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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos Analytics

Well suited:* simple reports for simple users ("big button-users", mostly managers or CEOs)* analyze date in cubes (finding "most important customer-group", finding "outliers" / "exceptions"; seeing historical development of...)Less appropriate: * beautiful reports for the general public! Be it paper, be it in electronic form (online)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is ideal for handling databases that contain large volumes of information due to its efficiency, speed and above all because of the good management it makes of our resources, it also behaves very well in distributed environments of high demand, if you want a database of stable data and excellent performance PostgreSQL is one of the best.
Moris Mendez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
PostgreSQL
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
PostgreSQL
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
PostgreSQL
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
PostgreSQL

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
PostgreSQL
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
PostgreSQL
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
PostgreSQL
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
PostgreSQL
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
PostgreSQL

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
PostgreSQL
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
PostgreSQL
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
PostgreSQL
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
PostgreSQL
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
PostgreSQL
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
PostgreSQL

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
PostgreSQL
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
PostgreSQL
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
PostgreSQL
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
PostgreSQL

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
PostgreSQL
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
PostgreSQL
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
PostgreSQL
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
PostgreSQL
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
PostgreSQL

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
PostgreSQL
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
PostgreSQL
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
PostgreSQL
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
PostgreSQL
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
PostgreSQL

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
PostgreSQL
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
PostgreSQL
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
PostgreSQL
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
PostgreSQL
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
PostgreSQL
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
PostgreSQL
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
PostgreSQL

Pros

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • What IBM Cognos does really well is provide precise data that may otherwise be hard to retrieve from your primary accounting software. While doing so, it organizes this data such that it becomes much more meaningful to analyze.
  • IBM Cognos also does a fantastic job through the Query Studio module to give certain users the ability to create simple reports and modify existing reports, this allows the flexibility a user needs in getting the intended data.
  • IBM Cognos also provides the ability to utilize a BI tool for complicated reporting requirements or in cases when there are many data dependencies that exist. This BI tool enables Cognos to tackle many organizational and data challenges that companies face in the industry.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

  • Reliability - There is absolutely no issue with uptime or data integrity.
  • Flexibility - The wide range of data types which are supported gives us immense flexibility in terms of what data we can store.
  • Speed - Even at our busiest, we are able to count on the performance of the engine matching our needs.
  • Internal features - Thanks to the wealth of internal features, we have less external dependencies to perform common business tasks.
Don Burks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • With the upgrade from Cognos 10 to Cognos 11, there were a lot of features, like run schedule once, weren't brought over to the newest version of Report Studio.
  • I felt like they were trying to chase Tableau and Qlik with dashboarding rather than focusing on their bread and butter of Report Studio or which other Business Intelligence tools don't do very well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

  • The performance of PostgreSQL has been enhanced through the years, but always is better to have as much performance as we can.
  • The replication services could be done directly within the database, and more easily.
  • The Object Orientation of the Database could be extended, and albeit it manages inheritance of tables, and accepts XML and JSON as primary types, it would be wonderful if one could attach methods more easily to tables (to make them more like classes), and instances (rows for example).
Javier Blanque | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.9
Based on 23 answers
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.
Sachin Karkun | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As a needed software for day to day development activities
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.5
Based on 6 answers
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.6
Based on 8 answers
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 2 answers
PostgreSQL's availability is top notch. Apart from connection time-out for an idle user, the database is super reliable.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 9.0
Based on 10 answers
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.
Meghdeep Raval, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 7.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 answers
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.
Jonathan Kyrlach | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.4
Based on 13 answers
AWS, Heroku, and Digital Ocean all provide Postgres-as-a-service, where you pretty much never need to administrate it yourself but they do it for you. The Postgres community also has developed awesome and reasonably priced extensions, such as Citus DB and CockroachDB in case you need additional support for running it. If you need documentation, Postgres's docs are super thorough and their official forms are active.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.7
Based on 4 answers
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.0
Based on 4 answers
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

No score
No answers yet
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.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 answers
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.
Toni McKee | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 3 answers
The online documentation of the PostgreSQL product is elaborate and takes users step by step.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cognos Analytics

Although Tableau has certain advantages, mostly in its best in class visualization capabilities, Cognos is catching up. Most of the other advantages of Tableau Desktop have been addressed in more recent versions of Cognos, for instance the ability to ingest personal data sources, self-service modeling, and improved dashboarding/visualization features. Tableau still lacks a centralized metadata and governance model and requires a bit more effort to implement at the enterprise level. Also, Cognos is still best in breed for standardized reporting, which is always a crucial need for organizations. More requirements can be centrally addressed by Cognos, but it is unlikely any organization will have just one BI tool.
Albert Valdez | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The DB is reliable, scalable, easy to use and resolves most DB needs
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • (+) increased efficiency: Less time trying to figure out how to do something w/ another BI tool that may seem impossible -- Cognos will be able to do it 99% of the time
  • (-) increased training required: Training for Cognos had to be longer and more intensive than other BI tools. For example, my team members go through a week long 8-hour/day class and it was just enough to scratch the surface. A good base if required, but real world experience is the only way to become a Cognos pro.
  • (-) more end-user training: We do mostly canned reports with Cognos, so out end-users must be trainied. It is much harder to train them with Cognos than other BI tools. This is why I only turn to Cognos if I cannot accomplish my goal in another tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

  • By pushing a lot of logic into database views and triggers, PostgreSQL provides the ability to write much slimmer and more maintainable controller code, reducing development costs.
  • PostgreSQL's upsert capabilities enabled us to go to scale much more easily and quickly, allowing us to increase our number of customers.
David McCann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cognos Analytics

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

IBM Cognos Analytics Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand Standard$15.001
On Demand Plus$35.001
On Demand Premium$70.001
  1. Per User/Per Month
SaaS Edition
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    Additional Pricing Details
    30-day free trial available.

    PostgreSQL

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    PostgreSQL Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    PostgreSQL
    9.2

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    PostgreSQL
    9.0

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    PostgreSQL
    9.0

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    PostgreSQL
    9.0

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    PostgreSQL
    7.0

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    PostgreSQL
    9.4

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    PostgreSQL

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    PostgreSQL

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    PostgreSQL
    9.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    PostgreSQL
    8.0

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