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Anonymous User
Consultant
Senior BI Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

It is very easy for non-IT personnel to create (grid) reports. And once the report is created, the user can switch... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It did not really change the way the organization works. But it has improved our budgeting process. It also gives us a... more»

What needs improvement?

It has two versions: web and desktop. Some changes can be done with the web tools and some can be done with the desktop... more»

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

I am not in charge of licensing. They made a change in the licensing module some time ago and we can now use all the... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I am an external consultant and I know the Microsoft BI suite. I also worked a bit with QlikView. The company that uses... more»

What other advice do I have?

If you use MicroStrategy on top of a data warehouse, put all the code translation in a snowflake schema. The reason is... more»
Gill Staniland
Real User
Data Strategist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

This version of Cognos combines a new modern interface and intent-driven data discovery, with the scalable, governed... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cognos Analytics allows our business the freedom of movement and self-sufficiency we require, while keeping the IT team... more»

What needs improvement?

As there are new releases every 3 months or so, enhancements to the new dashboards are regular being released. It would... more»

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

The initial set-up price is higher than comparative tools, due to the base server component, but can be more... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We switched from ‘desktop data discovery’ tools to a more stable, scalable, enterprise ready solution, to allow for... more»

What other advice do I have?

Cognos Analytics allows for many ‘styles’ of deployment, and can be done simply ‘out-of-the-box’. To get the most from... more»
Pro3289Mng
Real User
Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 24 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features are the different visualizations. It makes it much easier for us to represent what... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to basically understand and evaluate our numbers in an expedient manner. It doesn't require us to need a... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to set the parameters in a more specific manner. I feel as if it's not a questions of whether... more»

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

The price is competitive. We always consider pricing when considering a new solution. We are a non-profit, and pricing... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used Microsoft BI.

What other advice do I have?

When reviewing a possible solution, we always consider: * Price * Functionality
Rick Hutchinson
Real User
Product Manager at a tech vendor
May 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The dashboards and Visualizer are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

Birst has made it easier for us to provide embedded data visualization tools to our customers.

What needs improvement?

The administration module was built using flash. It is clunky and outdated. By “clunky” I mean that it sometimes becomes confused and throw an error when I’m making a change. To... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used a different solution. The solution we used was outdated and when we decided to upgrade, we shopped around to find the best solution available for our needs.
Roger Baatjes
Real User
Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the security file and the general data level security implementation framework. Apart... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ad hoc functionality has proved to be an essential part of the business, as well as the data level security.

What needs improvement?

The Jaspersoft domain user interface needs general bug fixes. The ability to create cross joins on the domains is... more»

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

First use the community edition to see if the basic reporting features are adequate for your organization. If you need... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not use a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

Ensure that the needs you want to address match the license you intend to purchase. If there is a mismatch, you might... more»

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