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IBM Cognos Analytics

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

InfoSphere

Information Server is extremely useful to replace manual developments that require a lot of coding effort. It significantly increases the productivity of the initial development and the future maintenance of the processes since it has a visual development environment with self-documentation.
Karina Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
InfoSphere
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
InfoSphere
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
InfoSphere
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
InfoSphere

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
InfoSphere
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
InfoSphere
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
InfoSphere
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
InfoSphere
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
InfoSphere

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
InfoSphere
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
InfoSphere
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
InfoSphere
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
InfoSphere
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
InfoSphere
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
InfoSphere

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
InfoSphere
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
InfoSphere
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
InfoSphere
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
InfoSphere

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
InfoSphere
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
InfoSphere
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
InfoSphere
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
InfoSphere
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
InfoSphere

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
InfoSphere
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
InfoSphere
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
InfoSphere
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
InfoSphere
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
InfoSphere

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
InfoSphere
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
InfoSphere
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
InfoSphere
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
InfoSphere
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.6
InfoSphere
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
InfoSphere
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
InfoSphere

Data Source Connection

IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
8.4
Connect to traditional data sources
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.3
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
7.5

Data Transformations

IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.8
Simple transformations
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
10.0
Complex transformations
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.7

Data Modeling

IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.1
Data model creation
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.9
Metadata management
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.1
Business rules and workflow
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.4
Collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.2
Testing and debugging
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
7.1
feature 1
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
10.0

Data Governance

IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.9
Integration with data quality tools
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
10.0
Integration with MDM tools
IBM Cognos Analytics
InfoSphere
9.9

Pros

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

InfoSphere

  • IIS best for ETL ,not ELT , and many and diffrent source systems.
  • It also can process big data , unstuctured data
  • It is not only DWH , you can use infosphere for analys and see the bigger architecture of your OLTP systems
Gunes INAL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

InfoSphere

  • I would be nice to have a new web development environment for DataStage.
  • Connectivity Packs such as Pack for SAP Application are a little pricey.
  • It is confusing for new developers the possibility of developing jobs using different execution engines such as Parallel or Server.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
  • Scale of implementation
  • IBM techsupport
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very usable and user accessible
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

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

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Information does load quick, but it depends on what's being done, the backend database seems to be the biggest bottleneck
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

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

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

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

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

InfoSphere

DataStage is more robust and stable than ODIThe ability to perform complex transformations or implement business rules is much more developed in DS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

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

InfoSphere

  • If you don't use all of the product family, it will be expensive. But if you want to plan use all the products and you will position it in the center of your infrastructure ROI will be effective.
Gunes INAL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cognos Analytics

General

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

IBM Cognos Analytics Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand Standard$15.001
On Demand Plus$35.001
On Demand Premium$70.001
  1. Per User/Per Month
SaaS Edition
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    30-day free trial available.

    InfoSphere

    General

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

    InfoSphere Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    InfoSphere
    7.7

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    InfoSphere
    8.0

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    InfoSphere
    9.0

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    InfoSphere

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    InfoSphere
    8.0

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    InfoSphere

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    InfoSphere

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    InfoSphere

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    InfoSphere

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    InfoSphere

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