IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Overview

What is IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson?

IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.
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IBM Cognos is a tool that is used across my whole organization. I work at a University so we have a lot of data and a lot of departments …
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How IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Differs From Its Competitors

Self-Service

It is a software with power in the detection of problems through data analysis, artificial intelligence is perfect because it saves us time by automatically analyzing the data, protects us from any failure that occurs and generates detailed reports that allow us to know the problems. The whole …
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Data Security and Quality

It is a software with a lot of security, that is why the access to the data collected by this software is reliable, the data is not violated, it is a professional software that maintains the integrity of our data.
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Self-Service

This platform has integrated artificial intelligence, which generates significant improvements in self-service, being more efficient and reliable. It has improved user options for data exploration and the creation of their own dashboards. This platform facilitates dynamic data visualization and …
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Data Security and Quality

IBM Cognos Analytics offers us the tools to develop an adequate and reliable management of critical information of our organization. This platform provides excellent security levels that guarantee secure access to data.
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Self-Service

This platform offers powerful artificial intelligence capabilities, ensuring excellent and intuitive self-service options that allow employees to ask questions about the data, facilitating the creation of reports and dashboards in a guided and personalized way.
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Data Security and Quality

In our organization it is very important to have security controls that guarantee employees a high level of confidence in the use of data. This platform has data governance controls that facilitate and generate confidence in the access and handling of data for collection and analysis.
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Self-Service

Its makes reporting and scheduling task much efficient as compared to using AS400 for creating reports
its a time saver and changes in at any point of time is best part.
its query studio is very simple and dynamic.
we got many adhoc and in built functionality as well here .
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Self-Service

This platform allows employees to quickly and easily create their own reports, collaborate in real-time, and share them efficiently. It offers AI for assisted data preparation, providing recommendations, and automating analysis. The self-service offered by this platform greatly streamlines …
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Data Security and Quality

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson has high-security controls that ensure data integrity and provide users with the confidence required to use the platform with complete peace of mind.
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Self-Service

Still the end user find it difficult to build reporting. This is also related that they don't know their own data. To help the users with this should be te focus. (like in Story telling) give the user more help and insight to their possibilities, this also with local language support. For most of …
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Self-Service

If it is feasible to have a self-service with IBM, it is possible with the links with other integrated software directly from the hybrid cloud; we can always have a data visualization panel after having all the administrative permissions of each integrated module license, this directly favors the …
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Data Security and Quality

In this sense, clear and precise work rules have been established that help increases the number of administrative permissions according to the authorization of the IT department; this is decisive for data security and even more important for the security of each project in more than ten …
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Self-Service

If it is possible for all users to clearly understand the generated reports, the information panels are easy even for non-technical staff; it is not necessary to ask for help to export information to components or modules that are required, and it is also easy to change the location and report …
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Data Security and Quality

Documents and reports are shared in all departments only with Latin permissions for password management and encryption when required; there is a person in charge in each department who has the authorization; in the same way, this product has additional security features with advanced verification. …
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Self-Service

This is always what characterizes this software; it is possible to link tools that help to work with different data sources and AI, and it is also possible to visualize the data in a personalized control panel with a direct or indirect classification to all the obtaining system Automated data …
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Data Security and Quality

There are more than ten groups with central administrative permissions that are working with this software only in my department; in other areas, different permissions have also been established for each job according to each data source; this significantly helps the individual performance of each …
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Self-Service

Data is automatically displayed in a way that makes sense to the user. The suggested reports and dashboards are very helpful. The templates make it very easy to create dashboards. It truly is a self-service tool and is easy for users of all levels to use. The AI assistant is helpful.
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Data Security and Quality

The different security levels are very important and easy to use. It's nice to be able to use groups to give access to whole content areas to a very large amount of people. We have thousands of reports and managing the permissions of each one individually would be a nightmare. It's nice that you …
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Self-Service

They helped a lot like I am now used to accessing the reports or data I want directly from the dashboard. The parameter selection and the feature to formatting the data is really helpful in day-to-day deliverable. The language use is understandable.The analytics part is so accurate even it is …
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Data Security and Quality

In the research field, the security of the data is the top priority thing and I think IBM Cognos Analytics is very reliable with security of the data.Like the Read, only access feature in IBM is top notch it really help for auditing purpose and the quality of the data is excellent.
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Self-Service

Self-service has without a doubt improved our productivity and reduce complexity as a data platform. Our staff can easily generate reports with little assistance from the IT team unless it's on complex ODBC.
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Data Security and Quality

Because we are in finance, confidential data is shared all the time which means data security is a priority. With a secure licensed governance system, data is handled by a trusted source.
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Self-Service

