IBM Cognos Analytics Reviews & Product Details

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What is IBM Cognos Analytics?

Cognos Analytics is an AI-fueled business intelligence platform that supports the entire analytics cycle, from discovery to operationalization. Cognos Analytics gives every user — whether data scientist, business analyst or non-specialist — more power to perform relevant analysis in a way that ties back to organizational objectives. It shortens each user’s journey from simple to sophisticated analytics, allowing them to harness data to explore the unknown, identify new relationships, get a deeper understanding of outcomes and challenge the status quo. Visualize, analyze and share actionable insights about your data with anyone in your organization.

IBM Cognos Analytics Details
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Product Description

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.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

Fast analytics anywhere. Provides a unified experience that works the same on web or mobile devices, enabling you to quickly find, analyze, create and share insights. AI-infused data analysis for everyone. Helps ensure more users have straightforward and productive access to data. Reporting and visualization benefit from a guided and intuitive experience that lets you create visuals, infographics, dashboards and reports in minutes. Analytics you can trust. Provides access to curated data that can eliminate risk and debate over numbers.

Key features: An intelligent assistant powered by AI, automated data preparation, guided visualization creation, smart data discovery and trusted analytics with robust data quality and security options.


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IBM
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1-866-277-7488
Year Founded
1911
HQ Location
Armonk, NY
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$77,147
Twitter
@IBM
617,859 Twitter followers
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519,733 employees on LinkedIn®
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IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers.


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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I find the reports to be pretty customizable. Many cost center departments liked the reports Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Upgrades require manual labor intensive work. Report writers have to know cognos. Reports could take a long time to generate. One of the problems is the cost. The cost of the tool and the cost to train report writers. Companies want to move away from cognos. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Invest in a team dedicated to report writing and report testing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I worked on projects to take legal reports off of old access reports and use cognos. Cognos was customizable but each report needed a report writer. Each report generation was not instantaneous while being developed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Proprietário
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

THe cognos applications wore very rich and powerfull with great covernance skils. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have the need for a strong governance, it may be the right toll. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

data vizualization and basic reporting Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sócio Fundador
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Analyst
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Recommended graphs and charts. Some of the recommended graphs and charts were not what I wanted. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Watch Tutorial online and do the tutorial problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We do not use IBM Cognos Analytics for our client. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Information Systems Director
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

I like the new UI, and the new modules - like explore, dashboard and AI assistant Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

the change from js to custom js controls was sudden & painful, and writing custom controls does not have good documentation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I am looking at call center data for relationship and insights that no one has had the resources to so far Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Good analytical platform and works well based on the data/access. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Currently, there are several issues with the Cognos reporting for IBM CoC-OMS solution. We struggled using the Cognos platform for holiday support. Currently there are gaps in keeping the system in sync or run reports on a timely basis. Need to improve on this offering as operational reporting is key part for running the business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Sourcing decisions and adjusting inventory postions as requried. Analyzing stuck orders within the OMS systems,. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Data Warehouse Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Ability to generate and distribute a large amount of reports across the corporation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The visualizations are not on par with other products. With each release the dashboarding products change Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Provide a platform for the user base to access the Warehouse Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is really useful for peeling back layers of data to filter to one's specific needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to get used to and not incredibly user friendly at first. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

I'ts easily integrateable with Watson Studios and captures the essential analysis. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The platfrom is not easily customizable and has a large variation of template dashboards. The pricing could more competitive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

N/A Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are providing analytics to customers for smart city applications where they need to capture analytics around traffic, flow and visibility in cities. Secondly security information. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Cognos Analytics has both list reporting and dashboarding, storytelling capabilities and there are many features that many other dashboard products do not offer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve is challenging and not much material is available for training. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Being able to deliver reports catered to users at all levels. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

The analytics are very accurate and detailed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It was difficult to install and ran into some incompatibility with our version of Java Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

no recommendations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are able to track what documents and articles users view on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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EI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The cubing capabilities. The anility ro see dashboards on the sales performances of our team and the information about customers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. But have not been able to do the changes myself Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for dash boarding Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Business performance reviews Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

the governance, data modeling, enterprise reporting solution, self serve capabilities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not easy to use, limited customization and less visualization options Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

improve on visualization, improve ease of use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

enterprise reporting tool Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Continous evolvement but developing in the right direction Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Still not a mature product and few issues keep coming back Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Nothing Yet Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Ability to better understand digital attribution Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cumbersome interface, clucky output and not great data visualization Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

REporting and alaytics within marketing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It usually works fine and do what users needs. The software it's resillient and works with no errors, It contains all the componentes the users need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

the Licenses are not very easy to manage, and the interfaces are no very user friendly. They also book old. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The users get the reports in a simple way, and with the informartion they need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

i like the ease and familiarity of the user interface Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

At times, the internet browser that you are using might not be compatible. There are certain instances where a developer is required to step in and a user cannot create simple reports. The ease of use if generally true for canned reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are attempting to generate multiple canned and ad-hoc reports for internal and external report purposes as well as drive business decisions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Genereting reports is easy and user friendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Constant connectivity issues and often offline Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Compensation tracking and reporting Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

drag and drop and very easy to navigate Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

more customization for reporting and charts Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

this has help us with reporting and creating the reports in a fast and easy way Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM cognos analytics makes it easier to keep everything in the same place, it makes It easy with access to mobile devices. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Glitches in the reporting occasionally that can not be controlled. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Data reporting is especially easy. These reports are updated in a timely manner and allows me and my team to make business decisions in the moment instead of waiting around until it's too late to implement change. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UU
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The versatility in reports that can be run, in terms of working with the many different data feilds we use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not always the most intuitive or easy to use platform for light users Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Managing supply chain purchasing and materials tracking, historical data, & metrics Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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HERD Co-Chair
Printing
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This product presents information in a concise way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

This product runs slowly and does not have an easy learning curve. The product also isn't attractive--it lacks style. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Collecting and distributing data for a team is made easy through this product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assessment Data Analyst
Higher Education
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is a commonly used software among the corporate world. It standardize the data sources before you query out the database, so definitely save you time on data cleaning or data preparation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The interface looks like it is never updated since the 90s, it really is not user friendly.

To elaborate on how it is not user friendly, besides the interface appearance, it would be helpful if they have a search function for the data item within the package and it would also be helpful if they can show the item content directly after included in the query or report item. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The trend of data really gear toward user friendly, visualize, self-service goals, which are the area Cognos are not strong at. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

To obtain data decision reports from multiple data sources that do not link together directly otherwise.

We are able to manage large amount of data through this visualize query that does not required direct coding. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Talent Acquisition Specialist
Defense & Space
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

There is a lot of functionality and the basics are easy enough to figure out. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be sure to have a knowledgeable person to trai others. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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