IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson vs. Oracle Analytics Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.
$10
per month per user
Oracle Analytics Server
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Oracle Analytics Server, replacing the former Oracle BI Foundation Suite is a business intelligence reporting and analytics platform. It provides users with a series of integrated tools for ad-hoc query and analysis, dashboard and scorecard creation, enterprise reporting, mobile analytics, multidimensional OLAP, and predictive analytics.N/A
Pricing
IBM Cognos Analytics with WatsonOracle Analytics Server
Editions & Modules
On Demand - Standard
$10.00
per month per user
On Demand - Premium
$40.00
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM Cognos Analytics with WatsonOracle Analytics Server
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details30-day free trial available.Must contact sales team for pricing.
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Oracle Analytics Server
Chose Oracle Analytics Server
Oracle stacks up very well against these tools. It is highly customizable with data being available from multiple sources with ease. SQL queries make it very easily customizable. The UI part can be crispier and smoother which is slightly better in the other software. I'd still …
Chose Oracle Analytics Server
While Oracle BI Foundation Suite (esp. OBIEE 11g) outperforms most other business intelligence tools available on the market (Looker, Cognos, etc), it falls behind on a few fronts. One of the primary features where OBIEE falls behind is the reporting and visualization tools. …
Chose Oracle Analytics Server
The major advantage of Oracle BI Foundation Suite compared to other products is that it has the best integrity with the Oracle suite of products. We worked on the projects where organizations want to scrap out Business Objects to migrate to Oracle BI Foundation. I know Business …
Chose Oracle Analytics Server
The only reason why someone would go for Oracle BI is for the price advantage. 95% of the time the suite is selected just because of price point.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
IBM Cognos Analytics with WatsonOracle Analytics Server
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
8.3
78 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
8.3
38 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports8.270 Ratings8.834 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.476 Ratings9.237 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates8.474 Ratings7.038 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
8.7
80 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
8.1
38 Ratings
Drill-down analysis8.878 Ratings8.337 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.779 Ratings8.038 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.451 Ratings7.024 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.877 Ratings9.237 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
8.6
80 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
9.0
38 Ratings
Publish to Web8.326 Ratings8.632 Ratings
Publish to PDF9.275 Ratings9.238 Ratings
Report Versioning8.625 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.178 Ratings9.836 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers8.112 Ratings8.618 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
7.8
71 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
8.5
37 Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.966 Ratings9.036 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.164 Ratings8.432 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.561 Ratings8.027 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
8.9
76 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
8.8
38 Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)9.073 Ratings9.238 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.872 Ratings8.238 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)9.172 Ratings8.537 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.855 Ratings9.321 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
7.2
62 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
7.2
30 Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access7.857 Ratings6.630 Ratings
Mobile Application7.686 Ratings7.252 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile7.655 Ratings7.428 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson
7.8
43 Ratings
Oracle Analytics Server
7.6
18 Ratings
REST API8.541 Ratings7.815 Ratings
Javascript API8.540 Ratings9.016 Ratings
iFrames8.39 Ratings6.514 Ratings
Java API6.911 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)7.110 Ratings7.014 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)7.87 Ratings5.813 Ratings
User Ratings
IBM Cognos Analytics with WatsonOracle Analytics Server
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(102 ratings)
9.1
(45 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(24 ratings)
9.1
(8 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(7 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Availability
8.6
(8 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(10 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(15 ratings)
9.1
(5 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.7
(4 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(4 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(14 ratings)
9.1
(5 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(2 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM Cognos Analytics with WatsonOracle Analytics Server
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
This platform has robust tools to analyze data and generate the ability for me and my organization to make the most appropriate decisions. It is well suited to establish a workspace for data visualization and analysis, with a wide variety of customization options. It has excellent controls for data protection, providing users with the necessary security to use the platform reliably. The versatility and flexibility it offers allows exploring and discovering trends with the data and visualizations obtained in real time.
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Oracle
The entire deployment and configuration stage was easy and it was accessible across the organization in a matter of days. Oracle Analytics Server being a cloud-based solution helped right from Input of Bulk Data to Info preparation, Data cleaning, and finally Data Modeling. Everything was visual and the Help Wizard was very intuitive.
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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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Oracle
  • Oracle helps with easy customization of reports.
  • It helps with the creation of dashboards and the integration of different data sources.
  • Oracle BI was a package used for multiple users across our organization - publishing and distributing reports was a breeze.
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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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Oracle
  • More AI but with human back up.
  • Less mumbo jumbo so even IT guys/gals can more easily work.
  • More statistics (math) and orientation for those not familiar with it.
  • More live as well as virtual (live) show casing of real situations in business.
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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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Oracle
Scalability and rich integration capabilities. In the future, if we go with Hyperion for the Financial Consolidation and planning purposes -BI integration with Hyperion is going to be much simpler as it has native interface connectivity and even integration capabilities with well known CRM products (Siebel) and ERP Products (Oracle EBS, Peoplesoft, SAP) is going to be easy and straight forward.
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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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Oracle
For me or a staff memeber that uses it frequently, its usability is sufficient. However newbies could have a few issues but find their workflow
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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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Oracle
No problems, it's that simple.
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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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Oracle
Other than anomalies or expected quirks, there were never any earth-shattering delays.
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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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Oracle
It's fast, efficient and easy to work with. Scheduling could help when planning out a day however overall it's a big plus when rolling out and supporting Oracle.
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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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Oracle
Oracle University offers very in-depth training.
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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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Oracle
It was a private training site.
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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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Oracle
A properly implemented Endeca solution performs extremely well on the largest of datasets and it positions your organization to immediately achieve your ROI.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
The AI and the automation in IBM Cognos Analytics are pretty simple to use and almost provide accurate data. The report part compared to the Medidata Rave is always efficient and error-proof I got the reports nearly 90 percent. The analysis is pretty good I actually got the outcome that I wanted to produce.
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Oracle
Oracle BI works pretty well and has been well acknowledged and appreciated by the business users and power users who develop reports and dashboards. Compared to other tools, Oracle BI object development is easier and has a quick turnout. Using Oracle BI with Essbase and Oracle Exadata db, we believe the performance rendering data is quite good. We are using MicroStrategy as well almost equally, but for critical reporting needs considering the back end is Oracle and Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications (OFSAA) we have chosen OBIEE.
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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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Oracle
We have seen the results of this in our initial research and are not surprised that Oracle does this like it does soo many other things in this area, so well.
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • The team that implemented this software tells me that the ROI is not obtained instantly; it must go through long months before obtaining good results.
  • There are functions that are not easy for all users; this makes it difficult to obtain positive results in the first months.
  • A year has to pass before noticing that after its configuration, we can work without delays.
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Oracle
  • We've used OBIEE (or it's previous named product) for over 13 years and it's still the most used tool for BI by the business.
  • We moved our largest business system off of Business Object into OBI so we could gain improved performance, reliability, and easier management of metadata.
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