IBM Cognos BI Vs Birst

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / May 01, 2021

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Bottom Line: Which is Better - IBM Cognos BI or Birst?

IBM Cognos BI is more expensive to implement (TCO) than Birst, Birst is rated with the same score (92/100) as IBM Cognos BI (92/100). Birst offers more features (25) to their users than IBM Cognos BI (3). There is a clear winner in this case and it is Birst!

Looking for the right Business Intelligence solution for your business? buyers like you are primarily concerned about the real total implementation cost (TCO), full list of features, vendor reliability, user reviews, pros and cons. In this article we compare between the 2 software products:

How IBM compares with Birst?

IBM: International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is an American corporation. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

Birst: Birst is among the fastest growing business-to-business software providers. Selling directly to businesses as well as other software vendors who seek to embed analytics into their applications, more than 1,000 organizations currently rely upon Birst for their business analytics needs.

Who's more expensive? IBM Cognos BI or Birst?

The real total cost of ownership (TCO) of Business Intelligence software includes the software license, subscription fees, software training, customizations, hardware (if needed), maintenance & support and other related services. When calculating the TCO it's important to add all of these "hidden cost" as well. We prepared a TCO calculator for IBM Cognos BI and Birst.

IBM Cognos BI price starts at $75 per license , on a scale between 1 to 10 IBM Cognos Business Intelligence is rated 6, which is similar to the average cost of Business Intelligence software. Birst accurate pricing info is available upon request (they don't share it publicly), however , on a scale between 1 to 10 IBM Cognos Business Intelligence is rated 6, which is similar to the average cost of Business Intelligence software.

Bottom line: IBM Cognos BI is more expensive than Birst.

Which software includes more/better features?

As with any business software solutions, it’s important to consider the features & functionality. The tool should support the processes, workflows, reports and needs that matter to your team. To help you evaluate this, we've compared IBM Cognos BI Vs. Birst based on some of the most important and required Business Intelligence features. IBM Cognos BI: Data Import/Export, Basic Reports, Online Customer Support. Birst: Ad-Hoc Analysis, Ad-Hoc Reporting, Automatic Scheduled Reporting, Customizable Dashboard, Customizable Features.

Target customer size

IBM Cognos can be deployed for the business intelligence needs of any business regardless of size and type. Birst is a web-based service that can be useful to customers in all types of organizations and industries.

IBM Cognos BI

ITQlick rating
(4.1/5)

starts at $75 per license

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence is a growing cloud-based BI software, it is designed to support medium and large size business. IBM Cognos Business Intelligence received a rating of 4.1 from ITQlick team. Th...

Categories: Data Analysis Tools, Business performance management, Dashboards & KPIs, Data mining.

Birst

ITQlick rating
(4/5)

Birst is a Business Intelligence and analytics platform for medium to large businesses. Its key features include ad hoc reporting, charting, data import and export, visual analytics, customer service analytics,...

Categories: Business Intelligence, Business performance management, Dashboards & KPIs, Reporting, KPI.

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IBM Cognos BI: 3 Features

Data Import/Export
Basic Reports
Online Customer Support

Birst: 25 Features

Ad-Hoc Analysis
Ad-Hoc Reporting
Automatic Scheduled Reporting
Customizable Dashboard
Customizable Features
Dashboarding
Graphic Benchmark
Performance Measurements
Predictive-Analysis
Trend Indicators
Ad-Hoc Analysis
Ad-Hoc Reporting
Automatic Scheduled Reporting
Customizable Dashboard
Customizable Features
Dashboarding
Graphic Benchmark
Performance Measurements
Predictive-Analysis
Profit Analysis
Trend Indicators
Data visualization
Data warehouses
Collaboration Management
Document Indexing
ITQlick rating ITQlick Rating is based on the software score (below) and aggregated online reviews
ITQlick score ITQlick Score is a 1 to 100, the calculation is based on pricing, and functionality Vs. alternative solutions
Pricing score pricing Score is a 1 to 10 (10 is high cost), based on the TCO (cost of licences, customizations, training, hardware when relevant) Vs. alternative solutions
License pricing license pricing (if provided by the software vendor)
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IBM
ITQlick rating
4.1/5
Score
92/100
Pricing
7.6/10
License pricing
$75 per license
Functionality
23
Review
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Birst
ITQlick rating
4/5
Score
92/100
Pricing
5.6/10
License pricing
Pricing not available
Functionality
43
Review
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QlikView
ITQlick rating
4.3/5
Score
95/100
Pricing
3/10
License pricing
$1,395 per license
Functionality
15
SuiteAnalytics
ITQlick rating
4.1/5
Score
94/100
Pricing
3/10
License pricing
$499 per month
Functionality
10
Sisense
ITQlick rating
4.6/5
Score
94/100
Pricing
4/10
License pricing
Pricing not available
Functionality
35
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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.