Great Reporting Software
September 13, 2022

Great Reporting Software

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Report Studio

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos is a tool that is used across my whole organization. I work at a University so we have a lot of data and a lot of departments who are using data. IBM Cognos allows us to view and analyze data across departments. IBM offers a lot of great resources for learning how to use the tool.
  • Good for combining data sources
  • Good data visulizations
  • Easy to manage permissions
  • You have to really understand the underlying data structure before you use it
  • It can be hard to learn at first
  • It can be glitchy sometimes
  • Time saved from data preparation
  • Time formatting reports
  • Easier creation of dashboards
  • Reduced costs from fewer analytics tools
  • Easier access to business data
  • Easy security options
  • Easily scheduled reports
We selected IBM Cognos because it has all of the features our organization needs for reporting. There are multiple report and dashboard options. Security and scheduling options are good. Tableau does not have good tools for advanced reporting besides dashboards. Power BI does not have as many features as IBM Cognos.
Data is automatically displayed in a way that makes sense to the user. The suggested reports and dashboards are very helpful. The templates make it very easy to create dashboards. It truly is a self-service tool and is easy for users of all levels to use. The AI assistant is helpful.
The different security levels are very important and easy to use. It's nice to be able to use groups to give access to whole content areas to a very large amount of people. We have thousands of reports and managing the permissions of each one individually would be a nightmare. It's nice that you can manage individual permissions for each dashboard if needed.
IBM Cognos makes it very easy to format reports so that they are personalized and look nice. Templates are easy to use. I did not give it a 10 because sometimes the formatting comes out weird and it takes a long time to figure out what is wrong. You also sometimes have to find "hacks" to make it look the way you want it to.

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IBM Cognos Analytics Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Predictive Analytics
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Javascript API