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IBM Cognos Analytics

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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

SAP Analytics Cloud

1. SAP Analytics cloud is best suited for organization with heavy to medium range of data as this software works best if appropriate data is provided. However, for small organizations this software is not suited as there you can do the manually.2. For any organization which has to provide data to client in an attractive formats, this software is well suited as the data reports can be customized in any form required and the data visualization is very impressive3. For any organization involved in Business forecasting and statistics this software is very useful
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.6
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
SAP Analytics Cloud

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Long-term financial planning
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Financial budgeting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Forecasting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.6
Scenario modeling
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Management reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.9

Consolidation and Close

IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
Financial data consolidation
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Journal entries and reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Multi-currency management
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
Intercompany Eliminations
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
Minority Ownership
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
Local and consolidated reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.4
Detailed Audit Trails
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0

Financial Reporting and Compliance

IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Financial Statement Reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Management Reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Excel-based Reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Automated board and financial reporting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
XBRL support for regulatory filing
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2

Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.7
Personalized dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.9
Color-coded scorecards
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.8
KPIs
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.9
Cost and profitability analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Key Performance Indicator setting
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.7
Benchmarking with external data
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3

Integration

IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Flat file integration
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.7
Excel data integration
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.8
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
IBM Cognos Analytics
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1

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

SAP Analytics Cloud

  • Provides answers to business questions in just a few clicks and creates, enriched visualizations with insights from Big Data discovery and uncovers the intelligence needed to take action.
  • SAP Analytics Cloud helps us keep all those required in the loop—colleagues and external partners, through the very devices and apps that they are familiar with.
  • It integrates existing business apps to make more data available from a central location.
Roshan Rai | 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

SAP Analytics Cloud

  • I prefer the output of information and visual charts to be translatable into all languages, especially RTL languages, and this feature should be added to all SAP products by default, and graphic themes and fonts appropriate to that language should also be used for it. This provides us with a step towards localization as well as better communication with the audience in seminars and meetings.
  • Relevant references, guides, video tutorials in plain language, and the hint should be included in all pages and different sections of the software so that the novice user can remind it again.
  • Mobile UI design should be better than this and have the ability to download and display more output file types.
Niloofar Keshvari Nia | 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

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud 8.8
Based on 38 answers
The usability of SAP Analytics Cloud is perfectly fine for all the components it offers in the tool. The initial setups and integrations of various modules is easy and can be managed well in longer run. The features are useful for any business setup and the teams working on the tool usually doesn't face any problems in routine tasks.
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

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud 8.8
Based on 39 answers
SAP support customer system is very well streamlined for all of it's products and same is the case for SAP Analytics Cloud. It also has a good community support available on the internet forums, so the overall support of SAP Analytics Cloud is very good in my opinion and customers get a well worth support in case of any issue.
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

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Good videos and reference material available in SAP Portal.
Dharmesh Shah | 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

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP Analytics Cloud combined features of analytics and cloud offering.
Dharmesh Shah | 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

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud is the only tool to offer extensive planning capabilities. It is the only cloud solution where you have all three planning, predictive and BI solutions in a single framework. Even though the competitors are mature and advanced in providing visualization options, aggressive investment in SAC by SAP is giving a positive outlook for the future.
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

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAP Analytics Cloud

  • We see our clients drive their business with relevant KPIs and insights using this tool.
  • Our clients (particularly on the Cloud) use this for reporting and dashboard features.
  • This tool allows real users to make real business decisions smarter and faster than without.
Anonymous | 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
On Cloud HostedContact for quote
    Additional Pricing Details
    30-day free trial available.

    SAP Analytics Cloud

    General

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

    SAP Analytics Cloud Editions & Modules

    Edition
    SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Intelligence$36.001
    SAP Analytics Cloud for PlanningContact sales
    1. Per User/Per Month
    Additional Pricing Details
    90-day free trial available.

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    SAP Analytics Cloud
    8.5

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    SAP Analytics Cloud

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    SAP Analytics Cloud
    8.8

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    SAP Analytics Cloud

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    SAP Analytics Cloud

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    SAP Analytics Cloud
    8.8

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    SAP Analytics Cloud
    9.0

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    SAP Analytics Cloud

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    SAP Analytics Cloud
    9.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    SAP Analytics Cloud

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