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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

Qlik Sense

When you have large data sets from multiple sources and you need to apply screening, interpret and add filtering/category fields then view you data from macro to micro detail, then Qlik Sense is the tool you need. The distribution of the application to non Qlik Sense licensed end viewers can be an issue if you need to rapidly expand especially in an organisation that is adopting Agile at scale, with flexible and fluid work groups.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Qlik Sense
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Qlik Sense
7.6
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Qlik Sense
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Qlik Sense
7.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.9
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
Qlik Sense
8.8
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Qlik Sense
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Qlik Sense
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Qlik Sense
7.6

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Qlik Sense
7.7
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Qlik Sense
8.5
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Qlik Sense
7.7
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Qlik Sense
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Qlik Sense
7.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Qlik Sense
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Qlik Sense
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.7
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Qlik Sense
7.4

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Qlik Sense
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Qlik Sense
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Qlik Sense
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Qlik Sense
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Qlik Sense
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Qlik Sense
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Qlik Sense
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Qlik Sense
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
Qlik Sense
7.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Qlik Sense
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Qlik Sense
7.3
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Qlik Sense
8.6
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Qlik Sense
7.2
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Qlik Sense
7.5
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Qlik Sense
7.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Qlik Sense
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Qlik Sense
5.4

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

Qlik Sense

  • Qlik Sense provides one of the most flexible data modelling experiences with Load Script and the Data Manager.
  • Qlik Sense continues to iterate on the user interface and provides new charts and features regularly.
  • Qlik Sense provides a true Enterprise-level administrative experience, especially for managing security.
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

  • The PDF printing of dashboards is part of a secondary product called NPrinting and we did not choose to additionally purchase this product. This means that broadcasting the results of a dashboard (in the enterprise on-premise product) is not really available to us, but I guess that was the trade-off. It would be great if that functionality was at some point built into the design/licensing of the main Qlik Sense Enterprise product.
  • The fact that all loading is via proprietary syntax scripting is a little cumbersome and has a reasonably high learning curve. SQL is the standard and while some SQL statements can be used in the data ingestion process it is also then the mix of two syntaxes in one script.
  • Some of the design concepts (such as table concatenation) in the scripting syntax are a little non-intuitive. I prefer to not have things happening in an automated way (others may disagree since it means less coding rather than more) but it just adds to the learning curve when things are automatically occurring in the background (which might come as unexpected outcomes to a developer that is new to the Qlik Sense product).
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 8.6
Based on 4 answers
We have only just started our Qlik Sense journey , the product has so much to offer and being embedded with an excellent partner is unlocking the potential of the product
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 7.4
Based on 10 answers
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
Christer Andersson | 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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Qlik is available when we need it. The only issue we experience is memory on the server, Qlik is very memory hungry and if you loads lots of data having enough memory to support the dataset is important. This needs to be taken into consideration as performance issue occur if you don't
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Qlik is Qlik if the sever has enough memory report delivery is quick , It does become evident in the end user experience if this is not the case .
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 7.7
Based on 13 answers
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.
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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The instructor was very knowledgeable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The online instructor was very knowledgeable.
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 8.8
Based on 9 answers
Qlik delivered on its promises and has been key to supporting the new world we live in . If we hadn't chosen Qlik sense when we did life would have been harder and our organisation wouldn't have been able to mange the CoVid-19 pandemic the way we have . We live in a data led world and Qlik does that for us.
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

We evaluated Domo, Tableau, and Qlik Sense. We chose Qlik because of it's ability to better work with multiple and large data sets. Qlik Sense has the ability to concatenate all measurable (fact) data into a single table instead of needing to create multiple fact tables. This keeps the data model streamlined and everything related.
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

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Qlik is a web app , This enables it to be wherever/whenever you are . No client software required
Anonymous | 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

Qlik Sense

  • Very positive from a Corporate level, provides insights that were previous done ad hoc and not nearly as in depth.
  • Single source of truth for the organization - reduces the number of reports with different methodologies.
  • Easy to track status of projects and ensure everyone is on the same page.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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
On Cloud HostedContact for quote
    Additional Pricing Details
    30-day free trial available.

    Qlik Sense

    General

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

    Qlik Sense Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Qlik Sense Business$30.001
    Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaSContact sales
    1. Per User/Per Month
    Additional Pricing 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

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    Qlik Sense
    7.7

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    Qlik Sense
    8.6

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    Qlik Sense
    7.4

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    Qlik Sense
    7.3

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    Qlik Sense
    9.1

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Qlik Sense
    7.7

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    Qlik Sense
    9.1

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    Qlik Sense
    9.1

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Qlik Sense
    8.8

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    Qlik Sense
    9.1

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