IBM Cognos - Real BI integrated platform
May 02, 2016

IBM Cognos - Real BI integrated platform

Benoit COLAS | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Analysis Studio
  • Query Studio
  • Report Studio

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cognos

STEF group has been using IBM Cognos since 1999. We are now using version 10.2.1 to address business intelligence of every business need in the group, from Human Resources, Purchase, Controlling to Transportation and Logistics operations and Sales and Marketing.
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.
  • SAP Business Objects
Oracle BIEE is the worst BI platform I ever seen in terms of complexity to install and complexity to use. Integration between tools is not finished at all. I recommend to not select this platform. SAP Business Objects seems to be the same platform as the one acquired by SAP - no improvement. I don't on which topics the development teams are focused. It is not an innovation for end-users.
IBM Cognos can connect to a lot of different types of data sources. We are mainly using Oracle Database, but we also connect the IBM Cognos platform to Essbase and experiment with connection to SAP BW.
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.
Pro Scenario : Corporate BI system

Cons Scenario : Department BI

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
9
Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
7
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Mobile Application
7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
7