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- 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.
- The prompts in Report Studio are easy for users to figure out.
- Cognos allows us to publish reports with a live data connection side-by-side with reports that use day-old data.
- The layout on the screen for changing the properties of a report is overwhelming. It's hard to remember where certain properties live.
- It's time-consuming to construct a prompt page and to match the formatting/branding of our previous reports. These types of things should be faster and easier.
- IBM cognos is great as an enterprise tool.
- Being able to create cubes and packages that can be used to pull exactly what you want to see specific to your group.
- IBM Cognos allows multiple users to go in and change the report in a way that they want to see without changing the data that is provided to everyone as a whole.
- IBM Cognos has room for improvement in its charts and graphs. They are awesome on their own but compared to Tableau fall a little short.
- The speed of IBM Cognos could run faster, however considering the amount of data it is able to pull without slowing down makes up for the overall slower processing.
- The ease of setup and usage has a bigger learning curve compared to similar reporting products but once again the return on effort makes it worth that steep curve.
- 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.
- Emailing reports to customers and providing them with their appropriate data.
- Providing reports as a PDF, HTML, Excel.
- Able to connect to an Oracle Database to create reports.
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.
IBM Cognos Review: "Cognos is good for a large sized healthcare organization, but it may be a conservative choice"
- It provides a graphic user interface for report authoring, which is easy to learn and straightforward to understand. It is easy to develop a report if authors have good understanding of data.
- The data pipelining framework is stable. It didn't crash by connection failure, etc.
- Cognos is designed for a report distribution to multiple analytics consumers. Report authors can set up distribution configurations with detailed conditions.
- Authoring environment is designed to well adopt complicated formats of data sources.
- Web-based authoring environment is slow, compared to Desktop based environment. It gets slower if the size of data gets bigger.
- Congas is best when we create reports using coded data based on relational databases. Since a lot of clinical data are unstructured formatted, it may be required of good data wrangling function to include them into the reports.
- Chart types and look and feel configuration flexibility are limited, especially compared to competitors such as Tableau. They are not terribly ugly, but not faulty looking with the default setting.
- When looking for a corporate tool
- Good management of reports
- Scaling and integration with other tools, data sources.
- When there is no integrated DW or database for data capture
- Online reports with super reduced timing
- All in one Platform, with IBM integration capacities
- Easy to use for directors and managers
- Large user base
- Relativity lower prices than the competition
- The limited complexity of data analysis
- Lower customer experience
- Slow upgrades compared to competitors
- No coding skills to build reports
- Easily integrates multiple data sources
- Powerful report capabilities
- Analysis, reporting, dashboarding and score carding support
- Self-service capabilities are behind the competition
- Too many interfaces to build models and reports which are not integrated
- Visualization capabilities
- The best part about Cognos Report Studio is that you do not need to have access or know how to use the tool in order to be the recipient of the information. Cognos allows you to schedule automated reports that can be sent to any internal or external email address you type in the recipient line. You can use Cognos Report Studio to create customized and automated reports by applying data filters, conditional formatting, formulas, and calculations in a way very similar to Excel. Anything that you could do in Excel you can pretty much build into the parameters of your report in Cognos and manipulate the data before it comes out in the report. This becomes very handy, especially when automating reports that are sent to users who may not be very Excel savvy or when you just want to pass nuggets of information.
- Cognos Event Studio is definitely my favorite. Amongst many things, I have found it to be a powerful data auditing tool. I use it to set up search engines that check our database for the incorrect combination of values across a set of data fields and thus minimize data entry errors in a time sensitive manner. For example, I can create a search engine that checks for any employees in "Part Time" status who have been assigned a schedule of 40hrs or more. The search engine would send an email to the HRIS team within an hour from the time the incorrect combination of values was entered into the system.
- Another way to use Cognos Event Studio in a way that your entire organization can benefit from and appreciate is by sending managers email reminders days in advance of their direct reports' birthdays or work anniversaries. In a similar fashion, I am also able to send email alerts to our IT department's ticketing system immediately following an employee termination, which automatically creates a ticket for them to shut off access to email and other systems.
