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IBM Cognos

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Alteryx Analytics Gallery

Alteryx Analytics Gallery is perhaps less suited if you need an immediate answer to a problem. Each use case requires some understanding of the workflow to implement.
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IBM Cognos

Cognos is well suited for corporate reporting and analysis where IT department is in charge of building reports and dashboards in batch or near real-time. Cognos is not appropriate for real-time reporting and where you are looking for a self-service tool for end users.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
9.0
Formatting capabilities
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.7
Publish to Web
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.9
Publish to PDF
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
9.3
Report Versioning
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
6.9
Predictive Analytics
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.4

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.9
Dedicated Android Application
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
REST API
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
7.3
Javascript API
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
iFrames
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Java API
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
IBM Cognos
8.5

Pros

  • Allows users to implement new ideas and workflows
  • Allows users to share solutions to business problems
  • Aides in knowledge transfer and thought leadership
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  • The best part about Cognos Report Studio is that you do not need to have access or know how to use the tool in order to be the recipient of the information. Cognos allows you to schedule automated reports that can be sent to any internal or external email address you type in the recipient line. You can use Cognos Report Studio to create customized and automated reports by applying data filters, conditional formatting, formulas, and calculations in a way very similar to Excel. Anything that you could do in Excel you can pretty much build into the parameters of your report in Cognos and manipulate the data before it comes out in the report. This becomes very handy, especially when automating reports that are sent to users who may not be very Excel savvy or when you just want to pass nuggets of information.
  • Cognos Event Studio is definitely my favorite. Amongst many things, I have found it to be a powerful data auditing tool. I use it to set up search engines that check our database for the incorrect combination of values across a set of data fields and thus minimize data entry errors in a time sensitive manner. For example, I can create a search engine that checks for any employees in "Part Time" status who have been assigned a schedule of 40hrs or more. The search engine would send an email to the HRIS team within an hour from the time the incorrect combination of values was entered into the system.
  • Another way to use Cognos Event Studio in a way that your entire organization can benefit from and appreciate is by sending managers email reminders days in advance of their direct reports' birthdays or work anniversaries. In a similar fashion, I am also able to send email alerts to our IT department's ticketing system immediately following an employee termination, which automatically creates a ticket for them to shut off access to email and other systems.
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Cons

  • Due to the popularity of the Gallery, finding the exact solution to a problem may be difficult if the solution [isn't] titled correctly.
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  • Not user-friendly, it still functions as if from the 90s.
  • Too many odd bugs that users need to go around to avoid, especially now with the Cognos Analytic 10.
  • Cognos does not allow cross packages data sourcing, which is a huge problem.
  • The system functions like an old machine with a new wrapping.
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Likelihood to Renew

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IBM Cognos7.9
Based on 23 answers
It took my BI team one year to become productive at developing useful content on the IBM Cognos platform. After this year, the reports being developed for a client were stale and no longer relative to the ever changing needs of the business client. Given the same opportunity, I would select a platform that allows the team to quickly produce BI content. Fail fast and recover quickly!
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Usability

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IBM Cognos7.5
Based on 6 answers
There are some bugs that occur occasionally in the software.
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Reliability and Availability

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IBM Cognos8.6
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

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IBM Cognos9.0
Based on 5 answers
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
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Support

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IBM Cognos7.0
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

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IBM 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.
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Online Training

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IBM 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
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Implementation

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IBM 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.
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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.
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Alternatives Considered

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Tableau is amazing, user friend, innovative, straightforward in concept. Cognos does not stacks up against another software, it is more due to the insufficiency of this software that we need to accommodate with many others. Such as Excel, Access, SQL, SAS, Tableau. The load Cognos is taking in my position is becoming less and less.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Alteryx Analytics Gallery9.1
Based on 1 answer
The Gallery excels at sharing capabilities
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IBM Cognos7.7
Based on 29 answers
We have folders that we can use from each other's file, so we don't need to rebuild queries. Access control seems to work fine since this mainly controlled by the central IT. Sharing data still remain at the level of export excel to user, no visualization that can directly share upon to others. Report distribution and formatting is pretty old school, nothing exciting, not much to expect.
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Data Integration

Alteryx Analytics Gallery9.1
Based on 1 answer
The Gallery, dependent on the either Alteryx Designer or Server can connect to a large number of data sources.
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IBM Cognos7.5
Based on 28 answers
Compared to Tableau, Cognos is completely beaten up in data sources, merging, real time. We use Cognos because we have had it for so long, so we have to keep it, but if Tableau makes progress in the data cleaning and sourcing part, it can easily take over Cognos.
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Scalability

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IBM Cognos10.0
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

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  • Cognos had no direct impact in itself but as part of the Time and Attendance solution it was well received in the organization
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Pricing Details

Alteryx Analytics Gallery

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

IBM Cognos

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