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Score 8.2 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

D3.js

It's well suited for dynamic data, especially when multiple users are using the application and generating data, it helps us to get analytics of the data for users.
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

BI Standard Reporting

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Customizable dashboards
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Drill-down analysis
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.5
Formatting capabilities
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to Web
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to PDF
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Versioning
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Predictive Analytics
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3

Access Control and Security

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Role-Based Security Model
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Dedicated iOS Application
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Dedicated Android Application
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
REST API
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Javascript API
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.4
iFrames
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Java API
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
D3.js
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.8

Pros

D3.js

  • It provides multiple ways of visualizing data easily.
  • It is fast and light on system resources. It is built with JavaScript and visualizations can be easily hosted on the web across browsers.
  • It has a huge community backing it so it is easy to find people to help with whatever you're doing.
Firaz Peer | 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

D3.js

  • Hard to code, not a kids play toy.
  • No tutorial from official documentation.
  • Requires web development experience.
Sanyam Jain | 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

D3.js

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

D3.js

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

D3.js

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

D3.js

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

D3.js

D3.js 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Support can be improved by providing more educational videos.
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

D3.js

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

D3.js

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

D3.js

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

D3.js

Protoviz does not require as much knowledge of programming to build visualizations as with D3.js or Google Charts. Highcharts or AnyChart are other alternatives that are more specific to building charts only
Firaz Peer | 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

D3.js

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

D3.js

  • Rapid Development using templates helps faster delivery of the project.
  • Documentation requires a lot of time to study.
  • D3 creates high-quality visual effects which can be used over large screens.
Sanyam Jain | 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

D3.js

General

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

D3.js 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
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    D3.js
    8.8
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8

    Likelihood to Renew

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Usability

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5

    Reliability and Availability

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6

    Performance

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0

    Support Rating

    D3.js
    8.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7

    Online Training

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0

    Implementation Rating

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    Scalability

    D3.js
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0

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