Cognos

Cognos

Business intelligence suite

4.1/5 (97 reviews)

Cognos Overview

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.

Pricing

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Pricing options
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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, India, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English, French, German, Spanish

Cognos Reviews

Overall rating
4.1/5
82% positive reviews
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Chandar R.

COGNOS

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 11/10/2016
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Cognos makes it easy to design reports that match the look-and-feel required by the client. Report rendering time is also very fast. Browser support can be touchy and Dynamic Cubes are very hardware intensive.Cognos has strong out of the box capabilities with a wide array of add-ons, and good interoperability with other IBM analytics and data suites

Pros

Compatibility mode queries allow for custom ODBC and JDBC connection to made, so even if there is no native compatibility other databases can still be used as a source if needed.
Dynamic Cubes are capable of querying against millions of rows in seconds when properly set up with sufficient hardware resources.
Standard Reports are snappy, returning data and rendering quickly, as long as the pagination is kept to reasonable quantities.

Cons

Due to Active Reports packaging all of the data in the file and prerendering charts, file size can get quite large (easily several megabytes) and the initial load time can be quite long when opening it. It is best used for basic overviews and other times when some "flash" is needed, but not a large amount of data.
Configuring the interoperability with TM1 and SPSS is a little more on the technical side than most other tasks.
You could call the development process "Front heavy" meaning most of the development will be modeling. This means that it will take longer to end up with visualized data than other tools.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Nabeel C.

Cognos Review

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 11/18/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Overall, if there is a company that wishes to automate it's reports and improve efficiency across their organization, Cognos is a must-have tool. There is a bit of upfront cost involved to get the reports created in Cognos but the efficiency achieved is almost unparalleled.

Pros

Cognos is an incredibly powerful reporting tool offered by IBM and it has a wonderful ability to be customized across different industries and companies. It can transform work efficiency but automating virtually any data that exists in a company's primary accounting and finance system.

Cons

Cognos is not very user-friendly and often times it can take a while for an individual working with Congos to get familiar with the functionality and the power this tool possesses. Furthermore, report writing and query studio functionality require some database knowledge so the true power of the tool is sometimes limited by these factors.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Business Intellegnce Software with Standard Reporting And Self Service BI

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/16/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Overall it is a great product to use

Pros

Cognos Analytics is a flexible software for Standard Business Intelligence Reporting as well as for Self Service Data Visualization capability. You have the option to connect to a variety of the Data Sources as well as Multi-Dimensional Cubes. The new invention of Cognos Analytics software provides a greater flexibility for enterprise deployments and upgrades. It has the new feature of NLP (natural language processing) for predictive analytics by IBM Watson.

Cons

Too many modelling tools (Cognos FrameWork Manager, Dynamic Cube Designer, Cognos Transformer) for modelling the content. Too many studios (Report Studio, Query Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio) for report development. Maintainence and cost is huge

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Alvaro R.

The best software for business forecasts with functionalities for creating scenarios and sandboxes for each user.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 6/11/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

TM1 allows you to build business models that display online results available to all authorized users of the organization.

Pros

IBM Cognos TM1 facilitates the creation of business models with the participation and contribution of users throughout the organization regardless of their physical location.
TM1 is a enterprise-level platform that allows an integral, flexible, rigorous and perfect control over the users that contribute with the creation of the budget.
It allows building multidimensional models that incorporate the business rules that govern the financial processes of the company.

Cons

IBM Cognos TM1 needs to train personnel to administer the platform.
The construction of the models requires specialized IT staff.
The cost of the licenses is for medium and large companies.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Michael B.

IBM Cognos Review

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/23/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

My company has been using IBM Cognos for the past 4 years. When we purchased IBM Cognos it was the best fit for our situation. It has been a valued piece of software in our business. It has given us the ability to tie data from multiple data sources. It has given the ability for our departments to run reports that we haven't been able to in the past.

Pros

The software is very intuitive. If you have knowledge of SQL, it is a very easy software to pick up. The Help portion of the Cognos interface is very helpful also.

Cons

Customer Support for this product isn't the best. We have been on Cognos 10.1.1 for a while and when it came up for licensing renewal, we were charged for a newer version of Data Manger. When we inquired about this through our support contract we were going to be charged for the new software.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Cognos Pricing

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Pricing options
Free Trial
Value for money

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Cognos Features

  • Business Intelligence
  • Monitoring

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Filtering
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Third Party Integration
  • Visual Analytics

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

    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:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small 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, Empulse, Key Survey, Limelight, NetDispatcher, SAP Fieldglass, pcFinancials

    Q. What level of support does Cognos offer?

    Cognos offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support