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We performed a comparison between IBM Cognos and SAP Crystal Reports based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Reporting Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Cognos vs. SAP Crystal Reports report (Updated: September 2022).
635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "It is pretty expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report.
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer:This was a good platform when it first came out but right now, it has become a complicated behemoth. These days, things are a little more dynamic and you really need a platform where you can change… more »
    Top Answer:We are a software development company and we have a lot of experience with different tools, including SAP Crystal Reports. This product is one that we have implemented in different hospitals. We have… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is that from a user's point of view, it is easy to use and requires just a simple click to generate a report.
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    3rd
    out of 49 in Reporting Tools
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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.

    Turn information from almost any data source into a sophisticated, interactive report with SAP Crystal Reports. This powerful, user-friendly application for small businesses and departments can help you deliver key insights to the right decision maker, at the right time, in the right format. 

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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.
    City of Buenos Aires, ASR Group, Citrix, EarlySense, Usha International Limited, Automotive Resources International (ARI), LivePerson, Coelba (Grupo Neoenergia), RZD Russian Railways, National Basketball Association - NBA, TALLY WEiJL, El Machetazo, Young Heroes, Mozzart, Mitsui Knowledge Industry (MKI) , Surgutneftegas Open Joint Stock Company, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, AL-KO KOBER GROUP
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company9%
    Healthcare Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
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    Healthcare Company19%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Government9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
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    IBM Cognos is ranked 3rd in Reporting Tools with 21 reviews while SAP Crystal Reports is ranked 16th in Reporting Tools. IBM Cognos is rated 8.2, while SAP Crystal Reports is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Helpful online community, highly reliable, and secure". On the other hand, IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, MicroStrategy, Qlik Sense and Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, whereas SAP Crystal Reports is most compared with Microsoft BI, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, TIBCO Jaspersoft, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and QlikView.

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