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Score 8.6 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Alteryx

I wish I had found and used Alteryx Analytics years ago. Having multiple data sources with a variety of naming conventions for our businesses we spent WEEKS cleaning/reorganizing/renaming fields in our data to be able to consolidate. We did this on one set of reports for one use. Each time we wanted an update this process would need to be repeated. This took tons of useless admin time. Had we had Alteryx we could have created 1 identifier, noted all the different naming conventions or issues, selected the ones we wanted and created the workflow to use it over and over and over again on any data we wanted. Build once - use multiple times. It would have been (and now is) a HUGE time saver. Plus any new anomalies are identified by the program as errors so you can "autocorrect" them in the same workflow. Alteryx is a miracle in my opinion.
Susan Knolla | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

Well suited:* simple reports for simple users ("big button-users", mostly managers or CEOs)* analyze date in cubes (finding "most important customer-group", finding "outliers" / "exceptions"; seeing historical development of...)Less appropriate: * beautiful reports for the general public! Be it paper, be it in electronic form (online)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Alteryx
5.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Alteryx
5.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Customizable dashboards
Alteryx
6.6
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Alteryx
5.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Alteryx
8.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Alteryx
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Alteryx
7.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Alteryx
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Alteryx
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Alteryx
7.6
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to Web
Alteryx
8.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to PDF
Alteryx
8.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Versioning
Alteryx
4.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Alteryx
8.4
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Alteryx
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Alteryx
7.6
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Alteryx
6.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Alteryx
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Predictive Analytics
Alteryx
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3

Access Control and Security

Alteryx
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Alteryx
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Role-Based Security Model
Alteryx
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Alteryx
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Alteryx
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

Alteryx
4.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Alteryx
4.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Dedicated iOS Application
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Dedicated Android Application
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.0
REST API
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Javascript API
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
iFrames
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Java API
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Alteryx
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7

Pros

Alteryx

  • Alteryx does a great job of allowing more beginner Analysts to automate many of their routine process but also allowing advanced Analysts to ability to leverage deep statistical modelling for predictive analytics.
  • Given the visual workflow nature of Alteyrx, the learning curve is not steep.
  • The Alteryx Gallery allows non-technical consumers to execute complex workflows by leveraging an intuitive web interface.
  • Alteryx allows data scientists to bring their own programming language to Altyerx, such as R or Python.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • What IBM Cognos does really well is provide precise data that may otherwise be hard to retrieve from your primary accounting software. While doing so, it organizes this data such that it becomes much more meaningful to analyze.
  • IBM Cognos also does a fantastic job through the Query Studio module to give certain users the ability to create simple reports and modify existing reports, this allows the flexibility a user needs in getting the intended data.
  • IBM Cognos also provides the ability to utilize a BI tool for complicated reporting requirements or in cases when there are many data dependencies that exist. This BI tool enables Cognos to tackle many organizational and data challenges that companies face in the industry.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Alteryx

  • Sometimes the desktop version of authoring tool crashes! It's been unstable in the previous versions but gets better. Even if it doesn't crash, it used to be slow or not responding.
  • When running several version of database drivers in local machine or server, it is tricky to set up database connections. Often you have to figure out it by googling the problem and solution. There are not many knowledge bases from Alteryx.
  • Alteryx project file creates .bak file automatically. It is useful to prevent for the purpose of back up, sometimes it's not necessary. But it is not changeable for some reason. By default, it always creates backups.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • With the upgrade from Cognos 10 to Cognos 11, there were a lot of features, like run schedule once, weren't brought over to the newest version of Report Studio.
  • I felt like they were trying to chase Tableau and Qlik with dashboarding rather than focusing on their bread and butter of Report Studio or which other Business Intelligence tools don't do very well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Alteryx

Alteryx 6.5
Based on 14 answers
We've developed a working partnership with Alteryx. As an enablement suite, we're continuing to innovate and deliver great products with use of Alteryx in our solutions. Alteryx use expands to our global product development teams and is in use in multiple parts of our organization. Alteryx also delivers Experian demographic content to other clients in their product offering. We're highly likely to renew, but that decision is way above my pay grade.
Mark Frisch | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 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.
Sachin Karkun | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Alteryx

Alteryx 9.5
Based on 4 answers
I found it very easy to use very quickly. Part of it had to do with the training I received from Alteryx and the other part was how intuitive the tool is out of the box. Highly recommended for analysts especially ones with little code experience. Helpful to build basic code skills.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Alteryx

Alteryx 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I use many programs and compared to others, Alteryx virtually never goes down, freezes up or gives an application error. Over a 4 year time period that I have used this program, any of these may have happened 3 times. It is an incredibly stable program that I feel completely confident in.
Dan Chapman | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.6
Based on 8 answers
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Alteryx

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 9.0
Based on 10 answers
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.
Meghdeep Raval, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Alteryx

Alteryx 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Good support, but could have used more when installing the server. Had a minor issue for a long time that took a lot of work to resolve. Other than that, there has been a lot of free training especially when brining on new designer license holders. Support is good overall.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 answers
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.
Jonathan Kyrlach | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Alteryx

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Alteryx

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Alteryx

Alteryx 10.0
Based on 2 answers
There is really not much to it (the installation, that is). Once you get it installed, along with any of the add-ons (demographics, R, etc.), you are up and running almost immediately. There is really no additional setup. You can immediately begin blending data, running demographics, performing spatial queries, running predictive analysis, etc. And for many of these functions, the learning curve is quite easy.
Dan Chapman | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 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.
Toni McKee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Alteryx

Talend is primarily for data integration and has quite advanced capabilities. But the user has to be more technical. Alteryx makes the process simple and any user can make use of its features.Tableau was a good choice for data visualization. We needed beautiful charts and ways to represent data. Alteryx falls short in this aspect.
Sanket Bharaswadkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

Although Tableau has certain advantages, mostly in its best in class visualization capabilities, Cognos is catching up. Most of the other advantages of Tableau Desktop have been addressed in more recent versions of Cognos, for instance the ability to ingest personal data sources, self-service modeling, and improved dashboarding/visualization features. Tableau still lacks a centralized metadata and governance model and requires a bit more effort to implement at the enterprise level. Also, Cognos is still best in breed for standardized reporting, which is always a crucial need for organizations. More requirements can be centrally addressed by Cognos, but it is unlikely any organization will have just one BI tool.
Albert Valdez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Alteryx

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Alteryx

  • Alteryx does an excellent job of integrating consumer and spatial data to calculate and visualize things like locations within a certain drive-time radius.
  • For visualization purposes I had to move the data to excel for some decent graphs.
  • It can become very expensive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • (+) 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Alteryx

General

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

Alteryx Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

IBM Cognos Analytics

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
15.00

IBM Cognos Analytics Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand Standard$151
On Demand Plus$351
On Demand Premium$701
  1. per authorized user/per month
SaaS Edition
On Cloud HostedContact for quote
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Alteryx
    9.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Likelihood to Renew

    Alteryx
    6.5
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Usability

    Alteryx
    9.5
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5

    Reliability and Availability

    Alteryx
    10.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6

    Performance

    Alteryx
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0

    Support Rating

    Alteryx
    9.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    Alteryx
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7

    Online Training

    Alteryx
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0

    Implementation Rating

    Alteryx
    10.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    Scalability

    Alteryx
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0

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