IBM Cognos vs Tableau

IBM Cognos
From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products for the individual, workgroup, department, midsize business and large enterprise, Cognos software is designed to help everyone in your organization make the decisions that achieve better business outcomes—for now and in the future.
Tableau complements your natural ability to understand data visually. Our breakthrough products let you create rich analyses and share your insights with colleagues in seconds. Connect and visualize your data in minutes. Tableau is 10 to 100x faster than existing solutions. From spreadsheets to databases to Hadoop to cloud services, explore any data with Tableau.
Comparing IBM Cognos vs Tableau is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Tableau has more user-friendly interface than IBM Cognos because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Tableau is more popular than IBM Cognos

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Tableau reveals Linux version (in 2017)
- Tableau acquired natural language processing startup ClearGraph (in 2017)
- Tableau to launch visual data-prep software with deep learning (in 2016)
- Tableau acquired German startup HyPer (in 2016)
- Data Analytics service Tableau hits $100M per quarter revenue mark (in 2014)

Looks like Tableau was recently more active than IBM Cognos (at least in our news).