IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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IBM Cognos Analytics is an AI-powered BI solution made for more reliable data preparations and reporting. Their main target is to provide …
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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: Dedicated iOS 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

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Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, Urdu, Farsi


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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How much does IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson cost?

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson starts at $15.

What is IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson's best feature?

Reviewers rate Publish to PDF highest, with a score of 9.

Who uses IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson?

The most common users of IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson are from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.


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Score 7 out of 10
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We use IBM Cognos Analytics across our company. We use to do ad hoc reporting and automated reporting on our core system.
  • Automates reporting
  • Enables precise reporting from database
  • Enables users to share reports easily
  • The user interface is slow to move from screen to screen.
  • I wish there was a search function to find our data elements in the data warehouse.
  • It would be helpful to have more clear error messages that you could better use to determine what needs to be changed.
IBM Cognos Analytics works best when a user is very comfortable with SQL databases and queries. It doesn't require you to know how to code SQL but it is very helpful to know the concepts well. If you aren't familiar with SQL, Cognos is harder.
We have not used these features.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company has been using IBM Cognos Analytics for reporting purposes for many years and it has been pretty stable. The newer version of IBM Cognos Analytics has so many new features, like data sets and data modules, that have been helpful to build interactive dashboards that can be used to paint a clear picture of many reports.
  • Data modules
  • Data sets
  • Event studio
  • Dashboard
  • More visualizations
The job creation feature is well used when two or more reports need to be combined together to send out in one distribution. I think some more improvements can be made on the dashboard area with respect to screen resolution.
We haven't yet used the self-service capabilities
Richard Mabjish | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Used enterprise wide to create and automate statistical and analytical reports and dashboard. Reports that provide insight and show trends on which business decisions are made.<br>
  • Reporting
  • Automating
  • Dashboarding
  • Event Studio needs to be supported by modern browsers.
  • Embedding custom map layers
  • Predictive analytics
Suited for large organizations with large user base. Self-service tools are web based, does not require installation on local computers.
Data has to be clean and in specific formal for AI Assistant to be useful. In many situations that is not the case.
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Cognos Analytics is widely used by business analysts as a way to build dashboards and for data-analytic work. While other job families such as data scientists are using Python and Jupyter Notebook to connect data and visualization. The tools make easy connections with your database if your work scope is within the services that it provides.
  • Connection.
  • Prebuilt.
  • Visualization.
  • Fixed.
  • Community support.
  • Documentation.
I would recommend the product, IBM Cognos Analytics, to my business analyst colleague. For their work scope, the analytical tools that they need are mostly defined in the toolbox and this tool requires no coding background to make nice data visualization but I would not recommend it to data scientists due to lack of flexibility.
Under the condition that the data cleansing and data analysis/visualization are very standard, the tool does speed up the data processing data. However, for important and inconsistent data cleansing, it requires lots of manual processing, and using the tool might lead to some serious damage to the data and bad business decisions.
Score 7 out of 10
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IBM Cognos Analytics is an AI-powered BI solution made for more reliable data preparations and reporting. Their main target is to provide an all-in-one BI solution that connects your data relations, generating attractive and convenient graphical representations, and makes your predictions about what's going to happen to your business tomorrow. Every business is making its predictions with or without AI help these days, but IBM Cognos Analytics will show you why you should move to an AI-powered BI solution in the future. As a small business, it was a great opportunity for us to experience such a technically advanced solution for an affordable price.
  • Advanced graphical representations of your data.
  • Supports multiple raw data formats such as CSV files and spreadsheets, SQL databases, Google BigQuery and AWS related data formats.
  • Able to create interactive dashboards with Drag and drop facility to create auto generated graphical representations.
  • Android, iOS Support and proper cross browsing performances
  • Would be great to see auto modeling support for data filtering, data discovering, and workflow collaboration.
  • Custom Reporting, support for better forecasting.
IBM Cognos Analytics is categorized as business intelligence software and also subclassified as an Embedded Business Intelligence and Self-Service Business Intelligence software. IBM Cognos Analytics can be accessed through the web by using an extension, and it can also be used by connected devices. IBM Cognos Analytics is a cloud-based software solution, which makes your data easily accessible anytime and anywhere. Also, Cognos offers local data server support where you can build your own private server to store data.
IBM Cognos Analytics automatically creates interactive visualizations from your data using an online library, makes them available so you'll use them whenever you would like. Also, you can choose recommendations of the visualizations that the majority effectively illustrate your points. IBM Cognos Analytics is designed to enable consistent and cohesive decision-making in terms you understand. Workflow capabilities structure and automate processes behind the scenes. Once you got to share information and track progress, others will see what you are able to see. And, if you're online on your desktop or on your tablet, the user experience will basically be equivalent on all platforms.
Score 8 out of 10
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It [IBM Cognos Analytics] is used for report-building purposes and creating dashboards with data that could be crucial for decision-making. It is used by the IT department and serves across the whole organization. The business problems that it addresses are it helps in the process of automation and reduce redundant tasks and also improves report readiness.
  • It is really fast, execution is smooth.
  • User friendly, easy to navigate and encourages 'do it yourself'.
  • Improves decision making by providing useful insights into data in a never visualized before way.
  • Sorting results are not accurate sometimes.
  • Multiple data points are mapped to a single location on a map.
  • The forecasting functions could be improved.
Well suited for handling not-so-large datasets. It is very fast and responsive. It is user-friendly, a new user can quickly adapt to its features. It is less appropriate to use while [using] large volumes of data. Forecast functions could be improved. It would be appreciated if it could handle datasets having many parameters.
These additional features have enhanced the viability of Cognos, but we are yet to use these features more aggressively. At the moment we are focusing on the automation of existing manual prepared reports by automating them using Cognos and creating schedules to automate, report delivery processes in order not to miss timelines and be more efficient.
Score 8 out of 10
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We implement IBM Cognos Analytics to other companies. We mostly implement it in the financial department because of the users' needs: daily report generation and distribution and easy access to accounts information. One of the major problems that we solved using IBM Cognos Analytics was the automatic generation of the profit and loss report depending on the selected subsidiary.
  • Great customization capacity
  • Fits the needs of all departments
  • Easy-to-use end-user tools
  • Visualizations--more personalization capabilities (like graphs)
  • In the latest version (11.1.5), the colors of the data source model are the same for all the elements (hierarchies, dimensions, etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics is very useful in companies that have data silos, when every department has its own data source. IBM Cognos Analytics unifies all the information coming from different sources and provides trusted information to the users.

