IBM Cognos Analytics

About IBM Cognos Analytics

Cognos Software by IBM is a family of business intelligence products with tailored solutions for businesses of all sizes. The software combines standard BI features such as reports, dashboards, advanced data visualization, real-time monitoring, analysis, and forecasting, with advanced features such as performance scorecards and strategy management, collaboration tools, and financial planning and analysis. You can also use Cognos to design automated workflows and data integrations.

The kinds of analysis you can carry out in Cognos include trend analysis, what-if analysis, and predictive analysis. You can build interactive dashboards in Cognos with moving data and collaboration tools such as comments and annotations. You can also build scorecards to monitor performance, measure KPIs against corporate objectives and develop strategy. Also included in the suite of products are solutions for sales compensation management, process automation, and planning & budgeting.


Key benefits of IBM Cognos Analytics

  • Use Cognos to design automated process using an intuitive interface with no coding or IT skills required.

  • Use Cognos Insight to create custom dashboards, apps & visualizations using data from your desktop, such as personal files, historical data and more.

  • Small & medium-sized businesses can use IBM Cognos Express to access enterprise-level reporting, analysis, dashboard, visualization, scorecard, planning, budgeting & forecasting.

  • Use the Android and iOS app to access and interact with reports, analysis, dashboards, and visualizations when on the move.

  • Use the collaboration and social networking-inspired tools to exchange knowledge and information, share insights, and comment on data.

  • Use dashboards to visualize, personalize and interact with data. You can view historical data, data in motion, and predictive analytics on one screen.

  • Use scorecards to measure and communicate performance and to manage and plan strategy with elements such as strategy maps, impact diagrams, & financial KPI monitoring.

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    • Industry: Government Administration
    • Company size: 201–500 Employees
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    Business Intellegnce Software with Standard Reporting And Self Service BI

    Reviewed on 2018/10/16

    Overall it is a great product to use

    Overall it is a great product to use

    Pros

    Cognos Analytics is a flexible software for Standard Business Intelligence Reporting as well as for Self Service Data Visualization capability. You have the option to connect to a variety of the Data Sources as well as Multi-Dimensional Cubes. The new invention of Cognos Analytics software provides a greater flexibility for enterprise deployments and upgrades. It has the new feature of NLP (natural language processing) for predictive analytics by IBM Watson.

    Cons

    Too many modelling tools (Cognos FrameWork Manager, Dynamic Cube Designer, Cognos Transformer) for modelling the content. Too many studios (Report Studio, Query Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio) for report development. Maintainence and cost is huge

    Nabeel
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    • Industry: Government Administration
    • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    Cognos Review

    Reviewed on 2017/11/18

    Overall, if there is a company that wishes to automate it's reports and improve efficiency across...

    Overall, if there is a company that wishes to automate it's reports and improve efficiency across their organization, Cognos is a must-have tool. There is a bit of upfront cost involved to get the reports created in Cognos but the efficiency achieved is almost unparalleled.

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    Cognos is an incredibly powerful reporting tool offered by IBM and it has a wonderful ability to be customized across different industries and companies. It can transform work efficiency but automating virtually any data that exists in a company's primary accounting and finance system.

    Cons

    Cognos is not very user-friendly and often times it can take a while for an individual working with Congos to get familiar with the functionality and the power this tool possesses. Furthermore, report writing and query studio functionality require some database knowledge so the true power of the tool is sometimes limited by these factors.

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    Cognos - Fantastic In Some Areas; Lags In Others

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    It’s a means to an end. Not perfect, but no tool is. Pretty much everyone I know in the industry...

    It’s a means to an end. Not perfect, but no tool is. Pretty much everyone I know in the industry operates in a multi-tool BI environment. Cognos, like most, hasn’t been able to put together the full package.

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    Pixel perfect printing. Most competitors have tagged printing as a way of the past, but there’s still a half generation that relies heavily upon it. This can’t be overlooked.

    Cons

    The flexibility/functionality of the viz tools can’t compete with competitors. I think it also has a more difficult learning curve. It isn’t an intuitive tool.

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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
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    Full-featured, slightly behind the curve.

    Reviewed on 2021/11/26

    It brings a lot of functionality all under one roof. Our team found the "visualization" a little...

    It brings a lot of functionality all under one roof. Our team found the "visualization" a little easier in Cognos vs Power BI, but the paginated reporting better in SSRS/PBIRS. We ended up transitioning entirely from Cognos to the MS stack and the broad consensus by the team is it was an overall welcomed upgrade. We're starting to consider Tableau or Looker, but returning to Cognos isn't on our horizon.

    Pros

    The ability to visualize data in many way all using the same utility is beneficial so we don't have to worry about multiple deployment/support patterns. Having an in-memory OLAP option made performance less of an issue compared to hitting an on-prem database directly for everything. The ability to add custom code allows for some really creative solutions to unique business problems in reporting.

    Cons

    We felt the interface and functionality was a little dated - our more technical employees were fine but the more analyst-type developers preferred something "prettier"/"friendlier" like Tableau/Power BI. It also got expensive for us which was one of the two the primary reasons we transitioned. This is obviously dependent on the number of users, so consider your own environment of course.

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    • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
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    IBM Cognos Review

    Reviewed on 2017/02/23

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    My company has been using IBM Cognos for the past 4 years. When we purchased IBM Cognos it was the best fit for our situation. It has been a valued piece of software in our business. It has given us the ability to tie data from multiple data sources. It has given the ability for our departments to run reports that we haven't been able to in the past.

    Pros

    The software is very intuitive. If you have knowledge of SQL, it is a very easy software to pick up. The Help portion of the Cognos interface is very helpful also.

    Cons

    Customer Support for this product isn't the best. We have been on Cognos 10.1.1 for a while and when it came up for licensing renewal, we were charged for a newer version of Data Manger. When we inquired about this through our support contract we were going to be charged for the new software.

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    IBM Cognos Analytics offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$10,00
    • Free Trial: Available

    Contact IBM for a quote for any of the Cognos products. Learn more at: https://www.ibm.com/products/cognos-analytics/pricing

    IBM Cognos Analytics has the following typical customers:

    2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

    IBM Cognos Analytics supports the following languages:

    English

    IBM Cognos Analytics supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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    IBM Cognos Analytics offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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