These self-service capabilities are easy to use and allow business users to create their own reporting content for their business requirements. It has tremendously reduced work for developers and application administrators to engage with other productivities.
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Data Security and Quality

The data governance settings and tool capability management has given us the confidence to release various data sets for self-service reporting.
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Self-Service

Automated dashboard creation is a great feature and time-saving. The AI is largely dependent on the quality of the data being analyzed and the structure of the data. The ability to identify patterns and drivers through the use of Decision trees and sunburst diagrams is also useful
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Data Security and Quality

data governance and controls are essential and often the key differentiator between Cognos Analytics and desktop tools like Power BI and Tableau for example, which can result in multiple data versions. Cognos Analytics ensure there is one trusted source of data within the organization
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Self-Service

We deliver reports via email to users. Some reports are pdf or excel format. Also, users are able to log in with their own credentials and run reports manually at any time.
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Data Security and Quality

Data quality is very important ant to our organization. With reporting, we can quickly identify issues or improvements. There is always a chance someone may enter data incorrectly and by the use of reports, we can identify those incorrect entries quickly. Additionally, reporting business …
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Self-Service

Creating and getting customizable dashboards that can be easily linked with reports generated and data collected from external sources is fascinating. The interface is easy to use. The analytical capabilities of the software have been enhanced by connecting data with sources like Salesforce.
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Data Security and Quality

Super safe. It integrates with many platforms and software products that businesses already use, like Salesforce, these integrations help us connect, access, and unify data across sources. It can also be combined into a dynamic view so that several different data sources can be compared at once.
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Self-Service

Dashboarding is very easy to start for beginners. It's very user-friendly and drags n drop works well with AI assistant because it automatically recognizes data which is the best visualization for it. Cognos Analytics front page is customizing itself with the reports I use most.
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Data Security and Quality

Securing data is the best part. It's only one reporting source for all users, but you can many ways to limit data visibility for users and groups. For example company lead can see every data aspect, area controllers can see only their own region, the project manager can see their projects, etc. …
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Self-Service

It provides effective solutions, including being able to easily consult and process analytical data. Being able to work through compelling, fully visual charts and dashboards is exceptional.
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Data Security and Quality

This tool provides many features to improve work efficiency, it is one of the BI capabilities in all BI products. Provides interactive dashboards, business reporting, data exploration, etc.
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Self-Service

The AI assistant is still fairly new. My current clients have evaluated it but have not yet implemented it. The big issue is their primary data source is based on a complicated TM1 cube, and the AI ontology cannot accurately match requests to specific tuples.

Once IBM implements it, we'll …
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Data Security and Quality

Governance is extremely important to my client. The reports are grouped into different sections, access to which is defined through the users' AD groups. Individual reports are designed to filter differently based on who the user is and even present different aggregation levels based on user …
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Self-Service

It provides practical data analysis to all departments of the company and provides the ability to access, understand and analyze data faster. What's more, it provides an analytics solution that is very easy to customize, integrate, and deploy.
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Self-Service

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is the best BI tool. It has helped me understand trends and gain insights from the data I have collected. All the data is hosted in the IBM Cognos cloud securely, and I can easily access the data whenever I want no matter where I am. I just need to connect to the …
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Data Security and Quality

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson enables seamless cloud transformation, virtual data engineering, and more. At the same time, it has excellent security, scaling, and control options to meet the needs of any company or user, allowing you to take complete control of your data.
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Self-Service

I am an end-user, so I don't really get to touch all of this. I get to make reports and publish them. I actually took pleasure in building reports and dashboards because of the very well-built interface. It also makes my co-workers more interested in the data when it's presented in some of these …
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Self-Service

AI assistance is good and a novel feature. However, the natural processing is limited and might not understand what the user wants. There is room for improvement. However, the recommended visualization is a good feature and can save time for the user. Same for the dashboard creation as well, you …
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Data Security and Quality

Data governance control is the most important security measure in any enterprise organization. When you have multiple departments or multiple users with different designations then we would like to make sure that only the person who is authorized to view the data should be able to view the data. …
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Self-Service

In my organization, we implement IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson in order to analyze and process millions of data. It is worth mentioning that their data analytics are 100% backed by artificial intelligence. Its processing functions allow visualizing data that is not visible in the foreground, …
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Data Security and Quality

With this tool, it is possible to select the sources of information and combine them to generate specific results. It allows us to use data to make informed decisions about our organization. It has many customization options as well as advanced analysis and reporting features.
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Popular Features

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  • Report Delivery Scheduling (78)
    9.1
    91%
  • Drill-down analysis (78)
    8.8
    88%
  • Formatting capabilities (79)
    8.7
    87%
  • Mobile Application (86)
    7.6
    76%

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Pricing

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On Demand - Standard

$10.00

Cloud
per month per user

On Demand - Premium

$40.00

On Premise
per month per user

Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $10 per month per user
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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

8.3Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

8.7Avg 8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

8.6Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for pattern and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

7.8Avg 8.1

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

8.9Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

7.2Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

7.8Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson?

