IBM Cognos Room for Improvement

Pietro Noli
Founder, Owner and CEO at a tech company with 51-200 employees
I think IBM Cognos BI solution needs improvements in: 1) chart quality: many other competitors have charts and graphics that look much better and that provide dynamic effects. Cognos doesn't. 2) data source connections: many other competitors support connections to cloud and innovative data sources (Google Analytics, Facebook, Microsoft Azure, MongoDb, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft SharePoint and so on), that IBM Cognos BI cannot connect to. 3) maps: IBM Cognos BI have only 35 predefined maps. If you need a map of a particular area, you need to buy it (in MapInfo or Esri formats) and convert it in Cognos format, and this is pretty a long way. Furthermore, it's very inconvenient to use Google Maps maps, since this kind of integration is not native. View full review »
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. This is something IBM has recognized and addressed in order to more effectively compete against other leading visualization products like Qlik Sense and Tableau. They have made major improvements in their latest release of the Cognos v11 platform also known as “Cognos Analytics”. This version of the product has been redesigned with a more intuitive interface and offers complete guided and business self-service capabilities designed to quickly identify and gain insights from your data. View full review »
Developer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
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, IBM to improve. But functionally, it has been working fine. 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. View full review »
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‎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. View full review »
IT Manager Information Communication Technology with 501-1,000 employees
I think the GIS pieces maybe not as good as we would like. View full review »
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 (also being aggregate aware). View full review »
Ayman Alshabani
Financial Performance Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Pål Risa Zachariassen
Manager / BI Architect with 11-50 employees
* 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. View full review »
Sudha Mad
Sr. Director with 1-10 employees
It should be more user-friendly. View full review »
Harmeet Singh
Senior Business Analyst - Reporting at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Wolfram Eulberg
Senior Data Warehouse Consultant
This product could use improvement in terms of usability for those with less technical know how. View full review »
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