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Score 8.3 out of 101
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Score 7.6 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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IBM Cognos

It's great for
  1. Emailing reports to customers and providing them with their appropriate data.
  2. Providing reports as a PDF, HTML, Excel.
  3. Able to connect to an Oracle Database to create reports.
Overall, we use IBM Cognos for reporting needs, which other tools don't do very well. We don't use IBM Cognos for creating dashboards, we use Tableau instead. We don't use IBM Cognos for searching dimensional models, we use ThoughtSpot instead.I wish IBM Cognos didn't cost so much.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos
7.8
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos
7.6
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.7
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
IBM Cognos
8.3
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
IBM Cognos
8.8
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
9.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
IBM Cognos
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
IBM Cognos
7.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
6.8
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.9

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos
9.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos
9.2
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
9.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
9.2

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
IBM Cognos
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
IBM Cognos
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
IBM Cognos
7.6
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.2

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.4
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.4
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.8
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.7
REST API
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.7
Javascript API
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.0
iFrames
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.8
Java API
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos
7.3

Pros

9 Spokes

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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IBM Cognos

  • It provides a graphic user interface for report authoring, which is easy to learn and straightforward to understand. It is easy to develop a report if authors have good understanding of data.
  • The data pipelining framework is stable. It didn't crash by connection failure, etc.
  • Cognos is designed for a report distribution to multiple analytics consumers. Report authors can set up distribution configurations with detailed conditions.
  • Authoring environment is designed to well adopt complicated formats of data sources.
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Cons

9 Spokes

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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IBM Cognos

  • Self-service capabilities are behind the competition
  • Too many interfaces to build models and reports which are not integrated
  • Visualization capabilities
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Likelihood to Renew

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.9
Based on 23 answers
For an existing solution, renewing licenses does provide a good return on investment. Additionally, while rolling out scorecards and dashboards with little adhoc capabilities, to end users, cognos is very easily scalable. It also allows to create a solution that has a mix of OLAP and relational data-sources, which is a limitation with other tools. Synchronizing with existing security setup is easy too.
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Usability

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.5
Based on 6 answers
We have a strong user base (3500 users) that are highly utilizing this tool. Basic users are able to consume content within the applied security model. We have a set of advanced users that really push the limits of Cognos with Report and Query Studio. These users have created a lot of personal content and stored it in 'My Reports'. Users enjoy this flexibility.
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Reliability and Availability

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 8.6
Based on 4 answers
Cognos' services need to be restarted from time to time, but they are stable and require little maintenance.
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Performance

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 9.0
Based on 5 answers
You have to really design the product well to get the best performance.
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Support

9 Spokes

9 Spokes 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
Based on 7 answers
Haven't worked too much with regular customer support, since we tend to go to the experts who are there to help partners with their questions. Generally the questions that we need to ask are far more advanced than the average end user would call about, so we haven't had much luck in getting answers when we actually do try to call them
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In-Person Training

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 8.7
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.
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Online Training

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 8.0
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
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Implementation

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
Based on 7 answers
No real problems with the implementations. Most of the issues we have are a matter of the limited resources of the smaller VMs and only keeping the services that we need for a specific demo turned on. This should not be a problem on a standard production server
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Alternatives Considered

9 Spokes

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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IBM Cognos

Cognos allows you to manipulate data in a way very similar to Excel but it is important to keep in mind that all the data filtering and calculations take place on the back end before you receive the report output and if you want to manipulate the data, you have to do so before you run your report.
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Scalability

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
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Return on Investment

9 Spokes

No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos

  • (+) increased efficiency: Less time trying to figure out how to do something w/ another BI tool that may seem impossible -- Cognos will be able to do it 99% of the time
  • (-) increased training required: Training for Cognos had to be longer and more intensive than other BI tools. For example, my team members go through a week long 8-hour/day class and it was just enough to scratch the surface. A good base if required, but real world experience is the only way to become a Cognos pro.
  • (-) more end-user training: We do mostly canned reports with Cognos, so out end-users must be trainied. It is much harder to train them with Cognos than other BI tools. This is why I only turn to Cognos if I cannot accomplish my goal in another tool.
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General

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

IBM Cognos

General

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

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