Cognos Analytics is an AI-fueled business intelligence platform that supports the entire analytics cycle, from discovery to operationalization. Cognos Analytics gives every user — whether data scientist, business analyst or non-specialist — more power to perform relevant analysis in a way that ties back to organizational objectives. It shortens each user’s journey from simple to sophisticated analytics, allowing them to harness data to explore the unknown, identify new relationships, get a deeper understanding of outcomes and challenge the status quo. Visualize, analyze and share actionable insights about data with anyone in the organization.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports
  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Single Sign-On (SSO)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Mobile Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Javascript API

Additional Features

  • Supported: AI Forecasting

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, Urdu, Farsi

Frequently Asked Questions

IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson starts at $10.

SAS Cost and Profitability Management, Tableau Public, and Tableau Server are common alternatives for IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson.

Reviewers rate Publish to PDF highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews

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Paige Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is a software with a good and simple user interface, it has artificial intelligence that provides a good and precise predictive analysis, since the implementation we improved our productivity, the creation of reports is adequate, we achieved better data analysis, which allowed us to make the best decisions based on the data obtained through this platform, achieving better results that could not be obtained before.
  • Predictive data analysis is intuitive and with real-time results.
  • Easy obtaining and customization of reports.
  • Better decision making, is a software capable of simplifying our work and improving our productivity, since errors are minimized.
  • It's not a very flashy looking piece of software, but it ticks the boxes for functionality, and for first-time users, just a quick workout is easy to pick up.
  • Expert help should be sought for configuration.
It is the most appropriate software to make the best decision, since the data analysis is precise, I recommend it with great confidence, it is perfect, since with the artificial intelligence it has we were able to increase productivity in data collection, it has powerful functionalities to improve our processes without having complications. We adapted IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson because we did some research and received good recommendations, and although we were skeptical at first, this software assured us of overall company-wide performance.
It is a software with power in the detection of problems through data analysis, artificial intelligence is perfect because it saves us time by automatically analyzing the data, protects us from any failure that occurs and generates detailed reports that allow us to know the problems. The whole team is delighted to know that we are getting the most out of IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson.
Brent Hanchar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos Analytics provides robust features to connect and visualize data in a pleasant and effective way, facilitating the understanding of the current state of the organization and accurately forecast what will happen in the future. With the implementation of this platform it is possible to create strategies that drive the productive growth of our company, increasing agility and providing a more robust and reliable forecast. It has integrated AI allowing to access and model data in an intuitive and dynamic way, accompanied by pleasant and complete visualizations that facilitate its exploration and analysis.
  • Ability to create compelling reports and dashboards
  • Efficient data exploration and data preparation with AI
  • Nice and easy-to-use drag-and-drop tool for creating visualizations
  • Easy to create and share custom reports
  • Has a mobile application that works effectively
  • Its configuration is not simple and is very time consuming
  • Boards can add more functions
This platform has robust tools to analyze data and generate the ability for me and my organization to make the most appropriate decisions. It is well suited to establish a workspace for data visualization and analysis, with a wide variety of customization options. It has excellent controls for data protection, providing users with the necessary security to use the platform reliably. The versatility and flexibility it offers allows exploring and discovering trends with the data and visualizations obtained in real time.
This platform has integrated artificial intelligence, which generates significant improvements in self-service, being more efficient and reliable. It has improved user options for data exploration and the creation of their own dashboards. This platform facilitates dynamic data visualization and improves data interpretation.
Greg Ziegler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos Analytics is a powerful and flexible platform that enables you to visualize, connect and analyze data to ensure the right decisions are made to drive organizational productivity and performance. It provides very nice visualizations in dashboards that make it easy to customize and allows you to optimize data analysis. It provides a lot of flexibility to connect data from spreadsheets, CSV files or from a cloud source. This platform has excellent tools for creating automated budgeting and forecasting models, with interactive and intuitive reports and dashboards.
  • Interactive dashboards and intuitive reports
  • Flexibility in connecting to data sources
  • Facilitates advanced data analysis
  • Provides detailed information in real time
  • Artificial intelligence facilitates trend spotting
  • It has a steep learning curve
  • Initial setup is a bit cumbersome
This platform provides the best capabilities to analyze data obtained using artificial intelligence, allowing you to make the best decisions and boost productivity. IBM Cognos Analytics is well suited to create and share detailed and customized reports that provide high quality information that allow you to make predictions for more accurate and accurate decision making. It also has the ability to consolidate our planning processes, effectively identify trends and forecast results.
This platform offers powerful artificial intelligence capabilities, ensuring excellent and intuitive self-service options that allow employees to ask questions about the data, facilitating the creation of reports and dashboards in a guided and personalized way.
Deepa Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Earlier in my previous company we were using RPG AS400 for developing the business reports then we migrated our all projects to Cognos, developing all new reports and migrating old one using Cognos.
prior to that I don’t have any knowledge about Cognos so got in-house training.
I don’t found it very difficult to learn and adapt.
Actually its very easy to learn and we can get everything we want under one roof.
  • Reporting
  • Scheduling
  • Framework manager
  • Visually less appealing as compared to tableau
Can get almost everything under one umbrella. With the help of frame work manager we can create database warehouse , schemas and many more.
Can create separate queries for each view.
we can do the report scheduling which is not available in other BI Tools and less expensive as compared to Tableau
Its makes reporting and scheduling task much efficient as compared to using AS400 for creating reports
its a time saver and changes in at any point of time is best part.
its query studio is very simple and dynamic.
we got many adhoc and in built functionality as well here .
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Relative time comparisons of measures
Forecasting
Automated delivery of reports
Report bursting
  • Dashboarding
  • Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Ease of installation
  • Features of Motio PI, such as change of schedule run credentials, should be part of the product.
Relative time comparison of measures.

