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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

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

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
7.9

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

79%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
65 Ratings
8.0
80%
17 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
70 Ratings
7.7
77%
17 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
69 Ratings
8.0
80%
20 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
7.9

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

79%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
72 Ratings
7.0
70%
21 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
73 Ratings
8.0
80%
22 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
46 Ratings
7.5
75%
14 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
71 Ratings
9.0
90%
20 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.3

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

83%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
8.0
80%
21 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
69 Ratings
9.0
90%
20 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
8.9
89%
18 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.1
91%
72 Ratings
8.0
80%
22 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
7.7
77%
16 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.0

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

80%
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued) ranks higher in 2/3 features

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

7.9
79%
60 Ratings
8.4
84%
16 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
58 Ratings
7.7
77%
15 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
56 Ratings
7.8
78%
15 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
9.6

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

96%
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
67 Ratings
9.8
98%
22 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
9.8
98%
20 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
66 Ratings
8.9
89%
21 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
49 Ratings
9.9
99%
17 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%
8.0

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

80%
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
52 Ratings
7.9
79%
15 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
81 Ratings
7.7
77%
11 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
50 Ratings
7.8
78%
11 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
7.5

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

75%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
37 Ratings
8.0
80%
8 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
35 Ratings
7.9
79%
9 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
8.0
80%
8 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
7.1
71%
8 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
6.2
62%
8 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued) are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
96 Ratings
8.1

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

81%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

IBM Cognos Analytics provides our organization with a workspace for data visualization and analysis, with a wide variety of customization options. It is well suited for exploring and discovering trends with the information provided in real time. It has the ability to create very attractive reports and dashboards. It offers robust controls for comprehensive data protection, generating reliability in the use of significant information
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Oracle

Discoverer is well suited as a reporting tool where data integration doesn't play a major role. Discoverer suits very well situations where a user has to run a query every day. Discoverer reports can be scheduled and the user can just view the data instead of running the query manually. Also, Discoverer takes away the pain of managing the database credentials. Discoverer is not well suited to situations where the whole enterprise wants to view the same dashboard. Discoverer is more of a departmental BI tool. Discoverer doesn't offer many options to integrate data unless one has to create and handle integration using PL/SQL.
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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

  • SQL friendly which allows for fast adoption for those users who know how to write in SQL. This makes integration with other programs much easier.
  • Accessing data is very fast even with larger data sets.
  • The layout is clean and organized similar to a spreadsheet which allows for easier viewing and analyzing of the data.
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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

  • There is always room for more scalability and optimization of performance.
  • Oracle BI changes a lot from version to version. A smoother transition into a new version would be very helpful.
  • Oracle BI's reporting tool is a little hard to use at first. The UI/UX of the tool can use improvement.
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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

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued) editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    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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    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    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

    No answers on this topic

    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 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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    Oracle

    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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    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    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

    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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    Oracle

    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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    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    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

    Discoverer was already in place when I joined the company so I was not involved in the selection process. However, I have been involved in the review of Discoverer as compared to alternatives including Business Objects, OBIEE, and SSRS. On a cost benefit analysis Discoverer always came out on top. Changing to another tool never provided enough additional functionality to overcome the cost of conversion and ongoing maintenance.
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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

    No answers on this topic

    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 have used Discoverer to respond to state sales and use tax audits and saved the company more than the cost of the product. Discoverer has thus assisted in our objective of managing costs.
    • Discoverer is used to provide reports for EEOC reporting assisting our goal of complying with all government requirements.
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