Beyond functionality, you always have to take into account the status and stabililty of the vendor and what the future portends when you are making a vendor selection. To that end, you should be aware that Hyperion was recently acquired by Oracle for $3.3 billion, so its future is in question until Oracle clearly announces its intent. If Oracle's reputation is any indicator, Hyperion will be a different product in just a few years (in a manner of speaking). Cognos, however, is still standing on its own.
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