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IBM Cognos Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

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Business Analytics Coach at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Work with an IBM partner like Lodestar Solutions to ensure you have the right mix of licenses and you are not over paying in support. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Manager at Mspark
Don't hesitate to ask for a better price, especially on new licenses. The more you buy, the steeper the discount that can be offered. Also, it seems like you can get a better deal by going through a third-party vendor than directly through IBM many times. view full review »
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Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Cognos BI or Cognos Analytics comes bundled with many IBM solutions now. E.g, PMQ, Maximo. Check if your company has this supporting program license first before purchasing a new license. BUT, a bundled license is limited, so check the wording carefully. view full review »
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Cognos Consultant at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I do not like the PVU licensing model. It is nice to not have to worry about handing out individual licenses, but I feel it is terrible to then be limited to the hardware you licensed at the time. I think it is easier to charge business units for adding new users rather than trying to get a big chunk of money all at once to upgrade the hardware. view full review »
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BI Architect/Cognos Solution Architect/ETL Design Architect at a media company with 201-500 employees
Not matching a product quality. view full review »
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Senior Cognos Analyst Developer at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Recently, IBM have changed the way they package the licensing (which so far seems to give us a better understanding of what we are paying for). The product can seem quite pricey compared to other suitors in the BI arena. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Specialist at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
I don't have any advice about these issues. view full review »
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BI Cognos Developer II at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was not involved in the licensing process. view full review »
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Cognos Consultant (Contract) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Do your homework on the licensing that you require. The penalties and costs involved if you are audited for licensing can be expensive. IBM does not allow you to trade or swap licenses. Most companies don't allow this either. The definitions of what each license holder is and requires should be clearly understood before entering into any agreements. Some of their requirements around user licensing for those who were only consumers of reports (e.g., they have output sent to them by email) used to be fairly onerous. view full review »
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Business Technology Associate Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
If you need enterprise grade reporting, Cognos is a very economical solution for organizations. view full review »
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IBM Cognos Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
You need to have a good idea of how many people will be using the product. It helps knowing how many of them should have full permission (admins), how many will be developers, and how many will be "just" consumers. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Specialist / Information - Business Analyst / Cognos BI Specialist at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Pricing and licensing have many forms and possibilities. Take a good look at the number of users and the profiles needed. This will increase or decrease the price accordingly. view full review »
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Cognos BI Developer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The standard user licensing is straightforward. It seems like they are expanding these licenses now to cover more of the tools so there is less complexity there. PVU licensing must be researched and understood before committing. The terms of PVU licensing seemed to be a little vague and confusing. We discovered a great deal more by asking IBM some detailed questions. This will save us some headaches in the future. view full review »
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Team Lead, BI and Analytics at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Licensing has been simplified over the years. However, we do not like their Processor Value Unit (PVU) model and prefer the named user licensing route. Pricing can be expensive depending on the number of administrators or developers. Regular consumer licenses do not cost as much. They also have a cloud solution. view full review »
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Continuous Auditing Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very costly, now that IBM has taken over. view full review »
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Sr Cognos Developer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If the organization is big enough, I would recommend this product. view full review »
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Cognos - BI Consultant / Tech Lead at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s an enterprise tool and different stacks of tools are beneficial for small, medium, or large companies. view full review »
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Cognos Developer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Make sure to assess the number of concurrent users and the type of users, i.e., studio vs viewers. Also, there is need to assess the purchase license accordingly so as to avoid audit penalties. view full review »
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Technical Lead Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The pricing and licensing policies are comparatively cheaper than other products in the market . view full review »
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Senior Consultant at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
If you are going to invest in a reputable quality BI solution, be prepared to not be frugal in terms of pricing/licensing. IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market. view full review »
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Senior Business Intelligence consultant, freelance at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Licensing is expensive and can be an issue to expand the number of users within a company or to get new customers. Only large companies invest in Cognos. Cognos is not a very common BI product in Denmark, even though it's one of the best on the market with a broad palette of tools. More creative licensing policies should be made by IBM in order to win market shares in the BI market. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Consultant at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The price is a bit expensive. view full review »
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Cognos BI Architect/ Developer at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Licensing and pricing seems fair as compared to other products. view full review »