I would not recommend it to small companies because the costs of implementation and annual licenses can be hard to bear.
From our experience with users, no one uses AI Assistant. All that they want is to have the correct information in their email every morning. Most of them do not spend time formatting reports; they just make their lists and sometimes add a title.
Nick Waters | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use IBM Cognos Analytics internally to provide reporting, dashboarding, and analytical insights about our business. We also implement the solution in conjunction with our clients to help gain more effective business insights. It provides our clients and users with up-to-date dashboards and reports connecting to a wide variety of data sources.
  • Enterprise reporting
  • Interactive dashboarding
  • Data exploration
  • Data connectivity
  • Dashboard performance
  • Data visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics is well suited for organisations that need both mode 1 and mode 2 analytics. It provides enterprise reporting capability combined with interactive dashboarding capabilities for self service analysis of data. It supports both on premise and cloud based deployments and connects well to other IBM solutions for example IBM Planning Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics' data modules allow for basic data prep tasks and continue to evolve. They provide a good web-based environment to manage metadata and build out calculations and filters, which help improve self-service analytics for end users. The AI assistant is a nice enhancement in recent releases.
Umair Butt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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My organization is using the toolset of IBM Cognos Analytics that provides incredibly professional analytics, reporting, score carding, events, and metrics reporting. Our company is using the different components that designed by the software for different purposes. Data visualization is so easy for my company now and we can see where is our business today.
  • You can create powerful and professional visualizations that explain the story of your data.
  • This can also protect your data from misuse.
  • Web-based data modeling allows you to uploading and joining your data.
  • The software can take a lot of space.
  • Sometimes you can get stuck due to troubleshooting messages as a beginner.
  • At the beginning creating reports is difficult but with the passage of time you can learn more.
The software has integration with other products of IBM. The excel functionality is awesome and great for the finances. The features you expect in a BI tool, you can find in IBM Cognos Analytics. You can run quality reports at any time. The dashboard is also easy to understand and use. Sometimes for few beginners, it's not easy and simple to use, but if you spend more time, definitely you will be an expert in IBM Cognos Analytics.
These self-service capabilities have enabled our reporting and analytics activities so we can share now the reports with colleagues. Now it's so easy to collaborate with other people. This has been proved as a complete solution for my company especially. Even automated dashboard creation and analysis are also so good in this software.
karthikeyan Thangaraju | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM [Cognos] Analytics help us to create reports, analysis across various data [departments].
We have created packages and cubes using the tools.
Matching source and target difference, generating balance reports.

