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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

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Score 8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities
  • Qlik Sense ranks higher in 1 feature set: Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Qlik Sense are tied in 1 feature set: Data Discovery and Visualization

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
8.0

Qlik Sense

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

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
63 Ratings
8.0
80%
218 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
68 Ratings
8.3
83%
317 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
67 Ratings
7.8
78%
233 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
7.8

Qlik Sense

78%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
70 Ratings
8.2
82%
325 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
71 Ratings
7.5
75%
319 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
44 Ratings
7.5
75%
160 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
69 Ratings
8.1
81%
304 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
7.9

Qlik Sense

79%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
7.9
79%
215 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
7.8
78%
262 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
7.4
74%
182 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
70 Ratings
8.0
80%
187 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
8.2
82%
115 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
7.8

Qlik Sense

78%
Qlik Sense ranks higher in 2/3 features

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

7.9
79%
58 Ratings
8.0
80%
312 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
56 Ratings
7.9
79%
288 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
54 Ratings
7.6
76%
201 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
8.5

Qlik Sense

85%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
65 Ratings
8.7
87%
280 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
64 Ratings
8.5
85%
277 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
64 Ratings
8.3
83%
279 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
47 Ratings
8.6
86%
222 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%
7.0

Qlik Sense

70%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
50 Ratings
8.0
80%
220 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
79 Ratings
7.5
75%
145 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
48 Ratings
7.5
75%
190 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.1

Qlik Sense

81%
Qlik Sense ranks higher in 4/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
35 Ratings
8.4
84%
132 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
33 Ratings
8.1
81%
99 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
7.9
79%
98 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
7.9
79%
76 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
8.1
81%
101 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
8.3
83%
90 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Qlik Sense is rated higher in 5 areas: In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Qlik Sense are tied in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
94 Ratings
8.0

Qlik Sense

80%
334 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
8.6

Qlik Sense

86%
7 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
8.0

Qlik Sense

80%
11 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Qlik Sense

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Qlik Sense

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
7.4

Qlik Sense

74%
13 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings
7.3

Qlik Sense

73%
9 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Qlik Sense

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Qlik Sense

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Qlik Sense

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

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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Qlik

For example, you can make detailed sales analyzes of a product group on the basis of countries and years. As I wrote before, specifically; I'm analyzing the market sale information of household products depending on region and country. In Qlik Sense we developed a dashboard that helps us to reach more trend information and product needs country by country. And then we reshape our product specifications and futures for specific regions. Thus, we can increase our market share. I also use a dashboard that tracks projects' resources, critical milestones, and timelines. All projects can be viewed by everyone at the same time.
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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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Qlik

  • The intelligent technology of Qlik Sense educates us to be much more accurate in each of the processes that we build, that is to say that this program is an accomplice to manipulate our data.
  • One of the greatest virtues that this program offers us is that it considerably increases the speed with which we can act and the efficiency of our operations.
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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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Qlik

  • Data analysis in data groups is of great help that allows us to visualize impressive results, however, these tools that are so useful and tremendous to us are not easy to use.
  • Windows are not very friendly or intuitive.
  • The support or customer service leaves a lot to be desired.
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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

Qlik Sense

Starting Price

$30 per month

Editions & Modules

Qlik Sense editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Qlik Sense Business$30.001
Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaSContact sales2

Footnotes

  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Qlik Sense Enterprise: Perpetual license basis, based on number of users Qlik Sense Enterprise: Subscription, based on number of users Qlik Sense Desktop: FREE Qlik Sense Cloud: FREE

Pricing

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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Qlik

Qlik Sense is a constantly improving it's software and working with its' users to make it better. They are great at keeping their users informed of progress and care about delivering a quality product
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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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Qlik

Standard user interface and powerful analytic functions is GREAT. As technical person working in the background there are more things to do to make this a completely great tool. Some functions that should be standard requires consult scripting and hours. Now we are using it quite advanced and with many servers and in combination with QlikView. So overall I love the tool. But it could be better and user friendly and powerful in the background
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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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Qlik

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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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Qlik

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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Qlik

Not only can you ask the support team for help, but you can also ask the community. Also with the community there is a vast amount of problems that have already been solved. The problem you are encountering has a likely chance of already being discussed and even solved in the community section saving you time from reaching out.
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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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Qlik

The instructor was very knowledgeable.
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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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Qlik

The online instructor was very knowledgeable.
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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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Qlik

Hire Qlik consultants. It's better done by them or with their aid.
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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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Qlik

The customization of the platform opens up plenty of other options depending on the use cases. The API layer is incredibly rich and makes integration of Qlik based visualization into web pages a simple and effective pattern. It's been very easy to use with a great community made up of professionals. Qlik Sense has introduces artificial Intelligence into my data visualization and reporting activity.
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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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Qlik

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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Qlik

  • The direct impact on revenue has not been attributable or measurable because every dashboard or data set on Qlik Sense is just a reflection of what has gone wrong or where we missed an opportunity
  • The subscription amount was a burn on our cash reserves as it was a year-long subscription
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