IBM Cognos BI - Top 13 Alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: May 01, 2021

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IBM Cognos BI is a fantastic tool with many features, but it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right Business Intelligence software for your company and its unique needs. IBM Cognos BI has some strong competitors and alternatives, and there’s a chance that one of them might be a better fit for your company.

2021's Top IBM Cognos BI Alternatives

Here are the top 4 alternatives to IBM Cognos BI that are worth checking out: QlikView for SMBs, SuiteAnalytics for large size business, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse for growing companies, and Helical Insight for startups and SMBs.

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IBM
ITQlick rating
4.1/5
Score
92/100
Pricing
7.6/10
License pricing
$75 per license
Functionality
23
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Best for SMBs
QlikView
ITQlick rating
4.3/5
Score
95/100
Pricing
3/10
License pricing
$1,395 per license
Functionality
15
Best for Enterprise
SuiteAnalytics
ITQlick rating
4.1/5
Score
94/100
Pricing
3/10
License pricing
$499 per month
Functionality
10
Growing
SAP
ITQlick rating
3.3/5
Score
91/100
Pricing
3.6/10
License pricing
Pricing not available
Functionality
5
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Free version
Helical
ITQlick rating
4.7/5
Score
85/100
Pricing
5.2/10
License pricing
Has a free version
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1. QlikView - Best for SMBs

QlikView is an alternative Business Intelligence software, QlikView installed on-premises or used cloud based, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. QlikView, with a pricing score of 3 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

QlikView is rated 4.3 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (QlikView offers 15 main features).

Compare head to head: QlikView Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

2. SuiteAnalytics - Best for Large Business

SuiteAnalytics is an alternative Business Intelligence software, SuiteAnalytics installed on-premises or used cloud based, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. SuiteAnalytics, with a pricing score of 3 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

SuiteAnalytics is rated 4.1 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (SuiteAnalytics offers 10 main features).

Compare head to head: SuiteAnalytics Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

3. SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse - Best for Growing Companies

SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse is an alternative Business Intelligence software, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse installed on-premises, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, with a pricing score of 3.6 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse is rated 3.3 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (SAP offers 5 main features).

Compare head to head: SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

4. Helical Insight - Best for NO Budget or Start up Companies

Helical Insight is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Helical Insight installed on-premises or used cloud based, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Helical Insight, with a pricing score of 5.2 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Helical Insight is rated 4.7 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Helical offers 11 main features).

Compare head to head: Helical Insight Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

5. Sisense

Sisense is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Sisense installed on-premises or used cloud based, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Sisense, with a pricing score of 4 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Sisense is rated 4.6 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Sisense offers 35 main features).

Compare head to head: Sisense Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

6. Balanced Scorecard

Balanced Scorecard is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Balanced Scorecard used on the cloud, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Balanced Scorecard, with a pricing score of 8 is considered more expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Balanced Scorecard is rated 4.5 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Balanced offers 16 main features).

Compare head to head: Balanced Scorecard Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

7. Birst

Birst is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Birst installed on-premises or used cloud based, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Birst, with a pricing score of 5.6 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Birst is rated 4 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Birst offers 43 main features).

Compare head to head: Birst Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

8. Enterprise Edition

Enterprise Edition is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Enterprise Edition installed on-premises, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Enterprise Edition, with a pricing score of 5.8 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Enterprise Edition is rated 4.1 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Enterprise offers 5 main features).

Compare head to head: Enterprise Edition Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

9. BioIntelli

BioIntelli is an alternative Business Intelligence software, BioIntelli used on the cloud, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. BioIntelli, with a pricing score of 5 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

BioIntelli is rated 3.1 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (BioIntelli offers 3 main features).

Compare head to head: BioIntelli Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

10. SAP Predictive Analysis

SAP Predictive Analysis is an alternative Business Intelligence software, SAP Predictive Analysis used on the cloud, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. SAP Predictive Analysis, with a pricing score of 5 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

SAP Predictive Analysis is rated 4.8 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (SAP offers 4 main features).

Compare head to head: SAP Predictive Analysis Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

11. Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Entrinsik Informer used on the cloud, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Entrinsik Informer, with a pricing score of 3.6 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Entrinsik Informer is rated 3.2 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Entrinsik offers 3 main features).

Compare head to head: Entrinsik Informer Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

12. Tableau

Tableau is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Tableau installed on-premises or used cloud based, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Tableau, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Tableau is rated 4.5 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Tableau offers 24 main features).

Compare head to head: Tableau Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

13. Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is an alternative Business Intelligence software, Tableau Desktop installed on-premises, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence can be used on-premises. Tableau Desktop, with a pricing score of 3 is considered less expensive to implement than IBM Cognos Business Intelligence with a score of 7.6.

Tableau Desktop is rated 4 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Tableau offers 20 main features).

Compare head to head: Tableau Desktop Vs IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

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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.