Drill through from PA cube report to relational database report
These capabilities have been helpful.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
With this platform, our company has developed the ability to make the most accurate and optimal decisions, because it provides real-time information of great value, from different sources. The visualization of the data, besides being presented in an intuitive and pleasant way, allows us to execute an effective and dynamic analysis of our financial processes. IBM Cognos Analytics has excellent features to visualize future scenarios and ensure that our organization is much more accurate in predictions and planning strategies to maximize performance and productivity.
  • Excellent AI support for data preparation
  • Fast and easy creation of customized reports
  • Versatile drag-and-drop tool for creating dashboards
  • Ensures robust security of data usage
  • Efficient import of spreadsheets and CSV files
  • For new users it can be a challenge to manage all its functions
  • Sometimes it is a bit slow in handling large volumes of data
This is an analytical tool with a lot of potentials that facilitates the creation of budget models in a collaborative way, which provides a positive impact on our business model because it streamlines and in some cases automates some manual processes. IBM Cognos Analytics is well suited to unify ideas and make decisions that most benefit the production process of our organization and ensure departments maintain optimal performance of operations.
This platform allows employees to quickly and easily create their own reports, collaborate in real-time, and share them efficiently. It offers AI for assisted data preparation, providing recommendations, and automating analysis. The self-service offered by this platform greatly streamlines employee operations.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Financial analysis, Transactions analysis, Corporate customers statistics and analysis
  • Corporate business hierarchical analysis
  • Deposit and Loans Scenario
  • Customer transaction trend analysis
  • Integrated channels performance analysis
  • Deviation analysis
  • Income and expenditure analysis
  • Graphical representation similar to Qlikview and Microsoft
  • Graphs are slightly difficult to use
  • Large size data not supported sometime
  • On prem SSAS connectivity issues
  • SAP Sybase connectivity issues
  • Procs having #tables can not accessible in query
  • 64bit JDBC with SQL Server is missing
Large scale organisation where single signon required and various data sources exist,
And organisation want a single platform having capability of merging and joining different and difficult data sources, Cognos will be the good choice
Not using this feature yet
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BI Tool is never the solution to the needs of the users it's the process how the organisation uses the product en strives to continue improvement.
  • AI New now with local languages supported
  • Releases frequent releases
  • Total Integration from dat to insight
  • Administration tools (require urgent improvement)
  • Eventstudio
  • More focus on user needs instead focus on improvement of the user interface. (This cost 4 releases....)
Its the one and only complete product, supporting both reporting/dashboarding needs.
Still the end user find it difficult to build reporting. This is also related that they don't know their own data. To help the users with this should be te focus. (like in Story telling) give the user more help and insight to their possibilities, this also with local language support. For most of my customers Dutch is key...)
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is a software that has a very advanced visual structure that manages to exponentially improve the way of visualizing the data by focusing on high-priority data without violating the requirements of each company; it also provides a system that predicts the results based on the history and loaded data. . The data tables are a sample of the technical level of this tool, in a timely manner it manages to organize information in a light and easy to read format with the capacity to be exported directly to an external server if we so require, it is the automated solution that every company requires.
  • Sharing authorized information with Slack is a job of a few seconds.
  • Integration with the entire data set in the containers.
  • It runs on the hybrid cloud.
  • Extraction of visually structured reports.
  • Your mobile app is always available to enhance your data development.
  • Its data visualization features require configuration to integrate with third-party tools.
  • The user interface may not be the most intuitive, we feel that there is room for improvement.
