IBM Cognos is a powerful tool to have in your organization
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 17, 2019

IBM Cognos is a powerful tool to have in your organization

Score 9 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • Query Studio
  • Report Studio

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos is being utilized in our organization to conduct back end corporate reporting tied to our accounting software. It is being used in a wide variety of departments including HR, Finance, IT and many others. By using IBM Cognos, our organization is attempting to achieve work efficiency by getting tailored reports and better organization of our data.
  • 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.
Unanet does not offer the robust reporting that Cognos offers but yet it is easier to use and easier to adapt. Cognos, when compared to Unanet, is a lot more technical and is not as user-friendly. Unanet also offers great adaptability to various different software but on the other hand, Cognos offers a powerful BI tool.
IBM Cognos does a fairly good job at data integration and data merging and is able to pick and create data tables as needed. It sometimes struggles to integrate with certain data tables originating with a data source that is not very compatible with the IBM Cognos platform.
Cognos does a great job in access control where access can be limited based on various factors and can be used to perform specific functions. One of the great things about Cognos is the ability to share and distribute reports, this is done with ease in Cognos where the user has an option of sharing reports through public or private folders.
IBM Cognos is well suited when you are implementing with compatible software like Costpoint and other Deltek products, this will lead to great integration and result in the wonderful presentation of data for your reporting requirement. However, IBM Cognos is not well suited when being implemented with non-Deltek software as this will lead to challenges in integration and will not produce ideal reporting.

IBM Cognos Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
7
Customizable dashboards
5
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
7
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
7
Publish to PDF
8
Report Versioning
7
Report Delivery Scheduling
7
Delivery to Remote Servers
6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
7
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Single Sign-On (SSO)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Dedicated iOS Application
4
Dedicated Android Application
4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
4
REST API
6
Javascript API
7
iFrames
7
Java API
6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
6