IBM Cognos Business Intelligence version 10 is an established product with a large user base. It is a full-featured platform comprising Query Studio, Report Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio along with some newer tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search and dashboards. While this technology is effective and very reliable, especially for very large enterprise deployments, TrustRadius reviews indicate that the platform is expensive and requires a large technical staff to deploy and maintain. This platform is very mature and represents established enterprise BI. However, In December of 2015, IBM released a redesigned version of Cognos Business Intelligence rebranded Cognos Analytics (version 11), which is based on IBM’s new design thinking principles. This is a welcome move towards cloud-based, more agile, user-centric BI for cloud or on-premises deployment. Cognos Analytics adds natural language search for navigation and to accelerate data modeling and dashboarding for business users.
The position of IBM Cognos BI on the TrustMap does not reflect this newer offering as it has
been generally available for just a few months. TrustRadius is working to gather reviews of the
|Employees:||377,000+ (entire company)|
|Location:||Armonk, New York|
|Most compared to:||Tableau Desktop; Microsoft BI; QlikView|
|Best fit for:||IBM Cognos Business Intelligence is an enterprise “full-stack” solution, and has recently undergone a major new re-design. The new platform is rebranded Cognos Analytics. It is still the same platform under the hood, but the user experience is completely different and is similar to Watson Analytics. TrustRadius will endeavor to get early reviews of the new version to help provide guidance.|
|IBM Cognos Pros||IBM Cognos Cons|
|Very complete solution
|Report creation and data source connectivity
||Product complexity/outdated user interface
|Integration to enterprise directories
||Browser support issues
With Cognos Analytics, the new upgrade to Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM has infused intelligence to change how people engage with data. It is a smart BI platform that delivers self-service analytics and managed reporting within a unified, governed and scalable environment. This new release keeps all the value and strength of Cognos BI but with an entirely new user experience.
A search-based experience delivers faster navigation as the system automatically finds data and pre-built content using comprehensive indexing and easy filtering. A search based interface automates the creation of interactive visualizations, dashboards and data modules that business users can build independently. Dashboards can be built directly from uploaded files or data sources without the need for modeling. The experience is completely web-based (wide range of browsers supports) and works the same on a desktop or an iPad.
Cognos Analytics makes it easy to connect to data sources, cleanse/prepare and join data. A new interface to manage data connections and users streamlines administration so departments can be self-managing. Cloud options make it extremely fast and easy for teams to get started using Cognos Analytics.
Cognos Analytics enables organizations to deliver robust analytic capabilities to all users with one integrated analytic environment. Users can get the information they want how and when they want it and easily built or re-use content developed by others. The ability to quickly share insight across the organization leads to smarter decisions and aligns the organization.