Right now, we are exporting the reports in formats that are easy to read for all users; Slack is one of the integrations that help improve the reach of this tool; we also send the reports through emails automatically. We are always connected to all data sources with IBM Cognos Analytics since implementation in our hybrid cloud. Honestly, I want to mention that this software is not the simplest on the market, but its technical support makes up for these shortcomings.
If it is feasible to have a self-service with IBM, it is possible with the links with other integrated software directly from the hybrid cloud; we can always have a data visualization panel after having all the administrative permissions of each integrated module license, this directly favors the workflow and in general the scalability that can be obtained in the short and medium term if an integrated development strategy is implemented.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is an essential tool in all departments of the organization; due to its Artificial Intelligence capacity, it is capable of keeping everything in order from the beginning to the end. At all times, the tool creates a report of all the data in a structured way, knowing exactly the result that you want to evaluate and be fully resolved, which allows us to be connected to your control panel. This product integrates easily with different tools, making the whole process easier.; It also has a great team of technicians to help.
  • Full data reporting and analysis all the time.
  • Artificial Intelligence of great help for business performance.
  • Easily integrates with other tools.
  • You can count on this scalable platform.
  • Fast in data recovery.
  • It has a good price.
  • Quality technical team.
  • Many times the view of the videos on the web is not good, it needs to improve.
  • Graph more, for better understanding.
Despite some drawbacks, such as visualizations, IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson has been quite beneficial for the company; the data reports are constantly analyzed in a concise and precise manner, extracting the most specific ones for better control. Everything is simpler since its implementation since everything is systematized and, therefore, processes are accelerated. Something extremely important is productivity is higher, maintaining a good work environment and with customers.
If it is possible for all users to clearly understand the generated reports, the information panels are easy even for non-technical staff; it is not necessary to ask for help to export information to components or modules that are required, and it is also easy to change the location and report features.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Throughout the organization, we fully use this tool for the control of administration automation, mainly reports and data models, which allows us to improve through what the tool analyzes; also for the development of queries. IBM Cognos Analytics collaborates with us efficiently, saving all the necessary time that we use for other things for the financial well-being of the organization since it has an Artificial Intelligence capable of identifying itself with any activity that is needed in the company quickly and perfect, among other things the automation of the boards.
  • It can be connected to multiple data sources.
  • Easily integrates with any other tool.
  • Combination of data sources.
  • Favorable technical service, always attentive.
  • It is fully scalable.
  • After configured, learning is a bit difficult, although later, one takes it until one understands it.
  • The administration interface needs to be improved a bit.
  • Everything works without a hitch, from its implementation to its general use.
Being a stable and robust tool, it has been very useful for managing all the data in report and content management, allowing you to be connected from any device or data source or on the web. We use it in all the departments of the organization, offering us excellent functions that help us to have good visualizations automatically, therefore, quickly, of the data to keep everything in order. We recommend it mainly for large companies that have data silos. IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson will keep each piece of data unified by the department.
This is always what characterizes this software; it is possible to link tools that help to work with different data sources and AI, and it is also possible to visualize the data in a personalized control panel with a direct or indirect classification to all the obtaining system Automated data storage in our data center, this is accomplished seamlessly with administrative permissions.
September 13, 2022

