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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IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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

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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 business 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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IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

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IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Research
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Higher Education
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Administrator in Insurance
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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 business 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!

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Higher Education
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Consultant
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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 business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hospital performance reporting including clinical accountability and financial optimization.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Higher Education
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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 business 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.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

interactive

IBM Cognos Analytics review by 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 business 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.

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

Workforce Analytics, Workforce Planning, HR Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Retail
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"A dissapointing upgrade"

What do you like best?

easy to use, drag and drop, report studio. Report scheduler. easy to navigate

What do you dislike?

charts have very little customization, reports run slow. weak self service BI

Recommendations to others considering the product

I was disappointed from the upgrade from Cognos 10 to Cognos Analytics. Perhaps I was just used to the old layout, but I find the new layout hard to use and has a lot of bugs. Everything takes longer to do in the new GUI and I find myself preferring the old Cognos pages that the admin left up. We were really hoping the dashboards would help with self service BI, but it was a little disappointing. Honestly my company is tranisitioning away from Cognos since the upgrade to Analytics. Cognos has a lot of great features but it's not in the direction that we are going.

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

I like the versatility of data sources. We use everything from Live API calls to informix, sql server and oracle databases. We use cognos to deliver operational reports to the warehouse and brick and mortar store, productivity reports to upper managers, and burst individual reports to several hundreds of users per day. Primarily we use Cognos to schedule reports, but have built some dashboards and some users have ad-hoc reports.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Nate L.
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"Excellent and Simple BI Tool"

What do you like best?

The intuitive interface makes developing reports and training other users very simple. There are lots of features with more coming at a frequent rate. The integrated AI assistant looks very promising.

What do you dislike?

There are some functionalities that are missing that seem basic and would help with overall user experience. One example is the select and search prompt cannot be resized and there are no plans to improve this feature.

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

Allowing users to have the ability to write/customize their reports as well as schedule/subscribe has been amazing.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by John N.
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"Still exploring "

What do you like best?

The user interface is fairly easy to use. I been using the product for about 1 week. However, I have used other products as ArcGis and Tableu. I feel that they are all related. But I feel I need more experience with Cognos.

What do you dislike?

Recommended graphs and charts. Some of the recommended graphs and charts were not what I wanted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch Tutorial online and do the tutorial problems.

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

IBM Cognos Analytics works fast. I like how you can get answers almost instantly.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Diego S.
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"Leave the past behind"

What do you like best?

THe cognos applications wore very rich and powerfull with great covernance skils.

What do you dislike?

The aplication has stoped in time for several years. while other brands started to be self service, the cognos remain focused only in theis governance skills, and the visual has not inprouved for a long time. nos its getting a little bit better, but maybe, the time has passed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the need for a strong governance, it may be the right toll.

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

data vizualization and basic reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Rinku S.
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"IBM can improve the user experience "

What do you like best?

The various types of analysis gives us the user a lot of options. Also the metrics and data manipulation available is quite diverse. The integration to other dataset seems limited.

What do you dislike?

The user experience/UI is very 90s. I have been using Einstein Analytics for my client and they love the UI and how easy it is to manipulate the data. In additon, it offers the avability to integrate with other datasets.

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

We do not use IBM Cognos Analytics for our client.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Sri Divya N.
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"quite useful"

What do you like best?

Dashboards and reports can be created very easily and also offers good flexibility in how the reports are made. I didn't need to install the application on my laptop. I can easily create reports and generate charts on the browser.

What do you dislike?

I had some problems when using it on Mac book or on some browsers.

The documentation provided by IBM is not very good and understanding Cognos initially might be a little confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good for normal data visualizations but you will get better products for the same price these days.

It is better to select a product based on your specific needs in the long term as the dashboards provided by a lot of applications offer similar options.

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

I was in the process of trying different tools for data visualization purpose and Cognos analytics was one of them.

IBM offers another product, IBM Watson analytics which was much easier to use in certain ways than IBM Cognos. There is not much differentiation among a lot of the tools available in the market for basic dashboard generation.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Can be hard to navigate"

What do you like best?

It is really useful for peeling back layers of data to filter to one's specific needs.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to get used to and not incredibly user friendly at first.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take time to get to know the product and its various functions, like cubes. Once you become familiar it gets much easier to use and find the data you need.

