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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    8.3

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    83%

    PostgreSQL

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

    Pixel Perfect reports

    8.2
    82%
    63 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    8.4
    84%
    68 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    8.3
    83%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    PostgreSQL

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

    Drill-down analysis

    8.8
    88%
    70 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    8.7
    87%
    71 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    8.3
    83%
    44 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    8.8
    88%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    PostgreSQL

    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%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    8.6
    86%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    9.2
    92%
    70 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%

    PostgreSQL

    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%
    58 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    8.0
    80%
    56 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    7.4
    74%
    54 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    8.9

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    89%

    PostgreSQL

    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%
    65 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    8.8
    88%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    9.1
    91%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    8.8
    88%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    7.2

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    72%

    PostgreSQL

    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%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    7.6
    76%
    79 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    7.5
    75%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    7.8

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    78%

    PostgreSQL

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    8.4
    84%
    35 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Javascript API

    8.5
    85%
    33 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

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Performance, Support Rating, Product Scalability
    • PostgreSQL is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.1

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    81%
    94 Ratings
    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    55 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    24 Ratings
    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    7 Ratings
    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    8.6

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    86%
    8 Ratings
    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    90%
    10 Ratings
    7.0

    PostgreSQL

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    15 Ratings
    9.4

    PostgreSQL

    94%
    13 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    4 Ratings

    PostgreSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    4 Ratings

    PostgreSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    14 Ratings
    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    PostgreSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    PostgreSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    PostgreSQL

    80%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    PostgreSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    PostgreSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    Right now, we are exporting the reports in formats that are easy to read for all users; Slack is one of the integrations that help improve the reach of this tool; we also send the reports through emails automatically. We are always connected to all data sources with IBM Cognos Analytics since implementation in our hybrid cloud. Honestly, I want to mention that this software is not the simplest on the market, but its technical support makes up for these shortcomings.
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    PostgreSQL Global Development Group

    PostgreSQL, unlike other databases, is user-friendly and uses an open-source database. Ideal for relational databases, they can be accessed when speed and efficiency are required. It enables high-availability and disaster recovery replication from instance to instance. PostgreSQL can store data in a JSON format, including hashes, keys, and values. Multi-platform compatibility is also a big selling point. We could, however, use all the DBMS’s cores. While it works well in fast environments, it can be problematic in slower ones or cause multiple master replication.
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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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    PostgreSQL Global Development Group

    • The stability it offers, its speed of response and its resource management is excellent even in complex database environments and with low-resource machines.
    • The large amount of resources it has in addition to the many own and third-party tools that are compatible that make productivity greatly increase.
    • The adaptability in various environments, whether distributed or not, [is a] complete set of configuration options which allows to greatly customize the work configuration according to the needs that are required.
    • The excellent handling of referential and transactional integrity, its internal security scheme, the ease with which we can create backups are some of the strengths that can be mentioned.
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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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    PostgreSQL Global Development Group

    • The query syntax for JSON fields is unwieldy when you start getting into complex queries with many joins.
    • I wish there was a distinction (a flag) you could set for automated scripts vs working in the psql CLI, which would provide an 'Are you sure you want to do X?' type prompt if your query is likely to affect more than a certain number of rows. Especially on updates/deletes. Setting the flag in the headless(scripted) flow would disable the prompt.
    • Better documentation around JSON and Array aggregation, with more examples of how the data is transformed.
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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

    PostgreSQL

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PostgreSQL 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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      As a needed software for day to day development activities
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      Postgresql is the best tool out there for relational data so I have to give it a high rating when it comes to analytics, data availability and consistency, so on and so forth. SQL is also a relatively consistent language so when it comes to building new tables and loading data in from the OLTP database, there are enough tools where we can perform ETL on a scalable basis.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      PostgreSQL's availability is top notch. Apart from connection time-out for an idle user, the database is super reliable.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The data queries are relatively quick for a small to medium sized table. With complex joins, and a wide and deep table however, the performance of the query has room for improvement.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      There are several companies that you can contract for technical support, like EnterpriseDB or Percona, both first level in expertise and commitment to the software.
      But we do not have contracts with them, we have done all the way from googling to forums, and never have a problem that we cannot resolve or pass around. And for dozens of projects and more than 15 years now.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The online training is request based. Had there been recorded videos available online for potential users to benefit from, I could have rated it higher. The online documentation however is very helpful. The online documentation PDF is downloadable and allows users to pace their own learning. With examples and code snippets, the documentation is great starting point.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The online documentation of the PostgreSQL product is elaborate and takes users step by step.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      Postgres stacks up just [fine] along the other big players in the RDBMS world. It's very popular for a reason. It's very close to MySQL in terms of cost and features - I'd pick either solution and be just as happy. Compared to Oracle it is a MUCH cheaper solution that is just as usable.
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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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The DB is reliable, scalable, easy to use and resolves most DB needs
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      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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      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      • The user-role system has saved us tons of time and thus money. As I mentioned in the "Use Case" section, Postgres is not only used by engineering but also finance to measure how much to charge customers and customer support to debug customer issues. Sure, it's not easy for non-technical employees to psql in and view raw tables, but it has saved engineering hundreds of man-hours that would have had to be spent on building equivalent tools to serve finance or customer support.
      • It provides incredibly trustworthy storage for wherever customer data dumped in. In our 6 years of Postgres existence, we have not lost a byte of customer data due to Postgres messing up a transaction or during the multiple times the hard-drives failed (thanks to ACID compliance!).
      • This is less significant, but Postgres is also quite easy to manage (unless you are going above and beyond to squeeze out every last bit of performance). There's not much to configure, and the out of the box settings are quite sane. That has saved us engineers lots of time that would have gone into Postgres administration.
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