Cognos

Business intelligence suite

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Cognos Overview

What is Cognos?

Cognos Software by IBM is a family of business intelligence products with tailored solutions for businesses of all sizes. The software combines standard BI features such as reports, dashboards, advanced data visualization, real-time monitoring, analysis, and forecasting, with advanced features such as performance scorecards and strategy management, collaboration tools, and financial planning and analysis. You can also use Cognos to design automated workflows and data integrations.

The kinds of analysis you can carry out in Cognos include trend analysis, what-if analysis, and predictive analysis. You can build interactive dashboards in Cognos with moving data and collaboration tools such as comments and annotations. You can also build scorecards to monitor performance, measure KPIs against corporate objectives and develop strategy. Also included in the suite of products are solutions for sales compensation management, process automation, and planning & budgeting.

Cognos Overview

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options

Free Trial
Value for money

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Cognos Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India
Supported Languages
English, French, German, Spanish

Media

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Cognos Reviews

Cognos Reviews

Overall rating
4.1
/
5
Excellent
42

Very good
56

Average
12

Poor
2

Terrible
3

Value for Money
3.9
Features
4.2
Ease of Use
3.8
Customer Support
3.7
85% recommended this app
Gerson M.

A great solution for your financial planning

Take your time and implement it right and the rewards will be very good.


Avineet A.

New age and Traditional BI tool

Cognos is used for operational reporting and analytics and schedule reports to be sent via email to users on a duly basis. Used in mobile as well.


Verified Reviewer

Enterprise Reporting and Analytics Tool

It has been a solid tool for our company for last so many years. IT meets out current needs in terms of performance and capabilities. However, as we start exploring more cutting edge technologies like cloud, SAAS and Advanced Analytics, we see the tool is not in the top 3.


Pavan R.

Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

I used Cognos as an analytical tool by linking our ERP (Microsoft Dynamic NAV) to it. All the financial data would be mapped & a lot of customized reports were taken out like Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). The user interface is pretty good. The CUBEs are little confusing but once you get the grip they work very well. The ability to drill down the reports to very basic level is a plus point
A little tough to learn & customize. It's a little slow when dealing with a medium amount of data.


Sameer V.

Cognos

it is a great software depends on the the organisation ability to set up and master its capabilities


Gerson M.

A great solution for your financial planning

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/22/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Take your time and implement it right and the rewards will be very good.

Pros

It has integration with with other IBM products like business intelligence. The excel functionality is great for finances. The product to meet our needs perfectly for all our needs.

Cons

Creating reports is overwhelming at the beginning but if you dedicate time and resources there will be the face of your deployment.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Avineet A.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 10,000+ Employees

New age and Traditional BI tool

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 1/8/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Cognos is used for operational reporting and analytics and schedule reports to be sent via email to users on a duly basis. Used in mobile as well.

Pros

Cognos 11 comes with all the latest features expected in a BI tool, the graph generations and story buildings as well as predictions.

Cons

Interactive pdf is not available for reports. Can be difficult to implement without admin support for end users.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Enterprise Reporting and Analytics Tool

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/7/2020
Review Source: GetApp

It has been a solid tool for our company for last so many years. IT meets out current needs in terms of performance and capabilities. However, as we start exploring more cutting edge technologies like cloud, SAAS and Advanced Analytics, we see the tool is not in the top 3.

Pros

Well established took with huge user base and support. Being IBMs main BI tool, it comes with a lot of Support and Knowledge Base. There are tons of supporting products for Advanced Analytics, Visualization and AI/ML which makes the tool both powerful and versatile. It fits into both departmental BI as well as for Enterprise wide reporting.

