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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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On Premise
per month per user

Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional
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  • 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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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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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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Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
  • Cutting Down on Crunch Time: Before bringing Cognos into our toolkit, a lot of our hours went into just getting the data cleaned and ready. It was necessary but felt like forever. Now, we're seeing that prep time getting slashed by half. This means our data experts can spend more time on the cool stuff, like digging into what our campaigns are actually achieving, instead of just trying to make sense of the raw data.
  • Keeping Our Wallets Happier: We used to bounce between a bunch of different tools for all our data needs, which was not only a hassle but also kind of pricey. By switching to Cognos Analytics, we've managed to cut down on those extra costs by about 20%. It's like having one super tool that does it all, making everything simpler and cheaper.
  • Making Data-Driven Moves Faster: With easier access to our data through Cognos' dashboards, we've been able to give our client real-time insights. This has been a huge plus for the sales and marketing strategies for their financial products. We're talking about a 15% boost in sales, just because we can act on the data faster. Plus, the predictive analytics part has been a game-changer for planning out future campaigns.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Our team can actually work on the data extract with visuals and graphs
  • The projections can be made accurately
  • While reporting we may combine numerous searches or multiple datas and it doesn't require any additional skills or experience
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • We use the tool for data modeling as it helps in predictive data analysis for complex data, which is very similar to real-life scenarios.
  • Options of customizing & scheduling reports as per our requirements basis.
  • Has mobile application which works seamless.
  • API integration is not upto the mark with very limited options.
  • Licensing & Maintenance can go from cheap to expensive depending on the scope.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Positive: It provides collaboration and sharing of knowledge with other users which provides centralized access to data and reports.
  • Positive: It helps organization to save time and be efficient as it provides self service analytics and automated workflows.
  • Positive: With its powerful analytics and reporting capabilities it enables user to explore and analyze their data, identify the trends and make decisions based on those insights.
  • Negative: Implementing Cognos Analytics will take investments on licensing cost, training and infrastructure.
  • Negative: As it provides many features and capabilities, it is an issue with organization having limited IT support configure and maintain the platform.
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Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Easier access to data and enhanced visualization models that allow the users to look at data in new and creative ways
  • More efficiency in creating Management reports that Management can use to make decisions
  • Enhanced collaboration: Rather than having 3-4 analysts work on individual reports they can come together and collaborate on one final product
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • You do not get results in a short time because some features are complex code to configure.
  • Better administrative features are missing.
  • Everything is more enjoyable after the first six months, be aware that your setup can be slow.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • High ROI with well designed solutions. Supported by scalable deployment, robust security model and ability to create valuable content.
  • High ROI where well designed data models can be deployed with a common metadata layer to a variety of users and use cases.
  • High ROI in an environment that includes a variety of vendors and best of breed products within the overall platform
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Improved decision making - accessing real time insights is invaluable
  • Efficiency - automating the process of data collection and analysis reduces the time spent on manual tasks. The efficiency allows you to focus on what is important.
  • Customer insights - data can be used to create personalised offers and increase customer loyalty
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Customers gained a new respect for the complexities of their data
  • Customers understood we cared for their data and provided granular access to them
  • 100% of customers who were offered Cognos accepted it, helping drive sales and adoption
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