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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

Litmus

When I started as a tester for email templates and newsletter, I was looking for a software that can be recommended for a long term type of testing and Litmus was the most recommended. For a beginner tester on this type of development, it is pretty much straightforward as it indicates what is needed from developers to be able to test the deliverable. It is easier for straight up email templates with more design than functionality. As the project becomes more complex, it became harder for me to use the tool since the resources for steps to use the other functionalities are pretty much scarce and I had to learn it on my own.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

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

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Litmus
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Litmus
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Litmus
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Litmus
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Litmus
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Litmus
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Litmus

Email & Online Marketing

IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
4.9
WYSIWYG email editor
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
4.9
Dynamic content
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
5.8
Ability to test dynamic content
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
7.2
Landing pages
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
3.4
A/B testing
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
2.4
Mobile optimization
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
9.1
Email deliverability reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
8.3
List management
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
2.0
Triggered drip sequences
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
1.0

Reporting & Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
7.1
Dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
6.3
Standard reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
8.0
Custom reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
6.9

Pre-Send Testing

IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
8.9
URL Validation
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
8.9
Link Tracking
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
8.6
Spam Testing
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
8.7
Email Previews
IBM Cognos Analytics
Litmus
9.6

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

Litmus

  • Inbox renders are the prime reason I use Litmus, I am confident they represent reality.
  • Litmus helps legitimize the struggles of every email developer.
  • Litmus makes it very easy to share results, whether they are inbox renders or email analytics, with my entire team.
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

Litmus

  • I very much like using Litmus Builder, however, I have recently had issues with it taking a very long time to load from Checklist to Builder, and also very long wait times for giving links to share with other developers.
  • I'd like to see more up-to-date devices offered for Android and Gmail for Android - such as the more recent Galaxy versions offered by Samsung.
  • It would be great to see an actual support ticket when submitting to litmus in order to more easily communicate any issues that may have developed since submitting that ticket.
Samantha Brady | 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

Litmus

Litmus 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I will always like to continue using Litmus because of the features it offers. Always very easy to use and excellent results in terms of testing emails
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

Litmus

Litmus 9.4
Based on 4 answers
Litmus has integrations that make the software an integrated part of my work every day. Being able to test right within my email builder is just brilliant. Daily I also use the web interface to review analytics and spam testing. Overall it is one of the pieces of software I use daily without any complaints or issues.
Yosa Addiss | 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

Litmus

Litmus 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I rarely encounter any issues like that.
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

Litmus

Litmus 9.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Litmus

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

Litmus

Litmus 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was very informative one on one session for me. I was able to use Litmus without any issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Litmus

Litmus 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It has all the required information.
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

Litmus

Litmus 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Atleat one members in every team should have access to it and should be able to integrate it when required.
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

Litmus

I prefer Litmus over Email on Acid primary because Litmus provides more email clients to test in. However, Litmus' coding environment is also superior to Email on Acid's coding system. It is more intuitive to code in Litmus and be able to quickly preview the changes you've made in your code. This is especially important when troubleshooting issues on specific email clients.
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

Litmus

Litmus 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Litmus

  • The price is absolutely worth the investment. We have seen increased engagement with emails (e.g., the heat map 'lights up' in more areas, a lower unsubscribe rate, and users scrolling further down the email) and the back-and-forth between me (the creator), and my testing team has been minimized because I can catch issues before sending out the email to be tested. It significantly reduces the time it takes to create, test, and schedule an email.
  • While the webinars are free, they cost time. And they're almost always worth it, even if they're just on in the background. The State of Email content they generate - and offer FOR FREE (it's a LOT of data they're giving you for free) - is an amazing side bonus. They offer a ton of email productivity tips and really helpful content. And again, for free!
  • Although I haven't really mentioned this in previous sections, the Builder tool is sometimes really useful to code in also. I generally preferred Sublime Text , but lately I've been using the Builder tool instead, as it allows you to see your code changes in real time (vs loading up previews each time). Then you can save it and preview across all devices. It's a huge time saver in that sense as well.
Steffany Winkelmann | 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.

    Litmus

    General

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

    Litmus Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    Litmus
    9.1

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    Litmus
    8.5

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    Litmus
    9.4

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    Litmus
    9.0

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    Litmus
    9.0

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Litmus

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    Litmus
    9.0

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    Litmus
    8.0

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Litmus
    9.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    Litmus
    8.0

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