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Partha-DWBI Analytics Expert - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Co-founder at Enterprise BIDI Solutions
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Good reporting and analytics capabilities
Pros and Cons
  • "IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions."
  • "The performance is a bottleneck and something that can be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider. We come up with the business requirements for our clients, and then we provide a complete solution for catering to their specific needs.

We come up with a customized BPM or a BA or another analytical solution and we offer them as a package. 

What is most valuable?

IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions. You have Report Studio and Analytics Studio, where they have different tools for designing reports. These include report templates and comping up with canned reports.

What needs improvement?

The performance is a bottleneck and something that can be improved. The way they have designed the framework, the framework manager is a critical part. If you have a properly-designed framework manager then whatever stories you generate through the Report Studio or Query Studio will give you better results. However, if the modeling is incorrect then it will kill your free memory and detract from the performance.

You have to have complete control of the data model, including the hierarchy and the relationships. There are still a lot of loose ends. The way that a many-to-many relationship can be defined within the framework should be brought into the Report Studio and Query Studio. This would be an improvement. 

There can be a recursive effect, where you are pulling resources away from the users. This will eat away the resources and cause them a lot of lag time in their reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with IBM Cognos for almost 25 years, since 1996 or 1997. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises. These higher licensing costs are why we recommend Pentaho or Talend for the SME segment. For them, they have to minimize the total cost of ownership. This segment is also interested in open-source enterprise solutions, which will reduce their costs to a large extent.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is to ensure that they are clear with the business requirements. You have to define the model in the first place, so you want to design the model with all of the business hierarchies and attributes so that there will be no further re-working it, or any re-production of work in the future. This means that you have to plan your model, get a model, and then framework manage your model well in advance. Then your reporting and analytics will be very good.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller
Muhammed Shafad - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at 6D Global Technologies, Inc.
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Provides for sending email alerts, performs geographical data analysis, and technical support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the geographic data analysis."
  • "It should offer better features for customization."

What is our primary use case?

Tableau is good for data analysis.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the geographic data analysis.

It provides functionality for sending email alerts.

The performance is good compared to some other products.

What needs improvement?

It should offer better features for customization. It would be nice to have features such as border design.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Tableau for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with Pentaho and Microsoft BI. I found that the performance of these products didn't compare with that of Tableau.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of Tableau is high, although there are different types of licenses available.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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