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IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Analytics User - license

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  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
  • 1 authorized user
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  • Linux
  • Win
  • AIX
  • HP-UX
  • Solaris SPARC
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence provides a full range of analysis capabilities so that users have visibility and access to all the information they need at all angles and perspectives. At the core of these capabilities is a business intelligence (BI) workspace that creates single place to find and do work. Business users can perform simple analysis tasks while analysts and IT can assess your immediate business situation with more advanced, predictive or what-if analysis.

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Platform: AIX , HP-UX , Linux , Solaris SPARC , Windows

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Brand: IBM
Compatibility: PC , Unix
Manufacturer: IBM
Model: Business Intelligence Analytics User
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Product Line: IBM Cognos

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Category: Business applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Business - data analysis & business intelligence

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Product Reviews
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Analytics User - license is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It offers advanced, enterprise-level data modelling. It is struggling to compete with the front-end ease of use and visual appeal of QlikView and Tableau. Valuable Features:* Advanced, enterprise-level data modelling* Reporting* Request routing* Integrated security* Auditing* Jobs and scheduling* Alerts and agents* Content distributionImprovements to My Organization:Centralised, balanced, scorecard-based dashboards with drill-through to detailed OLAP; datawarehouse; and operational reports keep the organisation focused on KPIs.Room for Improvement:It is struggling to compete with the front-end ease of use and visual appeal of QlikView and Tableau.Use of Solution:I have used it for 14 years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is good (7/10).Previous Solutions:I did not previously use a different solution.Initial Setup:It is a mature, full-featured enterprise product and as such requires detailed configuration/administration knowledge to set up.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I also evaluated SQL Server Reporting Services, Tableau, and QlikView.Other Advice:It provides value for larger enterprises.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The jobstreams makes grouping steps fairly easy, but lookup stability needs to be improved. Valuable Features:* The jobs, which can be used easily, to place the right SQL-statement in the required order, makes monitoring them a lot easier* The jobstreams, makes it possible to group the jobsteps effectively, and in the right order* the scheduler, which makes it easy to run the jobs and jobstreams at any convenient moment* The lookups, if working correctly (they can be unstable), provide a good way to ensure referential integrity between fact tables and dimension tablesImprovements to My Organization:It gave the organisation the possibility to have a closer look a the data in a more organized way. If they would have had the stability to see it through, they probably would have required insights in their (in)efficiencies that greatly would have improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the core activities (it was a callcenter).Room for Improvement:The stability of the lookups is not very good, and really needs improvement. The tool forces you in the direction of a datamart/Kimball architecture. If that is not the architecture that you want, it requires a lot of tricks to fold it to your needs. When you use hierarchies and dimensions, you are basically more or less forced into building these first, before building the fact tables. If these dimensions need adjustment or modifications, implementing these is a very complicated delicate and a faultridden operation.Other Advice:The most effective way to get a sturdy result in the Cognos Datamanager, is to leave out the fancy stuff. Only use the jobs and jobstreams (and of course the scheduler to run them). Guard referential integrity by making the correct joins in the queries which are in the jobs (and putting these of course in the right order). Then, Cognos Datamanager can be very useful, sturdy, and flexible.I understand from fellow forum user that the Cognos Datamanager will not have technical support from IBM anymore starting from 30th September 2015. If you haven’t made a choice yet for a datawarehouse solution, choosing the Cognos Datamanager could give you serious support issues in the not so far future.In a more general sense, why do you want a datawarehouse? If you want to resolve issues with data quality, a datawarehouse can make these visible, but there are a lot cheaper ways to achieve this. And, of course, knowing about the problem, but taking no steps to tackle these, won't solve anything. If you want a sturdy, reliable, comparable, standardized and well organized data, a datawarehouse is a good option. However, it takes time and effort. However, quite a lot of organisations use the Cognos Datamanager. Migrating to another environment is a costly and potentially risky undertaking. I expect that a lot of Cognos Datamanager applications will probably be in use for many years to come. Some useful dinosaurs, such as COBOL, still survives. I think the Cognos Datamanager can easily go that way too.