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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

BI Standard Reporting

8.4

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

84%

Pixel Perfect reports

8.4
84%
59 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.6
86%
64 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
63 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
66 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
67 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
41 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.9
89%
65 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
63 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
66 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%

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

8.4
84%
54 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
53 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.7
77%
50 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
61 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
60 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.0
90%
60 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.7
87%
43 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
46 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.5
75%
76 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.6
76%
44 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%

REST API

8.4
84%
31 Ratings

Javascript API

8.4
84%
29 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
90 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Like after the updates I am able to pull a report with a different parameter and it's been beneficial to get extracted specific data. And with the data analytics tables, it's been beneficial to present the data. And the one drawback I have seen when the full report is run in the background version it fails sometimes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

  • 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.
Paul Mendelson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

  • 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!!)!!!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

General

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

Starting Price

$10 per month per user

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand - Premium$40.001
  1. per month per user
SaaS Edition
On Demand - Standard$10.001
  1. per month per user
Additional Pricing Details
30-day free trial available.

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 10.0
Based on 24 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 8.0
Based on 7 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 10.0
Based on 15 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM has the best in class and the major reason customers select this tool is the ease of use and the company that stands behind the product. The reputation of the software is key and the fact that IBM has one of the best support organizations around truly makes it stand apart from all of the others.
Corey Mendelsohn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson provides capabilities such as data analysis and reporting that work seamlessly for individuals, departments, and workgroups in all organizations and businesses.
  • Customizable and secure data exploration through NLP.
  • I can easily connect data analysis with ad-hoc reports.
Nicholas Maeda | TrustRadius Reviewer

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