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Score 9.1 out of 100

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • 9 Spokes ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 1 feature set: Ad-hoc Reporting

BI Standard Reporting

9.0

9 Spokes

90%
8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Customizable dashboards

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.3
83%
65 Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
60 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
64 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

7.0

9 Spokes

70%
8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.8
88%
67 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7
87%
68 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
41 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8
88%
66 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

10.0

9 Spokes

100%
7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
55 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
53 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

N/A
0 Ratings
7.4
74%
51 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.0

9 Spokes

90%
8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
62 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8
88%
61 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
61 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8
88%
44 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

8.0

9 Spokes

80%
7.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

71%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

6.0
60%
1 Rating
7.8
78%
47 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.5
75%
45 Ratings

Mobile Application

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
76 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
26 Ratings

Publish to PDF

N/A
0 Ratings
9.2
92%
64 Ratings

Report Versioning

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6
86%
25 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

N/A
0 Ratings
9.2
92%
67 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
12 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
32 Ratings

Javascript API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
30 Ratings

iFrames

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Java API

N/A
0 Ratings
6.9
69%
11 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.1
71%
10 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
7 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.0

9 Spokes

70%
1 Rating
8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
91 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings

Usability

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings

Availability

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Performance

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

5.0

9 Spokes

50%
2 Ratings
10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings

In-Person Training

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

Online Training

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

Configurability

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

9 Spokes

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9 Spokes International Limited

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

Like after the updates I am able to pull a report with a different parameter and it's been beneficial to get extracted specific data. And with the data analytics tables, it's been beneficial to present the data. And the one drawback I have seen when the full report is run in the background version it fails sometimes.
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Pros

9 Spokes International Limited

  • 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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  • Pixel perfect reports. If a client can provide a pixel-perfect mockup, I can make the report indistinguishable from the mockup.
  • Data security. It doesn't matter who the user is; when they log in and run a report, they will only see the data they are permitted to see.
  • Performant reports on large data. Many tools have issues running on tables containing only a few million rows. Cognos can consistently run reports on multi-billion row tables without issue.
  • Embedding reports in third-party tools. With Cognos Mashup Services, it is possible to build a report in IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and call it programmatically. Need straight HTML? No problem. JSON? Atom? All good.
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Cons

9 Spokes International Limited

  • 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

  • OLAP-cubes MUST IMMEDIATELY be upgraded to 64-bit-technology (if not, we are lost as Cognos/IBM-customer).
  • Easier integration of complex authorisation systems (concepts) into cubes (vertical as well as horizontal authorisation).
  • Much more statistics-functionality in cubes! (IBM bought SPSS 10 years ago!! where is the benefit of Cognos-users!!)!!!
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

9 Spokes editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    Starting Price

    $10 per month per user

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    On Demand - Standard$10.001
    On Demand - Premium$40.002

    Footnotes

    1. per month per user
    2. per month per user

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    30-day free trial available.

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    9 Spokes International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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 International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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 International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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
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    Performance

    9 Spokes International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    Overall no major complaints but it doesn't handle DMR (Dimensionally Modeled for Relational) very well. DMR modelling is a capability that IBM Cognos Framework Manager provides allowing you to specify dimensional information for relational metadata and allows for OLAP-style queries. However, the capability is not very efficient and, for example, if I'm using only 2 columns on a 20-column model, the software is not smart enough to exclude 18 columns and the query side gets progressively larger and larger until it's effectively unusable.
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    Support Rating

    9 Spokes International Limited

    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

    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.
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    In-Person Training

    9 Spokes International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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 International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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 Rating

    9 Spokes International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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.
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    Alternatives Considered

    9 Spokes International Limited

    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

    IBM has the best in class and the major reason customers select this tool is the ease of use and the company that stands behind the product. The reputation of the software is key and the fact that IBM has one of the best support organizations around truly makes it stand apart from all of the others.
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    Scalability

    9 Spokes International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    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 International Limited

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson provides capabilities such as data analysis and reporting that work seamlessly for individuals, departments, and workgroups in all organizations and businesses.
    • Customizable and secure data exploration through NLP.
    • I can easily connect data analysis with ad-hoc reports.
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