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510 Ratings
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566 Ratings

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

SAP Analytics Cloud

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566 Ratings
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Score 8.5 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, Access Control and Security
  • SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Data Discovery and Visualization, Mobile Capabilities

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
8.0

SAP Analytics Cloud

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

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
65 Ratings
7.5
75%
159 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
70 Ratings
8.3
83%
185 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
69 Ratings
8.0
80%
174 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.1

SAP Analytics Cloud

81%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
72 Ratings
8.0
80%
191 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
73 Ratings
8.0
80%
188 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
46 Ratings
8.1
81%
153 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
71 Ratings
8.3
83%
182 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.2

SAP Analytics Cloud

82%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
8.3
83%
167 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
69 Ratings
8.4
84%
179 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
8.1
81%
154 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.1
91%
72 Ratings
8.1
81%
148 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%
8.1

SAP Analytics Cloud

81%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
60 Ratings
8.2
82%
188 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
58 Ratings
8.0
80%
184 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
56 Ratings
8.0
80%
187 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
8.4

SAP Analytics Cloud

84%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
67 Ratings
8.4
84%
181 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
8.4
84%
186 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
66 Ratings
8.3
83%
182 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
49 Ratings
8.6
86%
182 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%
7.9

SAP Analytics Cloud

79%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
52 Ratings
8.0
80%
163 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
81 Ratings
7.6
76%
158 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
50 Ratings
7.8
78%
158 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%

SAP Analytics Cloud

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

REST API

8.4
84%
37 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
35 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

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.0

SAP Analytics Cloud

80%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 5/5 features

Long-term financial planning

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
178 Ratings

Financial budgeting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
179 Ratings

Forecasting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
185 Ratings

Scenario modeling

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
182 Ratings

Management reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
196 Ratings

Consolidation and Close

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.1

SAP Analytics Cloud

81%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 7/7 features

Financial data consolidation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
138 Ratings

Journal entries and reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
135 Ratings

Multi-currency management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
147 Ratings

Intercompany Eliminations

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
111 Ratings

Minority Ownership

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
102 Ratings

Local and consolidated reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
137 Ratings

Detailed Audit Trails

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
134 Ratings

Financial Reporting and Compliance

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.1

SAP Analytics Cloud

81%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 5/5 features

Financial Statement Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
160 Ratings

Management Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
185 Ratings

Excel-based Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
177 Ratings

Automated board and financial reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
156 Ratings

XBRL support for regulatory filing

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
93 Ratings

Analytics and Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.3

SAP Analytics Cloud

83%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 6/6 features

Personalized dashboards

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
209 Ratings

Color-coded scorecards

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
197 Ratings

KPIs

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
202 Ratings

Cost and profitability analysis

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
187 Ratings

Key Performance Indicator setting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
190 Ratings

Benchmarking with external data

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
163 Ratings

Integration

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.1

SAP Analytics Cloud

81%
SAP Analytics Cloud ranks higher in 3/3 features

Flat file integration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
191 Ratings

Excel data integration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
194 Ratings

Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
179 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • SAP Analytics Cloud is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, In-Person Training, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
96 Ratings
8.3

SAP Analytics Cloud

83%
222 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
8.7

SAP Analytics Cloud

87%
3 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
8.2

SAP Analytics Cloud

82%
143 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
8.3

SAP Analytics Cloud

83%
77 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings
9.0

SAP Analytics Cloud

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings
8.0

SAP Analytics Cloud

80%
4 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

SAP Analytics Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

SAP Analytics Cloud

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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SAP

Having used sap cloud analytics for some time, It has been progressively helpful in analytic features, and it can work pretty fine for marketers and business management especially reports analysis of some key data sets and many more business operations.
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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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SAP

  • Interpretation of data, use of templates and adjustment of the same presenting in real time the information in reports in a much more dynamic way.
  • The analysis of commercial intelligence data is essential for the creation of multipurpose panels, this being a practical tool for our commercial team.
  • Presentation of multiple graphs, predictors through performance analysis and forecasts through temporary graphs has been of great complementarity for an exhaustive analysis of our commercial work.
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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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SAP

  • Maximizing the usage of screen real estate.
  • Better performance with multiple widgets.
  • Ability to handle larger volume.
  • Ability to paginate charts and tables showing only top entries.
  • Ability to connect stores to different data models and ability to change the source for a data model. Without this, every time the dashboard needs to be rebuilt when the backend view needs to be changed.
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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

SAP Analytics Cloud

Starting Price

$36 per month per user

Editions & Modules

SAP Analytics Cloud editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Intelligence$36.001
SAP Analytics Cloud for PlanningPrice upon request2

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?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Get started on your 30-day trial with SAP Analytics Cloud, supporting analytics enterprise-wide. Extend it up to 90 days if you want to.

Pricing Info

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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SAP

SAP Analytical Cloud is providing all the features that I can do reports in an interactive way along with Predictive analysis. The latest updates from SAP also helps to fulfill the market needs in reporting.
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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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SAP

Because, in my opinion, SAP Analytics Cloud ( SAC ) has a very high level of usability. Another convenience offered by SAC is access that can be done anywhere. For example, you have to work outside the office but still, need to access the SAC. As long as you have an internet connection, SAC can be fully accessed.
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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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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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SAP

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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SAP

Since the implementation stage, the support team has been very helpful and assisting. Even in the later stages, the tech team had quite a rapid response. In general, SAP has provided us with great customer support, let it be for a specific product of SAP or for integration of different modules.
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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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SAP

Good videos and reference material available in SAP Portal.
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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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SAP

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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SAP

SAC is a simple solution ad it works fine when connecting it to other SAP tools. On the other hand, connecting it to third party solutions brings difficulties when there's no previous design and the objetives are not clear. It is really important to integrate Business users from the start to provide with valuable business insights
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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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SAP

I like this tool is cloud-based architecture, no desktop installation required. Device agnostic. A single platform for BI, planning predictive snd app development. Live connectivity. Seamless Integrations with data sources. Great support team. Single source for everything. UI is very user friendly and easy for the new Users. All-time availability of charts to those who have access to parts and especially, responsive and proactive.
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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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SAP

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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SAP

  • Helped us getting the exact user interests when we added surveys and some UX tweaks which were later linked to SAP.
  • Helps my organisation to create reports using real-time data which is captured from different data sources.
  • It has enabled us to explore and highlight days along with graphical representations easily.
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