Great Reporting Software

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos is a tool that is used across my whole organization. I work at a University so we have a lot of data and a lot of departments who are using data. IBM Cognos allows us to view and analyze data across departments. IBM offers a lot of great resources for learning how to use the tool.
  • Good for combining data sources
  • Good data visulizations
  • Easy to manage permissions
  • You have to really understand the underlying data structure before you use it
  • It can be hard to learn at first
  • It can be glitchy sometimes
Data is automatically displayed in a way that makes sense to the user. The suggested reports and dashboards are very helpful. The templates make it very easy to create dashboards. It truly is a self-service tool and is easy for users of all levels to use. The AI assistant is helpful.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use IIBM Cognos Analyticss for pulling reports on a daily basis like Missing Pages Report, Query Report which helps the business or the study team to know the current status of the study and by that data creating a structured outline of actions that need to be done to resolve that data. It really helps to reach the outcomes that we need and by anaylzing the data we can know where we are lacking. I think it is most advance system and easy to use system in my deliverables.
  • Extracting huge amount of data in a precise manner.
  • The time taken to get a report is pretty less compares to other
  • And the automation and the AI is really advanced the system knows what I really want
  • If a report got malfunctioned it need so much time to resolve that issue.
  • Server Log out issue if using two study at a time
  • Sometimes the data analytics part stuck in between
Like after the updates I am able to pull a report with a different parameter and it's been beneficial to get extracted specific data. And with the data analytics tables, it's been beneficial to present the data. And the one drawback I have seen when the full report is run in the background version it fails sometimes.
They helped a lot like I am now used to accessing the reports or data I want directly from the dashboard. The parameter selection and the feature to formatting the data is really helpful in day-to-day deliverable. The language use is understandable.The analytics part is so accurate even it is matched the data after manual analysis.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use the IBM Cognos set for data analytics on our multi-cloud architecture to automate AI lifecycles. I have more engagement with the IBM Watson studio and I use it frequently for code-based visual data science, working smoothly with the TensorFlow framework. I'm able to monitor the implemented AI models used across the company in accounting, and customer relations for consistent results/output.
  • IBM explainable AI makes it easy to to comprehend the AI models.
  • Optimization dashboards allow sharing of the models' results with the team to enhance collaboration.
  • Search engine displaying data elements is still not available on version 11.1.7.
IBM Cognos Analytics is a good way to streamline the deployment of your AI models. I would recommend taking up the Cognos analytics training and certification for you to be able to navigate the studio well. It covers all aspects comprehensively and you'll be better off if you are already knowledgeable in PostgreSQL.
Self-service has without a doubt improved our productivity and reduce complexity as a data platform. Our staff can easily generate reports with little assistance from the IT team unless it's on complex ODBC.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use IBM Cognos Analytics extensively for developing queries, reports, dashboards, visualizations, FM models, data models, and administration and scheduling automations for reporting objects. It's widely used across the business on different levels and helping business users and stack holders with analyzing data, decision making, budgeting, and administrative processes.
  • Self Services Reporting.
  • Scheduling and automations.
  • Reporting and Data Visuals.
  • Better compatibility with available browsers.
  • Companion applications are restricted to use with Firefox only.
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is best suited for Large Enterprise Level Data with AI capabilities. It may not be cost effective for small scale businesses.
These self-service capabilities are easy to use and allow business users to create their own reporting content for their business requirements. It has tremendously reduced work for developers and application administrators to engage with other productivities.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Cognos Analytics is more than a Dashboarding tool and is used to understand data patterns, trends, and drivers. The explore and AI capabilities are typically used to get more insights into data, and dashboarding and reporting are used to distribute the result in a pixel-perfect output with strict governance and control. Reports are automatically burst based on certain criteria
  • AI - The Assistant
  • Explore Capabilities
  • Forecasting using AI
  • The range of visualisations needs to be expanded
  • Report modules need to be easier
The integration between Cognos Analytics, Planning Analytics, SPSS, and decision optimization makes it a perfect tool that can grow and expand as the organisations analytics needs do. Not many visualization tools offer this degree of integration. The integration with Planning Analytics allow it to be fully integrated with a budgeting and forecasting application and present this information in real-time using compelling dashboards and visualizations
Automated dashboard creation is a great feature and time-saving. The AI is largely dependent on the quality of the data being analyzed and the structure of the data. The ability to identify patterns and drivers through the use of Decision trees and sunburst diagrams is also useful
Michael O'Riley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cognos is used for reporting analytical data from our ERP system that is hosted on OS400 BMI
  • Reporting
  • Schedule report delivery
  • Many different ways and formats for reports.
  • Users are able to schedule there own reports.
  • Dashboard for users.
  • Administration interface needs improvement.
  • It would be nice f reports had more of a drag and drop for users to create reports.
Cognos can be difficult to manage and maintain.
We deliver reports via email to users. Some reports are pdf or excel format. Also, users are able to log in with their own credentials and run reports manually at any time.
THe usibility of Cognos can me difficult for a new users. However, an experience users can get a lot of benefits form Cognos.
We are not a very large company, but the scalability it almost endless.
IBM support is very knowledgeable and the respond fairly quickly.
February 12, 2022

A reliable BI solution.

