IBM Cognos Reviews

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Score 7.5 out of 100

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Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Performance

9
Even when running on my demo VM (5GB of ram, 8 cores, 256MB video) on my laptop , the render time of basic reports is snappy. As long as a reasonable amount of items is being displayed, it can handle any number of pages efficiently. The further off the beaten path a developer gets with ODBC/JDBC drivers and underlying model designs, the more performance will tend to suffer, but as long as reasonable hardware resources are being dedicated to the system, a well designed system should not have any problem.
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Meghdeep Raval, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 16, 2015

Meghdeep

Score 8 out of 10
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Performance

8
Overall no major complaints but it doesn't handle DMR (Dimensionally Modeled for Relational) very well. DMR modelling is a capability that IBM Cognos Framework Manager provides allowing you to specify dimensional information for relational metadata and allows for OLAP-style queries. However, the capability is not very efficient and, for example, if I'm using only 2 columns on a 20-column model, the software is not smart enough to exclude 18 columns and the query side gets progressively larger and larger until it's effectively unusable.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (24)
7.8
Customizable dashboards (31)
7.6
Report Formatting Templates (29)
8.2
Drill-down analysis (31)
8.6
Formatting capabilities (31)
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages (15)
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration (32)
9.0
Publish to Web (24)
8.2
Publish to PDF (29)
8.6
Report Versioning (21)
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (31)
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers (9)
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (22)
7.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (21)
7.2
Predictive Analytics (20)
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login) (29)
9.2
Role-Based Security Model (27)
9.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (28)
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO) (11)
9.1
Responsive Design for Web Access (14)
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application (12)
7.2
Dedicated Android Application (10)
7.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (16)
7.2
REST API (7)
7.9
Javascript API (7)
8.0
iFrames (6)
7.9
Java API (8)
6.7
Themeable User Interface (UI) (7)
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (4)
6.4

About IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos is an established product with a large user base. It is a full-featured platform comprising Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with some newer tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search and dashboards.

  • 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
This technology is very mature and reliable, and is designed primarily for larger deployments. However, it does requires significant resources to deploy and maintain.

IBM launched a limited release of its Watson Analytics platform in 2014 as a foray into the data discovery space. This product combines the power of Watson's cognitive computing technology with existing predictive analytics capabilities to produce a natural language query engine. The result is a very powerful analytics engine for ordinary business users.

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