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IBM Cognos

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Score 7.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

1010data

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

IBM Cognos is well suited when you are implementing with compatible software like Costpoint and other Deltek products, this will lead to great integration and result in the wonderful presentation of data for your reporting requirement. However, IBM Cognos is not well suited when being implemented with non-Deltek software as this will lead to challenges in integration and will not produce ideal reporting.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

1010data
IBM Cognos
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
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IBM Cognos
7.8
Customizable dashboards
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

1010data
IBM Cognos
8.1
Drill-down analysis
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.7
Formatting capabilities
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

1010data
IBM Cognos
8.6
Publish to Web
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.7
Publish to PDF
1010data
IBM Cognos
9.0
Report Versioning
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

1010data
IBM Cognos
7.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
1010data
IBM Cognos
6.6
Predictive Analytics
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.7

Access Control and Security

1010data
IBM Cognos
9.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
1010data
IBM Cognos
9.3
Role-Based Security Model
1010data
IBM Cognos
9.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
1010data
IBM Cognos
9.1

Mobile Capabilities

1010data
IBM Cognos
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.9
Dedicated iOS Application
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.4
Dedicated Android Application
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

1010data
IBM Cognos
7.7
REST API
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.5
Javascript API
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.0
iFrames
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.8
Java API
1010data
IBM Cognos
7.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
1010data
IBM Cognos
8.3
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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  • It's powerful. As long as you have all the components setup, you will have the query studio to access more granular data, while using the report studio to set up something for good and deliver them via email or whatsoever fits your environment.
  • We have implemented Cognos for a lot of telco customers and they have attained much insight into network performance by creating the reports based on all different dimensions.
  • The functions are very rich and filters are very powerful and helpful to define all sorts of conditions up to your expectation.
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Cons

  • The ten.do interface could use more detailed documentation
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  • IBM Cognos is a "VERY" difficult tool for common business users to be productive in. This inevitably creates clogged pipeline of unmet BI needs for business areas.
  • IBM Cognos requires such a specialized set of skills in order to be productive, it's impractical for business users to acquire such skills when it's not their primary job responsibility.
  • IBM Cognos would be a very useful tool if the platform provided a non-technical suite of tools that could be leveraged by non-technical company resources.
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Likelihood to Renew

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IBM Cognos7.9
Based on 23 answers
Because of the large investment in reports already developed.
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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
You have to really design the product well to get the best performance.
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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
Onsite training provided by IBM Cognos was effective and as expected. They did not perform training with our data which was a bit difficult for our end-users.
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Online Training

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IBM Cognos8.0
Based on 4 answers
The online courses they offer are thorough and presented in such a way that someone who isn't already familiar with the general design methodologies used in this field will be capable of making a good design. The training environments are provided as a fully self contained virtual machine with everything needed already to create the environments. We've had some persisting issues with the environments becoming unavailable, but support has been responsive when these issues arise and straightening them out for us
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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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Alternatives Considered

While we have used SQL, 1010data is really the only industry standard product available for our use.
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IBM Cognos stacks up against Tableau from my experience in that it performs better with larger amounts of data and it works well with other tools to use the data or pull the data from. I selected IBM Cognos because of the ease of having users create their own views from the cubes that you build.
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Scalability

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IBM Cognos10.0
Based on 1 answer
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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  • 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.
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IBM Cognos

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