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"IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions.""Security administration tools are powerful and flexible.""If they want dashboarding, storytelling, and analyzing why KPIs are met or not, then Cognos is a better candidate than Qlik Sense.""I have worked on the features like dashboards and stories, and I do like them a lot.""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.""The most valuable features of IBM Cognos are governance and enterprise reporting.""A drag-and-drop interface for selecting creating ad hoc reports makes this product very easy to use.""The initial setup is quite straightforward."

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"This product is very scalable and provides high ROI.""The stability is fine and quite user friendly.""Hyperion is helpful for all our budget processes.""The scalability is good.""The most valuable features are those associated with modules and SP, IT in this space, planning, HFM, and PME.""We can integrate with any system and pull data from SAP or SQL Server. We can also design our own role files to establish how we pull the file data and store it in our database.""This is a customizable product. Our implementation was designed to fit our needs.""This solution provides a more structured methodology for doing analysis than a tool like Excel. It creates a central database that keeps all information in one place."

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Cons
"They were lacking in the initial phases of development in the area of big data, and they still need to improve that aspect of the product.""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.""It would be nice to offer free online training on the tool for end-users.""Tableau and Power BI are faster than Cognos.""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.""I would like for the platform to become more standard. If we make a development on our report and our dashboard, it will not be used in another solution. That means there is no portability for the developers.""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 high cost of a license makes it hard to scale up on a budget."

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"Oracle Hyperion's scalability could be improved.""There's something known as a data block that Hyperion generates for each and every transaction. Sometimes it does not generate and we need to identify those issues and fix them manually.""The level of complexity of the implementation is always a challenge.""We are still having some issues with the ASO Cube. It can take a long time to clear the data in the ASO Cube compared to BSO data-clearing operations. We don't have a specific calculation in the ASO, and we only have these aggregate options on the ASO side. If we need calculations, we have to calculate them in the BSO and pass the data to the ASO Cube for the reporting. That's one of the drawbacks. Oracle could also improve on the data logging side as well.""The forecasting of values could be simplified in this solution.""Hyperion has much room for improvement, especially disaster recovery. You don't have the option to choose the proper disaster recovery method. We have Hyperion and an SQL server on the backend. We have active solutions for the backend database server, which aren't working for our people. They've asked us to remove the high availability to increase application performance.""The user interface is in need of improvement. The forms should be more user-friendly.""I would like to see more integrations with third-party vendors such as BigSense and SAP. I'm looking forward to seeing more interface-related content."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "As Oracle's pricing is on the higher end, most businesses prefer to have their own private cloud."
  • "Compared with MSBA, it is quite reasonable."
  • "To get a full license, which gives you access to most of the different Hyperion programs, it costs $2000 to $2500 a month."
  • "We pay for licensing yearly."
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    Questions from the Community
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    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 »
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    The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report.
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    As we get new requirements, we need to see if they fit into Cognos. As of right now, it fits our needs, however, that can change. We've had issues in the past that the solution is still working to… more »
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    When you compare it with ERP, we want so many enhancements in that particular product. Since we are the Oracle hub, we know how the Oracle forms work. All the fields are dependent on the previous… more »
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    We're using the product for our OPEX planning and CapEx planning. We use it for the budget cycle.
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    Also Known As
    Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos Analytics
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    Overview

    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.

    Oracle Business Analytics Suite.
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    Sample Customers
    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.
    ITNL, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd., Zaklady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma S.A., Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd., Barco N.V., SITA, McGregor Fashion Group B.V., PCCW Ltd.
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    Computer Software Company10%
    Healthcare Company9%
    University7%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Retailer12%
    Computer Software Company12%
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    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    IBM Cognos is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 14 reviews while Oracle Hyperion is ranked 3rd in Business Performance Management with 18 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.0, while Oracle Hyperion is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Excellent correlation analysis, highly scalable, but more features needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Hyperion writes "A mature, extensive solution that scales very effectively". IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, whereas Oracle Hyperion is most compared with Anaplan, Tableau, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud, CCH Tagetik and Board.

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