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flexibility: It offers a variety of technical solutions to better satisfy each customer’s needs and scenarios. Valuable Features:Flexibility: It offers a variety of technical solutions to better satisfy each customer’s needs and scenarios.IBM Cognos BI (version 10) is a suite of different modules for reporting and analysis:* Report Studio: This is the most powerful and sophisticated tool for professional reporting.* Workspace Advanced: A mid-powerful tool, to create reports of medium complexity.* Query Studio: An easy tool to quickly create ad-hoc queries (with a simple list, or crosstab, or chart).* Analysis Studio: A simple tool to create analysis (like pivot-tables in Excel).* Workspace: A very basic tool to build and show dashboards using other reports components.* Metric Studio: A tool to create scorecards showing trends for corporate KPI and metrics.* Event Studio: A tool that notifies the user of events happening in corporate data.Each of them is perfect for a specific need.For the metadata modeling activity, as well, Cognos offers several modeling tools:* Framework Manager: The most flexible and used tool for metadata modeling.* Transformer: The tool to create multi-dimensional cubes (MOLAP cubes).* Cube Designer: The tool to create dynamic cubes (ROLAP cubes).* Metric Designer: The tool to create data packages to be used by Metric Studio to create scorecards.Depending on how much data has to be analyzed (or other factors), the modeler will decide which modeling tool to use.Improvements to My Organization:I’m a freelancer; I am a consultant. I’ve helped hundreds of customers to better understand their business and to make better decisions.Use of Solution:I’ve been using IBM Cognos BI solutions uninterruptedly since April 1999.Stability Issues:I sometimes encounter stability issues, but they’re rarely really issues.Scalability Issues:I have never encountered any scalability issues. The product easily scales very well.Technical Support:I would rate technical support between 2 and 3 our of 10. Several times in the past, I have needed the help of IBM official technical support, and there was more lost time than any actual contribution received. The IBM technical support people often know IBM products less than I do. So, nowadays, I no longer make use of technical support; it’s almost always useless. This means I do not waste a lot of time for no reason.Previous Solutions:I’ve always used this solution.Initial Setup:When I initially studied the IBM Cognos software, it was not so easy to fully understand, but now all in all it’s not so complex.Other Advice:Be sure you have an expert Cognos consultant before starting.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it for customized reports. It has features we are constantly learning how to use. Valuable Features:It is used for customized reports. It is the only tool supported by our IT group for user reports.Customized reports are valuable because you can probably create any report you could imagine with it. It has features we are constantly learning how to use. It does allow the users to pull their own data, provided they are given a good framework/datasource that has been created with the options they need to use.Improvements to My Organization:Currently, we just use it for user-requested reports. It has more features that, if we had the manpower, we could better set up the tool so users could do their own reporting. IT here are just getting around to letting users do their own reporting.Room for Improvement:More flexibility for joining data sources within reports would be nice. It seems to be a feature IBM is slowly developing.We have several framework/packages created. For example, we have one for sales, one for shipping, one for manufacturing, etc. You go to create a report in sales, but the one table that you need is defined in the manufacturing package. You can’t join the two packages in Cognos. Someone has to create the table on the sales package in Framework; then, it can be used in the report.Use of Solution:I have used it for three years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:We purchase support from a vendor because support from IBM is more complicated and seems to take longer. Our vendor knows us and can respond faster.Previous Solutions:My company was using this software at least 10 years prior to me joining.Initial Setup:I wasn’t at my company for initial setup. We have consultants do the upgrades, because they do tend to be complex and we are short on manpower.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is very expensive… You have to determine if the complexity of software you are getting is worth the price you are paying; how many bells and whistles do you need for what price. And if you don’t have the manpower to implement all the features, is it worth the cost?Other Solutions Considered:I wasn’t at my company when they chose it, but I think it might be beneficial to re-evaluate the options.Other Advice:Make sure you realize the scope of the product. It is not easily maintained by one or two people. It involves more than just Cognos for report writing; you also need to use Framework to create the data models/packages to use with it. I have done IT for 30 years; it is one of the more complex report writing tools I have used.Also, make sure you are in it for the long haul with the costs that are associated with maintaining the software.