IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics

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IBM® Cognos® Analytics offers smarter, self-service capabilities so you can quickly gain insight and act on it. The solution empowers business users to create and personalize dashboards and reports on their own - while providing IT with a scalable solution that is available on premises or on the cloud.

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ONA D.
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"Cognos so smart"

What do you like best?

El mundo cambiante de hoy en día necesita de soluciones ágiles que nos ayudan a anticiparnos para mejorar nuestra productividad empresarial.

Cognos es uno de los Bussines Intelligence más fáciles de usar por su intuitiva interfaz de usuario, fácil de navegar, y con la que podremos hacer cuadros de mando e infografías y creación de informes profesionales que podremos exportar en múltiples documentos, como hojas de cálculo Excel.

La toma de decisiones nunca fue tan fácil, basada en un análisis de modelos de datos extraídos de centenares de registros, proporcionando las soluciones necesarias para responder a las preguntas de negocios más difíciles, encontrando patrones, a la par que reduce los costos.

Otra de las grandes ventajas es la flexibilidad y escalabilidad de la aplicación para PPYMES.

What do you dislike?

Hay muchos bugs en la herramienta.

Requiere de una inversión muy costosa para tu empresa.

Es una herramienta muy pesada que requiere mucho espacio de disco para la base de datos OLAP.

Implementación compleja de realizar, de hecho el despliegue en un servidor WebSphere ha dado muchos fallos.

A pesar de su interfaz intuitiva, requiere de una etapa de

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Lo aconsejo totalmente, siempre que puedas permitirte la inversión, pues mejora notablemente la productivad, permite elaborar reportes, realizar analisis de los datos recolectados y en poco tiempo te ayudará en la toma de las mejores decisiones de negocio para tu empresa, a la par que incrementarás la calidad de las interacciones con cliente.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Si está listo para invertir en la plataforma, esta sería una muy buena decisión. Hemos mejorado en la toma de decisiones,, en la agilidad del proceso de negocio y en las relaciones con clientes y proveedores.

Se reduce el tiempo de comercialización.

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Clean G.
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"An evolving platform"

What do you like best?

Since the IBM Cognos Analytics platform came up with its self-service BI proposition, I understood that there was a real intention to make the whole process of data mining as intuitive as possible. The idea of guaranteeing to the user the condition of just drag and drop and by far the most rewarding experience one has with the platform. Fluid and interconnected graphics ensure that the end user is able to extract the maximum amount of meaningful information from their data.

What do you dislike?

Despite the innovative proposal, the process of customizing the panels elaborated with the IBM Cognos Analytics platform is extremely limited. Colors ... colors are everything for the corporate world and unfortunately the templates offered do not guarantee that the information will be presented in the correct way.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is necessary that the platform is more and more close to the needs of the end users. Ways to customize the objects inserted in the panels. Colors are important, varieties of graphics and customizalos way.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The IBM Cognos Analytics platform, at least in Brazil, is losing space for other more intuitive platforms and with the ability to guarantee the end user the ability to present panels in a more customized way. Another issue bothers and how to develop reports. There is no possibility to just drag and drop the component and at that moment see how it will compose with the final result. Have to develop a report and constantly have to render it and something that does not meet the need of most end users.

What Self-Service Business Intelligence solution do you use?

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UR
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"IBM Cognos Analytics for Performance Reporting"

What do you like best?

Performance reports can be run in IBM Cognos Analytics at any time and by any employee with a valid log-in. Daily process occurs each evening, in addition to month-end and preliminary processing. The interface enables users to share content and reports with a business team or maintain a personal file of reports that are used internally only. Sorting and labeling reports and folders is easy and straightforward for users who are familiar with PC operating systems.

What do you dislike?

Running reports can be slow when data are being loaded to the Data Warehouse, thus limited the tool's usefulness when reports are needed ASAP at an inconvenient time. There is also a learning curve for new users to become comfortable with using the system.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure that you let your employees know if/when reports are available in Cognos. There are no automatic updates sent out via email, so employees will need to know to go into the system themselves to access the reports. Also make sure that employees have adequate time to complete any trainings or orientation sessions so that they can run and read reports correctly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The IBM Cognos Analytics user interface allows the company to automatically generate and share reports with the whole company or with smaller units/teams within the company. It serves as a single location for running, storing, and sharing these reports without requiring users to access another application.

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"Easy-to-use and has smart graphs however not very fast for data processing"

What do you like best?

I have used this product for almost 1 years. I did too many analysis and graphs with this amazing easy-to-use tool. Its graph recommendations for visualization is good enough.I have used it's features to cleanse and shape the data and also can merge different data sources to get better understanding.

What do you dislike?

