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Score 8.4 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Databox

I believe Databox can be an asset for any company. We are a small company, but I can see the value for large companies too. Databox is a great fit for departments or organizations that need to put their data into a readable form without needing a ton of reports. Databox allows you to save time and put together a nice report without having to do too much extra work. Once it is set up, it basically runs on its own at the frequency you set. I personally receive a daily report and have it sent to the respective people on the day of our meeting so we can quickly review it.
Heather Robinette, MBA | 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

Databox
9.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Databox
9.0
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Customizable dashboards
Databox
9.5
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Databox
9.3
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Databox
8.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Databox
7.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Databox
9.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Databox
7.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Databox
9.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Databox
8.8
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to Web
Databox
9.6
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Publish to PDF
Databox
9.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Versioning
Databox
7.6
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Databox
9.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Databox
7.1
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Databox
8.7
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Databox
9.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Databox
8.9
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Databox
8.1
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
REST API
Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Javascript API
Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.4
iFrames
Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Java API
Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Databox
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.8

Pros

Databox

  • Create dashboards from a variety of data sources.
  • Set & track goals based on the data and metrics provided.
  • Send alerts and scorecard updates to Slack and email automatically.
Michael Glover | 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

Databox

  • Some types of data can only be reported on for 1-2 months back. Unless I'm misunderstanding the function of the software this seems really weird. I can't figure out how to report on Activities more than 2 months ago
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

Databox

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

Databox

Databox 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Databox is an intuitive, well-designed platform that can be used by non-technical marketers. It is easy to learn, and while set up takes time, usability is high and the team has enjoyed creating custom dashboards and clients have also given us great feedback regarding its usability and value. While other BI tools are much more complex to navigate, Databox is a breeze.
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

Databox

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

Databox

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

Databox

Databox 9.8
Based on 3 answers
I have really enjoyed using Databox and have seen the value of it in many ways. They also continue to improve the functions of it and grow their integrations and templates. I look forward to continuing to use Databox in the future, potentially even finding ways to incorporate it into other departments to help them with reporting as well.
Heather Robinette, MBA | 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

Databox

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

Databox

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

Databox

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

Databox

Databox is unique in its ability to report from multiple data sources. Google Analytics is the standard when it comes to web metrics, but it's just one of the tools that integrates with Databox. Tableau is fantastic for data visualizations and reporting, but it's much more expensive than Databox, so it's not ideal for everyone. Tableau is also superior with customization
Daniel Berry | 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

Databox

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

Databox

  • Honestly, Databox has been a bit of a pain for us these last few months. There are some things it just can't provide us, and some of our clients don't like it. Sometimes it takes too much effort to create a Databoard than it's worth. And since we're a HubSpot partner agency, we're limited to making smart lists for a lot of what we're looking for.
  • On the other hand, high-level reporting is awesome. And they're always updating the tool with new templates/features to stay ahead of the game.
Stephanie Tran | 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

Databox

General

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

Databox 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

    Databox
    8.4
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8

    Likelihood to Renew

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9

    Usability

    Databox
    9.0
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5

    Reliability and Availability

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6

    Performance

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0

    Support Rating

    Databox
    9.8
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7

    Online Training

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0

    Implementation Rating

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0

    Scalability

    Databox
    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0

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