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Data Strategist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial set-up price is higher than comparative tools, due to the base server component, but can be more cost-effective in the long run for a larger user base (> 100 users). Also, all features come standard, so add-ons are not required for printing, distribution etc. view full review »
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Business Reporting Engineer (Contracter) at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Use one of the best BI tools, which Cognos is. view full review »
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Data Warehouse Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees
The prodict is expensive. view full review »
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Solutions Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Negotiate on licensing and support costs. view full review »
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Manager, Business Intelligence at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Cognos licensing is comparable to other competing products. IBM provides several licensing options such as named vs CPU licenses, and it is better to understand the current and future reporting needs before opting for any licensing option. view full review »
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Group Reporting Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The pricing is good. It's fairly cheap compared to other products. view full review »
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Managing Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Pricing and licensing really comes down to what customers are looking to achieve, as there are lots of options out there. IBM Cognos Analytics offers a fully managed SaaS Cognos in the cloud offering, where a customer does not have to deal with infrastructure, maintenance, administration, or provisioning. This is a great option for many SMBs out there. For other larger customers, it comes down to the number of users, what roles they will have, and internal IT capabilities that they have. One of IBM Cognos’ greatest strengths is the ability to cover the whole spectrum of customers at a price point that is acceptable to all. view full review »
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Prinicipal Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I do not have much exposure to pricing. I understand it is on par, in terms of delivered value with respect to price, with other BI vendors. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Managing Partner, Lead Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Cognos BI has role-based licensing, so think well about which BI role you really need, and whether you should buy user- or CPU-based licences. view full review »
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Project Leader at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It is a very good product. I feel the price is OK, as it is not just a tool but it is a reporting platform. view full review »
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Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The price is very low for the SaaS edition. view full review »
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Business System Analyst at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very expensive… You have to determine if the complexity of software you are getting is worth the price you are paying; how many bells and whistles do you need for what price. And if you don’t have the manpower to implement all the features, is it worth the cost? view full review »
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MIS & Development Manager at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Haggle and buy near the end of IBM’s financial year. view full review »
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Senior Manager of IT at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Get bulk licensing if at all possible. IBM ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/ibm ) has a very structured pricing model. view full review »
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Partner, CTO, CBIP, BI Solutions Arhitect at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The licensing model had changed from the past and currently needs more flexibility in the area of advanced users. Other products make no difference between the user types. The licensing model should be usage based. view full review »
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Head of Business Analytics, Operations at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
If you need to send scheduled reports to third parties, you need to have a PVU server. view full review »
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Sr Programmer Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Don’t be cheap; try the product and scale accordingly. Pricing is a lot more competitive these days. view full review »
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Senior Development Manager - Innovation - ERP Protheus at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is expensive. view full review »
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Sr Consultant at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Cognos offers middle-market and enterprise solutions. The middle market is a great value package for companies with less than 500 users. view full review »
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Senior BI Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For the university, Cognos is very competitive, because IBM offers huge discounts to higher education. My advice would be to work with an IBM business partner. view full review »
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Cognos & OBIEE Business Intelligence Consultant at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
I think the price and license cost is very expensive, especially for Oracle BI and IBM Cognos. It’s because here in Arab world, it depends on software houses that work for governmental projects are looking to retain their partnerships with IBM and Oracle. I think QlikView and SAP BO are better because their licenses are available for about 500$ per user and include two years of support. However, I don’t think the QlikView reporting tool is as good as Oracle and IBM. I don’t know SAP BO ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/sap-business-objects ) because I don’t use it enough to judge it. view full review »
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Cognos Consultant at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The only advice I can give here is that there are several third-party companies that will handle implementation as well as provide continued support post-production. I recommend doing your homework and hiring one of them to take care of implementation and support, if you don’t have a dedicated team to do so internally. view full review »
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IBM Cognos Instructor and Consultant at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Like any enterprise software product, make sure you negotiate. IBM simplified the licensing in 2014, so I can't suggest any improvements there. view full review »
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Senior Technical Consultant - Analytics at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Pricing and licensing is high. It can be lowered. view full review »
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Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at Aspen Associates
Buy the software and licenses that you will need for the next 12-15 months. view full review »

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