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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    8.3

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    83%

    Tableau Prep

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

    Pixel Perfect reports

    8.2
    82%
    63 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    8.4
    84%
    68 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    8.3
    83%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    Tableau Prep

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

    Drill-down analysis

    8.8
    88%
    70 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    8.7
    87%
    71 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    8.3
    83%
    44 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    8.8
    88%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%

    Tableau Prep

    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%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    8.6
    86%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    9.2
    92%
    70 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%

    Tableau Prep

    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%
    58 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    8.0
    80%
    56 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    7.4
    74%
    54 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    8.9

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    89%

    Tableau Prep

    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%
    65 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    8.8
    88%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    9.1
    91%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    8.8
    88%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    7.2

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    72%

    Tableau Prep

    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%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    7.6
    76%
    79 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    7.5
    75%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    7.8

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    78%

    Tableau Prep

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    8.4
    84%
    35 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Javascript API

    8.5
    85%
    33 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

    • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • Tableau Prep is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.1

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    81%
    94 Ratings
    9.0

    Tableau Prep

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    24 Ratings
    8.0

    Tableau Prep

    80%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    7 Ratings
    7.0

    Tableau Prep

    70%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    8.6

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    86%
    8 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    15 Ratings
    5.5

    Tableau Prep

    55%
    5 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.7

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    87%
    4 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    14 Ratings
    6.0

    Tableau Prep

    60%
    1 Rating

    Configurability

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.0

    IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

    70%
    1 Rating

    Tableau Prep

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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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    Tableau

    If your data sets are coming in without much stewardship then Tableau Prep can help to clean the data before you start trying to create visualizations for your end users. You will save a lot of time this way - rather than seeing problems once you are creating dashboards. If you don't have large data sets or your data is relatively simple, then Tableau Prep may not be needed.
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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

    • Display the raw data coming in from the data warehouse
    • Point out situations that might be erroneous
    • Show the distribution of raw data figures
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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

    • Use of Macros within Workflow (and more types of automation)
    • Join Editor also giving a SQL Update Query
    • More types of visuals
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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 Prep

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Tableau Prep 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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      Tableau

      It is a valuable tool for generating and cleaning files for multiple purposes.
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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 works well and is user friendly for the basics but needs more options for bring in data (using SQL queries for example) and export format options.
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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

      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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      Tableau

      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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      Tableau

      I have not really had to reach out for any kind of customer support for Tableau Prep, so I can't really say. However, the support that Tableau has given for their other products has been great, so I would assume it would be the same here. They are also constantly adding new features and providing software updates, and that is always a plus.
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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

      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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      Tableau

      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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      Tableau

      Live connections to cloud services (Google Sheets for example) and cloud hosted databases (cloud hosted SIS for example) for scheduled flows are not supported
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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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      Tableau

      Before Prep, we had to do all the data joining and connecting in a Tableau Workbook. Not only did this cause workbooks connected with live data to run frustratingly slowly, a new connection and set-up had to be established every time a new workbook as created, even if you were working with the same data. The extracts produced by Prep allow several workbooks to be working from the same data set-up without any additional work, saving time and stress.
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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

      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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      Tableau

      • Quicker data sets for online reports
      • More efficient data cleaning Ad Hoc reports
      • Costly if using data management to schedule data pull and cleaning (priced per viewer accounts not creator accounts)
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