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499 Ratings
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2100 Ratings

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Tableau Desktop

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Access Control and Security, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
  • Tableau Desktop 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

Tableau Desktop

80%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
60 Ratings
7.9
79%
137 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.3
83%
65 Ratings
8.4
84%
163 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
64 Ratings
7.8
78%
142 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8.1

Tableau Desktop

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

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
67 Ratings
8.1
81%
156 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
68 Ratings
8.0
80%
159 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
41 Ratings
7.6
76%
120 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
8.5
85%
155 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.2

Tableau Desktop

82%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
8.6
86%
146 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
64 Ratings
8.4
84%
146 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
7.9
79%
112 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
8.2
82%
119 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
7.8
78%
70 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.4

Tableau Desktop

84%
Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
55 Ratings
8.7
87%
151 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
53 Ratings
8.6
86%
146 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
51 Ratings
8.0
80%
123 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
8.4

Tableau Desktop

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

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
62 Ratings
8.4
84%
136 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
61 Ratings
8.3
83%
115 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
61 Ratings
8.5
85%
126 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
8.5
85%
74 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

71%
7.9

Tableau Desktop

79%
Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
47 Ratings
7.9
79%
121 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
76 Ratings
7.8
78%
179 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
45 Ratings
8.0
80%
113 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
7.7

Tableau Desktop

77%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
32 Ratings
7.7
77%
55 Ratings

Javascript API

8.4
84%
30 Ratings
7.8
78%
49 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
7.5
75%
47 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
7.2
72%
44 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
7.7
77%
50 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
8.1
81%
44 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Product Scalability
  • Tableau Desktop is rated higher in 8 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, In-Person Training, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Ease of integration, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Tableau Desktop are tied in 1 area: Online Training

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
91 Ratings
8.6

Tableau Desktop

86%
191 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
8.9

Tableau Desktop

89%
39 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
8.8

Tableau Desktop

88%
66 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
20 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings
6.1

Tableau Desktop

61%
18 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
7.9

Tableau Desktop

79%
74 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings
9.4

Tableau Desktop

94%
4 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
68 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings
8.1

Tableau Desktop

81%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings
10.0

Tableau Desktop

100%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings
7.0

Tableau Desktop

70%
3 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating
10.0

Tableau Desktop

100%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating
10.0

Tableau Desktop

100%
1 Rating

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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Tableau

Tableau Desktop is better for data analysis and visualization. Its advanced visualization features helped us better understand our business and customer demographics. We use Tableau Desktop to track our team’s progress. Real-time analyses and interactive dashboards are helpful for monitoring data. We can now create and share insights in ways we couldn’t before. It’s easy to put faith in and use these insights. Tableau Desktop can compare data from previous years with weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual comparisons. It assists businesses in identifying the best and least-sold products. However, this requires expensive licenses and skilled personnel, which small businesses cannot afford.
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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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Tableau

  • An excellent tool for data visualization, it presents information in an appealing visual format—an exceptional platform for storing and analyzing data in any size organization.
  • Through interactive parameters, it enables real-time interaction with the user and is easy to learn and get support from the community.
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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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Tableau

  • Formatting the data to work correctly in graphical presentations can be time consuming
  • Daily data extracts can run slowly depending on how much data is required and the source of the data
  • The desktop version is required for advanced functionality, editing on [the] Tableau server allows only limited features
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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

Tableau Desktop

Starting Price

$70 per month

Editions & Modules

Tableau Desktop editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Tableau Creator$70.001

Footnotes

  1. Per User / Per Month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

All pricing plans are billed annually.

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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Tableau

Our use of Tableau Desktop is still fairly low, and will continue over time. The only real concern is around cost of the licenses, and I have mentioned this to Tableau and fully expect the development of more sensible models for our industry. This will remove any impediment to expansion of our use.
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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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Tableau

It is a good tool for creating beautiful visualizations and sharing dashboards. It does offer a variety of features and also making interactive dashboards. It is easy to learn and create custom visualizations really fast. It does offer good API connectivity to gather data. But it lacks the structure for data cleaning and processing.
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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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Tableau

When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
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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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Tableau

Tableau Desktop's performance is solid. You can really dig into a large dataset in the form of a spreadsheet, and it exhibits similarly good performance when accessing a moderately sized Oracle database. I noticed that with Tableau Desktop 9.3, the performance using a spreadsheet started to slow around 75K rows by about 60 columns. This was easily remedied by creating an extract and pushing it to Tableau Server, where performance went to lightning fast
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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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Tableau

The Tableau Desktop's support team has been very helpful and tend to response very quickly. After all you have paid very premium price for the product and it goes to the services. This makes using the tool much easier for these who doesn't have such experience to get help quickly.
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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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Tableau

It is admittedly hard to train a group of people with disparate levels of ability coming in, but the software is so easy to use that this is not a huge problem; anyone who can follow simple instructions can catch up pretty quickly.
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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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Tableau

The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
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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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Tableau

Again, training is the key and the company provides a lot of example videos that will help users discover use cases that will greatly assist their creation of original visualizations. As with any new software tool, productivity will decline for a period. In the case of Tableau, the decline period is short and the later gains are well worth it.
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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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Tableau

Tableau hands-down wins based upon functionality, interoperability with a wide variety of enterprise-class data connections, end-user support, and quality of visualizations. Tableau Desktop offers a substantially more robust, refined, and mature product. It became quickly apparent that there was no real comparison. For applications that need fast, accurate analytics using a wide portfolio of underlying data sources, Tableau Desktop is the clear winner.
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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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Tableau

Tableau Desktop's scaleability is really limited to the scale of your back-end data systems. If you want to pull down an extract and work quickly in-memory, in my application it scaled to a few tens of millions of rows using the in-memory engine. But it's really only limited by your back-end data store if you have or are willing to invest in an optimized SQL store or purpose-built query engine like Veritca or Netezza or something similar.
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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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Tableau

  • Tableau was acquired years ago, and has provided good value with the content created.
  • Ongoing maintenance costs for the platform, both to maintain desktop and server licensing has made the continuing value questionable when compared to other offerings in the marketplace.
  • Users have largely been satisfied with the content, but not with the overall performance. This is due to a combination of factors including the performance of the Tableau engines as well as development deficiencies.
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