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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos
8.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos
8.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos
8.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos
8.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos
9.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos
9.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
REST API
IBM Cognos
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Javascript API
IBM Cognos
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
iFrames
IBM Cognos
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Java API
IBM Cognos
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Pros

IBM Cognos

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
Rick Botha | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cognos

  • Web-based authoring environment is slow, compared to Desktop based environment. It gets slower if the size of data gets bigger.
  • Congas is best when we create reports using coded data based on relational databases. Since a lot of clinical data are unstructured formatted, it may be required of good data wrangling function to include them into the reports.
  • Chart types and look and feel configuration flexibility are limited, especially compared to competitors such as Tableau. They are not terribly ugly, but not faulty looking with the default setting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
Steffany Winkelmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 9.0
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
Rohit Acharya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 8.6
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 9.0
Based on 5 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

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
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.
Jonathan Kyrlach | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
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.
Toni McKee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cognos

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.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
Gabriel Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

IBM Cognos

  • (+) 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

Microsoft Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cognos

General

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

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
10.0

Usability

IBM Cognos
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
9.0

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos
8.6
Microsoft Power BI

Performance

IBM Cognos
9.0
Microsoft Power BI

Support Rating

IBM Cognos
7.0
Microsoft Power BI

In-Person Training

IBM Cognos
8.7
Microsoft Power BI

Online Training

IBM Cognos
8.0
Microsoft Power BI

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos
7.0
Microsoft Power BI

Scalability

IBM Cognos
10.0
Microsoft Power BI

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