I wish this program can run its analysis in database with SQL Push Back like SPSS Modeler because for large datasets, it really takes time.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend it to use for beginning in a report or analysis. This program can lead you really meaningful and smart graphs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this tool for first looking and analyzing data which I will use in my reports. Via IBM Cognos, I am trying to understand information and possible and meaningful visualization techniques to start my report or model.

John S.
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"Analytics for Everyone"

What do you like best?

With the latest release of Cognos Analytics, Analysts, now more than ever, can uncover insights and correlations within data that would otherwise not be found. The addition of Watson Analytics capability has made it easier for users to better understand data visualizations and make faster decisions. In addition, the Watson Assist allows users to ask questions of their data and leveraging the software's internal AI, receive recommendations on data packages, objects, visualizations and more. I'm a huge fan of the latest version, 11.1.

What do you dislike?

Need to incorporate an on prem mapping capability. I support the Federal space and many clients have a need for maps, but their environments make it difficult to use a web based mapping system.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

So much easier for users, who may not be hard core analysts, obtain insight.

Gos Y.
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"Powerful BI tool for business insight and reporting"

What do you like best?

The Cognos is very powerful to leverage the big data - you can have all the ways to design the report and get what you wanted. It provides all the ways to design the report - Query Studio/Report Studio/Active Report/Event Studio ... I like to use the report studio to design the reports and set in the schedule so I will be able to receive it as planned. Query studio give you a quick way to look into the data. Active report provides you the more flexibility to be more interactive with the data.

What do you dislike?

It's always tricky to use the reporting. Not easy to take on the active report quickly and user friendliness is in question. If you are ready to invest a big resource in the platform, this would be a great one to go for. The tool is a little heavy not a very light one and sometimes you got stuck in a unknown error code which caused a big trouble.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a powerful tool but not as easy to ramp up quickly as other tools. So if you are ready to invest in the tool and people, you will be benefiting so much from it by getting more insight from data.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the tool to design the reports which provide the insight how the network performs. This data and how it presents are very important for network technicians and engineers to understand the network performance.

Jack H.
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"Easy implementation, and customizable- A complete pack for Cloud Architect"

What do you like best?

The product is really very advanced with loads of options, very intuitive and very customizable. The frontend portal is very well secured.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it becomes slow in issuing the large data. Except that it is perfect. I believe developers would fix this issue in upcoming update.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Compare vendors thoroughly and make sure that which software meets your requirement.And I believe that this might fulfill your requirements because it has all features which a Cloud Architect requires and also it is cost effective for long term.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Well I was not able to focus on another task just because I have to take care of my data and its analysis which is now been done very often even without wasting my time to gather data and analyse it. Because now its been done just one click.

UH
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"Cognos in Higher Education"

What do you like best?

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 layout easy to use, without overwhelming the users. I like the features that allow it to save reports on my own dashboard or to make available to other users on different campuses. This ensures we are using the same parameters when looking at data and cuts out repeat work from multiple departments. This has truly helped us run our programs and make decisions on real-time data instead of using manual data tracking as in the past.

What do you dislike?

Cognos is very selective with which browsers work best. For example, some browsers will not even let me log into the system, while other browsers let me log in, but do not allow me to write reports. I have only found one browser which will support Cognos all around, but unfortunately, it can be buggy at times. The filters freeze and I often get server timeout errors. This could all be related to our individual campus and where our data is housed, but it does inhibit my productivity at times. Other times it works just great. Really can be hit or miss.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Cognos to pull enrollment, demographics, grades, registration habits, academic standing, basically everything we need to know about our University. It allows us to collaborate, and remain consistent with our data over time. We are also able to work anywhere and have access to Cognos cloud.

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"Jack of all Trades"

What do you like best?

The Cognos Analytics suite provides a broad spectrum of functionality in a single package as opposed to having to use a large number of third party tools to supplement requirements.

What do you dislike?

The new UI is simply terrible paticularly in Reports Builder.

There appears to be a complete disregard for the positioning of icons and duplication of functions.

The in windows pull down tabs are not used consistently. For example when editing a report you get an in window pulldown tab but when you run the edited report you get a whole new browser tab. However when you just run the report without editing it once again is an in window tab. Powerplay cubes also generate a separate browser tab.

There is no inbuilt version control software.

Bullet charts changed radically from the prior version to no longer creating a single chart with multiple bullets per category.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are building insights across our enterprise from Manufacturing to Planning to Sales & Marketing to Finance.

AI
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"Cognos - Bringing Analytics to LIfe"

What do you like best?

The new Cognos Analytics has many new features that make it a true competitor in the analytics market. These new features have given our business the leverage to push new releases and bring a fresh face to our analytic reporting.

What do you dislike?

