About 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.

Key benefits of Cognos

  • 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.

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    Business size

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    Markets

    United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India

    Supported Languages

    English, French, German, Spanish

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    Features

    Total features of Cognos: 5

    • Business Intelligence
    • Commenting
    • Forecasting
    • Monitoring
    • Performance Management

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    Reviews

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    4.1 /5
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    Value for Money
    3.9/5
    Features
    4.1/5
    Ease of Use
    3.8/5
    Customer Support
    3.7/5

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    Gerson M.
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    A great solution for your financial planning

    Reviewed on 2018-02-22

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

    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.

    Avineet A.
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    New age and Traditional BI tool

    Reviewed on 2020-01-08

    Cognos is used for operational reporting and analytics and schedule reports to be sent via email to...

    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.

    Pavan R.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Cognos - A good Enterprise Reporting Tool

    Reviewed on 2016-12-12

    I used Cognos as an analytical tool by linking our ERP (Microsoft Dynamic NAV) to it. All the...

    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

    Sameer V.
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    • Industry: Chemicals
    • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Cognos

    Reviewed on 2020-07-22

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

    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.

    Catarina A.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    My Review of IBM Cognos Analytics

    Reviewed on 2020-06-17

    I use IBM Cognos daily, as this is the tool made available by SAP Concur to work with Business...

    I use IBM Cognos daily, as this is the tool made available by SAP Concur to work with Business Intelligence reports. I use it to provide the necessary information to those who require it, and it works more or less like a database, where you can apply SQL language - but in a slightly different format.

    Pros

    I think this tool is quite good, since it allows the user several functionalities: create and adapt BI reports, automate the export of a report in a set period and for the necessary containers (they do not need a license to receive), etc. . I love working with this tool from IBM. It allows some SQL language, and some configuration features that are very good too.

    Cons

    One thing I can point out as a cons of this tool, is the fact that it does not always return the correct information (because the user, without knowing it, can mix incompatible information) - and only at a more advanced stage do we notice that the information is not correct - because we have no error information.
    When we actually have information about the errors, this is also not very detailed, that is, we are left without knowing what the error is anyway. It is difficult to make correct associations in this tool, because it is very restricted in relation to the use of the database and the compatibility of the data between them.

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    Cognos offers the following pricing plans:

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    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

    Cognos has the following typical customers:

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

    Cognos supports the following languages:

    English, French, German, Spanish

    We do not have any information about what devices Cognos supports

    Cognos integrates with the following applications:

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

    Cognos offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support

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