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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for collaborative planning and complex business models that require frequent updates and quick feedback. Ease of use, ease of development, deployment & maintenance accelerates business adoptionIt's not a great reporting or analytics tool. Limited model sizes limit the capability to capture large data sets and need for Data Warehouse for plan over plan & historic analysis and reporting
Rama Narravula | 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

Anaplan
7.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Publish to Web
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.8
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.3

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
IBM Cognos Analytics
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
IBM Cognos Analytics

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
IBM Cognos Analytics
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
IBM Cognos Analytics

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
IBM Cognos Analytics
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
IBM Cognos Analytics
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

Anaplan

  • Allows the business to link different planning streams into one place
  • Gives users a single source to view data, no more comparing offline templates in excel
  • Intuitive new UX that allows us to be more customizable when tailoring to needs of end-users
Scott Eckman | 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

Anaplan

  • Enablement -- Anaplan should invest more in both its training capability and training content. Anaplan is not the most difficult tool to learn, but having more foundation in this area would make the ramp-up process significantly easier
  • Storage -- Anaplan is not a data warehouse. This is understandable given data warehousing is not their primary value proposition, but many times we run close to the storage limits of Anaplan, and it would be great if Anaplan had different storage size options for its workspaces.
  • User Interface -- Anaplan's user interface could be streamlined and improved to become more intuitive and accommodate more shortcut keys.
Matthew Kuo | 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

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.2
Based on 3 answers
I don't think we could function without the collaboration capabilities built into Anaplan that replaced disparate Excel files in the workforce planning model
Joe Bradbury | 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

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.2
Based on 2 answers
There is a dependency in this rating - in that I find Anaplan extremely easy to use, but I've spent the necessary time developing a strong understanding of the platform. Once you understand how to use it, the platform is flexible, easy to use, and fun to use.
Chris Friederich | 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

Anaplan

Anaplan 10.0
Based on 2 answers
In nearly 3 years, I have only had 1 issue of being unable to access my model for an unplanned maintenance. Even planned maintenance windows are handled during low traffic hours on the weekend.
Joe Bradbury | 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

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Everything is calculated in memory in the cloud. It's nearly instantaneous updates when you make changes. The only time things get a little slow is when you have a massive model with very intricate calculations...but "slow" for Anaplan is not what I would call "slow" for something like Hyperion. We used to have Hyperion calcs that ran for 60 mins before you could use data. The equivalent would be 60 seconds in Anaplan.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 5 answers
I feel like the support team is a little lacking in product knowledge. Several times I have contacted them to get help, and ended up finding a solution to my own problem before the team could get back to me with anything useful. I have also submitted a few bugs, and never got updates to when they were fixed in later releases.
Joe Bradbury | 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

Anaplan

Anaplan 3.0
Based on 1 answer
The in-person training is simply not worth the cost. After a few weeks of playing in Anaplan, I went to the basic training and knew more than the person teaching it. a year down the road, I was the first person to complete the advance training, and again could have been teaching the class better than the person running the session. Spend some time on your own trying out different things and you will get all the understanding you need to be successful.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Anaplan

Anaplan 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm giving this a 5 simply for the anapedia outline of calculations. The online videos and trainings leave a lot to be desired, but having anapedia around to help you understand calculations has been helpful. The drawback to anapedia is the depth they go into for calculations, it is lackluster at times. Because of that, I have been working through a much more in-depth look at each calculation on my website for users to reference: http://www.anaplanguru.com/formulas/
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 24 answers
Agile methodology and breaking the work down into sprints was very helpful. Implementation required a deeper dive into our data than expected for the consultants to be able to construct the data model. But once it was in place, the focus on knowledge transfer enabled us to be able to use the product effectively after the team rolled off.
Steve Ridgley | 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

Anaplan

During the selection process at the end of 2012, we were thinking of Excel as the main tool, or an in-house software built by ourselves, however, this would have taken us ages, so we checked what is available on the market. Anaplan was a small start-up at that time, but it helped us to ensure we can customize the software to our needs.
Szilvia Havasreti | 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

Anaplan

Anaplan 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It's going to handle most of what you can throw at it. The problem lies in the sparsity of some datasets. When you have over 5ish dimensions of sparse data, the size of the model gets bloated for not much value. In several cases, I have had to adapt my model to account for sparsity in a way that minimized use of space, but also made interacting with the data more cumbersome.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Anaplan

  • Anaplan has been good to plan future fiscal years, by doing the planning in here and seeing the financial impact certain variables can produce it is easier to make decisions within the company such as hiring, eliminating certain costs etc., to achieve the financial results as set in the company goals.
  • Dashboards have been really helpful for the financial executives as very specific data can be analysed and presented in the dashboards focused to specific financial teams, so it is easier to see the actual results and forecasts.
  • On the negative side, since Anaplan is a complex tool to handle, it is better to have a dedicated resource or resources to the handling in Anplan. Regular business analysts could not handle their regular tasks and doing complex configurations in Anaplan without the help of well trained Anaplan resources, extra dedicated resources are needed to work with Anaplan.
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

Anaplan

General

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

Anaplan Editions & Modules

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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
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SaaS Edition
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Anaplan
    8.8
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Likelihood to Renew

    Anaplan
    8.2
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Usability

    Anaplan
    8.2
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5

    Reliability and Availability

    Anaplan
    10.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6

    Performance

    Anaplan
    9.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0

    Support Rating

    Anaplan
    9.1
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    Anaplan
    3.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7

    Online Training

    Anaplan
    5.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0

    Implementation Rating

    Anaplan
    6.7
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    Scalability

    Anaplan
    7.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0

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