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Score 7.5 out of 100

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    HCL Unica

    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

    HCL Unica

    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

    HCL Unica

    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

    HCL Unica

    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

    HCL Unica

    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

    HCL Unica

    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

    HCL Unica

    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

    • HCL Unica is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Implementation Rating
    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
    • HCL Unica and IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    HCL Unica

    90%
    15 Ratings
    8.1

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    81%
    96 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.7

    HCL Unica

    87%
    11 Ratings
    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    24 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    HCL Unica

    80%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    7 Ratings

    Availability

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    86%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Support Rating

    3.0

    HCL Unica

    30%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    15 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.2

    HCL Unica

    72%
    4 Ratings
    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    14 Ratings

    Configurability

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    HCL Technologies

    I think it is wel suited for a business with a lot of one on one relations in the database. For example a supermarket that sells products to a client and gives a reduction on that product. It is nice if the selection process is not to complex and does not involve to many calculations. It is also nice if it is very clear what you want to follow up. In our environment we have lots of many-to-many relations. for example one product is held by more then one client. And that client might have more of those products with other clients. These kind of situation demands for a lot of calculations with derived fields(*), and there things go far too slow. Unica is probably not such a good solution for us, because our environment is too complex, and so is to process of creating the selection, we often have to change things in the selection flows. Because of the complexity it is difficult to see what the flow is exactly doing afterwoods, it also takes to much time to modify existing campaigns. The interface is not handy to work with, if you have long lists of variables, of tables or derived fields(*) you have to scroll through trough them, you can not really search them or reorder them. You can not drag and drop fields or other objects like derived fields in the flow, what would be easy if you have to make frequent changes to the proces flow. When you copy objects something the content of the object changes because the links with other objects or lost. (*) derived field: field to calculate something
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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

    HCL Technologies

    • Ability to translate Multiple SQL queries into a very easy to use visual GUI.
    • Provides the ability to pre-define segments, run them once in off hours, store them in their own system tables for quick youth and a significant reduction in CPU utilization on the database.
    • It’s use of Reusable objects. Including user variables to pre-define calculations one time, macros that you can create and pass values to parameterize the SQL code And the creation of templates to easily replicate work.
    • It’s ability to bring in external data on the fly that can very easily be mapped into any flowchart.
    • It’s flexibility and creating UNIX script via triggers to automate sending of files to multiple vendors with different FTP sites
    • It’s flexibility in the output layouts that it can create.
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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

    HCL Technologies

    • Greater integration of real time (Interact) capabilities with outbound channels, in particular IBM eMessage Email & SMS delivery.
    • Additional outbound channels to be integrated into eMessage, including Facebook Fanpage & Twitter DM broadcasts. At the moment these are possible only through custom additional integration.
    • Support for additional marketing database technology, e.g. MySQL, Exasol, ParAccel, WX2.
    • Provision of database technology with software purchase, as Web technology (IBM WebSphere Express) is supplied for free, but no database is supplied - since IBM also market DB2, which is a supported technology it seems a shame.
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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

    HCL Unica

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    HCL Unica editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      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

      HCL Technologies

      There are three main factors to renew a licence: 1) Cost to migrate to another platform would be rather expensive and time consuming, plus the requirement of retraining employees to use a new tool 2) It has been proven time and time again that it is a market leader in the space (10 years +) 3) It can be built upon, with the addition of additional IBM EMM modules - despite theories it does have very strong digital capabilities.
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      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

      HCL Technologies

      I think it is easy to use, if you don't have to do to complex selections.
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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

      HCL Technologies

      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

      HCL Technologies

      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

      HCL Technologies

      I didn't use the Unica support since it is with IBM, only before.
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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

      HCL Technologies

      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

      HCL Technologies

      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

      HCL Technologies

      - We had to rebuild a part of the datamart afterwards to tighten up and simplify the selection process. But as it was too time consuming to rebuild all the existing campaigns, we no run campaigns on different versions of the datamart. - The response tracking of the campaigns never worked out well, it was impossible to implement a direct response where there is a link between the lead and the response in our operational process
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      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

      HCL Technologies

      The contact history and the response history are so powerful. You can track whatever you want to help the call center to push relevant offers to our customer. In addition, predictive models can be built, with patience, in IBM Campaign. If you have some complaints from the call center about any campaigns, you can easily validate it into the contact or response history.
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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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      Scalability

      HCL Technologies

      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

      HCL Technologies

      • It helps my clients drive their business which in turn, drives more profit for them.
      • It helps my clients determine what works, and what doesn't work, in terms of their social marketing campaigns.
      • It helps navigate proper budgeting through determining what clients' users respond to, and what they find unique.
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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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