- There is definitely a lot of room for improvement when it comes to Cognos. Sometimes it can take you a while to find a particular data field that you may want to pull into your report. Unfortunately, there is no option where you can search all tables in order to figure out where a particular data field is located or how pulling the same data field from one table vs another may impact your report results. This makes it a lot harder for new users to adopt the tool and quickly gain proficiency. Eventually, things starts make sense but it just takes a lot of practice.
- One major challenge for me is the inability to be able to run a report on all the scheduled reports set up in Cognos. If you want to clean up or streamline any of your report schedules or distribution lists, there is no good way to do so except for going into each individual report and checking/modifying the schedule and the recipient list. Granted that Cognos is such a great tool for automating data output, I wish there was a better way to manage all your report schedules and recipient lists.
- IBM Cognos used was used to for automated delivery of reporting for backorders of specialty products that needed special handling by the customer service department.
- IBM Cognos used was used to for pixel perfect reporting that was part of the month-end or year-end executive board book.
- IBM Cognos was used to deliver external reporting to customers/vendors/distributors to check on the health of the rented equipment.
- IBM Cognos could use an update on the backend side, it does well in the cloud, but a switch to RestAPIs for data access would be nice.
- IBM Cognos could have better documentation on the proven practice configuration of components on lesser used OSs.
- It's powerful. As long as you have all the components setup, you will have the query studio to access more granular data, while using the report studio to set up something for good and deliver them via email or whatsoever fits your environment.
- We have implemented Cognos for a lot of telco customers and they have attained much insight into network performance by creating the reports based on all different dimensions.
- The functions are very rich and filters are very powerful and helpful to define all sorts of conditions up to your expectation.
- It's a little bit cumbersome. Not very friendly to the new users. In particular here in Telco market, the users are not used to the heavy tool. Learning curve takes a little bit more time compared to other tools. However, once you set your foot in and get used to it, it's not difficult to set up the reports or do whatever.
- The presentation (charts or tables) can be more modernized if possible to make the reports more presentable.
- Users need minimal coding skills
- Integrates multiple data sources
- Standardizes data items
- More Visual way to generate a report
- Not user-friendly, it still functions as if from the 90s.
- Too many odd bugs that users need to go around to avoid, especially now with the Cognos Analytic 10.
- Cognos does not allow cross packages data sourcing, which is a huge problem.
- The system functions like an old machine with a new wrapping.
- Very robust functionality that allows for a variety of report types as well as reporting structures.
- Report prompts make reports easy to run for end users even when reports are very complex.
- Ability to set up security classes that restrict access to end users based on their need to know and use the data.
- The learning curve for Cognos is fairly high due to the high level of functionality available. It would be helpful to have some less expensive training options available.
- Instructions for using Cognos could be more robust, but I realize that's partially dependent on how it's used and documentation writers would not necessarily be able to anticipate all uses.
- Instructions for creating a cross tab report with formatting and subtotals could be better.
- Business Intelligence tools provide sophisticated reporting, dashboards and analytical tools for businesses to explore and interact with information from IBM Cognos TM1, corporate ERPs and data warehouses, IBM SPSS, and even third party solutions like QueBIT's FrameWORQ products.
- The dashboards and visualizations can range from simple to intricate drill-down/up and drill-through reporting, allowing users to interact with the tool with various methodologies such as prompts and filters to assist them in analyzing the data with fast response times.
- If you integrate the IBM solutions, such as IBM Cognos BI, TM1, and IBM SPSS, you get models to align historical data and examine reasons behind past successes or failures in order to gain insight. Finance, sales, marketing and operations typically rely on this type of analysis for management reporting. You can also add another degree of sophistication by integrating IBM SPSS for statistical and artificial-intelligence rules and mathematical optimization techniques that synthesize the factors identified by predictive analysis to suggest prescriptive decision options and actions.
