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IBM Cognos Analytics

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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 6.5 out of 100

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

I would less recommend it because it looks like IBI is receding a bit from the European market. I would not be certain for future support. Knowledge in the market in western Europe is limitedFunctional wise the application suits almost all situations. I would for sure recommend it purely based on its capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Information Builders WebFOCUS
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Information Builders WebFOCUS
7.0
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Information Builders WebFOCUS
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Information Builders WebFOCUS
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Information Builders WebFOCUS
9.2
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Information Builders WebFOCUS
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.2
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Information Builders WebFOCUS
6.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Information Builders WebFOCUS
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Information Builders WebFOCUS
6.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Information Builders WebFOCUS
6.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Information Builders WebFOCUS
7.0
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Information Builders WebFOCUS
6.0

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Information Builders WebFOCUS
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Information Builders WebFOCUS
5.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Information Builders WebFOCUS
9.0
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Information Builders WebFOCUS
3.3
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
Information Builders WebFOCUS
3.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.6
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Information Builders WebFOCUS
10.0
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.6
Information Builders WebFOCUS
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Information Builders WebFOCUS
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Information Builders WebFOCUS
9.0

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

  • One thing that has always been good at WebFOCUS is how they interact with the customer on items. They take suggestions and implement them. In addition technical support is timely and very detailed.
  • I think they keep up with and lead in implementing new technologies in the BI space. One case of this are the ability for user to create their own easy dashboard using the green plus buttons. Also the ability to link d3 into and have the ability to implement new types of graphs is nice.
  • I have been to a spoke at one of their user conferences and they are worth going to. In addition to all of the great seminars the interaction you get with vendors and other users is key in the growth of your knowledge. I've learned so much for my time at these conferences.
Anonymous | 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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

  • The newest versions of WebFOCUS have an unnecessarily complicated security layout that makes configuration difficult to accomplish without bringing in the vendor for installs.
  • This software tries to cover too many bases allowing you to switch from writing code manually to creating reports using only GUI tools. This sometimes complicates screens and functionality where the two methods don't always work well together. -though its nice to have the choice.
  • The sales force is not as top notch as many software companies
Anonymous | 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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Information Builders WebFOCUS 8.6
Based on 5 answers
This software is deeply engrained with my organization and has become a tool that would not easily be replaced without spending more money and resources to get the same results. License cost is comparable to other report writing tools and the capabilities are greater than the competition without having to buy multiple apps to do the same thing.
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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Information Builders WebFOCUS 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Best BI tool/product I have used. The others don't compare overall. Some can look fancier, but when you actually use them with large data and data from numerous systems/sources that is where most of the competition falls away. I also don't like downtime. I have basically none for a large user base with WebFocus. Even SAP Crystal Reports went down for 4 days once - 4 days because the admin password got locked out due to a glitch and we had zero reports for 4 days. WebFocus has never had more than a few minutes of downtime. It's like a tank that just keeps rolling. There is no other choice for reliable BI.
David Maillie | 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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Information Builders WebFOCUS 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Tracking availability formally for almost two years and we are at 99.8%
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Information Builders WebFOCUS 7.0
Based on 5 answers
They have extremely knowledgeable techs that I have worked with over the years. Some have actually become really good friends of mine. I see them often at local user groups and when we show them how we are using their tools to save millions of dollars throughout the company
David Maillie | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Information Builders WebFOCUS 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It's hit and miss, the last class was overcrowded and people were having trouble connecting which took up much of the time. Instructors vary
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Information Builders WebFOCUS 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Plan ahead on what data will be accessible and the type of security required on the database and if you will want to use security that is built into the software. It is worth consulting with the vendor on what your plan is and how they recommend you proceed in order to get results you are happy with.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

Webfocus handles the side of our business that is involved with our catalogs. Our catalogs is a huge revenue driver for us and this tool has been extremely useful with planning feature catalogs. Tableau is used more for marketing and merchandising purchases since we can filter data based on website sales.
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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

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

Information Builders WebFOCUS

  • We are not yet a success story. Though we've been implementing WebFOCUS for over a year, we have very few products in our Production portal. Of course, this is not all the responsibility of Information Builders, but we were ill-advised by our 'training coordinator' in our training of staff and coming up to speed with the tools has been very slow.
  • Once skilled analysts and professional IT staff achieve a grasp of the products, they are able to very quickly create polished and well-received products.
  • The DW/BI project has helped us to establish standards and protocols of communication that will allow us to more quickly meet knowledge transfer requirements
Pamela Sprague | 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
On Cloud HostedContact for quote
    Additional Pricing Details
    30-day free trial available.

    Information Builders WebFOCUS

    General

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

    Information Builders WebFOCUS Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    7.0

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    8.6

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    8.0

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    9.0

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    Information Builders WebFOCUS

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    Information Builders WebFOCUS

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    6.0

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Information Builders WebFOCUS
    8.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    Information Builders WebFOCUS

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