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IBM Cognos

305 Ratings

IBM Cognos

305 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos

For non-technical, business oriented users, I only turn to Cognos if other BI tools cannot get the job done. It is definitely the most capable BI tool I use, but others are much more user friendly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos
8.6
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos
7.8
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos
9.1
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos
6.7
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos
7.6

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos
8.7
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos
8.9
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos
9.3
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos
8.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos
6.6
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos
7.3

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos
7.5
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos
7.9
REST API
IBM Cognos
7.0
Javascript API
IBM Cognos
8.0
iFrames
IBM Cognos
7.7
Java API
IBM Cognos
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos
8.5

Pros

  • Real time Processing. Every parameter you include in the report begins processing it right away--there is virtually no wait time.
  • Ability to download it in various formats, such as PDF, Excel Data format, Excel 2003/2007 Format. This helps if you need to import the data into another sysem such as SQL or Access to further enhance the value of the report.
  • How well it integrates our operating company level systems, which can be much older depending on how much each company has invested into their technologyn development--Cognos has been able to successfully integrate our 35 Operating Companies systems into one hub in Cognos.
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Cons

  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos7.9
Based on 23 answers
We are well-established as an Enterprise user of Cognos, so I am sure WUSTL IS&T will continue using it for years to come. Eventually, it will replace WebFocus for legacy reporting.
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Usability

IBM Cognos7.5
Based on 6 answers
From the Developer side, it can initially seem impenetrable to try to use some of the development tools, such as Framework Manager and the more advanced features of Report Studio. Once familiar with the organization of the interface, the learning curve evens out quickly and it becomes rather straightforward to work with. From the End User side, navigating to a report or dashboard is as simple as clicking through the directory structure. With a little poking around in Cognos Workspace, it shouldn't take long to figure out how to customize a dashboard to their own liking
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Reliability and Availability

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

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

IBM Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
I really cannot honestly rate the technical support of IBM, since we are getting our support through our SAS provider.
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In-Person Training

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

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

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

There are about 200 users in our Division.
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Alternatives Considered

We used to use Crystal Reports but transitioned our reports to Cognos when Crystal was no longer supported in conjunction with PeopleSoft. Crystal is a more flexible report-building tool for unique needs, but Cognos has better prompts and is a better server-style report repository for many users.
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Collaboration and Sharing

IBM Cognos7.4
Based on 27 answers
The access control capabilities work well, and it's easy to share data across teams (commonly accessible reports). Report formatting is more complicated than it needs to be.
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Data Integration

IBM Cognos7.1
Based on 26 answers
We have struggled to merge data from our PeopleSoft data into a star schema data warehouse in Cognos. It is nice to easily choose whether a report draws data from our warehouse or real-time date.
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Scalability

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

  • 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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Pricing Details

IBM Cognos

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