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845 Ratings

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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    8.3

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    83%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    8.2
    82%
    60 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    8.3
    83%
    65 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    8.3
    83%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    8.6

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    86%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    8.8
    88%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    8.7
    87%
    68 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    8.3
    83%
    41 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    8.8
    88%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    8.3
    83%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    9.2
    92%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    8.6
    86%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    9.2
    92%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 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%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

    7.9
    79%
    55 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    8.0
    80%
    53 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    7.4
    74%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    8.9

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    89%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    9.0
    90%
    62 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    8.8
    88%
    61 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    9.1
    91%
    61 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    8.8
    88%
    44 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    7.1

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    71%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    7.8
    78%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    7.6
    76%
    76 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    7.5
    75%
    45 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    7.8

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    78%

    Microsoft Azure

    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

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft Azure

    83%
    Microsoft Azure ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    14 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    14 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    14 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    14 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    14 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    13 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    14 Ratings

    Security controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    14 Ratings

    Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    13 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 2 areas: Availability, Support Rating
    • Microsoft Azure is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Implementation Rating
    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Microsoft Azure are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    91 Ratings
    8.1

    Microsoft Azure

    81%
    87 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    24 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft Azure

    100%
    15 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    7 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft Azure

    87%
    28 Ratings

    Availability

    8.6

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    86%
    8 Ratings
    6.8

    Microsoft Azure

    68%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    15 Ratings
    8.8

    Microsoft Azure

    88%
    47 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    4 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    14 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft Azure

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Microsoft Azure

    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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    Microsoft

    In terms of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure is the only comprehensive result the company offers. Regardless of how big or small an organization is, it can make use of this system. As a cyber-security professional, this is your best option for data management. A business that wants to minimize capital expenditures can use Microsoft Azure. Many Microsoft services accept it. People with little or no knowledge of cloud computing may find it impossible. It isn’t the solution for companies that don’t want to risk having only one platform and infrastructure vendor.
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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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    Microsoft

    • Azure simply provides end to end life cycle. Starting from the development to automated deployment, you will find [a] bunch of options. Custom hook-points allow [integration] on-premise resources as well.
    • Excellent documentation around all the services make it really easy for any novice. Overall support by [the] community and Azure Technical team is exceptional.
    • BOT Services, Computer Vision services, ML frameworks provide excellent results as compare to similar services provided by other giants in the same space.
    • Azure data services provide excellent support to ingest data from different sources, ETL, and consumption of data for BI purpose.
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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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    Microsoft

    • In our experience, Azure Kubernetes Survice was difficult to set up, which is why we used Kubernetes on top of VMs.
    • Azure REST API is a bit difficult to use, which made it difficult for us to automate our interactions with Azure.
    • Azure's Web UI does a good job of showing metrics on individual VMs, but it would be great if there was a way to show certain metrics from multiple VMs on one dashboard. For example, hard drive usage on our database VMs.
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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

    Microsoft Azure

    Starting Price

    $29 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Microsoft Azure editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    BasicFree1
    Developer$292
    Standard$1003
    Professional Direct$10004

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    The free tier lets users have access to a variety of services free for 12 months with limited usage after making an Azure account.

    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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    Microsoft

    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.
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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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    Microsoft

    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"
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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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    Microsoft

    It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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    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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    Microsoft

    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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    Microsoft

    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.
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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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    Microsoft

    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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    Microsoft

    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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    Microsoft

    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.
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    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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    Microsoft

    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.
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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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    Microsoft

    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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    Microsoft

    • Brings down Capex to customers.
    • Some of the built-in security features of DDoS Basic protection that comes with VNET on Azure or even WAF on AGW brings huge advantages to customers.
    • Hybrid benefits for those who have software assurance can save even more costs by moving to Azure.
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