not using anything previously. We have been with Cognos for a long period of time. But with the inquiries and the market requirements and… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Suraj Neupane
Real User
Cognos Developer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 07 2017

What is most valuable?

This is an all-in-one solution that provides reporting for a lot of different reports and visualizations. It provides one… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has helped to provide basic reporting for reducing manual work as well as some dashboard visualizations for… more»

What needs improvement?

Performance and visualizations are aspects which need to be improved. Cognos doesn't have all the charts that are… more»

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

Make sure to assess the number of concurrent users and the type of users, i.e., studio vs viewers. Also, there is need to… more»

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

We did not use any other solution.

What other advice do I have?

This product is easy to install and you can start reporting off. However, it needs a lot of tweaking according to the… more»
Pavan Kumar Maddali
Consultant
Senior Cognos Developer at ADP
Sep 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Cognos is a MOLAP BI tool which covers cubes, dimensional and relational reports, along with different types of complex… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Risk analytical reporting has become easy as there is more compatibility. Also, in the future, a Cognos analytic version… more»

What needs improvement?

The visualization aspect needs to be improved and I believe, this is being resolved in upcoming versions. In Cognos… more»

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

The pricing and licensing policies are comparatively cheaper than other products in the market .

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

We have consistently made use of the same solution with older versions.

What other advice do I have?

It is a BI tool that covers concepts namely BI, visualization, mobile, cube and all modern concepts.
BIMan297500
Real User
‎Manager BI Manufacturing at a paper AND forest products with 10,001+ employees
Aug 01 2018

What is most valuable?

A positive feature is Report Studio, where we create beautiful, complex reports.

How has it helped my organization?

* It helps us deliver information to people in different functions. * It is possible to have people make their own reports, so they have service functionality.

What needs improvement?

We need more predictive analytical functions, not only diagnostic or decryptic analytics.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Real User
IT Manager Information Communication Technology with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 09 2018

What is most valuable?

Reliability and strength of product. It's proven to be very robust. It's been great.

How has it helped my organization?

It's enabled us to report directly from our main application systems. We're removing islands of data and we're removing inefficiencies, where… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the GIS pieces maybe not as good as we would like.

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

We were previously using three or four different solutions. We've had Cognos for 10, 12 years, so it's going back quite a bit of history. But yes… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Dirk Brys
User
Senior Consultant
Mar 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Dynamic Cubes provide fast analytics through aggregate awareness querying on aggregate, fact tables. * Dashboards providing an easy interface to build interactive dashboards. *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Extremely fast solution using IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes. Aggregate aware querying providing a fast-on-fast solution (in combo with Netezza). In addition, the interactive viewer of… more»

What needs improvement?

* 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Response times should fall in seconds, not minutes. Visualizations should be strong. System should be capable of guiding users in their data exploration.
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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.

Also known as
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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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