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IBM Cognos

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IBM Cognos

It's great for
  1. Emailing reports to customers and providing them with their appropriate data.
  2. Providing reports as a PDF, HTML, Excel.
  3. Able to connect to an Oracle Database to create reports.
Overall, we use IBM Cognos for reporting needs, which other tools don't do very well. We don't use IBM Cognos for creating dashboards, we use Tableau instead. We don't use IBM Cognos for searching dimensional models, we use ThoughtSpot instead.I wish IBM Cognos didn't cost so much.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

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

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • List/Table Reporting. It is awesome at providing detailed table lists of rows and provides it in multiple pages of a PDF based on the size of the table being exported.
  • Bursting to the appropriate individuals what they want to see/ have privileges to see.
  • Being able to email reports, whether that is HTML, PDF, or Excel formats.
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Cons

  • The limited complexity of data analysis
  • Lower customer experience
  • Slow upgrades compared to competitors
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Likelihood to Renew

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

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
Environments are pretty stable.
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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
Haven't worked too much with regular customer support, since we tend to go to the experts who are there to help partners with their questions. Generally the questions that we need to ask are far more advanced than the average end user would call about, so we haven't had much luck in getting answers when we actually do try to call them
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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
No real problems with the implementations. Most of the issues we have are a matter of the limited resources of the smaller VMs and only keeping the services that we need for a specific demo turned on. This should not be a problem on a standard production server
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Breadth of Deployment

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

IBM is a titan in BI innovation but has arduous competitors as I mentioned before. IBM has prestige in BI and the directors and managers know that. On the other hand, complexity is not the strategy of Cognos, that's why if you need big cubes of data, Tableau, and Microsoft BI are better suited for the job. Even QlikView is more complex than IBM Cognos. On the other hand, your users can benefit from the advantages that set analysis studio and event studio for notifications.
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Collaboration and Sharing

IBM Cognos7.6
Based on 31 answers
IBM Cognos's ability to control what a user can access and do gives implementation flexibility. For example, with IBM Cognos I can have multiple LDAP domains to secure the analytics solution that allow subsidiaries of a large corporation to access the same report but have the user's data and role level access determine what the report shows as well as how the report looks.
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Data Integration

IBM Cognos7.2
Based on 30 answers
Great for report automation and data auditing but not very user-friendly, dashboarding friendly and not very sophisticated when it comes to the overall management of all the reporting in use
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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

  • (+) 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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Pricing Details

IBM Cognos

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