Cognos tuning! I dislike that I have to pay for a tool, and then purchase service hours to tune it. In today's age of AI and ML, we should be able to run an agent that monitors the environment and then makes tuning recommendations. This would be a true game changer for IBM Cognos Analytics.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the trial and digitial learning offerings. You will quickly see that Cognos is a true Enterprise tool, not just a pretty visualization tool like other solutions.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been doing the what/why reporting for sometime. We have also been an IBM DSX customer for nearly two years. We are excited by the future integrations of Watson into Cognos and we have found reporting to be much easier than it used to be. Especially for new people!

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"Cognos for Reconciliations"

What do you like best?

Cognos has been a huge help when it comes to reconciliation expenses between the two accounting code systems that I am required to use. Because my accounting systems do not feed into each other or utilize any of the same accounting codes. The reports I run in Cognos act as the middle-man for me to produce my reports.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that Cognos has to update overnight and it seems to have processing errors often. When we need to make a correction to an account, I have to wait until the next day to pull accurate transaction histories. It would be extremely helpful if Cognos could be refreshed more often. (The time frame for which Cognos updates might be an entity IT decision and not an actual Cognos decision, but for now, this is what I dislike.)

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Account reconciliations that provide information for monthly board reporting and the annual financial report and audit. The report I utilize the most is the Transaction History Report.

Rosario F.
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"Great Product"

What do you like best?

I love that it is on the latest version of Cognos and I have all the new features available to me. I have used the new features for exploration and data modules. Since IBM keeps adding capabilities, I keep being able to do more.

What do you dislike?

I disliked the fact that sometimes it errors out. I'm not sure whether it is an issue with connecting to its data repositories or what it could be. I run the visualization again, and I get the visualization. That ensures the issue isn't on my side.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep discovering the new features

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to upload data and show my customers what issues the business may have.

UH
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"Good analytics for BIG data"

What do you like best?

Cognos is a really useful, powerful platform that can handle a LOT of data and gives you the freedom to organize and compare data in many different ways. I can look at trends in data over different years, quarters, months, etc, and I can also compare across departments at my company depending on how I query the data.

What do you dislike?

There is a fairly steep learning curve when using Cognos. It isn't always very intuitive, but lots of that has to do with how your company sorts and organizes their data. Also, there isn't a great way to visualize the data other than by using numbers. It isn't great at helping outsiders understand the information quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're expecting Cognos to be like Tableau or other data visualization software, this isn't for you. It's good at handling BIG data and keeping track of thousands of lines of information, but it doesn't do much to visualize it. It can present it in numeric forms and

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to find trends, answer specific questions that department heads have, and track expenses, budgets, basically any data that we want to. As long as the people who need the answers understand the basic information at our company, Cognos does a great job of helping everyone move forward with better information.

J Reese K.
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"Once you Get it, You Get it"

What do you like best?

It cube-like interface is very useful when you need pivot table like analytics for line managers or executives. It can slice and dice data in more ways than you need and pretty quickly too.

What do you dislike?

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?

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Really evaluate your current data integrity. Congnos is a heavy hitter and can move mountains but is your mountain easy to find?

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it to tell trends within the overall business all the way down to the rep level per product sub-segment. Once we agreed to 4-5 dashboard reports and strictly limited "custom" reporting in discussion, we started seeing value.

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"Cognos Facelift so Nice!"

What do you like best?

The look and feel is much more modern and in line with new portal designs. Very easy to get from one report to another especially with often used ones. Inbox much more integrated and dashboarding is coming along nicely.

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve for those that are very ingrained with the older versions. Also the phase out period for older versions is extremely fast with little notice. Very hard for large scale businesses to migrate to this as quickly as needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Plan ahead for your environment to be able to scale for future users. Get a business sponsor for analytical roll-out and a plan for training and support. Be slow when rolling out power user features as too many and it can be overwhelming to handling on a support side.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability for power users to easily answer their own questions.

Deepak S.
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"Cognos 11 has shown us our future"

What do you like best?

As a long time cognos customer we were excited to learn about and build upon new data visualization options with cognos 11. Paired with our new Netizza data warehouse appliance we are able to allow our decision makers to work with data directly and find insights needed for improved decision making.

What do you dislike?

It is difficult to meet our customers scorecard requests. Currently have multiple reports/jobs running to render one scorecard. Technical team reports challenges with respect to long term support ability

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Important to get the right resources to assist with initial build. Invest in training if needed.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hospital performance reporting including clinical accountability and financial optimization.

I
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"Refreshed Cognos experience for Analytical users"

What do you like best?

Refreshed interface, Dashboard interface, improved visualizations, ease of use for non technical users.

Frequent releases for fixes and enhancements.

Ease of applying the releases.

What do you dislike?

