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IBM Cognos Analytics

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Likelihood to Recommend

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

Axiom is ideal for organizations with multiple departments that need to collect, share, and integrate data from common internal data sources. The product is best for very large organizations with a lot of financial backing. I wouldn't suggest using Axiom if you're a small organization or only one department, for example.
Anonymous | 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

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
Long-term financial planning
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Financial budgeting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Forecasting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Scenario modeling
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

Consolidation and Close

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
Financial data consolidation
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
10.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Local and consolidated reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Detailed Audit Trails
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
10.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
Financial Statement Reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Management Reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Excel-based Reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Automated board and financial reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

Analytics

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
Personalized dashboards
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Cost and profitability analysis
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Benchmarking with external data
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

Integration

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Flat file integration
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Excel data integration
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics

BI Standard Reporting

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Customizable dashboards
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Report Formatting Templates
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Formatting capabilities
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Publish to Web
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Publish to PDF
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.1
Report Versioning
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Predictive Analytics
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.8

Access Control and Security

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.8
Dedicated Android Application
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
REST API
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Javascript API
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
iFrames
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Java API
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3

Pros

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

  • Compared to a previous EPM we used, Axiom's template load and saving performance has been much better even for large plan files.
  • Axiom consultants can create completely customized reports for any of the collected data. Super users within your organization can then fairly easily modify their work to create additional reports without Axiom's help (and invoices)
  • Setting up user security is a fairly easy one-time task and very easy to maintain when people change departments, leave the organization, etc. I would recommend you use role-based security settings.
  • Compared to our previous EPM, Axiom allows more customization and possibilities for templates. There's very few "the product can't do that" statements.
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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

  • Unfortunately, Axiom only assigned two implementation consultants to our massive project and both were completely new to the product and inexperienced.
  • This isn't really a fault of Axiom, but your organization's data has to be perfect before implementing Axiom. You need a strong project manager within your organization to take the lead in working with Axiom. They should be very familiar with the source data and what's important to all your internal stakeholders. The Axiom team needs to be clearly told exactly what you need from them.
  • We never truly felt confident anyone from Axiom was really familiar with the source tables and data being used. I would suggest in any project they make that a priority early on. Not being familiar with the data caused a list of issues regarding reporting and template construction.
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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM) 7.0
Based on 2 answers
For the scale of our implementation, Axiom only assigned two consultants who were both completely new to the company. It felt like we were all learning about the product together, when you would expect them to already be experts at their own product. The team also made a good bit of mistakes throughout production and go-live, which then caused more work internally for us. The team lead for our project also just left the company, so we'll see how next year's planning goes
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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

Vena was a strong product, but only our department within the University used it for budgeting. The entire university chose Axiom for the increased scale and capacity. The loading and saving performance of Axiom is slightly better than Vena. Also, Axiom provides more template and report customization. Vena definitely excelled more in their support and staffing and was much cheaper (so I'm told) than Axiom
Anonymous | 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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

  • This is only the first year of implementation for the university, so the ROI is yet to be fully seen. For our department, which is the largest in the university, I think the ROI has been fairly high as our users have had more built-in resources within their plan files than they had previously.
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

Pricing Details

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

General

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM) 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

IBM Cognos Analytics Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand Standard$15.001
On Demand Plus$35.001
On Demand Premium$70.001
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SaaS Edition
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    7.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8

    Likelihood to Renew

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Usability

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5

    Reliability and Availability

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6

    Performance

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0

    Support Rating

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    7.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7

    Online Training

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0

    Implementation Rating

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    Scalability

    Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0

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