IBM Cognos BI Review - why 4.1 stars?

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence  Review
ITQlick Score: 92/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.1/5)
Pricing: 7.6/10 - high cost
Category: Business Intelligence -> IBM Cognos BI
Ranking:Ranked 5 out of 532 Business Intelligence systems
Company: IBM
Pricing: starts at $75 per license
Typical customers: Medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop, Cloud
Links: IBM Cognos BI pricing, IBM Cognos BI alternatives
Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: May 01, 2021

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What is IBM Cognos BI?

IBM Cognos is a web based business intelligence and automation solution for businesses of all sizes. It offers a variety of analytical and reporting services to regulate the core business processes. The software was designed and launched by IBM Corporation headquartered in New York, United States.

What is IBM Cognos BI rating? ()

The rating of IBM Cognos BI is 4.1 stars out of 5 and the total score is 92 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who are IBM Cognos BI's typical customers?

IBM Cognos can be deployed for the business intelligence needs of any business regardless of size and type. It has been deployed in such industries as aerospace, automation, education, energy, electronics, financial services, manufacturing, defense, consumer products, and others. Some noteworthy customers of the software include ITERGO Information Technologies, Global Bank, and Large Insurance Company etc.

Is IBM Cognos BI the best Business Intelligence?

IBM Cognos BI is ranked 5 out of 532 software in their category (Business Intelligence systems).

What are their main features and functionalities?

The software features core analytical services of ad hoc analysis, predictive analysis, issue and trend indicators, and customizable interface. Reporting services, on the other hand, include ad hoc reporting, automated scheduled reporting, customizable dashboard, graphic benchmark tools, and financial forecasting and budgeting.

Users have the facility of creating different kinds of reports, including chats, lists, maps, and repeat functions. The software offers support for both relational and multi-dimensional data. Analysis of large data sources can be created and background information about a particular event or action can be searched.

Who are their main alternatives?

Analance BI from Ducen provides a number of Business Intelligence features that include discovery & analysis, multiple reporting options, rich visualization techniques including graphs & dashboards, as well as a single sign on portal for easy setup and access.

In comparison Cognos Business Intelligence provides in addition to these features, advanced statistical analysis based on the leading SPSS platform which gives multidimensional analysis to help in anticipating trends and informing decision making.

Another point of difference is that Analance BI is available as a full featured version which can be deployed as an on-premise solution; a vendor hosted cloud solution, as well as a customer hosted cloud solution. Whereas Cognos Business Intelligence provides a scaled down Express Edition available as a cloud based solution, while its full featured product is available as both cloud and on premise solutions.

SpatialKey on the other hand is a specialized product that focuses on providing Business Intelligence for the Insurance industry that covers risk management & underwriting, as well as marketing intelligence for the retail & financial services industries. The product focuses primarily on data visualizations to help users get graphical views to help with their decision making process.

Cognos Business Intelligence on the other hand in addition to visual analytics also provides features for enhanced reporting and cube analysis, as well as access via mobile to allow real time review of information at any place and time. Additionally this is offered for multiple industries, unlike the specific industry focus of SpatialKey.

What is the cost of IBM Cognos BI?

The cost of license starts at $75 per license. On top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate - what is the REAL total cost of implementation? You need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 7.6 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for IBM Cognos BI

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IBM Cognos BI's list of categories:

Data Analysis Tools
Business performance management
Dashboards & KPIs
Data mining
Data Warehousing
ETL
OLAP
Predictive analytics
Query and Report Writer
Team Collaboration
Data Analysis Tools
Business Intelligence

IBM Cognos BI's list of features:

Data Import/Export
Basic Reports
Online Customer Support

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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.