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1010data

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Cognos

293 Ratings

1010data

5 Ratings
Score 5.2 out of 101

Cognos

293 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

1010data

The software is excellent for any application which is too large for Excel. The visual interface surpasses that of most SQL platforms. It is quite useful for data mining in an exploratory way but less useful in statistical and regression analysis.

Cognos

For non-technical users like managers or directors, IBM Cognos is beautiful, easy to learn and use. But if you want complex cubes or data analysis outside the box, you could prefer Tableau or Microsoft Power BI. QlikView is also good for non-technical users but the decision can be made according to the experience and use of IBM products. In general, if your client is familiar with the IBM ecosystem, Cognos will be very well seen for directors and managers.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

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Cognos
8.5
Pixel Perfect reports
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Cognos
8.9
Customizable dashboards
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Cognos
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
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Cognos
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

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Cognos
7.7
Drill-down analysis
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Cognos
8.9
Formatting capabilities
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Cognos
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
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Cognos
6.8
Report sharing and collaboration
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Cognos
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

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Cognos
8.9
Publish to Web
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Cognos
8.7
Publish to PDF
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Cognos
9.4
Report Versioning
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Cognos
9.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
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Cognos
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
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Cognos
8.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

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Cognos
7.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
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Cognos
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
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Cognos
6.3
Predictive Analytics
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Cognos
7.3

Access Control and Security

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Cognos
8.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
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Cognos
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
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Cognos
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
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Cognos
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
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Cognos
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

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Cognos
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
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Cognos
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
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Cognos
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
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Cognos
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
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Cognos
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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Cognos
7.9
REST API
1010data
Cognos
7.0
Javascript API
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Cognos
8.0
iFrames
1010data
Cognos
7.7
Java API
1010data
Cognos
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
1010data
Cognos
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
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Cognos
8.5

Pros

  • Crunches huge datasets
  • Has versatility in functionality and grouping capabilities
  • Native XML macro language is easy to master
  • The platform has great visualization tools
  • All in one Platform, with IBM integration capacities
  • Easy to use for directors and managers
  • Large user base
  • Relativity lower prices than the competition

Cons

  • The ten.do interface could use more detailed documentation
  • The learning curve for Cognos is fairly high due to the high level of functionality available. It would be helpful to have some less expensive training options available.
  • Instructions for using Cognos could be more robust, but I realize that's partially dependent on how it's used and documentation writers would not necessarily be able to anticipate all uses.
  • Instructions for creating a cross tab report with formatting and subtotals could be better.

Likelihood to Renew

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Cognos7.9
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We will continue to use IBM Cognos to support our student community. In other areas of the university, Microsoft's SQL Server Reporting Services has become a cost effective alternative. That being said, the Report and Query Studio tools of Cognos still remain superior and will bring business benefit to Georgetown for many years to come.

Usability

1010data8.0
Based on 1 answer
That's votes by our team.
Cognos7.5
Based on 6 answers
From the Developer side, it can initially seem impenetrable to try to use some of the development tools, such as Framework Manager and the more advanced features of Report Studio. Once familiar with the organization of the interface, the learning curve evens out quickly and it becomes rather straightforward to work with. From the End User side, navigating to a report or dashboard is as simple as clicking through the directory structure. With a little poking around in Cognos Workspace, it shouldn't take long to figure out how to customize a dashboard to their own liking

Reliability and Availability

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Cognos8.6
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Reports can typically be viewed through any browser that can access the server, so the availability is ultimately up to what the company utilizing it is comfortable with allowing, though report development tends to be more picky about browsers and settings as mentioned above. It also has an optional iPad app and general mobile browsing support, but dashboards lack the mobile compatibility. What keeps it from getting a higher score is the desktop tools that are vital to the development process. The compatibility with only Windows when the server has a wide range of compatibility can be a real sore point for a company that outfits its employees exclusively with Mac or Linux machines. Of course, if they are planning on outsourcing the development anyways, it's a rather moot point

Performance

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Cognos9.0
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Even when running on my demo VM (5GB of ram, 8 cores, 256MB video) on my laptop , the render time of basic reports is snappy. As long as a reasonable amount of items is being displayed, it can handle any number of pages efficiently. The further off the beaten path a developer gets with ODBC/JDBC drivers and underlying model designs, the more performance will tend to suffer, but as long as reasonable hardware resources are being dedicated to the system, a well designed system should not have any problem

Support

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Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
Why is their web application not working as fast as you think it should? They never know, and it is always a a bunch of shots in the dark to find out. Trying to download software from them is like trying to find a book at the library before computers were invented.

In-Person Training

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Cognos8.7
Based on 4 answers
Onsite training provided by IBM Cognos was effective and as expected. They did not perform training with our data which was a bit difficult for our end-users.

Online Training

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Cognos8.0
Based on 4 answers
The online courses they offer are thorough and presented in such a way that someone who isn't already familiar with the general design methodologies used in this field will be capable of making a good design. The training environments are provided as a fully self contained virtual machine with everything needed already to create the environments. We've had some persisting issues with the environments becoming unavailable, but support has been responsive when these issues arise and straightening them out for us

Implementation

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Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
Make sure that any custom tables that you have, are built into your metadata packages. You can still access them via SQL queries in Cognos, but it is much easier to have them as a part of the available metadata packages.

Breadth of Deployment

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It really depends on what you mean by adopted. If you mean report recipients, which is usually how adoption is measured, then it was widely adopted. However, if by adopted you mean productive content producers, it was not widely adopted. Maybe less than 1% of business intelligence content producers.

Alternatives Considered

While we have used SQL, 1010data is really the only industry standard product available for our use.
I didn't select IBM Cognos, I only used it in situations where it had already been selected. Cognos was better for a long time than most of the traditional BI vendors. And their modeling is still second to none.

Collaboration and Sharing

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Cognos7.5
Based on 26 answers
Cognos has always been strong at scheduling and sharing. Most of the time, the company that has implemented Cognos has disabled most of the sharing features in the name of iT Governance and security

Data Integration

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Cognos6.9
Based on 25 answers
Ease of merging data and real time access. Great for up-to-date reporting.

Scalability

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Cognos10.0
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The Cognos architecture is well suited for scalability. However, the architecture must be designed with scalability in mind from day one of the implementation. We recently upgraded from 10.1 to 10.2.1 and took the opportunity to revamp our architecture. It is now poised for future growth and scalability.

Return on Investment

  • This has sped up the process of analysis.
  • We can now automate process which were performed manually.
  • Analysis can be performed more frequently.
  • Cognos can be used for very complicated reports, which reduces the need for some programmers, therefore reducing salary expenses.
  • Once reports are created and scheduled for delivery, there is no need for human intervention. This makes for more effecient use of time.

Pricing Details

1010data

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Cognos

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details