- Improving performance on Active Reports. This being said, I am excited to see what will happen with the newest version.
Our BI information system collects information on every transactional system used in the group: SAP for Back-Office, Salesforce for Sales, Transportation Management System and Warehouse Management System.
- With Report Studio, you are able to address every business need in terms of rendering complexity.
- IBM Cognos is a real integrated platform. You develop ONE business model (framework) and it is useable with every tool of the platform.
- IBM Cognos is easy to install and maintain. We performed an upgrade from version 8 to version 10 internally without the help of IBM or any consulting company.
- From my point of view, the user interface is a real area for improvement.
Cons Scenario : Department BI
- The strength of Cognos has always been their data modeling layer. Both in Framework Manager and in Transformer, very sophisticated data models could be applied to any database-housed source data.
- Very easy to implement security on data access.
- The ability to control what queries/operations were handled by Cognos, versus those that would be passed off to the database.
- Having both the Framework models and the report studio specs be xml documents made third-party integration quite nice.
- Printing reports is very easy.
- Drilling up/down/through very easy to do.
- The data models aren't available to anything besides Cognos Reports. So if a custom application or an analysis tool from another vendor wants to access the data, they can't take advantage of any of the modeling work done in Framework Manager, they have to do it all over again. This is a travesty. The modeling should be presented as a federated database layer that any application can take advantage of.
- The data modeling environment doesn't lend itself to good development practices: You can't tell easily what the impact will be to making a change (Will this break report? cubes?), there's no built-in version control, only one person can work on a model at a single time, large files become unwieldy.
- The general level of graphics is behind other vendors. The maps in particular are terrible.
- The tool is expensive, and locks you in.
- Working with a performant, dimensional source like a cube requires learning and using archaic mdx, and is very difficult to do in Report Studio.
- The tables in Cognos are easy to navigate.
- IBM allows for robust reporting in an very user friendly format.
- Setting up dashboards in Cognos is easy and this makes it easy to provide reports for other users.
- Setting up schedules for reporting is easy and saves the company time and money.
- I find IBM Cognos very easy to use so I cannot truly think of improvements that are needed.
We have over 39 systems for which data packages have been developed so that reports and graphics can be developed and used in COGNOS 10. COGNOS is used in most of the company and will eventually be used in all of the company.
It has enabled us to merge data from several systems and develop reports that can give the whole picture for a given program. It is used to access data from systems such as procurement, employee tracking, manufacturing and travel accounting, just to name a few.
It is solving the problem of having to access multiple systems. It has given us the ability to standardize our reporting structure and will eventually enable us to report up to management and the executive level using the same formats and thus reducing man hours spent on specialized reporting, pivot tables, and creating graphics manually.
- COGNOS is very good at not only extracting data but it is very versatile in joining data sets. This is very useful when trying to use several different data streams to accomplish a single report out.
- It is also creating complex formulas/data manipulation. Often the raw data received needs to be put into perspective with other data points. Creating complex case statements, for example, can yield some very interesting results with out further manual manipulation. You can also format it to color code final data outputs based on prescribed standards.
- If you need data relating to data points that are simply not part of the data source, you can create statements that act as reference tables, e.g. if this data point equals that then this is the result. You can also create direct SQL statements.
- There is so much more. I haven't even scratched the surface. I learn about more powerful options and methods every time I use it.
- One big area that needs improvement is the validation option. It is very confusing and not specific enough to actually find a problem. The reports we create can be very complex. If just one item is not validated it often fires off a list that invalidates every field. Even just one item showing up during validation can be hard to find the source. When validating on a field to field basis, it gives you the number of the position of about where the problem is. Some of our case statements, for example can be hundreds of characters and you have to count to find the basic place. It would be nice if it was highlighted instead and offered suggestions.
- The Tips box for available components, e.g. operators, dimensional functions, etc. on each data item needs to be more specific with actual examples. Some have actual data examples but most don't.
- The user guide is not user friendly at all. It needs to have a search and be formatted more like the MS Office help modules with very detailed examples.
