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IBM Cognos

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Likelihood to Recommend

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The software is excellent for any application which is too large for Excel. The visual interface surpasses that of most SQL platforms. It is quite useful for data mining in an exploratory way but less useful in statistical and regression analysis.
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IBM Cognos

For non-technical users like managers or directors, IBM Cognos is beautiful, easy to learn and use. But if you want complex cubes or data analysis outside the box, you could prefer Tableau or Microsoft Power BI. QlikView is also good for non-technical users but the decision can be made according to the experience and use of IBM products. In general, if your client is familiar with the IBM ecosystem, Cognos will be very well seen for directors and managers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

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IBM Cognos
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
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IBM Cognos
7.6
Customizable dashboards
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7.4
Report Formatting Templates
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IBM Cognos
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

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IBM Cognos
7.9
Drill-down analysis
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IBM Cognos
8.6
Formatting capabilities
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IBM Cognos
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
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IBM Cognos
7.2
Report sharing and collaboration
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IBM Cognos
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

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IBM Cognos
8.5
Publish to Web
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IBM Cognos
8.6
Publish to PDF
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IBM Cognos
9.0
Report Versioning
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IBM Cognos
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
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IBM Cognos
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
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IBM Cognos
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

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IBM Cognos
6.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
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IBM Cognos
7.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
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IBM Cognos
6.4
Predictive Analytics
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IBM Cognos
7.3

Access Control and Security

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IBM Cognos
9.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
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IBM Cognos
9.2
Role-Based Security Model
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IBM Cognos
9.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
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IBM Cognos
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
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IBM Cognos
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

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IBM Cognos
7.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
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IBM Cognos
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
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IBM Cognos
7.1
Dedicated Android Application
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IBM Cognos
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
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IBM Cognos
7.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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IBM Cognos
7.5
REST API
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IBM Cognos
7.0
Javascript API
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.8
iFrames
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.8
Java API
1010data
IBM Cognos
6.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
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IBM Cognos
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.6

Pros

  • Crunches huge datasets
  • Has versatility in functionality and grouping capabilities
  • Native XML macro language is easy to master
  • The platform has great visualization tools
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  • Users need minimal coding skills
  • Integrates multiple data sources
  • Standardizes data items
  • More Visual way to generate a report
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Cons

  • The ten.do interface could use more detailed documentation
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  • Not user-friendly, it still functions as if from the 90s.
  • Too many odd bugs that users need to go around to avoid, especially now with the Cognos Analytic 10.
  • Cognos does not allow cross packages data sourcing, which is a huge problem.
  • The system functions like an old machine with a new wrapping.
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Likelihood to Renew

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IBM Cognos7.9
Based on 23 answers
For an existing solution, renewing licenses does provide a good return on investment. Additionally, while rolling out scorecards and dashboards with little adhoc capabilities, to end users, cognos is very easily scalable. It also allows to create a solution that has a mix of OLAP and relational data-sources, which is a limitation with other tools. Synchronizing with existing security setup is easy too.
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Usability

1010data8.0
Based on 1 answer
That's votes by our team.
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IBM Cognos7.5
Based on 6 answers
It's decently good at things, just tricky in some places.
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Reliability and Availability

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IBM Cognos8.6
Based on 4 answers
Reports can typically be viewed through any browser that can access the server, so the availability is ultimately up to what the company utilizing it is comfortable with allowing, though report development tends to be more picky about browsers and settings as mentioned above. It also has an optional iPad app and general mobile browsing support, but dashboards lack the mobile compatibility. What keeps it from getting a higher score is the desktop tools that are vital to the development process. The compatibility with only Windows when the server has a wide range of compatibility can be a real sore point for a company that outfits its employees exclusively with Mac or Linux machines. Of course, if they are planning on outsourcing the development anyways, it's a rather moot point
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Performance

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IBM Cognos9.0
Based on 5 answers
Even when running on my demo VM (5GB of ram, 8 cores, 256MB video) on my laptop , the render time of basic reports is snappy. As long as a reasonable amount of items is being displayed, it can handle any number of pages efficiently. The further off the beaten path a developer gets with ODBC/JDBC drivers and underlying model designs, the more performance will tend to suffer, but as long as reasonable hardware resources are being dedicated to the system, a well designed system should not have any problem
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Support

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IBM Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
Why is their web application not working as fast as you think it should? They never know, and it is always a a bunch of shots in the dark to find out. Trying to download software from them is like trying to find a book at the library before computers were invented.
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In-Person Training

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IBM Cognos8.7
Based on 4 answers
The training provided was easy to follow and very comprehensive. The instructors were very knowledgeable
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Online Training

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IBM Cognos8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training was good, comprehensive. The individuals who made use of the training found it to be very helpful and clearly articulated. They felt that the training provided immediate benefits to their day-to-day work.
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Implementation

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IBM Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
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.
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Breadth of Deployment

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It really depends on what you mean by adopted. If you mean report recipients, which is usually how adoption is measured, then it was widely adopted. However, if by adopted you mean productive content producers, it was not widely adopted. Maybe less than 1% of business intelligence content producers.
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Alternatives Considered

While we have used SQL, 1010data is really the only industry standard product available for our use.
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Tableau is amazing, user friend, innovative, straightforward in concept. Cognos does not stacks up against another software, it is more due to the insufficiency of this software that we need to accommodate with many others. Such as Excel, Access, SQL, SAS, Tableau. The load Cognos is taking in my position is becoming less and less.
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Collaboration and Sharing

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IBM Cognos7.6
Based on 31 answers
This works very well - you can establish the schedule to deliver the reports at your disposal to anyone with any visibility, via any format (excel/PDF/HTML etc).
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Data Integration

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IBM Cognos7.2
Based on 30 answers
We have an integrated platform which introduced the data from the database to the applications as well as the Cognos. That works pretty well and we got well aligned data when it comes to table or data visualization.
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Scalability

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IBM Cognos10.0
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The Cognos architecture is well suited for scalability. However, the architecture must be designed with scalability in mind from day one of the implementation. We recently upgraded from 10.1 to 10.2.1 and took the opportunity to revamp our architecture. It is now poised for future growth and scalability.
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Return on Investment

  • This has sped up the process of analysis.
  • We can now automate process which were performed manually.
  • Analysis can be performed more frequently.
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  • (+) increased efficiency: Less time trying to figure out how to do something w/ another BI tool that may seem impossible -- Cognos will be able to do it 99% of the time
  • (-) increased training required: Training for Cognos had to be longer and more intensive than other BI tools. For example, my team members go through a week long 8-hour/day class and it was just enough to scratch the surface. A good base if required, but real world experience is the only way to become a Cognos pro.
  • (-) more end-user training: We do mostly canned reports with Cognos, so out end-users must be trainied. It is much harder to train them with Cognos than other BI tools. This is why I only turn to Cognos if I cannot accomplish my goal in another tool.
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Free Trial
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IBM Cognos

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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