"IBM Cognos improves the effectiveness of the sales team."
"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."
"The most valuable features of IBM Cognos are governance and enterprise reporting."
"This solution allows you to input a wide range of file formats."
"The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report."
"We are able to generate quality reports easily which allows us to decrease response time."
"IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions."
"I have worked on the features like dashboards and stories, and I do like them a lot."
"Set analysis is great for its power user capabilities such as performing an IF on an aggregated column. The ability to create custom coloring expressions based on values is also a good idea although not as easy as I wished it was."
"The product is very stable."
"Time-saving efficiencies have translated into genuine bottom-line improvements via the reduction in FTE."
"Qlik Sense has a modern look and feel and a very intuitive UI, so non-technical users find it very user friendly."
"The drag and drop functionality provides an easy and fast development approach."
"The Qlik Sense cloud insights advisor helps our business users to get the answers to their data questions so that they do not have to rely on IT/BI resources every time they have some data request."
"The most valuable features of Qlik Sense are the integration and panel for reports. The integration is very fast even though we process a lot of information."
"Qlik has a powerful load script that uses an enhanced SQL language which is excellent for loading and transforming the data."
"The solution seems to slow down the servers."
"They should provide improved visual reporting."
"I would like to see is more easy building, movement in the reports, and dashboard functionality within reporting. Overall more simple elements within reports. If the elements are simple then you don't have to render a full page, but you can move separate parts in the page."
"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."
"Cognos is quite slow - it's missing the performance of the PowerPlay cubes."
"The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution."
"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."
"The high cost of a license makes it hard to scale up on a budget."
"There is no downside."
"It's going to take 20 to 30 minutes to refresh sometimes."
"The augmented intelligence features don't work well for the analytical user."
"My advice to others is to make sure they have a good technical team. We have found that a lot of the consultants go in and out of the business and sometimes you are left alone without assistance."
"The SaaS offering is being enriched quickly in order to attract new customers to that space and encouraging existing customers to make the switch. The Enterprise solution is therefore lagging behind SaaS in features."
"Moving forward I would like to see more features that are currently available in QlikView, such as being able to better customize coloring within charts. I would also like to see the ability to add calculated dimensions to the selections tool in the page."
"There is room for improvement in the storytelling mode and the report sharing. Qlik Sense also does not have a subscription base like Power BI. So a lot of the analysis is housed in community pages that are managed by either the author or a database administrator, or whoever the Qlik Sense manager is there."
"More pivot table options, like the ability to have the totals row at the bottom of the table, would be helpful."
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.
Qlik Sense is a visual analytics and business intelligence (BI) platform that gives users full control over their system’s data. From this platform they can control every aspect of their system data. It maximizes an organization’s ability to make decisions driven by their data.
Benefits of Qlik Sense
Some of the benefits of using Qlik Sense include:
Reviews from Real Users
Qlik Sense stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its associative analytics technology and its remote access capability. Qlik Sense employs an associative analytics engine that gives users the ability to take their data analytics to the next level. Users can create visual connections between different datasets spread across their network, creating deep insights that enable users to gain a full understanding of their data. This engine is easily scaled up to allow a large number of users to benefit from the deep insights that it provides. Users can access Qlik Sense from anywhere in the world. Qlik Sense has an online portal that can be used consistently from anywhere at all. Having the ability to remotely analyze data gives users flexibility when it comes to choosing how to deploy their manpower.
Jarno L., the managing director of B2IT, writes, “The associative technology features are the solution's most valuable aspects. Qlik was the first company to implement an in-memory associative analytics engine. This basically means that all data is loaded into memory, but it also means that instead of joining data together, the data is associated together. From the front end, from the user interface point of view, data can be joined or included or excluded on the fly. It can be drilled down and drilled through and users can slice and dice it and that type of thing can be done from anywhere in the data to any other place in the data. It doesn't have to be predefined. It doesn't have to have hierarchies or anything like that.”
Tami S., the senior business intelligence analyst at the La Jolla Group, writes, “With the changing business landscape, it is nice to access Qlik Sense through an external website. As an organization when we use QlikView Desktop, we need to connect to our internal network. We can access QlikView through the QlikView access point but the website has a little different look and feel than the desktop application. We appreciate that Qlik Sense is browser-based and the user experience is the same whether at home, in the office or on a boat. As long as the user has internet access, performance is the same.”
IBM Cognos is ranked 3rd in Legacy BI Tools with 20 reviews while Qlik Sense is ranked 3rd in Data Visualization with 24 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.2, while Qlik Sense is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Helpful online community, highly reliable, and secure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Robust solution, but could use a PowerPoint integration". IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, MicroStrategy, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Oracle OBIEE, whereas Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, Alteryx, Amazon QuickSight, Microsoft BI and MicroStrategy. See our IBM Cognos vs. Qlik Sense report.
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