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Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    8.3

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    83%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    8.2
    82%
    65 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    8.4
    84%
    70 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    8.3
    83%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    8.8
    88%
    72 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    8.7
    87%
    73 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    8.3
    83%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    8.8
    88%
    71 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    8.3
    83%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    9.2
    92%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    8.6
    86%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    9.1
    91%
    72 Ratings
    N/A
    0 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%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

    7.9
    79%
    60 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    8.0
    80%
    58 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    7.4
    74%
    56 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    8.9

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    89%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    9.0
    90%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    8.8
    88%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    9.1
    91%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    8.8
    88%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    7.2

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    72%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    7.8
    78%
    52 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    7.6
    76%
    81 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    7.5
    75%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    7.8

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    78%

    SAS Cost and Profitability Management

    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

    Attribute Ratings

      Likelihood to Recommend

      8.1

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      81%
      96 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Likelihood to Renew

      10.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      100%
      24 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Usability

      8.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      80%
      7 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Availability

      8.6

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      86%
      8 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Performance

      9.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      90%
      10 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Support Rating

      10.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      100%
      15 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      In-Person Training

      8.7

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      87%
      4 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Online Training

      8.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      80%
      4 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Implementation Rating

      7.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      70%
      14 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Configurability

      8.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      80%
      2 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Ease of integration

      8.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      80%
      2 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Product Scalability

      10.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      100%
      2 Ratings

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Vendor post-sale

      7.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      70%
      1 Rating

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Vendor pre-sale

      7.0

      IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

      70%
      1 Rating

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management

      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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      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

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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

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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 Cost and Profitability Management

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      SAS Cost and Profitability Management 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

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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

        No answers on this topic

        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

        No answers on this topic

        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

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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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        SAS

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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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        SAS

        No answers on this topic

        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

        • 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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        SAS

        No answers on this topic

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