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IBM Cognos Report Studio Review

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IBM Cognos 8.4.1 - A user review

FInancial institution uses Cognos Report Studio to provide audit and standard reports for human resources related data for managers and payroll and also vendor data file exports. Report formatting and automatic report scheduling are excellent. Access to the software is provided via SaaS by HR vendor, so no direct access to IBM support.

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cognos Report Studio

Overall IBM Cognos Report Studio Rating

8/10
This review8
IBM Cognos Report Studio Average8.6
Business Intelligence/Analytics Average8.5
I have worked with several reporting software products, and Cognos has a lot of flexibility and is very usable. It will perform most any task that you would need.  I think it is a great product. 

What IBM Cognos Report Studio does well

  • There are a variety of formats available for producing data (HTML, PDF, Excel (several versions), .csv, XML.
  • They have a very good method of report scheduling and email delivery. You can set a report up on a schedule to be delivered, then forget about it. It takes care of itself.
  • You can access SQL views and queries within Cognos Report Studio to report on fields that may or may not be available in the provided packages.

Where IBM Cognos Report Studio could improve

  • There are some ineffeciencies when creating reports, such data grouping. You have to click and group each data column separately.
  • The security features tend to slow processing times down significantly. However these features may only be an issue due to our SAS provider controlling them. May not be an issue if you own the Cognos software.

ROI on IBM Cognos Report Studio purchase

  • Cognos can be used for very complicated reports, which reduces the need for some programmers, therefore reducing salary expenses.
  • Once reports are created and scheduled for delivery, there is no need for human intervention. This makes for more effecient use of time.

Likelihood to Renew IBM Cognos Report Studio

9/10
This software is a part of the package that comes with our Human Resources software, therefore we will continue use of Cognos.  However I am not disappointed in the product.  I would not hesitate to use it even if we had to own it outright.
This review9
IBM Cognos Report Studio Average8.8
Business Intelligence/Analytics Average8.7

Using IBM Cognos Report Studio

IBM Cognos Report Studio Users and Roles

IBM Cognos Report Studio Support Headcount Required

Key IBM Cognos Report Studio Use Cases

  • Used to provide audit and standard reports for Human Resources related data for managers and payroll.
  • We also use the product to produce vendor data file exports.

Innovative Uses of IBM Cognos Report Studio

Future Planned Uses of IBM Cognos Report Studio

Evaluating IBM Cognos Report Studio and Competitors

Products Replaced by IBM Cognos Report Studio

Cognos Impromptu. - No longer supported by our software as a service provider. 

IBM Cognos Report Studio Alternatives Considered

Key IBM Cognos Report Studio Differentiators

IBM Cognos Report Studio Evaluation Lessons

IBM Cognos Report Studio Implementation Rating and Lessons

IBM Cognos Report Studio Implementation Rating and Lessons

7/10
Make sure that any custom tables that you have, are built into your metadata packages.  You can still access them via SQL queries in Cognos, but it is much easier to have them as a part of the available metadata packages.
This review7
IBM Cognos Report Studio Average8
Business Intelligence/Analytics Average8.5

IBM Cognos Report Studio Implementation Details / Implementation Partner

Vendor implemented
Our SAS provider did the implementation.

IBM Cognos Report Studio Implementation Phases

Change Management Lessons

IBM Cognos Report Studio Implementation Issues

IBM Cognos Report Studio Training

Methods Used for IBM Cognos Report Studio Training

Self-taught

IBM Cognos Report Studio In-Person Training Rating

IBM Cognos Report Studio Online Training Rating

Ease of IBM Cognos Report Studio Training

If you have used any reporting software before (such as PeopleSoft or Crystal) it is not too difficult to figure your way around in Cognos.  However if you are totally new to BI software, you should go for formal training. One-on-one is ideal, but classroom training is also very good.
I purchased IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide: 1st Edition, which I used to get a lot of my information.  We also utilize the internet when we are not quite sure about how to do something.  YouTube has some good training videos, and also there are a couple of blog sites that are very helpful (www.cognoise.com and http://it.toolbox.com)

IBM Cognos Report Studio Support

Overall Support Rating for IBM Cognos Report Studio

I really cannot honestly rate the technical support of IBM, since we are getting our support through our SAS provider.

IBM Cognos Report Studio Customer Support Pros and Cons

/10
PositivesNegatives
None
None

IBM Cognos Report Studio Premium Support

No - Our support is exclusively through our SAS provider.  It would probably be better if we did have direct access to IBM support, but that is not an option for us. 

IBM Cognos Report Studio Bug Resolution

Exceptional Examples of IBM Cognos Report Studio Support

This review covers the 8.4.1 edition of IBM Cognos Report Studio.

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About IBM Cognos Report Studio

This review covers the 8.4.1 edition of IBM Cognos Report Studio.