  • Easy to generate reports
  • User friendly
  • Training user to analyses, running queries
  • User based licensing.
  • IBM service restart taking more time.
  • Various error when deploying SSO
I have used various reporting and analytics tool like SSRS, SAP
[IBM Cognos Analytics] is good among these, can able to connect all the data sources without issue like ODBC, JDBC.
I don't think it is less appropriate. it is highly recommended to use from my [perspective].
Self service capabilties help end user to create their own report depend on the their requirement, which does not require burden for developer to create one for them & attending meeting
Help them to run their own job with schedule and automate it, not supported by IT anymore. they own [it] themselves.
Analytics help use to analyze data across various data sources, framework which we created for them help user to make their own data analyzes
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Cognos Analytics is used in the whole organisation for Tactical and Strategical purposes. I am in the Business Intelligence Team and we produce Reports and Dashboards. We also use Jobs and Events to launch it when the ETL jobs finish to load the target tables. [With] the product we can report on activities and financials data.
  • Creating Reports
  • Creating Dashboards
  • Drill throught from one report or dashboard to a detailed report
  • Add extension to add new reporting possibilities to the product
  • Some earlier versions comes with bugs more than before with Cognos 10
  • Advanced reporting need experienced user
  • Dashboards are difficult to be correctly sized into a page
IBM Cognos Analytics can be used for Tactical and Strategical purposes. You can produce Reports and Dashboards. You can also group executions of several reports into a single Job and create an Event to launch it when the ETL jobs finish to load the target tables.
You can also add External files likes Excel Files then create a datamodule to join it with source Package or another Data Module.

