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"Data Studio integrates seamlessly with other Google products, and we can use it with other APIs if we like."

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"The comprehensiveness or broadness of the software functions or business intelligence functions that it provides is valuable. It is also quite easy to use and user-friendly.""In terms of stability, I think that Cognos is more stable than Tableau and Power Bi because of its framework manager concept that allows us to import metadata and store it in the framework manager.""I have worked on the features like dashboards and stories, and I do like them a lot.""The most valuable feature of IBM Cognos is security. The solution has updated features that other competitors' solutions come out with long after IBM Cognos has had them.""If they want dashboarding, storytelling, and analyzing why KPIs are met or not, then Cognos is a better candidate than Qlik Sense.""Security administration tools are powerful and flexible.""A drag-and-drop interface for selecting creating ad hoc reports makes this product very easy to use.""This solution allows you to input a wide range of file formats."

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"When you physically install a product on one machine instead of the cloud, you have a better visibility, best icon quality, etc.. It's more of an issue with how we are adapting to the transition. We are still in the early moments of using this tool, and we need to go deeper to discover some improvements."

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"The data uploads that we do, such as Excel files, have a lot of restrictions. If we can make it a bit more user-friendly, allowing us to have more flexibility it would be a great help.""I would like them to reinclude PowerPlay. One thing that I am missing in the current Cognos is what was formally named PowerPlay. They have basically removed PowerPlay from it, which is something that I fail to understand because it was the most wonderful tool for business intelligence that I've ever used. As far as I know, they don't provide this functionality anymore, so this is one thing that I dislike about Cognos.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say, monitoring, monitoring, monitoring. Some improvements in monitoring would be helpful. I'd like to see more monitoring of specific reports and fields. The way the auditing is now is very limited, so I'd like to see more of that - of the monitoring.""Cognos is quite slow - it's missing the performance of the PowerPlay cubes.""I would like to have predictive and forecasting capabilities in Cognos. It's one thing to do reporting, and another thing to easily predict or forecast certain data points, which is very important for all the clients.""The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution.""It would be nice to offer free online training on the tool for end-users.""Tableau and Power BI are faster than Cognos."

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  • "Pricing should be improved."
  • "The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises."
  • "It is my understanding that the cost is very low. It's not very expensive."
  • "Cognos is super expensive compared to Tableau ($70/month) and Power BI ($20/month) — I think Cognos is roughly $200 a month."
  • "It is quite pricy. I think Microsoft BI is cheaper. Tableau might also be cheaper, but it also depends on the usage. If you have very many users, Cognos can be a problem. It could be cheaper than Tableau but not for so many users. If you have a few thousand users, Tableau, which is generally quite expensive, can be cheaper than Cognos."
  • "It's more expensive than similar solutions like Tableau and Power BI."
  • "There is a standard license required to use this solution. There are some additional tools but I am not sure if they are an extra cost."
  • "IBM Cognos price is on the higher side of the spectrum. However, with the features that it brings, such as correlation analysis, it's worth the money. They should look at the pricing more clearly because it's a little on the higher side."
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    Top Answer:It depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement. Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos… more »
    Top Answer:Comparing IBM Cognos to other applications, once a person is trained on it or they have developed a skill set to operate the application, it is best in its category.
    Top Answer:There is some additional licensing that we needed to purchase because we were touching data outside of our core data platform. The cost was approximately $25,000 for the additional licenses, which… more »
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    Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos Analytics
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    Overview

    Google Data Studio (beta) turns your data into informative dashboards and reports that are easy to read, easy to share, and fully customizable. Dashboarding allows you to tell great data stories to support better business decisions.

    Cognos Software is IBM's Business Intelligence and Performance Management solution, offering BI, strategy management, financial performance, and data analytics applications. Cognos caters to all levels in an organization with products designed for individuals, workgroups, departments, mid-size companies, and big enterprises.

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    Sample Customers
    Genesys, Shueisha
    More than 23,000 leading organizations across multiple industries use Cognos. Some examples of Cognos customers include BMW Financial Services, Quinte Health Care, Troy Corporation, Michigan State University, and GKN Land System.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise58%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Google Data Studio is ranked 16th in Reporting Tools with 1 review while IBM Cognos is ranked 4th in Reporting Tools with 17 reviews. Google Data Studio is rated 8.0, while IBM Cognos is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Google Data Studio writes "The cloud environment makes it easier to use large volumes of data and collaborate with coworkers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Helpful online community, highly reliable, and secure". Google Data Studio is most compared with Amazon QuickSight, Microsoft BI, QlikView, Tableau and RStudio Connect, whereas IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and MicroStrategy.

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