Old Admin Console (within Cognos connection), Configuration dialog is out of date. The interface is sluggish at times and struggles to load content when the count is more than 20. For example: If a particular folder has 50 reports, it takes a while to load the content vs a folder with 5 reports. Mobile is app is very unfriendly on ipads thereby making users rely on native browsers such as ipad which deters users from using Cognos on Mobile devices.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cognos has greatly evolved in the past 2-3 years and is on the path to modernize the Analytical reporting. Greatly recommended if looking for the next age BI solutions.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dashboards are very easy to compile when compared to earlier versions of Cognos (10.x and 8.x). User adaptability and user training is much easier due to friendly interface. The improved analytical capabilities have improved the business perception towards Cognos as a reporting tool.

Jacqui D.
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"All In One"

What do you like best?

Cognos Analytics has a great way of facilitating BI for the power users, as well as creating federated data sources for citizen data scientists. With no tools, or training, users can get started right away.

The dashboarding feature is incredibly powerful and allows us to create and deploy trusted dashboards throughout the organisation quickly.

What do you dislike?

Creating complex data structures requires a significant understanding of data modelling concepts - compared to some other tool sets. With that said, the new features listed on the roadmap are working towards resolving some of this by using AI to predict models.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have integrated CA into our ERP stack

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"Analytics Suite for All Roles"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that there is one Reporting Tool for all user roles, the improved Search capabilities, and the context sensitive functions. We are using 11.0.12.

What do you dislike?

The Dashboard Tool capabilities require improvement so that it is not necessary to use the Advanced Reporting Tool for formatting fonts, and complex user requirements like showing detail list reports along with Visualizations in a dashboard.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cognos 11.1.1 introduces AI features and many improvements over the 11.0.x release. The IBM Cloud Operations Support post Go-Live is not proactive in identifying issues in the environment. There is a lot of room for improvement in the monitoring services of the health of the environment to proactively manage the environment.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are providing managed reporting and ad-hoc reporting for our functional teams along with KPI Reporting to help Business Areas manage their business performance and operational needs.

Sonia B.
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"Cognos for a School District "

What do you like best?

Cognos has a strong "engine" that is able to manage our student and school data for a school District that is over 100 000 students. We have used Cognos as a reporting tool to support our focus on continuous improvement using data-drivenm decision-making.

What do you dislike?

I bvelieve Cognos has the engine of a BMW. However, for report writers and users of the product, it needs to be more user-friendly and have more flexibility to support a more 21st century look and feel to it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Supporting our end-users (school principals and central leaders) in accessing data to inform decisions specific to programming, school planning and interventions

UH
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"Great Data Analysis Tool"

What do you like best?

I like Cognos IBM Analytics because it makes it easy for you to visualize and analyze large data sets. It is easy to use after you have some initial training. I like the different export options.

What do you dislike?

IBM Cognos Analytics can be a little difficult to learn how to use. There are a lot of different features and it is not all just drag and drop. You need to understand the underlying data.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My organization has a ton of data across different disciplines and IBM Cognos Analytics gives us a way to view and analyze data across the organization.

Teddi D.
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"New users, features coming quickly"

What do you like best?

That new features that are needed are being quickly updated and usable in the tool - this makes it very viable and easy for end users to use.

What do you dislike?

Transformation off of some older management consoles come over partially or slowly; like cognos administration is only 1/3 of feature of the older console version and it is way more flexible and can do bulk edits. Do not put out a tool until it is fully functional

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

reporting, historical and current management and operational dashboards and reports - then to move to more predictive analytics and inject that in alsol

Reginald J. H.
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"Cognos Analytics (on prem) Review"

What do you like best?

Intuitive user interface; larger selection of data sources

Please consider Martin Marietta as a beta customer in the future. We would be more than happy to evaluate future releases and functionality.

What do you dislike?

Lost functionality with drill down/drill through in going from CA11.0.11 to CA 11.0.12. My team has submitted documentation on this issue and an APAR has been created.

Performance issues exist in IE that don't exist when using Chrome.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Flyout prompt pages are saving users lots of time as opposed to going back to a prompt page in C10. Users are more excited about the interface and user adoption has increased.

Nithyananda S.
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"Best one to deploy"

What do you like best?

Its the best among the avilable and we are using this for some time and out ITS team is happy with the product and support. we have also recommended to the other educational pratners in Qatar and their feedback is great and we are growing by day.

What do you dislike?

well to be honest there is nothing much we could say on this as we are happy at the moment and so far it is going very well and even our partners in the group are happy and we welcome any thing further upgrade come on the way.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

very much

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

interactive

Christopher P.
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"A complete solution"

What do you like best?

The integration with other IBM Analytics Products like Cognos Planning Analytics and SPSS. These integrations deliver a complete solution to bring the full breadth of knowledge directly to the decision makers.

What do you dislike?

The lack of interconnection with Cloud based products. Would like it if we could integrate on prem Analytics and Planning Analytics with cloud offerings of Cognos Analytics, PAW, Watson Analytics, and other services for a hybrid cloud solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Integrate with Watson Analytics, Planning Analytics, and SPSS for a full solution

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Workforce Analytics, Workforce Planning, HR Analytics

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