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

I am able to manipulate my company's data to ensure there is equity with staffing. We are then able to adjust anywhere we need to.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Donna N.
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"Upgrading to IBM Cognos Analytics"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use and new look of Cognos Analytics. We've used Cognos 10 now for quite some time.

What do you dislike?

I like the look but since it is so different, it's also difficult to find the features and functionality I'm used to using.

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

We combine data from many sources for project performance and we also have our Peoplesoft accounting data in a data warehouse. This offers a quick way for us to create reports for our Financial users.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Han L.
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"Frameworks manager is great"

What do you like best?

Flexibility of development by creating many data sources using Frameworks manager.

Personally, I am a big fan of Frameworks manager. In comparison to something like SAP Universe (UNX), it provides flexibility and ease of adding/removing data sources without impacting existing data sources & metadata.

For report development, having vast amount data sources through Frameworks Manager allows them to do less custom/one-time objects for individual reporting objects.

What do you dislike?

Like most web browser based application, random browser issues from even windows update.

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

Reports for sales, purchasing, accounting/financial, inventory and rebates.

Working on many reports, the toughest challenge is the ever changing requirements. This is where Frameworks Manager has been great. We were able to make changes to data sources or add them quickly without impacting existing data source objects.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Great Product, needs some customization"

What do you like best?

Simplicity. The product works great and wonderful product integration with Data. The search is powerful and visualizations are great..

What do you dislike?

Not exactly dislike. Too many powerful features and not organized as story books. If they were guidewires or guide by examples, that would have been wonderful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Plan pretty well and know the features, power and tricks before you take other products' comparison stories. Those products cannot meet the meta data management or, automated queries of IBM Product. They are no where near.

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

We are moving our data into cloud and need to do plenty of data standardization. IBM Cognos quickly helps us, without writing queries, figure out our data, anomalies in the dimensions and the data distribution.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Gary L.
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"Flexible reporting tool"

What do you like best?

Cognos is incredibly flexible and powerful. It allows me to create highly customized reports that users can run independently. In addition, users can select their own filters on the reports, which reduces the amount of time I spend generating one off reports

What do you dislike?

There is a steep learning curve. Features can sometimes be counterintuitive or difficult to understand. In addition, the interface and output has a utilitarian feel that can appear clunky and outdated. I have experienced issues exporting reports to Excel, although workarounds were found.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a powerful BI tool that can do a lot but aren't particularly concerned with producing flashy reports, Cognos is a great choice.

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

I use a Cognos-based system to generate custom reports from the eClinicalworks electronic medical record.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Lee A.
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"Positive with more Analytics needed."

What do you like best?

I like that as an IT member, we can expose data using a Framework Model and Data Package then the business can drag-and-drop whatever they want to create their own Report and Dashboard.

What do you dislike?

Creating a conection directly to a Data Source, without creating a Framework Model and Data Package, is very limiting in what the users can do.

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

Allowing the business community to create their own Reports and Dashboards without waiting for IT.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Utilities
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"Easy to use, fast, reliable"

What do you like best?

Coming from SAP BO, I was almost stunned by the ease of use of IBM Cognos.

Before I started using Cognos I had to wait days, or weeks, to access updated reports now is only a matter of seconds, sometimes minutes.

What do you dislike?

The remapping of all the dimensions in the different environments.

Due to this, I had to redisign all my queries.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are no specific contraindications. If you intend to switch all your reports and data easily, consider a tiling between your current BO solution and Cognos.

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

We had a big problem of NRT data availability. Now, with the new infrastructure in scalable cloud, all this has been made possible.

Even the maintenance speed of queries has been increased significantly.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User
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"Review of CA 11 on Prem"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the anticipation of new features to review with every quarter release. While my organization may not adopt each release, it is exciting to see where the product is moving and the needs IBM is seeking to serve.

What do you dislike?

On prem upgrade from 10.2.2 to 11.0.10 was not smooth. We had numerous issues show up after a go-live upgrade which did not manifest during our year-long testing. After several consultations with IBM, a few of the remaining major issues have still not been addressed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wait until 11.1.

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

We are still working to get back to a parity position of functionality between our 10.2.2 environment and 11.0.x and have not been able to fully explore new features.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Agency
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"Cognos review"

What do you like best?