Cons

IBM should increase the support the provide for their products. It is difficult to get quick help from IBM.Self service features of the tool and not as easy as other contemporary tools like Tableau and Qlikview. IBM has catching up to do in this area. Also cloud based SAAS is not yet advanced for COGNOS.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Pavan R.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/12/2016
Review Source: Capterra

I used Cognos as an analytical tool by linking our ERP (Microsoft Dynamic NAV) to it. All the financial data would be mapped & a lot of customized reports were taken out like Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). The user interface is pretty good. The CUBEs are little confusing but once you get the grip they work very well. The ability to drill down the reports to very basic level is a plus point
A little tough to learn & customize. It's a little slow when dealing with a medium amount of data.

Pros

Easily integrating with most of the ERPs, very good for customizing reports, very detailed reporting

Cons

Tough to learn & not many resources available, you will get the value of the money invested in it only if you are able to get the most out of it

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Sameer V.
Industry: Chemicals
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Cognos

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 7/22/2020
Review Source: Capterra

it is a great software depends on the the organisation ability to set up and master its capabilities

Pros

Capabilities of this software is far reaching and varied and it depends on the organisation ability to use it to their advantage.

Cons

the support from the consultant was great but costly.

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8.1/10
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Cognos Pricing

Cognos Pricing

Starting from
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Free Trial
Value for money

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Contact IBM for a quote for any of the Cognos products

Value for Money
3.9/5
Based on 115 user ratings
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Cognos Features

Cognos Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Reporting
Business Intelligence
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Customizable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Filtered Views
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Predictive Analytics
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Visual Analytics
Features
4.2/5
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Additional information for Cognos

Additional information for Cognos

Key features of Cognos

  • Advanced data visualization
  • Collaboration tools
  • Dashboards
  • Data integrations
  • Enterprise disclosure management
  • Financial close, and regulatory and management reporting
  • Mobile business intelligence
  • Multiple solutions available
  • Planning, budgeting & forecasting
  • Process automation
  • Profitability modeling and analysis
  • Query & reporting
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Sales performance management
  • Scorecards
  • Trends & pattern analysis

Benefits

  • Use Cognos to design automated process using an intuitive interface with no coding or IT skills required.

  • Use Cognos Insight to create custom dashboards, apps & visualizations using data from your desktop, such as personal files, historical data and more.

  • Small & medium-sized businesses can use IBM Cognos Express to access enterprise-level reporting, analysis, dashboard, visualization, scorecard, planning, budgeting & forecasting.

  • Use the Android and iOS app to access and interact with reports, analysis, dashboards, and visualizations when on the move.

  • Use the collaboration and social networking-inspired tools to exchange knowledge and information, share insights, and comment on data.

  • Use dashboards to visualize, personalize and interact with data. You can view historical data, data in motion, and predictive analytics on one screen.

  • Use scorecards to measure and communicate performance and to manage and plan strategy with elements such as strategy maps, impact diagrams, & financial KPI monitoring.

  • Cognos FAQs

    Cognos FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Cognos.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Cognos offer?

    Cognos offers the following pricing plans:

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Contact IBM for a quote for any of the Cognos products

    Q. What are the main features of Cognos?

    Cognos offers the following features:

    • Advanced data visualization
    • Collaboration tools
    • Dashboards
    • Data integrations
    • Enterprise disclosure management
    • Financial close, and regulatory and management reporting
    • Mobile business intelligence
    • Multiple solutions available
    • Planning, budgeting & forecasting
    • Process automation
    • Profitability modeling and analysis
    • Query & reporting
    • Real-time monitoring
    • Sales performance management
    • Scorecards
    • Trends & pattern analysis

    Q. Who are the typical users of Cognos?

    Cognos has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Cognos support?

    Cognos supports the following languages:

    English, French, German, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Cognos offer?

    We do not have any information about what Cognos pricing plans

    Q. Does Cognos support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Cognos supports

    Q. What other apps does Cognos integrate with?

    Cognos integrates with the following applications:

    Captio Expenses, CommandCenterHD, Key Survey, Limelight, MongoDB, NetDispatcher, SAP Fieldglass, Workpuls, pcFinancials

    Q. What level of support does Cognos offer?

    Cognos offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support