Emma Sophia Robers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It allows us to stay connected and updated through your control panel. I can easily access IBM COGNOS for the purpose of sharing data or information with other people within the same company. MS Excel has direct integration with IBM which makes it easy to share important details with other colleagues. Accessing reports and analytics directly from my phone is great, I can quickly view reports from anywhere. As a professional, I can say that IBM has helped us grow continuously through data collection, data analysis, and reporting. Since the reports help us detect weaknesses to continue improving.
  • Visualization tools.
  • Connects to hundreds of data sources.
  • Easy to execute queries.
  • Easy to create charts, graphs and reports.
  • Not a good IDE for Python/R
This platform helps meet our needs, allows us to create and share interactive data visualizations around the world through global data centers. You can connect it to Excel for queries, data models, and reports to collect, analyze, publish, and share Excel data.
Creating and getting customizable dashboards that can be easily linked with reports generated and data collected from external sources is fascinating. The interface is easy to use. The analytical capabilities of the software have been enhanced by connecting data with sources like Salesforce.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Cognos Analytics bi-weekly to report and analyze time spent of employees from external working time tracking software. I look for more detailed information about billable vs non-billable hours and find possible trends from it. If the time spent is non-billable, what are the reasons for that, is it for example warranty work or possible prospects for new opportunities.
  • Dashboard
  • Multi-page reporting
  • Report distributing
  • Data connectivity options
  • AI assistant
  • Easier ways to manage very complex reports
  • Prompts should be more dynamic and way to make dynamic pre-select for example based on the current calendar year.
  • Dimensional reporting
For beginner users making very complex reports are hard and time-consuming. But with the help and training of a good consultant, the results can be awesome. On the other hand, dashboards are easy to create also for beginners. The dashboard is more of drag n drop and doesn't need in-depth knowledge. AI assistant helps a lot because it will automatically recognize straight from data what is the best visualization for that.
Dashboarding is very easy to start for beginners. It's very user-friendly and drags n drop works well with AI assistant because it automatically recognizes data which is the best visualization for it. Cognos Analytics front page is customizing itself with the reports I use most.
Damith Low | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This platform offers a full range of BI software to address business goals. It helps to create easy-to-use and run detailed reports for data analysis, provides the ability to edit current data along with alerts, schedules, etc. in real-time. Also, there is flexibility in data import and reporting in this tool, it can manage large data sets, it also offers an option to export reports in XML or PDF format.IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson also gives us the ability to use interactive dashboards, create business reports, explore data, etc. very easily.
  • It is a reliable and scalable platform.
  • It offers data connectors including SQL Server, CSV, Excel, and more.
  • Multiple integrations.
  • Flexible deployment options.
  • Does not provide a free trial.
  • It is difficult to learn.
  • It is not easy to use and implement for non-technical users.
IBM is a reporting tool that focuses on data analysis. It is the most robust digital BI platform that I have used for years, with IBM I can get detailed information through a variety of reports/dashboards. I can send my colleagues by email reports in PDF or XML format, it also allows easy integration with third-party tools for more fluid communication.
It provides effective solutions, including being able to easily consult and process analytical data. Being able to work through compelling, fully visual charts and dashboards is exceptional.
Paul Mendelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
As an IBM business partner, I implement IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson for various IBM customers. These customers span almost every industry, from manufacturing to government, research to finance, and everything in between.

My current client is a large pharmaceutical company who uses IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson across multiple divisions. I've been brought in to help with the finance team.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is flexible enough to make their reporting do everything they want. A major focus was ensuring high visibility reports work on mobile devices. Because IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson allows JavaScript and lets authors directly define HTML, I can make responsive reports that behave perfectly for any sized screen.

Another focus was expanding the default functionality in IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson through a series of JavaScript controls. Writing back directly to TM1, sending users emails from a button inside the report, or exporting reports to PowerPoint, the API available in IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson makes writing these controls quick and easy.
  • Pixel perfect reports. If a client can provide a pixel-perfect mockup, I can make the report indistinguishable from the mockup.
  • Data security. It doesn't matter who the user is; when they log in and run a report, they will only see the data they are permitted to see.
  • Performant reports on large data. Many tools have issues running on tables containing only a few million rows. Cognos can consistently run reports on multi-billion row tables without issue.
  • Embedding reports in third-party tools. With Cognos Mashup Services, it is possible to build a report in IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and call it programmatically. Need straight HTML? No problem. JSON? Atom? All good.
  • Data modules still can't match the flexibility of the framework manager. When dealing with large data models, or multi-grain, FM still wins.
  • The new native graphs, while pretty, still can't match the version 10 graphs in terms of flexibility or options. It is possible to import third-party graphs, but it's a pain.
  • Some functionality, like version control, is only available through third parties. Motio or BSP.
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is especially good with any type of pixel-perfect reporting. While it's most commonly used for financial reports, I've used it for building models for plenty of other purposes. The one that sticks out was a road safety organization that used IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson to research road accidents. The ETL process merged data from police, hospitals, insurance companies, high management, and several other sources. The combination of canned reporting and ad-hoc querying tools allowed researchers to find insights and possible causes of accidents that weren't previously considered. On the flip side, IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is often used for things it's not really perfectly suited for. Data entry is a big one. You can write back to a database through it, but it's always a bit hacky. In the latest version, Query Studio is being deprecated. The dashboarding tool is significantly more complex. Sometimes you just want a quick and dirty query, and QS was perfect for it. Finally, there is a learning curve. You absolutely must learn how to use the tool, or you will have a miserable time. Once you get past that curve, you'll find it powerful and capable of meeting almost any need (even the hacky write-back requirements that people love to throw at me).
The AI assistant is still fairly new. My current clients have evaluated it but have not yet implemented it. The big issue is their primary data source is based on a complicated TM1 cube, and the AI ontology cannot accurately match requests to specific tuples.

