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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.

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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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1911
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Armonk, NY
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$77,147
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@IBM
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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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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Enterprise reporting with one Cognos standard.

Robust solution.

Exploration.

Addition of machine learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Slow adaptation of new features and fixes form the official support.

Development do not much listen for community enhancements ideas - more then 2 year to get the feature to implementation.

Self-service not in Power Bi standard.

Bad straight connection to the database. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for enterprise solution to have all in one. You can reuse the data source through the platform. Do not believe so much to Gartner quadrant. There are not so many equivalent products. I have tried other two of the top and Cognos overall was the best. I am looking forward for AI (Watson) and ML included into the reporting and Self-service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Reporting in bank. Parametrize reporting solution for couple of countries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Cognos is a good enterprise tool, security works well to a point and with the new developments is easier to use than ever before. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

IBM took away fix lists which enabled people to justify the upgrades necessary, The support process needs work as currently it is not an easily accessable tool and the development team can take 10 days to reply! the IBM Cognos Analytics tests are a joke based on old versions that require out of date knowledge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It enables us to use our CRM data to better make decisions quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The software is good for Standard Reporting as well as Adhoc Reporting and the ability to generate useful reports and dashboards on demand across multiple sources is invaluable also combining multiple queries in one report to create your desired report Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cognos Analytics can be hard to learn how to use. You have to really understand your data first so that you can figure out how to make the tool do what you need it to do. Interactive pdf is not available for reports. Can be difficult to implement without admin support for end users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Financial Reporting

Intelligence solution

budgeting

strategic planning

forecasting, and consolidations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Userfriendly, Eyecatcher, Customization, Progression with updates Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I think the downside of Cognos Analytics is the step to start is big. Not every user will understand the product fast. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We're helping our customers get insides in there data and help the transform to a data driven organisation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Allows users to execute smarter data compilation and report data with visualizations options. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The table joining ability can be limiting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Overall good tool for analytical reporting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Organizational effectiveness, C-suite decision making, historical data reporting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Profesora
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to user.

User friendly.

Good analytical tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Installation and configuration is bit complex. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Resolve all data data analytical problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The best thing was about saving time with automated data preparation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Designing an (on-premise or private cloud) architecture to service a large number of users is complicated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its graph recommendations for visualization is good enough. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

None, speed and accuracy 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?

Cognos Analytics is an upgrade to Cognos Business Intelligence (Cognos BI). By adding cognitive guidance, a web-based interface, and new data visualization features, Cognos Analytics provides self-service analytics to large and midsize organizations across all industries. At the same time, it provides security features, data governance, and management features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No option for Planning, budgeting, forecasting, Data exploration, model development, and training Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yeah, sure I would recommend using IBM Cognos Analytics. It is built on core ground from where the BI started Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We use IBM Cognos Analytics for Compelling data visualizations, Reporting and managed self-service capabilities. It has integrated the MNC to a common standards Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Clean interface

Robust analytical function Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Complex set up

queries function is confusing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

D&I analysis by all levels

The report came out fairly clean Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

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IT
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Warehouse Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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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?

Simplicity. The product works great and wonderful product integration with Data. The search is powerful and visualizations are great.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

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Lead Analyst, Application Development
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. 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?

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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 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?

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 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 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Started using Cognos reporting solution when it was report studio, lots of improvements around visualizations. Dashboards are a huge improvement for our sales folks, and helps display data in a meaningful way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The new user interface for report authoring seems clunky and disjointed. 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 do all reporting and meet all visualization needs anywhere from manufacturing to sales to finance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Congos makes it easy to access oracle databases Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not always intuitive to use but can be useful with training Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Powerful report creator, takes some training. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Easy to create reports on large data sets Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The ability to build a custom model in Framework Manager to standardize the data model across teams. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of source control and versioning support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We replaced a third party reporting application that was owned by a competitor and wrote our own external facing reporting application to support our clients. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

IBM Cognos Dashboard Embedded is a great reporting tool. It allows you to view reports and information that normally would be too large and timely to digest. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The creation is a little difficult, but overall, it is a great product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

This allows you to manipulate big data into reports that management actually wants to look at. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Powerful report development. Detailed customization options Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Dynamic cubes are cumbersome to build/support. Don't have a good replacement for power play and transformer is no longer recieving enhancments Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Daily reports on key metrics go to the whole company and result in measured improvements on metrics Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Dev Manager
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 modeling of the data and the fact that the data needs to be structured before it gets ran in reports FM modeling Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

the complex mature of mass changes. some times the admin is tough Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

solving issues with mass updates and security Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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