IBM Cognos Reviews

IBM Cognos is the #7 ranked solution of our top Business Intelligence (BI) Tools tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Tableau - IBM Cognos vs Tableau

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Real User
Senior Technical Coordinator - IM and BI at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
Sep 21 2020

What is most valuable?

Cognos has a drag-and-drop interface for selecting packages to use in creating their own ad hoc reports and this makes it very easy to use. A second thing that is valuable is the way that it allows you to customize the security.

How has it helped my organization?

After centralizing the data, the people using the product have the ability to view all the numbers through one single platform. It is also providing them the information they need in order to make their business decisions.

What needs improvement?

So far we do not have any issues with the functionality. The cost per year could be improved. They are the leader in the industry and they charge a lot. If you are the end-user and you want to work with the leader you cannot complain about… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have not switched. We chose it because it was the industry leader in this category. It was our initial selection and we never went back.

What other advice do I have?

I think as per my understanding, everyone has their own criterion and measure for the way a product fits into their scenario. If they have the resources and can budget for the investment in this product and if they have the kind of… more »
Ayman Alshabani
Real User
Financial Performance Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 20 2018

What is most valuable?

We have found this solution evolve over the years, it is now very user-friendly.

How has it helped my organization?

It's very easy to use. You can use cubes, you can create reports and you can create dashboards in it. It's all in one. Also, the integration on Cognos Analytics with Cognos IT Analytics also is better.

What needs improvement?

The charts and graphics are very weak. You can find some dashboards, but it is very rigid. It is not as fancy as what you find in another solution, like Microsoft BI.

What other advice do I have?

For planning, forecasting, in-boxing, modeling in general and for predicting numbers and doing work analysis, they are excellent.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Microsoft BI.
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Real User
Manager / BI Architect at Rav Norge AS
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

* The ability to build solutions that can be changed so that the solution is up to date. The possibility of integrating third parties through HTML and Java code in a supported way. * It's possible to add to the role management and security that can be maintained.

How has it helped my organization?

We get to create customized solutions for many users. In our organization, we reach 40% of the employees with information from the data warehouse.

What needs improvement?

* Continue to develop the AI assistant so we can add business logic to the metadata. * Ability to insert own graphs in D3 through supported API. * Prompting should be better.
Harmeet Singh
Real User
Senior Business Analyst - Reporting at Great-West Life
Jan 16 2019

What do you think of IBM Cognos?

What is our primary use case?

We use it as our main reporting tool for implementing BI solutions. We have been using the whole Cognos suite for a while now.

How has it helped my organization?

The upgraded visualizations and more user-friendly interface have increased the acceptance rate of this tool.

What is most valuable?

Ability to connect to a number of databases Framework manager modelling Data modules Building ad hoc reports from CSV files.

What needs improvement?

The latest visualization doesn't give much flexibility to the users in terms of what can be changed. For example, there are fixed palettes. The dashboard interface needs tremendous improvement as it's not very fast as compared to Tableau and the likes.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five…
Wolfram Eulberg
Real User
Senior Data Warehouse Consultant at CHRIST Jueweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH
Apr 30 2019

What do you think of IBM Cognos?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is reporting and analytics.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped us in the distribution of reporting content to one hundred and fifty users. It has also helped in the management of self-service BI.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are Report Development (Functionality) and Information Distribution (Flexibility).

What needs improvement?

This product could use improvement in terms of usability for those with less technical know how.

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
Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos customers

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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