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Score 8.3 out of 101
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Score 7.3 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 Express

IBM Cognos Express is suitable for small business departments where the users are looking for the answers by themselves. It's less appropriate in enterprise level execution as it has a limitation of 100 users.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos Express
8.0
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
7.0
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
IBM Cognos Express
8.0
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
7.0
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
IBM Cognos Express
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
IBM Cognos Express
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.0
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
6.0

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos Express
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
IBM Cognos Express
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
IBM Cognos Express
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
IBM Cognos Express
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
7.0

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.8
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
IBM Cognos Express
8.0

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 Express

  • Self-Service Reporting. Drag and Drop and easy to create visualizations helps to get the answers to business questions easily.
  • Fast Decision Making Ability. Deep dive of the data helps with decision making capabilities.
  • Analytics Engine allows you to create categories of information. Better Performance Management.
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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 Express

  • IBM Cognos Express does not have mobile capabilities (called Go! Mobile) or Go! Search options.
  • Cannot be installed in a distributed environment. Single host only.
  • There is a limitation on number of users. I guess it's around 100.
  • Limited security features compared to IBM Cognos 8/10 versions.
  • Compared to Cognos TM1, the IBM Cognos Express Planner has limited functionality.
  • IBM Cognos Express can be installed on the Windows platform only.
  • Suitable for a small scale business or medium size data warehouse environment.
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Likelihood to Renew

9 Spokes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Express

IBM Cognos Express 8.3
Based on 3 answers
Since IBM Cognos Express is suitable only for medium data warehouse environment, we are not sure if this tool solves the long term need as the business keeps growing rapidly. So its a 50/50 ratio to renew Express license. But having said that, the components of IBM Cognos Express are also available in other Cognos BI suites like Cognos 10.x version. So we will probably upgrade our environment to IBM Cognos 10.x which comes with more new features.
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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 Express

IBM Cognos Express 5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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 Express

Cognos Express is a full BI solution. The security level is what a business expects. All reports are based on the same infrastructure - a single version of the truth. It can be used totally on line with no download. As your organization grows you simply upgrade to Cognos Enterprise.
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Return on Investment

9 Spokes

No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Express

  • Since its an integrated tool with reporter & planner, it was very user friendly for our customers to do dashboarding and what-if analysis on a single platform.
  • Easy end user training.
  • Our users productivity increased by 50%.
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IBM Cognos Express

Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General

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

IBM Cognos Express

General

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

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