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IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics


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.

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IBM Cognos Analytics

8 out of 10
June 05, 2024
IBM Cognos Analytics is a very good solution for performing analytics on the data using ai powered model and get very useful insights and …
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IBM Cognos Analytics

8 out of 10
March 20, 2024
This technology is a great way for our business to see the scope of the work we are doing in one large dashboard. The data driven insights …
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Popular Features

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  • Formatting capabilities (103)
  • Drill-down analysis (102)
  • Report Delivery Scheduling (101)
  • Customizable dashboards (100)

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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $10 per month per user
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BI Standard Reporting

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

Avg 8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Avg 8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Avg 8.0

Access Control and Security

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

Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Avg 7.9
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Product Details

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 users — whether data scientist, business analyst or non-specialist — more power to perform relevant analysis in a way that ties back to organizational objectives. It aims to shorten 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. Users can visualize, analyze and share actionable insights about data with anyone in the organization.

IBM Cognos Analytics 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 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 starts at $10.

Tableau Public, Tableau Server, and Microsoft Power BI are common alternatives for IBM Cognos Analytics.

Reviewers rate Publish to PDF and Report Versioning highest, with a score of 8.6.

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


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TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

User-Friendly Dashboards: Users have praised the user-friendly dashboards in IBM Cognos Analytics for enabling quick creation of custom dashboards and easy understanding of visual data representations. The intuitive design allows users to identify trends at a glance, enhancing their analytical capabilities.

AI-Powered Insights: Many reviewers have highlighted the value of the AI-powered Insights feature in IBM Cognos Analytics, which automatically identifies patterns and insights, enhancing analysis depth effortlessly. This feature has been instrumental in uncovering valuable insights that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Seamless Data Integration: Customers appreciate the seamless and efficient data integration capabilities of Cognos Analytics, allowing for easy merging of data from various sources like customer feedback and sales figures. The smooth integration process streamlines workflow efficiency and enhances overall data management practices.

Steep Learning Curve: Users have expressed that there is a steep learning curve for beginners when using the software, requiring a substantial amount of time to fully understand its functionalities. The user interface is considered outdated and not user-friendly, especially in comparison to more modern solutions available in the market.

Poor Mobile Capabilities: Users have expressed the need for better mobile capabilities. Users note that accessing reports on the go can be cumbersome. Users also express that the mobile interface is not as intuitive as the desktop.

Performance Issues with Large Datasets: Some users have encountered performance issues when working with large datasets, experiencing occasional lags that hinder their workflow efficiency. Additionally, they have noted that these performance issues can lead to delays in data analysis tasks, impacting productivity.

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Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have one IT person who provides support for the backend database and connection to Cognos, as well as creating new packages and views for use in Cognos. She also handles Cognos upgrades and upgrades to the database used by Cognos and provides some training on using Cognos. Others in the university handle report writing and distribution to others as needs arise. We generally have one report writer for each functional area.
September 30, 2015

God Knows or Cognos

Sachin Karkun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
All the people who are supporting cognos application are trained extensively in cognos framework manager, cognos report studio and cognos transformer. They are equally competent in Dynamic Cubes and Cognos administration. In case of any issues, the team is capable enough to troubleshoot the issues initially and contact IBM in extreme cases.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cognos requires a more technical skill set. Our staff that manage this product have extensive backgrounds in supporting Cognos and many have Informatica/data integration skills. In addition to Cognos, they need to have a solid understanding of database platforms (i.e. Oracle 11g, MS SQL 2012) and also have to feel comfortable with writing queries.
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