Once IBM implements it, we'll reevaluate. There is plenty of interest in it, though.
Nicholas Maeda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson helps us understand our data. It is adaptable to different data processing scenarios and environments support various tools for back-end tasks such as data warehousing, data integration, data management, query language, ETL process, etc. Easily integrates with MS Excel and spreadsheets. Its amazing reporting feature helps to create very attractive custom dashboards. It allows powerful visualizations from our computer in a few seconds.
  • Integrated ETL tools.
  • Data export in multiple formats (PDF, Excel and CSV)
  • Fast and accurate data recovery.
  • Less expensive.
  • Scalability and flexibility to work.
  • Does not support multidimensional analysis.
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson offers the best performance with its features. It is a stable tool, it facilitates the storage and processing of data in companies. It is compatible with the popular RDBMS to handle data related to reporting and content management. It allows you to connect to any type of data source and also allows you to retrieve data from data sources.
It provides practical data analysis to all departments of the company and provides the ability to access, understand and analyze data faster. What's more, it provides an analytics solution that is very easy to customize, integrate, and deploy.
Traylor Haney | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson makes it easy to share pervasive insights and visualize classified and unclassified data instantly. Its interface is super intuitive, which makes it easy for us to work with tables, graphs, and other visualization tools. It is compatible with mobile and desktop devices. We can import data from SQL servers, Hadoop clusters, on-premises, and Excel spreadsheets and transform, refine, and visualize it in a more organized and centralized way.
  • data connectors.
  • Collaboration.
  • Data preparation.
  • NLP consultations
  • Integration with Excel.
  • Cloud-ready reports.
  • Support in other languages ​​is of limited access.
It is a software with many solutions, functions, and integrations that help any professional, including Software Engineers, to analyze data using artificial intelligence for the preparation of reports and more data in a completely different, but highly effective way.
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is the best BI tool. It has helped me understand trends and gain insights from the data I have collected. All the data is hosted in the IBM Cognos cloud securely, and I can easily access the data whenever I want no matter where I am. I just need to connect to the internet and that's it.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Although I'm a beginner in this whole analytics cycle, Cognos made it really simple for me as an end-user. Using the dashboards, reports, and automated stories really made my job easier. I really felt like Cognos with Watson was guiding me in the right direction and it felt very user-friendly.
  • Data visualization.
  • Predictive analytics.
  • Automatically finding relationships.
  • The price is a little high from what I've gathered. It's not really an option if you're not at least a mid-sized organization.
Well suited: Trying to predict future sales. Trying to find hidden relationships in your data. It complements very well an IBM-oriented environment. Least suited: Non-IBM environment.
I am an end-user, so I don't really get to touch all of this. I get to make reports and publish them. I actually took pleasure in building reports and dashboards because of the very well-built interface. It also makes my co-workers more interested in the data when it's presented in some of these very nice-looking reports.
Mohammed Younus Siddiqui | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos is used for meeting the reporting needs of the university. It is used to display data from the data warehouse. It is the single destination for the user to get data in a simple, clear, easy to read, and quick way. It is also used to generate timely reports on a schedule for a group of users.
  • Importing and modifying metadata
  • Create queries for use in GUI
  • Print Friendly Report
  • The new UI requires more clicks compared to previous version
  • Dashboards require more color options
  • Learning curve to use is still high compared to other products
If you require pixel-perfect reports and you have to share these reports with users in an enterprise. Then it is the best BI tool for you. Other competitors are missing many features that are needed for enterprise users. The ability to use data sources with no relation inside a report is a GOD send. You will not find this anywhere.
AI assistance is good and a novel feature. However, the natural processing is limited and might not understand what the user wants. There is room for improvement. However, the recommended visualization is a good feature and can save time for the user. Same for the dashboard creation as well, you can change the visualization on the fly to see how it fits the dashboard.
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