Honestly I think IBM COGNOS is well suited for any application requiring reporting that uses more up to date languages. There are still companies out there using DOS. I would not think COGNOS would be compatible with that. All in all it is an excellent program. I am big on consolidating data into one source and standardizing reporting. I started long ago with Report Writer. My first use resulted in taking a quarterly report out to the EPA that took 3 weeks and gathered data for multiple sources that took less than 2 hours.
The only challenge I have had is gaining an expert working knowledge of all the methods that can be used to accomplish writing the most complex report. I really needed someone with that kind of knowledge to work with me. But each time I started working with someone like that, they moved on. At this point they will be changing my position out of development work and big layoffs are coming. So I will not be able to continue to develop the skill level I want.
- It works with different kinds of databases and allows us to join data.
- It allows us to provide data for internal/external users according to pre-configured Cognos security [settings] for users and data.
- Has good development tools for building business models and analysis.
- It has perfect delivery service of data in any formats.
- There aren't many versions of Cognos. I have worked in most of versions of Cognos, but I can observe how Cognos is improving in each new version.
- Cognos scheduler works pretty well by sending out reports to groups of users successfully and reliably.
- Cognos framework is pretty effective for modeling data for us.
- Report Studio is fairly reliable and works most of the time.
- There are missing DB2 functions in Cognos that would be useful to have but most of the time I can program around it.
- Event studio could be better, it takes forever to load and crashes frequently.
- Error reporting in Cognos is notoriously non descriptive and very useless. I don't even count on them for much of the troubleshooting I do.
It consists of Analysis Studio, Query Studio, Workspace, Workspace Advanced as Adhoc Analysis tools, which provides alternate for OLAP and relational database, but it poses a challenge while educating users to uses the right tool for analysis. Report Studio is widely used for preparing canned reports, but if the components are not structured properly within a report then it can lead to unstable environment. Dynamic Cubes is one of the client tools which allows analysis on large set of data but has a lot of dependency on materialized views created in database. As per IBM's roadmap, dynamic cube would be the future but IBM needs to improve or enhance the tool in terms of supporting aggregate awareness and less dependency on database materialized views.
- IBM cognos can create reports against transactional as well as data marts. It has the capability of combining results of multiple databases too.
- Integrating with external websites is easy and seamless. It provides SDK for Java and C# which extends the report functionality.
- Administrators have easy access to stop/start a particular service through administrator page. It also simplifies the code migration. Modelling tools like framework manager and transformer are quite intutive.
- Zero footprint architecture allows an end user to author and publish reports through an internet browser.
- Bursting option eliminates the requirement of storing multiple copies of report which each user or user group.
- Visualization and charting engines are still elementary. IBM Cognos has introduced RAVE charts but the capabilities are limited and customization is still tricky.
- Cognos Insight is one of the self-learning BI tools, but it is not at par with the Tableau or Qlik. It needs a lot of improvements.
- Aggregate awareness has to be extended further to other tools like framework manager or transformer. Similarly, active reports have to be more robust in terms of complying to the wide range of use-cases.
- Lack of offline reporting puts an unnecessary dependency on the internet.
- Since, the environment is centralized, a bad query can shutdown development of reports.
- Client tools such as framework manager, transformer GUI, dynamic cube designer, Cognos Insight are restricted to windows. It would be better if they are extended to Ubuntu, Mac or Linux too.
- Support for Chrome browser is minimal.
- Training materials need to be improved.
- Plugin for R is good to have.
IBM Cognos Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
About IBM Cognos
- Query Studio: Designed for non-technical users to rapidly create simple reports
- Report Studio: Report Studio is the main report design, creation and distribution tool
- Analysis Studio: Analysis Studio is for exploring and comparing dimensional data
- Event Studio: Event Studio is for setting up data monitoring and exception alerts
- Metric Studio: Metric Studio is for creating KPI dashboards and scorecards
- Cognos Administration: Central management interface for performing all administrative tasks
IBM Cognos Competitors
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