I feel that the cognos suite of analytics is a phenomenal too for clients to develop key insights in order to develop KPI's and to continue to serve organizations.

What do you dislike?

The initial set up can be cumbersome in some client environments. If the client has a smaller environment and not enough resources to analyze data or set up adequately, finding resources to properly make use of the data can be a challenge as well.

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

Gain better insights into the clients business, being able to develop KPI's surrounding not only growth initiatives but also a better ability on evaluating current business practices and the value they bring to the business

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Stephen P.
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"Difficult to use & expensive data visualization tool"

What do you like best?

It is possible to make decent looking dashboards for data visualization. The software has a fair amount of power to post-process data, for example, a reasonably efficient join. Despite being a bolt-on acquisition, it integrates nicely into the IBM tool ecosystem.

What do you dislike?

Insanely steep learning curve. This is not a software package you can hand to a business analyst without a ton of training. There are so many ways to shoot yourself in the foot, yielding a report that completely fails but without a clue what to do next. Also, a lot of the data modeling must be done upfront by the report creator, not a lot of dynamic discovery is possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really look at who your likely user base is and their likely adoption level. If you just need a couple people who are pros, this package might be fine. But if you want people to be able to just pick it up and dabble occasionally, look elsewhere.

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

I used this software to crunch & report on a variety of structured healthcare data related to workflow steps and clinical information. The report was distributed to customers in PDF form for maximum portability, losing a lot of the power along the way because there was no other simple way to distribute it in compiled form outside our corporate walls.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by User in Higher Education
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"Analytics"

What do you like best?

My favorite feature of this report writer is the Cognos Agent. I love the fact that I can build a search criteria and I only get a report if the conditions change. Do to this feature we have substantially lowered the number of reports that we get daily. This has lead to a decluttering of the inbox which has lead myself and other users in the department to move much quicker on the issue. Before the reports were pretty much ignored - just too many to look at.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike the most is under the same feature (Cognos agent) - the ability to copy statements (using a web browser) is a challenge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

. Build a data warehouse first or in conjunction - Extremely powerful tool!

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

This product has been a game changer for my organization. We went from manually having to run reports almost exclusively on an ad-hoc basis to being able to get simple rosters daily and being provided data audit reports. Next, we look forward to being able to create more analytical reports that will allow us to make better business decisions.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Administrator
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"Excellent Analytics tool for Business Users"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. The interface has been improved to make it easier for non-IT reporters to quickly build reports. The customization and explandability of the platform and GUI tools to expland capabilities out of the box.

What do you dislike?

It is almost too easy and end users quickly think they are experts without actually learning the tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Strong self service reporting platform. Take the time to setup proper procedures and standards before rolling it out to business users for self-reporting tasks.

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

We use Cognos for business unit reporting. We have trained SMEs to build dashboards and business level reports that have severly cut the daily and monthly reporting processes.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Gone but not forgotten"

What do you like best?

Support is generally good, the OLAP product (analysis studio) was once best in class and still very good. OLAP SDK automation support, though now unsupported, used to be great.

What do you dislike?

IBM has effectively stopped working on new Cognos products, and it shows. Newer web browsers have major compatibility issues with the various Cognos "studios" that are difficult if not impossible to work around. SDK support used to be excellent, but have since been discontinued with no real replacement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The very many competitors in this space have now made IBM Cognos nearly obsolete, and IBM seems to know it. Tableu, Qlik, etc are probably better solutions at this point.

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

About 10 years ago we deployed a analysis solution for our customers that was very well received. It leveraged several IBM Cognos studio, allowing them to explore their data in a variety of ways.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Maritime
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"Great tool to share your data"

What do you like best?

The ability to create reports and dashboards, schedule delivery and create alerts.

we use this tool for reporting across the company and now we are introducing informational dashboards for upper management

What do you dislike?

the new platform in version 11 is very different than version 10 making it difficult for the users to transition or move to 11.

Recommendations to others considering the product

watch the videos and even ask for a trial, they have it on cloud so you can see what you can do with Cognos

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

Customer visibility of their product location, access complete sales portfolio for a sales representative with 1 click, on time delivery of statement of accounts (even customized) to the customers and much more

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Julia A.
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"Excellent reporting tool"

What do you like best?

