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499 Ratings
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1382 Ratings

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Microsoft Power BI

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Access Control and Security
  • Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Data Discovery and Visualization, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
60 Ratings
8.2
82%
120 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.3
83%
65 Ratings
9.0
90%
139 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
64 Ratings
8.2
82%
127 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
67 Ratings
8.7
87%
139 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
68 Ratings
8.0
80%
138 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
41 Ratings
8.1
81%
104 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
8.6
86%
135 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
9.0
90%
129 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
64 Ratings
8.9
89%
121 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
7.9
79%
101 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
8.6
86%
104 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
7.6
76%
76 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
55 Ratings
8.5
85%
131 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
53 Ratings
8.5
85%
122 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
51 Ratings
8.0
80%
103 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
8.8

Microsoft Power BI

88%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
62 Ratings
8.8
88%
121 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
61 Ratings
8.8
88%
104 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
61 Ratings
8.5
85%
112 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
9.0
90%
95 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

71%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
47 Ratings
8.6
86%
113 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
76 Ratings
8.3
83%
100 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
45 Ratings
8.3
83%
114 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.0

Microsoft Power BI

80%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
32 Ratings
8.3
83%
73 Ratings

Javascript API

8.4
84%
30 Ratings
8.2
82%
57 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
8.0
80%
56 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
7.7
77%
47 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
7.9
79%
63 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
8.0
80%
46 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
91 Ratings
8.7

Microsoft Power BI

87%
141 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Power BI

100%
1 Rating

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
8.6

Microsoft Power BI

86%
57 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
53 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Microsoft Power BI

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 operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews. We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand. Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
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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

  • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
  • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
  • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
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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

  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
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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 Power BI

Starting Price

$9.99 per month

Editions & Modules

Microsoft Power BI editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.002
Power BI Premium$4,995.003

Footnotes

  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per User/Per Month
  3. Per Capacity/Per Month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

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

I find it helpful and easy to use
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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

At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
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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

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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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

I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
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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

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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

[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
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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

  • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
  • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
  • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
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