9 Spokes vs. IBM Cognos Analytics

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
9 Spokes
Score 10.0 out of 10
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9 Spokes is a smart dashboard that is designed to help companies see their business more clearly. Key metrics across essential areas of the user’s business are displayed in one place, revealing exactly how it's performing. The vendor’s value proposition is that 9 Spokes makes it easier for companies to make the right calls to manage or grow their business. According to the vendor, key benefits for SMEs include: One smart dashboard for your cloud business apps…N/A
IBM Cognos Analytics
Score 8.2 out of 10
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IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.
$10
per month per user
Pricing
9 SpokesIBM Cognos Analytics
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
On Demand - Standard
$10.00
per month per user
On Demand - Premium
$40.00
per month per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
9 SpokesIBM Cognos Analytics
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details9 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.
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Community Pulse
9 SpokesIBM Cognos Analytics
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Features
9 SpokesIBM Cognos Analytics
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
9.0
1 Ratings
10% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
100 Ratings
3% below category average
Customizable dashboards9.01 Ratings7.898 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.591 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings7.495 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
7.0
1 Ratings
14% below category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
102 Ratings
0% above category average
Drill-down analysis7.01 Ratings8.0100 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.1101 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings7.870 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings8.498 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
10.0
1 Ratings
22% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
92 Ratings
1% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)10.01 Ratings8.187 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings8.284 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.280 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining00 Ratings8.019 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
9.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
97 Ratings
3% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)9.01 Ratings8.494 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.393 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.293 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings8.422 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.375 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
8.0
1 Ratings
0% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
80 Ratings
9% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access6.01 Ratings7.974 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile10.01 Ratings8.271 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings7.365 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
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Ratings
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
102 Ratings
0% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.796 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings8.626 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings7.999 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings8.112 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
-
Ratings
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
59 Ratings
5% below category average
REST API00 Ratings7.256 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings7.555 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings8.39 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings6.911 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings7.110 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings7.87 Ratings
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User Ratings
9 SpokesIBM Cognos Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.1
(125 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.7
(27 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(7 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
9 SpokesIBM Cognos Analytics
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
Our first and most basic scenario was to automatize the creation and publication/sharing of business reports that used to be created manually by employees throughout our organization. Using Cognos for that first use case worked well. The advanced analytics functionalities we used on the aggregated data were also as expected. However, the user interface is not always intuitive, and there is a steep learning curve, so I would recommend Cognos only to large organizations where there is a need for the most advanced functionalities (AI analysis/prediction).
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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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IBM
  • We use the tool for data modeling as it helps in predictive data analysis for complex data, which is very similar to real-life scenarios.
  • Options of customizing & scheduling reports as per our requirements basis.
  • Has mobile application which works seamless.
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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
  • Sometimes there might be performance issues when dealing with large and complex data.
  • Although IBM provides full documentation but sometimes it's difficult to find answers to questions and connect with their customer support.
  • It relies on external tools for data cleaning, transformation and also for some integration tasks. It can also improve on providing wider range of data sources for integration.
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Likelihood to Renew
9 Spokes International Limited
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
In the past Management had used Excel and Workiva capabilities to create the reporting dashboards that were being used to make decisions. Since switching to IBM Cognos Analytics the Company has been much more efficient and decision making has been streamlined. IBM Cognos Analytics was chosen due to its reputation and data visualization capabilities and neither have been wrong.
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Scalability
9 Spokes International Limited
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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
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IBM
  • High ROI with well designed solutions. Supported by scalable deployment, robust security model and ability to create valuable content.
  • High ROI where well designed data models can be deployed with a common metadata layer to a variety of users and use cases.
  • High ROI in an environment that includes a variety of vendors and best of breed products within the overall platform
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