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It offers metadata modelling and dashboard visualizations. Valuable Features:* Metadata modelling using Transformer and Framework Manager* Visualization using DashboardNormally for BI implementations, these are the critical aspects.Improvements to My Organization:I have not worked for an organization who is a direct beneficiary of the product. I have worked for vendor companies who have implementation expertise or have worked for OEM.Room for Improvement:* Data discovery-related features* Visualizations* Speed of interaction with end-userThere are no problems with these areas. IBM Cognos has been working on them, but they are not yet on par with other vendors who are leaders in data discovery. For example, features like Lasso, dynamic pivoting, etc. are not yet available.Use of Solution:I have used it for 11 years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I encountered scalability issues while reporting across multiple data sources.Technical Support:Technical support is very good.Previous Solutions:I previously used a different solution, and switched because of ease of development and the rich set of features for most use cases.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:I do not have much exposure to pricing. I understand it is on par, in terms of delivered value with respect to price, with other BI vendors.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I also evaluated Qlik ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/qlik ) and PowerBI ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/microsoft-bi ).Other Advice:Please evaluate other BI vendors available in the market to make sure that you pick the right tool for your use cases.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company is an OEM partner.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stories developed with Visual Storytelling provide descriptions over time and are actionable in nature. Valuable Features:One of the features I find most valuable in the latest release is the Visual Storytelling functionality and being able to tell stories visually with your data. While stories are similar to dashboards in that they use visualizations to share insights, they differ as they provide a description over time and are actionable in nature.Improvements to My Organization:This product has improved the way our organization and our customers truly interact with information, really putting the capabilities into the hands of the key decision makers and not having to rely on IT resources that do not have the business knowledge to do this for them; true self-service analytics.Room for Improvement:The key areas for improvement are the administrative capabilities that are largely the same from the series 8/10 versions and the ability to use Framework Manager packages and models on new dashboards, etc. The introduction of data sets in the latest version demonstrates that this functionality is going to be offered around the corner.Use of Solution:While IBM Cognos Analytics has been on the market for under a year, I have been using the Cognos platform for nearly 15 years and have seen it continue to grow and mature.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues. The IBM Cognos platform has been around a while and with the right people doing the install/configuration/management of the environment, it is pretty rock solid. IBM is coming out with new minor releases every 2-3 months, which is great for customers as you can tell the commitment to excellence with the product is there.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support has been pretty responsive. I run an IBM Cognos professional services organization and we become the front-line support for many of our customers.Initial Setup:I have been installing/configuring IBM Cognos BI environments for years and I will have to say the documentation for the first iteration of IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.0 was not complete and created a few challenges. The subsequent releases have been more complete and the latest version is pretty solid.Cost and Licensing Advice:Pricing and licensing really comes down to what customers are looking to achieve, as there are lots of options out there. IBM Cognos Analytics offers a fully managed SaaS Cognos in the cloud offering, where a customer does not have to deal with infrastructure, maintenance, administration, or provisioning. This is a great option for many SMBs out there. For other larger customers, it comes down to the number of users, what roles they will have, and internal IT capabilities that they have. One of IBM Cognos’ greatest strengths is the ability to cover the whole spectrum of customers at a price point that is acceptable to all.Other Solutions Considered:I led a large vendor selection process at a former company around 13 years ago where I had 10 vendors come in and do a product demonstration based on our business requirements and from there, I was able to narrow the field down to Information Builders ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/information-builders ) and SAP BusinessObjects ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/sap-business-objects ). For the flexibility, self-service capabilities, and in-memory OLAP functionality, Cognos was the clear winner for us.Other Advice:I am a strong believer in having the right tool to do the right job. I believe IBM Cognos BI has been and continues to be a solution that I have seen great results in and continue to recommend. However, I recognize that there are strengths that other vendors bring to the table and solutions that could be a better fit in some circumstances.It does a fantastic job of promoting true self service and allowing line of business users the ability to load their data without the need for IT involvement. Non-technical people can easily upload their data and start to perform analyses of their business creating attractive dashboards and asking key questions based on empirical data.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:I run an IBM Cognos professional services organization that is an IBM Business Partner.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We use TM1 for planning, plans vs actuals analysis, and what-if analysis. We use SPSS for predictive analysis and other type of analytics. Valuable Features:* Good reporting features: TM1 (for planning, plans vs actuals analysis, what-if analysis) and SPSS (for predictive analysis and other type of analytics).* Integration capabilities: broad enterprise integration feature set, useful APIs and SDKs.Room for Improvement:Self-service analysis features have improved a lot, even with new subversions of version 10, but I feel business users can't really utilize these features as they are not too intuitive and they easily find themselves lost among Cognos Studios. Query Studio is easy to use, but you can easily reach its limits. Analysis Studio is for OLAP analysis and it's quite easy to use, but OLAP needs a predefined multi-dimensional data source. Report Studio has lots of power, but it's too complex for a business analyst to use. Cognos Workspace aims to provide some self-service capabilities, but it's good for dashboarding only. Cognos Insight has been designed to close this gap, but it's quite a new solution; therefore, it lacks some complex analysis features.Another area for improvement is error messaging. When an error occurs, the user has two options: the user gets a message that an error occurred, logged and please contact the admin, OR you get a long Java exception that you don't understand if you are not both a Java developer and a Cognos architecture expert (so there is a big chance that you will never know why the error happened).Use of Solution:I have been using Cognos BI version 10 since 2011, and previous versions since 2003.Stability Issues:Stability depends on many things, e.g., the quality of the Cognos model, the stability of the data source, the stability of the Cognos server environment, the stability of the network between the server and client application, the amount of data in the report/analysis, etc. Stability can be increased with a good initial setup and a thorough stability test of the Cognos BI environment. But it might happen that a user receives a strange and unidentifiable error message due to stability issues.Scalability Issues:Scalability depends on the scalability of the source database system and the BI system, as well. Cognos BI can be scaled well, but the scalability of the source database system is more important in most cases, especially when a huge amount of data should be reported/analysed.Technical Support:Technical support has two levels: first-level support is provided by an IBM support partner. So the quality of the first level of support depends on the experience and the quality of service of the support partner. Second-level support provided by IBM can be slow, especially when a competent IBM technical expert can't be found in your country.Previous Solutions:I have seen some cases when an existing BI solution has been replaced by Cognos. It had various reasons but in most of the cases, the existing BI solution was outdated or the customer was disappointed with the existing BI product or simply the IBM salesperson performed well.Initial Setup:The complexity of the initial setup depends on the product variant itself (for. ex., Cognos has an Express version, which can be set up really easy), and it depends on the planned BI architecture as well. So it can be really easy and it can be really complex, too.Cost and Licensing Advice:Cognos BI has role-based licensing, so think well about which BI role you really need, and whether you should buy user- or CPU-based licences.Other Solutions Considered:I always advise to use the right product to your specific needs, and evaluate some other options as well. Cognos BI can be a good fit for you in one case, but it might not be the best solution in another one.Other Advice:Look for a good implementation expert who can help you make it a success. And don't spare on trainings; it's a complex, enterprise BI product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review about IBM Cognos Improvements to My Organization:used to create analytic reportsUse of Solution:6 monthsDeployment Issues:noStability Issues:noScalability Issues:noTechnical Support:goodPrevious Solutions:noInitial Setup:yesImplementation Team:don't know the product was already installedROI:don't knowCost and Licensing Advice:n/aOther Advice:noDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-02
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