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February 14, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
Report bursting has always been good with IBM Cognos and Cloud is no exception, whether it's types of formats, scheduling, security, or distribution. It's especially useful when reports are being bursted to a significant number of users, like for annual reports, sales dashboards, or commissions statements. This, coupled with easy licensing options, keeps the costs in check.
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February 05, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

5
It's possible for our organization to share data across teams, but due to being a healthcare organization we have to make sure it goes to the appropriate individuals. We built a custom website program that allows business owners of different data sources throughout the company determine which members should be in what groups so that reports go to the appropriate individuals. With this custom web app and IBM Cognos, it is fantastic to share data across the organization in PDF, Excel, or HTML formats. I just wish they did a better job at managing groups or updating their Cognos SDK, without charging additional fees for custom development.
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January 14, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
Burst emails are lacking, but they can be done. They require some IT support, I would like to see the functional user be able to do more of the burst emails themselves. Also, sometimes the burst emails can be quirky and duplicate text. When this happens, you have to get IT involved because of the complexity.
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December 04, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
This was superior in every facet of the application. Cross-pollinating application with data sources, ability to manage multiple role-based access with SSO and reporting for structure levels is key to its success. This product truly delivered.
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November 16, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

6
The access control capabilities work well, and it's easy to share data across teams (commonly accessible reports). Report formatting is more complicated than it needs to be.
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October 23, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
When I run a report - I'm always sending it through e-mail, printing or publishing it as a pdf file. I need something that can get me to those places in a minimum amount of time. I'm not tech-savvy. But, this is easy to use. I have never been afraid of moving around in the system - worried about my security - everything is secure.
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January 17, 2019
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
Cognos does a great job in access control where access can be limited based on various factors and can be used to perform specific functions. One of the great things about Cognos is the ability to share and distribute reports, this is done with ease in Cognos where the user has an option of sharing reports through public or private folders.
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May 10, 2019
Ray Hirte | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
I am not as versed with the sharing of collaborative aspects of Cognos. The dashboards make a nice high level addition and our executives like the look and feel.
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April 06, 2018
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
It has a good sharing strategy for most reports and dashboards. Both the exports documents as the online view are easy to format and control. No need to pass through a large learning curve. That's good about Cognos: its simplicity for basic users.
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February 28, 2018
Monika Ganeva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
Extremely to easy to customize and share reports, set a reporting schedule and push out data to any user with no need for them to interact with the tool at all.
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December 07, 2017
Gos Yao | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
This works very well - you can establish the schedule to deliver the reports at your disposal to anyone with any visibility, via any format (excel/PDF/HTML etc).
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April 12, 2016
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
Security classes are created and users are assigned to the security classes based on their roles. Access is also limited based on the type of role (author vs. consumer). Sharing across teams can be easily accomplished by setting up the required security classes and placing reports in designated folders. Reports can be scheduled and delivered in a variety of formats via email when necessary.
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February 23, 2016
Sandy Midili | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

10
I think the collaboration in the new version of BI has really improved. With this new version there are more capabilities by allowing users to reduce or eliminate IT intervention for many previous tasks. This gives users more self-service options and ultimately advances the analytic expertise of the organization. IBM Cognos has greater availability and is delivered through online and via mobile technology.
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May 02, 2016
Benoit COLAS | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
With IBM Cognos platform, users can create their own analysis and query and share them with other users. Security applies on any objects in the same way reports published by administrators and query/analysis are created by users.
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February 29, 2016
Jonathan Kyrlach | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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10
Cognos has always been strong at scheduling and sharing. Most of the time, the company that has implemented Cognos has disabled most of the sharing features in the name of iT Governance and security.
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February 24, 2016
Lesa Brosch,SHRM-CP, MPA, PHR | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

10
Sharing reports is made easy through IBM Cognos. Report writers have the capability to define the functionality of each report along with the security.
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February 19, 2016
Brent Curia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
Sharing and collaboration capabilities are very good within COGNOS. Again my company overcomplicates things and both of these areas are hindered due to their strict application of access privileges with in COGNS and within the systems that data is extracted from. So even if you have full COGNOS access you may not be able to see data or even manipulate a report if you don't have access to the main data source system.
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December 11, 2018
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

8
We integrated Cognos with out user management component: LDAP. Using user credentials and roles in the LDAP, we configured Cognos user's read privilege of reports. For example, doctors, nurses, nursing practitioners, pharmacists may have different roles, and also have different views depending on their units and facilities. Overall Cognos is a good report development and management tool for large-sized company with strict regulation and organization structure such as healthcare institutes. The tool provides necessary functions with stable performance, supported by IBM's business experience and expertise. If you're a small or mid sized company and need more flexible framework, Cognos may not be the best option.
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January 29, 2016
Ludmila Honchar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

10
Distribution of reports in different formats according to schedulers
Publish different packages of model (versions)
Run reports (jobs) according to events
Set security according to data
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January 27, 2016
Andrew Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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I don't think reports are easy to share between team members and we often have issues with the same reports being worked on simultaneously.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (39)
7.1
Customizable dashboards (46)
8.3
Report Formatting Templates (44)
8.0
Drill-down analysis (47)
8.4
Formatting capabilities (47)
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages (27)
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration (47)
8.3
Publish to Web (27)
8.3
Publish to PDF (45)
8.3
Report Versioning (25)
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling (47)
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers (13)
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (37)
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (36)
8.1
Predictive Analytics (33)
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login) (44)
8.9
Role-Based Security Model (43)
8.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (43)
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO) (27)
8.7
Responsive Design for Web Access (29)
6.9
Dedicated iOS Application (23)
6.7
Dedicated Android Application (13)
5.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (29)
6.4
REST API (18)
7.7
Javascript API (17)
7.5
iFrames (9)
7.8
Java API (11)
6.7
Themeable User Interface (UI) (10)
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (7)
7.1

What is IBM Cognos Analytics?

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 Features

BI Platform Features

Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Has featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Has featureETL Capability
Has featureETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureIBM Netezza
Has featureSAP Hana
Has featureSalesforce
Has featureSAP

BI Standard Reporting Features

Has featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Has featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Has featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Has featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)

Mobile Capabilities Features

Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Has featureDedicated iOS Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

Has featureREST API
Has featureJavascript API
Additional Features
Has featureAI Forecasting

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IBM Cognos Analytics Pricing

Starting Price: $15

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional
On-premise EditionPricing DetailsTerms
On Demand Standard$15.00Per User/Per Month
On Demand Plus$35.00Per User/Per Month
On Demand Premium$70.00Per User/Per Month
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IBM Cognos Analytics Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android
Supported Countries:Global
Supported Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, Urdu, Farsi

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IBM Cognos Analytics?

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 cost?

IBM Cognos Analytics starts at $15.

What is IBM Cognos Analytics's best feature?

Reviewers rate Multi-User Support (named login) highest, with a score of 8.9.

Who uses IBM Cognos Analytics?

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