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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

Microsoft Azure

The answer depends upon the kind of [use case]. If the use-case is simply around the need of IaaS then Azure is not the right choice. However, if the use-cases are around BOT services, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning[,] and Business Analytics then Azure is the first choice. Also[,] kind of eco-system the enterprise [has] on the premise to run their daily operations have the highest bearing to choose for the cloud partner.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

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

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
6.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Dynamic scaling
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
5.9
Elastic load balancing
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
6.5
Pre-configured templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
6.8
Monitoring tools
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
6.4
Pre-defined machine images
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
5.6
Operating system support
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Security controls
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Automation
IBM Cognos Analytics
Microsoft Azure
5.9

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

Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Functions is the easiest serverless service to work with in my experience. Easy to ship Node.js functions without bundling dependencies.
  • Proactive and responsive support. We've worked with most other cloud providers - Amazon, Google, Oracle. Amazon Web Services' customer support is a black hole and their documentation is worthless. Google and Oracle are better, but Azure's support is responsive and their docs are pretty good.
  • Azure's Web UI is pretty easy to work with
Valeri Karpov | 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

Microsoft Azure

  • Could be easier to setup redundancy
  • Feels as if there are too many options, bells, and whistles you could add.
  • Microsoft Azure functions does not have a "Configure Services" method. Programming Azure functions has a slightly different programming model than does a "normal" API application. I would prefer that the startup process be identical.
João Almeida | 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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 10.0
Based on 15 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
Amir Tabei | 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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.4
Based on 29 answers
Microsoft Azure's overall usability has been better than expected. Often times vendors promise the world, only to leave you with a run-down town. Not the case with our experience. From an implementation perspective, all went perfect, and from the user-facing experience we have had no technical issues, just some learning curve issues that are more about "why" than "how"
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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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

Microsoft Azure

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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.4
Based on 34 answers
Support is easy with all the knowledge base articles available for free on the web. Plus, if you have a preferred status you can leverage their concierge support to get rapid response. Sometimes they’ll bounce you around a lot to get you to the right person, but they are quite responsive (especially when you are paying for the service). Many of the older Microsoft skills are also transferable from old-school on-prem to Azure-based virtual interfaces.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft Azure

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

Microsoft Azure

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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
Amir Tabei | 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

Microsoft Azure

As I continue to evaluate the "big three" cloud providers for our clients, I make the following distinctions, though this gap continues to close. AWS is more granular, and inherently powerful in the configuration options compared to [Microsoft] Azure. It is a "developer" platform for cloud. However, Azure PowerShell is helping close this gap. Google Cloud is the leading containerization platform, largely thanks to it building kubernetes from the ground up. Azure containerization is getting better at having the same storage/deployment options.
Sean Patterson | 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

Microsoft Azure

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

Microsoft Azure

  • It has taken a few years of planning and growth (which continue), but we've been able to successfully budget and plan for ever increased capacity by starting first with some Virtual Machines and factoring in on-prem maintenance vs cloud constant improvements. VM (server, compute, networking) costs even out quickly over time and will show savings very soon.
  • Because of Azure Application Gateways (which cost very little to set up and maintain), we were able to build a state of the art single-sign-on hub for all of our users and other enterprise platforms (mostly non-Microsoft and non Azure systems), reducing the amount of time to switch among these for workers and increasing overall productivity.
  • With Azure Active Directory, we do not need to maintain separate identity systems and can more easily integrate our organizations credentials into authorization for access to other systems.
Matt Varney | 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.

    Microsoft Azure

    General

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

    Microsoft Azure Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    Microsoft Azure
    8.6

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    Microsoft Azure
    10.0

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    Microsoft Azure
    8.4

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    Microsoft Azure
    6.8

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    Microsoft Azure

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Microsoft Azure
    8.4

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    Microsoft Azure

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    Microsoft Azure

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Microsoft Azure
    8.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    Microsoft Azure

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