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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
  • SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
6.7

SAS Business Intelligence

67%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
60 Ratings
7.1
71%
5 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.3
83%
65 Ratings
7.1
71%
5 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
64 Ratings
6.1
61%
5 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
7.0

SAS Business Intelligence

70%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
67 Ratings
5.2
52%
5 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
68 Ratings
7.1
71%
5 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
41 Ratings
6.0
60%
5 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
9.8
98%
5 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
9.5

SAS Business Intelligence

95%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
64 Ratings
9.9
99%
5 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
9.9
99%
5 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
9.9
99%
5 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
9.9
99%
4 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.6

SAS Business Intelligence

86%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 2/3 features

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

7.9
79%
55 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
53 Ratings
8.9
89%
4 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
51 Ratings
9.9
99%
4 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
9.9

SAS Business Intelligence

99%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
62 Ratings
9.9
99%
5 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
61 Ratings
9.9
99%
5 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
61 Ratings
9.9
99%
5 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
9.9
99%
4 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

71%
5.8

SAS Business Intelligence

58%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
47 Ratings
7.1
71%
4 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
76 Ratings
5.1
51%
4 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
45 Ratings
6.1
61%
4 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
7.3

SAS Business Intelligence

73%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
32 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Javascript API

8.4
84%
30 Ratings
6.1
61%
3 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
6.0
60%
3 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
7.9
79%
3 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
91 Ratings
7.8

SAS Business Intelligence

78%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
9.3

SAS Business Intelligence

93%
3 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
6.0

SAS Business Intelligence

60%
1 Rating

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
8.0

SAS Business Intelligence

80%
3 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

Like after the updates I am able to pull a report with a different parameter and it's been beneficial to get extracted specific data. And with the data analytics tables, it's been beneficial to present the data. And the one drawback I have seen when the full report is run in the background version it fails sometimes.
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SAS

SAS Business Intelligence is more suited to organizations which are already using SAS as the primary software for their analytics needs. Learning curve is relatively shorter for teams already skilled in BASE SAS. For organizations already working with open source software like Julia and Python, it doesn't make much sense to use SAS BI.
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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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SAS

  • SAS BI makes it very easy to create interactive dashboards even for someone who is not from an IT background. For some specific requirements, basic knowledge of SQL is good enough.
  • A lot of functions have been predefined which makes it very convenient to create dashboards and reports. One doesn't need to be from an IT or a programming background to understand and create dashboards.
  • It supports other programming languages like R and also has a seamless API integration with various data management platforms.
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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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SAS

  • There will be a steep learning curve for individuals transitioning from BASE SAS to SAS BI. Our department was filled with experienced SAS programmers, but that did little to prepare us for the challenges of SAS BI. Training will be a must.
  • It is possible, but extremely difficult to customize the web-based portions of SAS BI, like the Information Delivery Portal or Web Report Studio. Having an out-of-the box solution is great to get up and coming quickly, but customizing the look and feel for the web-based users will require some previous web design skills.
  • In order to fully appreciate the features of SAS BI, you absolutely need someone on your team with a background in platform administration, security, web design or some other basic IT skills. Alternatively, you may just need strong support from your IT department. Simply having a group of individuals experienced in BASE SAS will not cut it.
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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

SAS Business Intelligence

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAS Business Intelligence 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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    SAS

    There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
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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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    SAS

    SAS BI is good for creating reports and dashboards and then sharing it with the users. It also has ability to manage access to the reports and dashboards but somehow with most of the world moving to open source languages R, Python and Julia, SAS BI feels to be archaic in terms of feature set and integrations it allow[s]. Also, comparing it with other Business Intelligence tools like Tableau and Microsoft BI, the functionality of SAS BI is very limited and doesn't justify the pricing.
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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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    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    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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    SAS

    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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    SAS

    When you call tech support, you are immediately routed to a person who can answer your question. Often they can answer on the spot. However, if they cannot, you are given a track number and then followed up with. There have been times when I have had multiple track numbers open and they will actually TRACK YOU DOWN to ensure that your problem has been resolved. Issues do not fall into black holes with SAS. They are also willing to do a WebEx with you to diagnose the problem by seeing your environment, which is always helpful.
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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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    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    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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    SAS

    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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    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    IBM

    IBM has the best in class and the major reason customers select this tool is the ease of use and the company that stands behind the product. The reputation of the software is key and the fact that IBM has one of the best support organizations around truly makes it stand apart from all of the others.
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    SAS

    SAS Business Intelligence is not the cream of the crop for business intelligence applications, but it is not far behind. The software is generally easier to apply than most other business intelligence software. Additionally, SAS Business Intelligence runs smoothly in the background when making real-time updates. With that said, the software is not as efficient of many of the other business intelligence software applications that have been on the market for longer than this one.
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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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    SAS

    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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    SAS

    • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
    • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
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