IBM Cognos Analytics does not allow the possibility to correct some errors values in the data.
Cognos has an easy reporting scheduler with possibility to send report to a folder or by email.
For advanced reporting, we can also add directly an SQL statement using the defined connection to our datawarehouse.
Score 10 out of 10
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it's being used to report information about the whole organization. Resolves automation of enterprise-level reporting and self-service analytics.
  • Automated report distribution
  • Governed data
  • Self-service
  • Data modelling
  • Reporting & dashboards
  • Consistency of use in the extensive set of available visualisations.
  • Software quality control to prevent bugs when upgrading.
  • Administration tools (need 3rd party software for batch admin tasks).
It's well suited for an environment where customized reports need to be distributed to multiple users. It's also great to produce pixel-perfect reports required in different formats (excel, pdf, online). Quick and simple dashboards like the ones in PowerBI. Ad hoc data modeling using data modules.
80% of the reporting needs are covered by reporting from existing framework manager models. These new features work really well when we need to ingest new data and run the AI assistant to identify connections. Since 11.1.R7 with the improvements to datasets, the options to work with data are unlimited.
Score 7 out of 10
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IBM Cognos is being widely used as a web-based business intelligence tool to solve the real business problem of monitoring.
  • Report Studio for the management reports.
  • OLAP functionality using the analysis module.
  • Interactive dashboards.
  • State-of-the-art technologies like AI-based features.
  • Monitoring related features.
  • Machine learning.
IBM Cognos is well suited when the individual wants to start with analytics with very low knowledge of the domain. The tool is very helpful in creating interactive dashboards and helps monitor data.
It helps improve efficiency in the process and saves time by auto data cleansing, joins, and other data-related assistance.
Score 8 out of 10
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I have been working with multiple clients that have Cognos Analytics in-house to deliver reports to multiple departments within the organization. Some clients have standardized on Cognos across the entire organization. Every use case is unique, but the main strengths of Cognos are its enterprise reporting capabilities. Professional report authors typically develop sophisticated reports that are automated and delivered across large groups of consumers. The goal is to encourage a self-service model, and Cognos also supports that, but adoption of self-service is not consistent across different companies.
  • Standardized reporting.
  • Enterprise data governance.
  • AI-infused data discovery.
  • OLAP data exploration.
  • Dashboarding.
  • Visualization.
  • Data cleansing.
  • Data preparation.
Cognos is best-suited to address enterprise-level reporting and analytics. It is a server-based architecture, so typically it is not suited for individual analysts that simply need a desktop-based reporting or visualization tool. However, most organizations need a broader analytics strategy, and Cognos fits very well with the bi-modal business intelligence world of today. Cognos Analytics in its current incarnation (version 11.1) supports self-service data discovery and other use cases that it historically was not capable of. Its data governance model is best in class, but also a centralized one that can result in a more rigid deployment strategy that can slow time to decision. Again, it is important to recognize that many of the traditional limitations that held Cognos back have been eliminated. It is now easy for any user to introduce any type of data, model it, and begin visualizing and exploring it in a matter of minutes. However, the infrastructure must be stood up beforehand, but this is not really a deficiency.
The AI Assistant does enable these automated tasks, but most developers will build models and dashboards manually. The opportunity to leverage these features to achieve broader self-service is there, but it requires a culture shift more than anything. Mostly, the AI features are valuable because they eliminate certain steps, such as recognizing data types, inferring usage, and matching columns when joining data sources. It is also very useful in suggesting visualizations and other ways of looking at data when using the Explore feature.
Score 7 out of 10
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We use IBM Cognos Analytics across many departments. We use the product because it offers robustness and enterprise-level security to the data we present. No more working in silos as the datamarts we report off of are used widely. Single source of truth.

Adhoc module is separate from the advanced report studio so it becomes easier to start using the tool.
Ease of use and integration with excel and data modules are a winner as we can merge data from packages with external data without having to include it in the datamart.
  • Integration with Excel
  • Enterprise level security
  • Ease of use for Adhoc reporting needs
  • Rendering speed of reports - sometimes the cognos server doesnt respond in time
  • Graphical user interface not as user friendly as other BI tools in the market
  • Commentary and Annotations on data points lagging behind in Cognos Analytics
It is well suited in situations where you have summarized level data and you want to perform reporting on top of it. With detailed (granular) level of data, the reporting becomes extremely slow. Also, well suited in situations where departments work in silos and there is no single source of truth - robustness in data quality. Also, it provides row-level and object level security which makes it very secure.

