"I have worked on the features like dashboards and stories, and I do like them a lot."
"The most valuable features of IBM Cognos are governance and enterprise reporting."
"IBM Cognos improves the effectiveness of the sales team."
"This solution allows you to input a wide range of file formats."
"A drag-and-drop interface for selecting creating ad hoc reports makes this product very easy to use."
"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 correlation analysis is excellent. It's one of the best that I have used to date."
"IBM Cognos offers tools so that you can design and develop your own test queries and reporting solutions."
"I believe one of the most valuable features of the solution is trend analysis."
"Partner support is very good."
"Easy to create graphs and visualizations."
"One of the most valuable features of Tableau is that it's a visual analytics solution, not just a dashboarding solution. Compared to Power BI, which is a dashboarding solution, there are no limitations with Tableau. For example, when you add a chart or a map to Power BI, it has a 3,000-point limitation. When you try to track your whole vehicle on the map, you only see the first 3,000 rows on the map, and Power BI doesn't tell you which part of the data is shown on the map. But Tableau doesn't have any limitations, which means that you can see five million data points on a map. It starts the project by creating the visuals that directly converts to SQLs. In that way, all the components have no limitations. When we compared Tableau to Power BI, we also found Tableau to be more fancy. Fancy means you can create more visual graphics and more visual dashboards. With Power BI, this isn't so—it's just some tables and some simple charts together. Tableau is more for business users who want to analyze data. Tableau can directly connect the analytics systems, like R or Titan, and get the results in screen, so it's a good solution for analytics scientists. It has some predefined capabilities to understand the data."
"I like the solution's web version, more so than Power BI's web version. It just makes it easier to drag and drop things and to blend data on the backend. It simplifies the process."
"The most valuable feature is the geographic data analysis."
"The number one thing was just the ease of getting something up quickly. The other thing that was good about it was that it was fairly fast for decent-sized data sets in terms of performance and run time."
"The solution has great features which nobody can beat, you can do a lot of customizations, such as use different dimensions and colorize them. Additionally, you can use the numeric values for the customization, which is an exceptional feature."
"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."
"The high cost of a license makes it hard to scale up on a budget."
"The solution seems to slow down the servers."
"It would be nice to offer free online training on the tool for end-users."
"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."
"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."
"In terms of what could be improved, I would say, monitoring, monitoring, monitoring. Some improvements in monitoring would be helpful. I'd like to see more monitoring of specific reports and fields. The way the auditing is now is very limited, so I'd like to see more of that - of the monitoring."
"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."
"The customization in the front end is a bit difficult."
"The price of Tableau is too high."
"The process of embedding the dashboards on external portals and websites could be improved."
"I think Tableau could be improved with cheaper or more flexible licensing, though this is a generic improvement and applies for any product. It would be better if they had more flexible payment and licensing plans so that they could suit small- and mid-sized organizations."
"I am not a frequent user of this solution, so I am not sure what they've been doing recently. The last time when I used it, I had to use other tools with it for data extraction and cleansing. Its price should also be improved. It is more expensive than Power BI. In terms of training, there is generally better online training for Power BI, but I am not sure of that. It would be helpful to know from where to access its training."
"The data preparation could integrate better with Tableau."
"The pricing is high. I'm using a student license, however, I know that even this license is very expensive. I've tried to have this product in our organization, however, it's quite expensive. We don't have the internal budget."
"With Tableau, when you're dealing with very large datasets, it can be slow so the performance is an area that can be improved."
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.
Tableau helps people and organizations become more data-driven as the trusted leader in analytics.
The Tableau platform provides the breadth and depth of capabilities to serve the needs of even the largest global enterprises in a seamless, integrated experience. Tableau is designed to fit, not dictate your data strategy, and adapts to your environment with unmatched flexibility and choice, while meeting the toughest governance and security requirements.
People love using Tableau because it is both powerful and intuitive—and offers a fundamentally different user experience by empowering people of all skill levels to explore and analyze data using visuals and natural language. Tableau has become the standard language of analytics for modern business users and continues to lead the industry with the most passionate and engaged user community in analytics, a customer base with millions of users at more than 80,000 organizations, and a deep commitment to customer-focused innovation
IBM Cognos is ranked 5th in Reporting Tools with 12 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Reporting Tools with 93 reviews. IBM Cognos is rated 8.0, while Tableau is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Excellent correlation analysis, highly scalable, but more features needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft BI, Qlik Sense, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, Oracle OBIEE and MicroStrategy, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, MicroStrategy, ELK Kibana and Amazon QuickSight. See our IBM Cognos vs. Tableau report.
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