Choosing InetSoft Style Intelligence over IBM Cognos

The InetSoft promise of easy, agile, and robust business intelligence is now backed up by a professional analysis.

To create its comparison of InetSoft Style Intelligence and IBM Cognos, analyt firm G2 Crowd compiled reviews and ratings done by independent users of the two BI vendors, comparing the BI tools in the areas of reporting and building reports, self-service, advanced analytics, and the strength of the overall platform.

The result? InetSoft outranked Cognos in 29 out of 31 total categories. So, according to independent BI users, what are those InetSoft strong points?

When compared to IBM Cognos, InetSoft's BI product was ranked highly in the general ratings of Meeting Requirements, Ease of Use, Ease of Admin, Ease of Setup, Quality of Support, Ease of Doing Business With, and Positive Product Direction. This is due to InetSoft having a more comprehensive and user friendly interface complete with clear and detailed documentation for both users and developers, along with a personable and responsive support team to handle the occasional customer issue.

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Maximize Self Service with this IBM Cognos Alternative

Style Intelligence's advanced tools for visualization are rich in functionality; the level of customizing through Javascript is striking and supports a large variety of use cases. Once again, reviews on G2 Crowd establish the uniqueness of InetSoft's BI platform, choosing InetSoft as the winner in the ratings of Building Dashboards, Graphs and Charts, Scorecards, Steps to Answer, and the Report Interface.

When it comes to business intelligence reporting, self-service can mean the difference between having the answer you need when you need it and waiting on IT for help.

InetSoft's solution delivers best when it comes to meeting changing business needs of any organization. With Style Intelligence, power users can do incredibly complicated data mashups and reporting and deliver the results to end users with ease. InetSoft makes this process easier than many other BI vendors, not just Cognos. All the parameters under this critical category of Self Service - Calculated Fields, Data Column Filtering, Data Discovery, Search, Auto Modeling and Collaboration/Workflow were compared and InetSoft's Style Intelligence rated higher than IBM Cognos on every single parameter.

InetSoft Scored Higher than IBM Cognos in the Following Areas

The detailed list of categories & parameters where InetSoft Style Intelligence scored over IBM Cognos is presented below. Please click here or the G2 logo to go over the individual reviews.


  • Meets Requirements
  • Ease of Use
  • Ease of Setup
  • Ease of Admin
  • Quality of Support
  • Ease of Doing Business With
  • Product Direction (% Positive)

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Data Visualization
  • Big Data Services
  • Reports
  • Reports Interface
  • Steps to Answer
  • Graphs and Charts
  • Score Cards
  • Dashboards

  • Building Reports
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Modeling
  • WYSIWYG Report Design
  • Integration APIs
  • Self Service
  • Calculated Fields
  • Data Column Filtering
  • Data Discovery
  • Search
  • Collaboration/Workflow
  • Automodeling

  • Platform
  • Sandbox/Test Environments
  • Customization
  • User, Role, and Access Management
  • Performance and Reliability
  • Beating IBM Cognos in Advanced Analytics

    Advanced Analytics, a key differentiator for any BI platform, should deliver capabilities like data mining and predictive modeling.

    In the category of Advanced Analytics, InetSoft won out over Cognos in the areas of Data Visualization and Big Data Services. Companies that focus on data driven decision making can expect a strong competitive differentiation, and Style Intelligence helps an organization achieve that.

    But does InetSoft have flexibility when it comes to data transformation? InetSoft scored 4 out of 4 over Cognos when measured over the parameters of Data Transformation, Data Modeling, WYSIWYG Report Design and Integration APIs. These high ratings recognize InetSoft's unique capability of end-user defined data mashup, which allows even business users to combine fields from different data sources that were not previously modeled, and even import external data sources such as spreadsheets, to create a new dashboard or report.

    InetSoft: Delivering Maximum Value to its Users

    In evaluating the overall BI platform, InetSoft's value was also recognized in the areas of Performance and Reliability, Customization, User, Role and Access Management, and Sandbox/Test Environments. InetSoft's reporting software provides powerful administrative tools that give precise security and access control over users and roles.

    The InetSoft product set offers tremendous flexibility to support a range of application development philosophies, from "heads down, hands on" coding (programmatic), to the use of high-level intuitive and visual report development and server administration tools. If necessary, it is possible to combine the use of the high-level tools with the programmatic approach, thus utilizing the best of both worlds. To learn more of InetSoft's positive ratings by G2 crowd, click the ad below.

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