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side-by-side comparison of IBM Cognos Analytics vs. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
based on preference data from user reviews. IBM Cognos Analytics rates 3.9/5 stars with 301 reviews. By contrast, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) rates 3.8/5 stars with 231 reviews. Each product's score is calculated with real-time data from verified user reviews, to help you make the best choice between these two options, and decide which one is best for your business needs.
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3.9 out of 5
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3.8 out of 5
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IBM Cognos Analytics
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
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Market Segments
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
Enterprise (75.5% of reviews)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Enterprise (65.9% of reviews)
Entry Level Price
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
Free Up to 5 trial licenses per organization
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
No pricing information available

IBM Cognos Analytics vs SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)

When assessing the two solutions, reviewers found them equally easy to use. However, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) is easier to set up and administer. Reviewers also preferred doing business with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) overall.

  • Reviewers felt that SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) meets the needs of their business better than IBM Cognos Analytics.
  • When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) is the preferred option.
  • For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of IBM Cognos Analytics over SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI).
Categories
Shared Categories
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
IBM Cognos Analytics and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) are categorized as Analytics Platforms
Unique Categories
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics is categorized as Embedded Business Intelligence
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) has no unique categories
Pricing
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics Pricing
Cognos Analytics Trial
Free Up to 5 trial licenses per organization
Standard
$15.00 USD Per user per month
Plus
$35.00 USD Per user per month
Premium
$70.00 USD Per user per month
Free Trial
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Pricing
Free Trial Unavailable
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Ratings
Meets Requirements
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Responses: 201
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
8.1
Responses: 191
Ease of Use
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Responses: 201
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.1
Responses: 193
Ease of Setup
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.1
Responses: 96
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.8
Responses: 73
Ease of Admin
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.5
Responses: 100
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.1
Responses: 73
Quality of Support
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.0
Responses: 175
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.2
Responses: 164
Ease of Doing Business With
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.2
Responses: 93
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.5
Responses: 71
Product Direction (% positive)
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.2
Responses: 192
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.2
Responses: 190
Features
Reports
Reports Interface
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Responses: 129
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.7
Responses: 151
Verified Feature
Steps to Answer
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Responses: 93
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.1
Responses: 132
Verified Feature
Graphs and Charts
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Responses: 121
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.4
Responses: 132
Verified Feature
Score Cards
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Responses: 76
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.9
Responses: 112
Verified Feature
Dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.4
Responses: 115
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.3
Responses: 133
Verified Feature
Data Preparation
Connectors
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Responses: 9
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Not enough data available
Data Governance
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Responses: 9
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Not enough data available
Data Modeling and Blending
Data Querying
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Responses: 9
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Not enough data available
Data Filtering
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.1
Responses: 9
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Not enough data available
Data Blending
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.5
Responses: 9
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Not enough data available
Self Service
Calculated Fields
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Responses: 105
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.8
Responses: 139
Verified Feature
Data Column Filtering
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Responses: 121
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.8
Responses: 147
Verified Feature
Data Discovery
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Responses: 107
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.6
Responses: 138
Verified Feature
Search
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.2
Responses: 95
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.0
Responses: 136
Verified Feature
Collaboration / Workflow
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.2
Responses: 90
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.7
Responses: 122
Verified Feature
Automodeling
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.5
Responses: 59
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.3
Responses: 87
Verified Feature
Advanced Analytics
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Responses: 62
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.7
Responses: 87
Verified Feature
Data Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Responses: 97
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.4
Responses: 111
Verified Feature
Big Data Services
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Responses: 50
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
6.9
Responses: 84
Verified Feature
Building Reports
Data Transformation
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Responses: 53
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.7
Responses: 51
Verified Feature
Data Modeling
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Responses: 53
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.7
Responses: 51
Verified Feature
WYSIWYG Report Design
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Responses: 40
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.6
Responses: 49
Verified Feature
Integration APIs
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Responses: 29
Verified Feature
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
7.5
Responses: 39
Verified Feature
Reviewers' Company Size
Reviewers of both IBM Cognos Analytics and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) were most often representing companies in the Enterprise segment.
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.2%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
8.1%
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
19.3%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
26.1%
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
75.5%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
65.9%
Reviewers' Industry
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics Industry
Insurance
10.2%
Information Technology and Services
8.9%
Financial Services
6.8%
Higher Education
5.9%
Banking
5.9%
Other
62.3%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Industry
Information Technology and Services
8.4%
Hospital & Health Care
6.5%
Retail
6.0%
Consumer Goods
5.1%
Utilities
4.2%
Other
69.8%
Reviews
Most Helpful Favorable Review
IBM Cognos Analytics
GH
User in Higher Education

Cognos is a powerful BI tool. It has been set up to be integrated with several of our existing databases to allow us one interface to pull data on demand, or send scheduled reports to university stakeholders. It has just enough needed to make the menus and...

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Victor M.
Administrator in Information Technology and Services

What I like best is how robust BusinessObjects is. SAP brings together Dashboards (For dynamic reporting), Web Intelligence (For ad-hoc reporting), and Crystal Reports (For clean, formatted reporting) all in one package. This gives customers/clients a lot...

Most Helpful Critical Review
IBM Cognos Analytics
J Reese K.
User in Marketing and Advertising

If your turnover is high or if there is not enough specialists on hand to REALLY train it well, its a lost value. The learning curve is steep and it really depends on your base level item level data and input. Can you trust what it is telling you?

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
Susie C.
User in Automotive

Acronyms are in German. I understand it's created by Germans but some of the acronyms in there do not make sense. It also takes a LONG time to load if you have a big data set. I've learned to break every pull piece by piece otherwise it'll clog the system.

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Discussions
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics Discussions
Where can I find more answers on my questions?
2 comments
Offical Response from IBM Cognos Analytics
Check out this blog https://www.ibm.com/communities/analytics/cognos-analytics/blog/Read more
I heard Cognos Analytics 11.11 was out - where can I find more information?
2 comments
Offical Response from IBM Cognos Analytics
https://www.ibm.com/communities/analytics/cognos-analytics-blog/cognos-analytics-release-r11-11-0-11-is-here/Read more
Have you used DMR ? Have you found it better than a relational or a powercube?
1 comment
Callistus P.
CP
Yes, I have used DMR. However, the performance here is not so great compared to a PowerCube. However, you don't have to worry about building cubes. I...Read more
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Screenshots
IBM Cognos Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics Screenshots
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI)
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Videos
IBM Cognos Analytics
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Video 1: How to upload your own data (11.1.x)
Video 2: How to create an exploration (11.1.x)
Video 3: How to create a story (11.0.4+)
Video 4: How to create your first report (11.1.0+)
Video 5: How to create your first dashboard (11.1.0+)
Video 6: IBM Cognos Analytics: overview with customer testimonials

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IBM Cognos Analytics
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