ClicData vs. IBM Cognos Analytics

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ClicData
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
ClicData is a 100% cloud-based business intelligence platform that allows users to connect, process, blend, visualize and share data from a single place. As an automated platform, users are able to rely on the latest version of company data, to ensure users make the right decisions. Hundreds of data connectors ClicData has connectors that allow users to pull data automatically from hundreds of business applications and databases. Data warehousing and ETL…
$79
per month
IBM Cognos Analytics
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.
$10
per month per user
Pricing
ClicDataIBM Cognos Analytics
Editions & Modules
Premium
$79
per month
Team
$269
per month
Business
$525
per month
Enterprise
Custom Quote
On Demand - Standard
$10.00
per month per user
On Demand - Premium
$40.00
per month per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ClicDataIBM Cognos Analytics
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup Fee$71 data volume, type of data source and level of automationOptional
Additional DetailsAll plans include multiple users licenses but dashboards can be shared with external users via live links, no license needed. Plans and pricing vary based on the data connectors, refreshes, and the level of automation needed. A few hours of Expert Service are including in all plans but more hours can be purchased. A white label option is also available for consultants and agencies.
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Top Pros
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Features
ClicDataIBM Cognos Analytics
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
10.0
3 Ratings
20% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
102 Ratings
4% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports10.01 Ratings8.593 Ratings
Customizable dashboards10.03 Ratings7.8100 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings7.497 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
9.0
3 Ratings
10% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
104 Ratings
0% below category average
Drill-down analysis8.03 Ratings8.1102 Ratings
Formatting capabilities9.03 Ratings8.1103 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration10.02 Ratings8.4100 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings7.872 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
8.5
3 Ratings
2% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
104 Ratings
1% below category average
Publish to Web10.02 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Publish to PDF9.02 Ratings8.798 Ratings
Report Versioning7.02 Ratings8.626 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.01 Ratings8.0101 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings8.112 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
8.5
3 Ratings
5% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
94 Ratings
0% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)10.03 Ratings8.089 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.02 Ratings8.286 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.182 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining00 Ratings8.021 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
10.0
2 Ratings
15% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
99 Ratings
4% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)10.02 Ratings8.496 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)10.02 Ratings8.295 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.395 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings8.424 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.377 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
6.0
2 Ratings
28% below category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
82 Ratings
9% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access7.02 Ratings7.976 Ratings
Mobile Application1.01 Ratings7.367 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile10.02 Ratings8.173 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
ClicData
10.0
1 Ratings
23% above category average
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
61 Ratings
5% below category average
iFrames10.01 Ratings8.39 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)10.01 Ratings7.110 Ratings
REST API00 Ratings7.358 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings7.557 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings6.911 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings7.87 Ratings
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User Ratings
ClicDataIBM Cognos Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.1
(127 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.7
(27 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(7 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ClicDataIBM Cognos Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
ClicData
We used ClicData dashboards in a somewhat unorthodox way: we used "Indicators", or icons within tables to represent data, and the results looked great. The ability to integrate 3rd party HTML into dashboards was valuable (although Clic Data correctly warns that response time may suffer). The ability to start small and release dashboards incrementally suited our needs very well. We also valued the responsive account team getting us quickly pointed in the right direction.
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IBM
Our first and most basic scenario was to automatize the creation and publication/sharing of business reports that used to be created manually by employees throughout our organization. Using Cognos for that first use case worked well. The advanced analytics functionalities we used on the aggregated data were also as expected. However, the user interface is not always intuitive, and there is a steep learning curve, so I would recommend Cognos only to large organizations where there is a need for the most advanced functionalities (AI analysis/prediction).
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Pros
ClicData
  • Ease of use, I can put together a dashboard in about an hour that is used by daily.
  • Support, their support team is super helpful and always has detailed insight.
  • Connectors, they have a huge number of connectors that allow easy integration of your data sources.
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IBM
  • We use the tool for data modeling as it helps in predictive data analysis for complex data, which is very similar to real-life scenarios.
  • Options of customizing & scheduling reports as per our requirements basis.
  • Has mobile application which works seamless.
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Cons
ClicData
  • More widgets.
  • Sometimes it takes a while to refresh.
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IBM
  • Sometimes there might be performance issues when dealing with large and complex data.
  • Although IBM provides full documentation but sometimes it's difficult to find answers to questions and connect with their customer support.
  • It relies on external tools for data cleaning, transformation and also for some integration tasks. It can also improve on providing wider range of data sources for integration.
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Likelihood to Renew
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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.
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Usability
ClicData
Like I mentioned before, the ease of use means we not only get very quick results and beautiful dashboards in minutes, it means my team is actually using it because they aren't frustrated in the learning curve or wasting time trying to accomplish simple tasks.
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IBM
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.
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Reliability and Availability
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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
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Performance
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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.
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Support Rating
ClicData
We've only needed support a couple times in the beginning as we were learning the system and how to display our data in interesting ways. Every time we reached out we got very detailed responses and were connected to someone that you could tell was very interested in making sure we were happy with how things were going.
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IBM
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.
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In-Person Training
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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 Rating
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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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Alternatives Considered
ClicData
ClicData was the most flexible. It is cloud-based and even has WebService access. You can publish your data for access from other applications. The sheer number of data connectors is amazing. The ability to not only create dashboards, but you can schedule them to be delivered to specific recipients on a scheduled basis via PDF or a static HTML page.
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IBM
In the past Management had used Excel and Workiva capabilities to create the reporting dashboards that were being used to make decisions. Since switching to IBM Cognos Analytics the Company has been much more efficient and decision making has been streamlined. IBM Cognos Analytics was chosen due to its reputation and data visualization capabilities and neither have been wrong.
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Scalability
ClicData
No answers on this topic
IBM
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
ClicData
  • ClicData was by far the most reasonable cost-wise, and we were able to get ROI within just minutes of using it.
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IBM
  • High ROI with well designed solutions. Supported by scalable deployment, robust security model and ability to create valuable content.
  • High ROI where well designed data models can be deployed with a common metadata layer to a variety of users and use cases.
  • High ROI in an environment that includes a variety of vendors and best of breed products within the overall platform
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Screenshot of Screenshot of ClicData's data warehouse where all your company's data is centralized.Screenshot of Some of ClicData's connectors. 250+ data connections are available.Screenshot of Preview of a joint between datasets from two different sources. Do basic or advanced data transformations with ClicData's ETL features.Screenshot of Daily Sales Productivity dashboard exampleScreenshot of Financial KPIs Dashboard example