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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Datawatch Monarch

The product is especially useful when you have real-time and/or time series data to analyze. If you have more mundane, simpler requirements, other products might do the job you need for less money (there are even some decent open source visualization tools you can find.) I know the product is very widely used in capital markets applications to monitor and analyze risk and price and volume changes; if you're working in that area, I don't think there's a better tool to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos is well suited when you are implementing with compatible software like Costpoint and other Deltek products, this will lead to great integration and result in the wonderful presentation of data for your reporting requirement. However, IBM Cognos is not well suited when being implemented with non-Deltek software as this will lead to challenges in integration and will not produce ideal reporting.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Report Formatting Templates
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Publish to Web
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Publish to PDF
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Report Versioning
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Predictive Analytics
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2

Access Control and Security

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Dedicated iOS Application
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.8
Dedicated Android Application
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.8
REST API
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.4
Javascript API
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.2
iFrames
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.0
Java API
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.1

Pros

Datawatch Monarch

  • Creating a basic model to extract data from a report is very easy.
  • Advanced features like Calculated Fields and External Lookups allow you to augment the raw data.
  • You can create a "project" to automate the data extraction. Combined with Datapump (a separate DW app), you can fully automate the process once the raw report is generated.
Frank Pappalardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • List/Table Reporting. It is awesome at providing detailed table lists of rows and provides it in multiple pages of a PDF based on the size of the table being exported.
  • Bursting to the appropriate individuals what they want to see/ have privileges to see.
  • Being able to email reports, whether that is HTML, PDF, or Excel formats.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Datawatch Monarch

  • Recently, we had some major sticker-shock when we wanted to upgrade Data Pump. It is an exceptional product, but when the price jumped from $6,000 to over $60,000, it was impossible to get the funds approved internally for the upgrade.
  • We also paid for yearly maintenance contracts which included Professional Services, but rarely found those services beneficial. However, we did receive all software upgrades for Datapump as part of the contract which we found to be very beneficial. However, with the new pricing, that is not longer the case.
Kim Shada | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • Web-based authoring environment is slow, compared to Desktop based environment. It gets slower if the size of data gets bigger.
  • Congas is best when we create reports using coded data based on relational databases. Since a lot of clinical data are unstructured formatted, it may be required of good data wrangling function to include them into the reports.
  • Chart types and look and feel configuration flexibility are limited, especially compared to competitors such as Tableau. They are not terribly ugly, but not faulty looking with the default setting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Datawatch Monarch

Datawatch Monarch 7.2
Based on 6 answers
Even though we do not utilize it on a daily basis, I do hope my current company renews it's license. If not, I intend to purchase myself.
Lisa Glassman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Datawatch Monarch

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

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.6
Based on 4 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

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 9.0
Based on 5 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

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 7 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

Datawatch Monarch

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

Datawatch Monarch

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

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 7 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

Datawatch Monarch

Datawatch is very good value of money compared to QlikView; QlikView is really more of a BI tool and has a lot of functions that I didn't need. Datawatch is very strong in the real-time area where Tableau, Panorama, and Qlik don't do very well. If you need to set up a visual monitoring dashboard, Datawatch is the best product I've seen for that. if you want to do a lot of in depth statistical analysis of large databases, Tableau is probably a good option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM is a titan in BI innovation but has arduous competitors as I mentioned before. IBM has prestige in BI and the directors and managers know that. On the other hand, complexity is not the strategy of Cognos, that's why if you need big cubes of data, Tableau, and Microsoft BI are better suited for the job. Even QlikView is more complex than IBM Cognos. On the other hand, your users can benefit from the advantages that set analysis studio and event studio for notifications.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Datawatch Monarch

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

Datawatch Monarch

  • Data Pump reduces complexity of report solutions by offering a standardized approach for organizing and scheduling
  • 97% service level for past 5 years for all of our jobs going through Data Pump
Kim Shada | 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

Screenshots

IBM Cognos Analytics

Pricing Details

Datawatch Monarch

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

IBM Cognos Analytics

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Datawatch Monarch
8.1
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Datawatch Monarch
7.2
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.9

Usability

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5

Reliability and Availability

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6

Performance

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
9.0

Support Rating

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.0

In-Person Training

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7

Online Training

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0

Implementation Rating

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.0

Scalability

Datawatch Monarch
IBM Cognos Analytics
10.0

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