IBM Cognos Analytics get reports the way you need them.
Updated February 14, 2022

IBM Cognos Analytics get reports the way you need them.

Michael O'Riley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Analysis Studio
  • Query Studio
  • Report Studio

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Cognos is used for reporting analytical data from our ERP system that is hosted on OS400 BMI
  • Reporting
  • Schedule report delivery
  • Many different ways and formats for reports.
  • Users are able to schedule there own reports.
  • Dashboard for users.
  • Administration interface needs improvement.
  • It would be nice f reports had more of a drag and drop for users to create reports.
  • Department managers are able to get data quickly
  • Users are able to get reports delivered to their inbox.
  • At times the system needs attention
  • SAP Crystal
Crystal report was easier for me to create complex reports. However, crystal report does not have a user dashboard schedule report delivery by itself.
We deliver reports via email to users. Some reports are pdf or excel format. Also, users are able to log in with their own credentials and run reports manually at any time.
Data quality is very important ant to our organization. With reporting, we can quickly identify issues or improvements. There is always a chance someone may enter data incorrectly and by the use of reports, we can identify those incorrect entries quickly. Additionally, reporting business financials to stockholders is important we are receiving precise numbers.
The options are endless with the type of reports you can create. There are many types of formats including XLS, XML, DOC, PDF, and others.

Do you think IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson delivers good value for the price?


Are you happy with IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson's feature set?


Did IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson live up to sales and marketing promises?


Did implementation of IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson again?


Cognos can be difficult to manage and maintain.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
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
Mobile Application
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated

Scalability and Accessibility

Modeling your data is very important it helps you create your reports easier.
Integrating with IBMi and SQL server is simple. I have not intergraded with any other product.
We do not deliver report via mobile at the moment.
THe usibility of Cognos can me difficult for a new users. However, an experience users can get a lot of benefits form Cognos.
We are not a very large company, but the scalability it almost endless.

Using IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

50 - Analytical data reports from our ERP software.
1 - You must at minimum have experience in report building software.
  • Daily production reports
  • Daily scrap reporting
  • Daily EDI reporting
  • Daily shipping reports
  • Having the ability to utilize SQL to add database permissions within our ERP software hosted on IBMi.
  • Expanding our ERP reporting
Our business relies on our schedule reports on a daily bases.

Evaluating IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Competitors

It was in place before I started with the company
I was not part of the selection process.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Support

Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support cares about my success
Difficult to get immediate help
No, we just have IBM Cognos support and maintenance. I do not believe there is a premium support available.
After an upgrade from 9.X to 11.X our scheduler stop working intermittent. With support assistance we discovered there were a number of reports that were not configured correctly. It took several weeks to find the issue because it was intermittent and it was like finding a needle in a hay stack.
IBM support is very knowledgeable and the respond fairly quickly.

Using IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Feel confident using
Unnecessarily complex
Slow to learn
Lots to learn
  • Running reports from a user stand point.
  • Scheduling reports
  • User log in access.
  • Creating a report
  • Adding new database mappings