Learning curve is usually more for customers who are not tech-savvy.
IBM Cognos Analytics has made it easier to integrate data from packages (which have been developed using framework manager) with external sources of data without having to go back and re-design in the package. So it offers on-the-fly modeling which is essential. Data modules introduced recently is a cool feature. Dashboarding is completely new with Cognos Analytics and integration with AI Assistant has helped build dashboards within seconds. Natural Language processing has made it easier to build dashboards for business users. It has made the overall end user experience much better.
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Cognos Analytics is being used across our whole organization, from the stores that access links to previously executed reports that are saved as outputs to our headquarters and field users who connect to IBM Cognos Analytics to execute, on demand, any canned report. Users have the ability to self service by creating their own ad-hoc reports. We have a group of IT employees that creates all model/packages needed for this to be possible. We also run batch process every morning and schedule a set of reports that are used by executives and different users across multiple departments like finance, supply chain, store operations.
  • Schedules and delivery of reports
  • Visualizations in the latest version 11.1.7
  • Ease of use for end users
  • Ability to allow users ad-hoc reporting
  • Active reports (disconnected/portable reports)
  • More up-to-date functions available with recent RDBS technologies like Snowflake
  • Better handling of in memory capabilities (cache, datasets)
IBM Cognos Analytics is well suited for ad-hoc reporting as well as delivery of reports via email in multiple formats. Combining data from multiple data sources. Our company has Oracle, Sql Server Snowflake, and data files that are accessed through Cognos.
I can't think of a scenario where IBM Cognos Analytics is less appropriate. A lot of times it depends a lot on the way the back-end data is stored. I've heard users and companies complain about IBM Cognos Analytics' performance, but again, I think this has to be with different data sources to access the company's data. I've also heard that compared to Tableau Desktop, IBM Cognos Analytics is still "not there" in regard to visualizations.
The main reporting tools (reports and dashboard) are intuitive and allow users with minimal experience to create their own ad-hoc reports, slice and dice the company's data, and find answers to questions they have. The ability to then share those same reports with colleagues (so they can do their own customizations) very quickly has helped a lot in the decision making about specific business needs.
Score 8 out of 10
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Used across the whole organization.
Addresses practically all our important, and most of our less important business questions.
  • Ad hoc combination of attributes to select data (in order to analyze data).
  • Range of front-ends (cubes, standard reports, query- and report-studio for power-users).
  • Integration of diagram-functionality in cubes.
  • Downloading in different formats (csv, xls, pdf,...).
  • OLAP-cubes MUST IMMEDIATELY be upgraded to 64-bit-technology (if not, we are lost as Cognos/IBM-customer).
  • Easier integration of complex authorisation systems (concepts) into cubes (vertical as well as horizontal authorisation).
  • Much more statistics-functionality in cubes! (IBM bought SPSS 10 years ago!! where is the benefit of Cognos-users!!)!!!
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)
Not really. Because our users stick to Cognos OLAP-Cubes. No interest in using fancy dashboards. Management not interested in dashboards (just in numbers). The real enablement was, many many years ago, cubes over standard-reports.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company provides banking solutions to many financial institutes in Europe. IBM Cognos Analytics is the primary platform we provide to this institutes for analyzing their business and clients. With a large number of standard Reports many areas are addressed. Additionally we provide packages for building individual Reports. We also use IBM Cognos Analytics for internal Reporting solutions.
  • Powerful Report Authoring solution.
  • Debugging is not easy or at least cumbersome.
IBM Cognos Analytics works well for intermediate to expert users.
Report consumption is easy for less experienced users as well, but for building individual reports some learning efforts are required.
Self-service BI is an integral part of the overall Analytics solution we provide to our customers. Providing access to all relevant data through packages allows building individual reports for a wide range of business issues.
Ashwin Marwah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cognos Analytics across our Sales and Finance to provide reporting across the company and solve all our analytics needs.
  • Self-service report authoring
  • Great visualization for dashboard
  • Data security
  • Enterprise portal
  • Dynamic default prompts
  • Excel + and - options when exporting report for summary view
  • Better data-driven subscription
IBM Cognos is great as an enterprise-level BI reporting solution for the company.
It lacks flexibility at times when putting together specific reports.
Score 6 out of 10
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We use Cognos to send PDF, Excel, HTML reports to individuals emails or have users run their reports manually that they would like to have exported as a PDF, Excel, or HTML format. We also utilize Cognos bursting to send individuals their appropriate reports without having to make several reports based on a burst key. We use Cognos to help provide insight into historical data for uses throughout business areas of the company.
  • 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.
  • 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.
It's great for
  1. Emailing reports to customers and providing them with their appropriate data.
  2. Providing reports as a PDF, HTML, Excel.
  3. Able to connect to an Oracle Database to create reports.
Overall, we use IBM Cognos for reporting needs, which other tools don't do very well.

