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506 Ratings

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 7 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
63 Ratings
8.4
84%
43 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
68 Ratings
8.5
85%
44 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
67 Ratings
8.2
82%
44 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.9

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

89%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
70 Ratings
9.0
90%
43 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
71 Ratings
9.0
90%
43 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
44 Ratings
9.4
94%
29 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
69 Ratings
8.3
83%
43 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
9.0
90%
38 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
8.7
87%
43 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
9.7
97%
38 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
70 Ratings
9.3
93%
43 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
9.4
94%
23 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
58 Ratings
9.7
97%
38 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
56 Ratings
8.0
80%
36 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
54 Ratings
9.3
93%
34 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
65 Ratings
8.6
86%
44 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
64 Ratings
9.4
94%
42 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
64 Ratings
9.4
94%
42 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
47 Ratings
9.4
94%
27 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%
9.3

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

93%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
50 Ratings
9.0
90%
30 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
79 Ratings
9.3
93%
25 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
48 Ratings
9.3
93%
28 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

82%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
35 Ratings
8.0
80%
18 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
33 Ratings
8.0
80%
17 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
8.5
85%
15 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
8.4
84%
19 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
7.9
79%
18 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
8.4
84%
18 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Product Scalability
  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is rated higher in 10 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Ease of integration, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform are tied in 1 area: Performance

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
94 Ratings
8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
65 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
22 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
8.9

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

89%
10 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings
10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
7 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
17 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
8.7

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

87%
18 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings
10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
3 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
15 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating
9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
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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SAP

BI was used to manage our parts and machines. It can be used to manage your factory or systems to properly allocate items to select places. However the system does not respond well, and it can scale well provided you have an actual team knowledgeable in this field. Once you get it set up it works well, but of course, if you try and add new implementations, it can become hazardous to your business.
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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

  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
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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

  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
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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 BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    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

    The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
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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

    From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
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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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    SAP

    When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

    With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
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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

    Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
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    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

    SAP has released various versions of SAP BO BI. starting from 3.1 and going to 4.0,4.1,4.2 and latest being 4.3. SAP provides support to these new versions. As new versions keep on coming, support for the very old software goes out of scope from SAP. it is when the different organization plans to get their BO content migrated from a lower version to a newer version. The newer version had definitely added functionality and features which ease the work of users.
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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

    SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
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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

    I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

    Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
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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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    SAP

    Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
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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

    Some organizations use Spotfire which is far more advanced in terms of its analytical capabilities vs. Lumira/PA etc. but the sharing/storage side of the BI Platform is far superior and much better managed. The ability to create user groups, access levels etc. on BI Platform helps to keep the platform secure.
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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

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration. People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
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    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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    SAP

    • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
    • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
    • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
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