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499 Ratings
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189 Ratings

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Score 8.3 out of 100

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and IBM Planning Analytics with Watson are tied in 1 feature set: Report Output and Scheduling

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
8.6

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

86%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
60 Ratings
7.9
79%
56 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.3
83%
65 Ratings
9.5
95%
61 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
64 Ratings
8.3
83%
57 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8.9

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

89%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
67 Ratings
9.1
91%
64 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
68 Ratings
9.6
96%
65 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
41 Ratings
8.0
80%
51 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
8.8
88%
62 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.7

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

87%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
9.1
91%
60 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
64 Ratings
9.7
97%
60 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
7.6
76%
59 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
8.2
82%
53 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.6

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

86%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
55 Ratings
9.2
92%
65 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
53 Ratings
8.0
80%
61 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
51 Ratings
8.4
84%
56 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
9.3

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

93%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
62 Ratings
9.2
92%
66 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
61 Ratings
9.2
92%
66 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
61 Ratings
9.1
91%
67 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
9.8
98%
62 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

71%
8.5

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

85%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
47 Ratings
9.6
96%
59 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
76 Ratings
8.2
82%
70 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
45 Ratings
8.2
82%
42 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
32 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Javascript API

8.4
84%
30 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.3

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

93%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

Long-term financial planning

N/A
0 Ratings
9.2
92%
70 Ratings

Financial budgeting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3
93%
71 Ratings

Forecasting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
71 Ratings

Scenario modeling

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4
94%
70 Ratings

Management reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.2
92%
70 Ratings

Consolidation and Close

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.2

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

92%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 7/7 features

Financial data consolidation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8
88%
65 Ratings

Journal entries and reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
61 Ratings

Multi-currency management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3
93%
61 Ratings

Intercompany Eliminations

N/A
0 Ratings
9.2
92%
61 Ratings

Minority Ownership

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
56 Ratings

Local and consolidated reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7
97%
64 Ratings

Detailed Audit Trails

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7
97%
66 Ratings

Financial Reporting and Compliance

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.3

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

93%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

Financial Statement Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
65 Ratings

Management Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
64 Ratings

Excel-based Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
66 Ratings

Automated board and financial reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
59 Ratings

XBRL support for regulatory filing

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
45 Ratings

Analytics and Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.3

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

93%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 6/6 features

Personalized dashboards

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6
96%
66 Ratings

Color-coded scorecards

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6
96%
64 Ratings

KPIs

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4
94%
66 Ratings

Cost and profitability analysis

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
65 Ratings

Key Performance Indicator setting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
65 Ratings

Benchmarking with external data

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
51 Ratings

Integration

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.2

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

92%
IBM Planning Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

Flat file integration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.2
92%
66 Ratings

Excel data integration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
65 Ratings

Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
58 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Product Scalability
  • IBM Planning Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
91 Ratings
9.5

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

95%
77 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
8.3

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

83%
4 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
9.5

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

95%
42 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
9.1

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

91%
85 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings
9.1

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

91%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

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.
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It is a robust tool with a scalable capacity to meet high levels of data volume according to the requirement of business, its application in management sectors is very valuable due to the ability to analyze and produce accurate, centralized, organized reports with high-quality graphics components. I believe that the tool more efficiently meets the chains of command to produce guidance to operational teams in the application of planning, metrics of indicators, and definition of goals.
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Pros

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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IBM

  • [I appreciate the] ability to work with the same Excel functionality we’re familiar with while having the power of an enterprise planning solution.
  • We can change the number of users of the system or increase data volumes and planning models anytime without reducing the overall performance of the system.
  • We can test our assumptions and see the impact of our decisions by creating personal sandboxes before releasing them to the system.
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Cons

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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  • The interface of IBM Planning Analytics should be more updated, to suit the modern designs.
  • The support agents are quite slow, more so in some states and they delay the operations of the software.
  • [In my experience] Some IBM Planning Analytics versions fail to easily integrate with some programs like excel.
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Pricing 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

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM Planning Analytics with Watson editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    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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    IBM

    Since IBM Cognos Express is suitable only for medium data warehouse environment, we are not sure if this tool solves the long term need as the business keeps growing rapidly. So its a 50/50 ratio to renew Express license. But having said that, the components of IBM Cognos Express are also available in other Cognos BI suites like Cognos 10.x version. So we will probably upgrade our environment to IBM Cognos 10.x which comes with more new features.
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    Usability

    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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    IBM

    Again, some room for improvement here. Some competitors are really improving on this front and IBM must not lag behind. This will make a real difference. Overall the tool is quite intuitive and with a bit of practice works well for the mind. A more modern look would not harm.
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    Reliability and Availability

    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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    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    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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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    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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    IBM

    The overall support of IBM has been very effective throughout the deployment journey. They have always been available 24/7 giving our implementation team the best support they require. They give video links that have the best lessons on effective requirements and full implementation processes. I can say that this is the best customer support team I have come across since we deployed this platform.
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    In-Person Training

    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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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    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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    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    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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    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    IBM

    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.
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    IBM

    During our process of buying a planning and forecasting tool, we found IBM planning analytics was offering an affordable price compared to others software in the market offering the same services. also, there were many positive reviews on the internet that convinced us that we need this tool for Ur business.
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    Scalability

    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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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    IBM

    • 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.
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    IBM

    • With predictive insights on IBM Planning Analytics with Watson, it [rapidly makes] future decisions.
    • Evaluating [the] performance of our products in the market, client experiences, and marketing channels with this CPM tool [helps] us gain more profit.
    • IBM Planning Analytics with Watson has reduced [our] workload and time by streamlining and optimizing FP&A processes.
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