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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos Analytics

Well suited:* simple reports for simple users ("big button-users", mostly managers or CEOs)* analyze date in cubes (finding "most important customer-group", finding "outliers" / "exceptions"; seeing historical development of...)Less appropriate: * beautiful reports for the general public! Be it paper, be it in electronic form (online)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We need to create/open reports every month. The manual way would be to download data manually from SAP BW and then paste in Excel to start formatting/cleaning. With SAP Analysis Office, we create a report once. Next month when we open it, we just need to change the time frame and refresh the data. It takes 5 mins to open and update data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Pros

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • What IBM Cognos does really well is provide precise data that may otherwise be hard to retrieve from your primary accounting software. While doing so, it organizes this data such that it becomes much more meaningful to analyze.
  • IBM Cognos also does a fantastic job through the Query Studio module to give certain users the ability to create simple reports and modify existing reports, this allows the flexibility a user needs in getting the intended data.
  • IBM Cognos also provides the ability to utilize a BI tool for complicated reporting requirements or in cases when there are many data dependencies that exist. This BI tool enables Cognos to tackle many organizational and data challenges that companies face in the industry.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • With the upgrade from Cognos 10 to Cognos 11, there were a lot of features, like run schedule once, weren't brought over to the newest version of Report Studio.
  • I felt like they were trying to chase Tableau and Qlik with dashboarding rather than focusing on their bread and butter of Report Studio or which other Business Intelligence tools don't do very well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.9
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.
Sachin Karkun | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.4
Based on 22 answers
The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
Robert Scrimshaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.5
Based on 6 answers
We have a strong user base (3500 users) that are highly utilizing this tool. Basic users are able to consume content within the applied security model. We have a set of advanced users that really push the limits of Cognos with Report and Query Studio. These users have created a lot of personal content and stored it in 'My Reports'. Users enjoy this flexibility.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.7
Based on 7 answers
From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.6
Based on 8 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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 4 answers
When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 9.0
Based on 10 answers
Overall no major complaints but it doesn't handle DMR (Dimensionally Modeled for Relational) very well. DMR modelling is a capability that IBM Cognos Framework Manager provides allowing you to specify dimensional information for relational metadata and allows for OLAP-style queries. However, the capability is not very efficient and, for example, if I'm using only 2 columns on a 20-column model, the software is not smart enough to exclude 18 columns and the query side gets progressively larger and larger until it's effectively unusable.
Meghdeep Raval, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
Dariusz Zyskowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 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.
Jonathan Kyrlach | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.3
Based on 10 answers
We are getting the BI support from our SAP support company. Although they are good at some basic staff, they are unable to answer our questions for some complex structures. Sometimes we got the feedback that our request was not possible to implement, however later we found there were some methods available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.7
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 3 answers
SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.0
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 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.
Toni McKee | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
Priyanka Musale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cognos Analytics

Although Tableau has certain advantages, mostly in its best in class visualization capabilities, Cognos is catching up. Most of the other advantages of Tableau Desktop have been addressed in more recent versions of Cognos, for instance the ability to ingest personal data sources, self-service modeling, and improved dashboarding/visualization features. Tableau still lacks a centralized metadata and governance model and requires a bit more effort to implement at the enterprise level. Also, Cognos is still best in breed for standardized reporting, which is always a crucial need for organizations. More requirements can be centrally addressed by Cognos, but it is unlikely any organization will have just one BI tool.
Albert Valdez | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We selected SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) based on price. It can stack up against others in terms of price and honestly, that's about it. Salesforce Commerce does a hell of a better job at handling it. However, in the space of Business Intelligence, SAP can do more, and that's why at the end we went with it
Michael Diaz-Suarez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 10.0
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration.People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • (+) 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cognos Analytics

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

IBM Cognos Analytics Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand Standard$15.001
On Demand Plus$35.001
On Demand Premium$70.001
  1. Per User/Per Month
SaaS Edition
On Cloud HostedContact for quote
    Additional Pricing Details
    30-day free trial available.

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

    General

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

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    8.1

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    8.4

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    8.7

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    10.0

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    9.0

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    8.3

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    10.0

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    9.0

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    9.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
    9.0

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