There is a lot of functionality and the basics are easy enough to figure out.

What do you dislike?

You have to be very knowledgeable to use it in depth. It isn't very user-friendly like other tools. It takes a lot of practice and probably some outside training.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to have a knowledgeable person to trai others.

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

We use it for HRIS and payroll reporting. It helps drive many of our dashboard and metric reports, as well as day-to-day management of data.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Administrator in Information Services
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"Dynamic tool useful for more advanced reporting needs"

What do you like best?

I like how its a very flexible platform that can be adopted to most any data set. We integrated it with our orion servers. As our application has a completely dynamic structure with almost no standard field sets. Due to the customizable nature of our product we needed something that could work with it.

What do you dislike?

Its a long learning curve. We invested a decent amount of time and budget into training staff on this tool IN addition to getting long consulting engagements to aid with support and implementation. I do not see this engagement ending anytime soon. Maintaining this tool entirely in house would be a large undertaking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would as the tool however complex. DOes have good help documentation. Its common enough you can find resources online. ALso it looks alot like outlook or excel. Products people may be familar with. The product we give to our end users. Is a much more simplistic version of the tool and its completely customizable. YOu can allow them to have little or lots of functions. Really depends on what your user needs are and how high their comfort level is with using a advanced reporting tool. You can aldo build reports with the standard tools or add Java on top to make it look much more pleasing. We find that this added function allows us to have a reason to make some reporting billable and is an extra line of revenue.

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

We needed a tool that could populate our custom fields data on a on demand basis. Letting us report across multiple tables without the need for any techincal skills involved on the customer end. Additionally having two versions of the tool Report Studio and Workspaced advanced. One for our internal teams to build custom reports and the other for standard end users to work with.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Jayasimha reddy M.
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"Accessibility and user friendly."

What do you like best?

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence presents information in a personalized format; users can analyze, share and collaborate on content in one dashboard. Language and location are no longer barriers to access and interaction with dashboards.

The IBM Cognos Business Intelligence mobile app allows users to access information via iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or smartphone.

These business intelligence capabilities can be deployed on-premise, Web or on mobile. While buyers can choose to implement any of the applications standalone, we recommend evaluating the fully integrated platform for maximum visibility and insight.

What do you dislike?

It is very expensive and few issues were found in mobile reports

Recommendations to others considering the product

IBM Cognos is currently serving approximately 2000 unique logins per month across 18,000 interactive report executions.

Access to structured data is more widely available to our audiences

Ad-hoc query capability is extended through the use of Cognos Query Studio

Ad-hoc report generation is supported through the use of Cognos Report Studio

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

IBM Cognos is currently serving approximately 2000 unique logins per month across 18,000 interactive report executions.

Access to structured data is more widely available to our audiences

Ad-hoc query capability is extended through the use of Cognos Query Studio

Ad-hoc report generation is supported through the use of Cognos Report Studio

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Achintya P.
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"Great Interface"

What do you like best?

Search options, Updated Interface, Modern Charts, easy to manage.

What do you dislike?

Admin Tab is still old school. It can be improved, especially in terms of monitor.

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

Financial reporting, Operations reporting, Customer reporting, Cubes

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"Incredibly useful with its link up play via IBM Enterprise Viewer"

What do you like best?

Incredibly detailed tool. I've used this tool working on mitigating identities for patient profiles. This tool explains best what we need to look for regarding patient demographics and how we can resolve merging potential duplicate identities with the correct information provided as well as separating and creating separate EIDs if an account has merged with conflicting information.

What do you dislike?

There is not much i dislike about the program.

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

The business problems we are solving are regarding potential PHI Breaches and resolved automated functions with the MyQuest tool that the company I work for supports. The benefits this tool easily provides us when we need to escalate a ticket to the appropriate group for resolution. Using this tool is extremely helpful in the area I work for.

IBM Cognos Analytics review by Stephen M.
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"CA on Prem"

What do you like best?

Version 11 is intuitive which allows for a very quick training session to get users using the tool.

What do you dislike?

The cryptic error messages, and the inability to find solutions from the error messages (think about how StackOverflow works)

Recommendations to others considering the product

This tool requires a perfectly modeled data mart. You will be most successful if you put time to the data mart early on, before using CA.

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

Self service reporting and dashboards

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