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Score 8.5 out of 100

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    83%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    65 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    70 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    69 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    72 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    73 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    46 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    71 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    26 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    69 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    25 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    72 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    12 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    78%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    60 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    58 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    56 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.9

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    89%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    67 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    66 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    66 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    49 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.2

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    72%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    52 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    81 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    50 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    78%
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    37 Ratings

    Javascript API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    35 Ratings

    iFrames

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    9 Ratings

    Java API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    11 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    10 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    7 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Databricks Lakehouse Platform (Unified Analytics Platform) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    87%
    15 Ratings
    8.1

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    81%
    96 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    24 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    90%
    3 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    7 Ratings

    Availability

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    86%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.6

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    76%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    15 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    14 Ratings

    Configurability

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    8.0

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    80%
    1 Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Professional Services

    10.0

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    100%
    1 Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Databricks

    If you need a managed big data megastore, which has native integration with highly optimized Apache Spark Engine and native integration with MLflow, go for Databricks Lakehouse Platform. The Databricks Lakehouse Platform is a breeze to use and analytics capabilities are supported out of the box. You will find it a bit difficult to manage code in notebooks but you will get used to it soon.
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    IBM

    IBM Cognos Analytics provides our organization with a workspace for data visualization and analysis, with a wide variety of customization options. It is well suited for exploring and discovering trends with the information provided in real time. It has the ability to create very attractive reports and dashboards. It offers robust controls for comprehensive data protection, generating reliability in the use of significant information
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    Pros

    Databricks

    • Process raw data in One Lake (S3) env to relational tables and views
    • Share notebooks with our business analysts so that they can use the queries and generate value out of the data
    • Try out PySpark and Spark SQL queries on raw data before using them in our Spark jobs
    • Modern day ETL operations made easy using Databricks. Provide access mechanism for different set of customers
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    IBM

    • Pixel perfect reports. If a client can provide a pixel-perfect mockup, I can make the report indistinguishable from the mockup.
    • Data security. It doesn't matter who the user is; when they log in and run a report, they will only see the data they are permitted to see.
    • Performant reports on large data. Many tools have issues running on tables containing only a few million rows. Cognos can consistently run reports on multi-billion row tables without issue.
    • Embedding reports in third-party tools. With Cognos Mashup Services, it is possible to build a report in IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and call it programmatically. Need straight HTML? No problem. JSON? Atom? All good.
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    Cons

    Databricks

    • Better Localized Testing
    • When they were primarily OSS Spark; it was easier to test/manage releases versus the newer DB Runtime. Wish there was more configuration in Runtime less pick a version.
    • Graphing Support went non-existent; when it was one of their compelling general engine.
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    IBM

    • OLAP-cubes MUST IMMEDIATELY be upgraded to 64-bit-technology (if not, we are lost as Cognos/IBM-customer).
    • Easier integration of complex authorisation systems (concepts) into cubes (vertical as well as horizontal authorisation).
    • Much more statistics-functionality in cubes! (IBM bought SPSS 10 years ago!! where is the benefit of Cognos-users!!)!!!
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    Pricing Details

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Starting Price

    $0.07 Per DBU

    Editions & Modules

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Standard$0.071
    Premium$0.102
    Enterprise$0.133

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    Starting Price

    $10 per month per user

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    On Demand - Standard$10.001
    On Demand - Premium$40.002

    Footnotes

    1. per month per user
    2. per month per user

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    30-day free trial available.

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    Databricks

    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

    Databricks

    Because it is an amazing platform for designing experiments and delivering a deep dive analysis that requires execution of highly complex queries, as well as it allows to share the information and insights across the company with their shared workspaces, while keeping it secured.

    in terms of graph generation and interaction it could improve their UI and UX
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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

    Databricks

    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

    Databricks

    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

    Databricks

    One of the best customer and technology support that I have ever experienced in my career. You pay for what you get and you get the Rolls Royce. It reminds me of the customer support of SAS in the 2000s when the tools were reaching some limits and their engineer wanted to know more about what we were doing, long before "data science" was even a name. Databricks truly embraces the partnership with their customer and help them on any given challenge.
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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

    Databricks

    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

    Databricks

    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

    Databricks

    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

    Databricks

    Databricks has a much better edge than Synapse in hundred different ways. Databricks has Photon engine, faster available release in cloud and databricks does not run on Open source spark version so better optimization, better performance and better agility and all kind of performance boost can be achieved in Databricks rather Open source synapse spark
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    IBM

    The AI and the automation in IBM Cognos Analytics are pretty simple to use and almost provide accurate data. The report part compared to the Medidata Rave is always efficient and error-proof I got the reports nearly 90 percent. The analysis is pretty good I actually got the outcome that I wanted to produce.
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    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    Databricks

    The problem with this tool and all other ones that are at the top of the industry, it's so expensive that soon as another one will be on the market and deliver the same or different value, it will be catastrophic for them. So you get the fact that they are cashing every dime right now like SAS or Hadoop once did. Now, look at them
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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Scalability

    Databricks

    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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    Professional Services

    Databricks

    Again, another level of professional services, this is not their biggest strength but this is the cherry on top. I couldn't think about any other professional services like this one. Now I'm talking about meaningful services that really help out our project and delivery.
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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Databricks

    • Machine learning is a very new concept and not many universities offer to teach it. My school and a few others have been utilizing Databricks as one of the tools to teach and learn machine learning. By doing this, my university is creating a strong future workforce for the job market.
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    IBM

    • The team that implemented this software tells me that the ROI is not obtained instantly; it must go through long months before obtaining good results.
    • There are functions that are not easy for all users; this makes it difficult to obtain positive results in the first months.
    • A year has to pass before noticing that after its configuration, we can work without delays.
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