We don't use IBM Cognos for creating dashboards, we use Tableau instead. We don't use IBM Cognos for searching dimensional models, we use ThoughtSpot instead.

I wish IBM Cognos didn't cost so much.
Score 8 out of 10
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We are a software reseller and consulting company. A few of our clients use IBM Cognos Analytics as their platform of choice for Enterprise reporting and business intelligence. A few of them are cloud users.
  • Single source of truth enterprise-wide
  • Most secure BI platforms available for reporting, dashboards, and analytical analysis
  • Software POD availability across Asia Pacific
  • Seamless integration with other IBM Business Analytics software suite
IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud is well suited for:
  • Medium and large enterprise, dealing with complexity of scale
  • When user identity, access management, and enterprise information security is a concern
  • Where clients want to do bit more than vanilla reporting like predictive analysis, extrapolation, and analysis
Less appropriate when:
  • Desktop reporting is the need of the hour
  • Client is after self-service reporting only
  • Prediction is the main objective
Byron Conner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Cognos is used company wide to analyze sales. The convenience it provides for drilling down into different metrics is terrific. It can be used to send out last year sales by department and sub class so the management team can have the ability to plan for future business based off of last year’s numbers.
  • Amount of historical data.
  • Ease of navigation.
  • Ability to run multiple window within a subset.
  • When backtracking data can remain filled from last interaction.
The most useful tool within the Cognos platform is the ability to drill down to sales per hour on specific calander periods. This information coupled with customer traffic as well as sales is immeasurable. This gives the management team the ability to manage micro season especially with a shift in sales.
September 06, 2019

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John Nguyen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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IBM Cognos Analytics was used to make an Interactive dashboard. Wanted to show sales for ATG travel expenses.
  • It is extremely quick!
  • Really accurate!
  • It can be shared with anyone that has access.
  • Visually can be improved.
  • Although easy to use, it does feel slow sometimes when there is a lag.
For making sales revenue within a specific time frame.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cognos is being utilized in our organization to conduct back end corporate reporting tied to our accounting software. It is being used in a wide variety of departments including HR, Finance, IT and many others. By using IBM Cognos, our organization is attempting to achieve work efficiency by getting tailored reports and better organization of our data.
  • 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.
  • IBM Cognos can improve on the way certain modules like Query Studio work where pulling various data feilds and merging them together is not as simple as it seems. In order to effectively use Query Studio, a user needs to be well trained and it's not a module that simply anyone can pick up.
  • IBM Cognos can also improve on the way it interfaces with other non-IBM software. It struggles to offer the same level of efficiency that it offers when interfacing with CostPoint, Deltek T&E when compared to non-IBM software like Unanet.
  • IBM Cognos needs to develop other modules further and need to offer greater applicability to these modules for those to be as widely used as the popularly used modules.
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.
Ray Hirte | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It is being used as a report engine for an HR and fiance data warehouse. It is also being used for planning and budgeting for all of Hennepin county. It addresses our ability to report on our financial data as well as working to bring our HR data into the warehouse as well. The planning and budgeting has been an efficiency boom for our budgeting.
  • Reporting
  • Drill throughs
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • CAFR book reporting
  • License costs
  • License monitoring
Great for planning and budgeting. It works well to understand both the resource costs and the other budget costs. It would be nice if it were more real time as we need to run a process to sync up people costs with non people costs. Financial reports are ready for users to run and understand.