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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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Score 8.3 out of 100

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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Access Control and Security
  • ThoughtSpot ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and ThoughtSpot are tied in 1 feature set: Data Discovery and Visualization

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
7.3

ThoughtSpot

73%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
63 Ratings
6.0
60%
21 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
68 Ratings
8.0
80%
74 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
67 Ratings
7.7
77%
25 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
7.6

ThoughtSpot

76%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
70 Ratings
7.8
78%
74 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
71 Ratings
7.3
73%
73 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
44 Ratings
6.9
69%
42 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
69 Ratings
8.2
82%
72 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
7.9

ThoughtSpot

79%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
8.2
82%
43 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
7.9
79%
64 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
7.9
79%
18 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
70 Ratings
8.1
81%
53 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
7.5
75%
28 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
7.8

ThoughtSpot

78%
ThoughtSpot ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
58 Ratings
8.0
80%
69 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
56 Ratings
8.0
80%
66 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
54 Ratings
7.5
75%
53 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
8.5

ThoughtSpot

85%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
65 Ratings
8.6
86%
67 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
64 Ratings
8.5
85%
60 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
64 Ratings
8.3
83%
64 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
47 Ratings
8.5
85%
55 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%
8.5

ThoughtSpot

85%
ThoughtSpot ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
50 Ratings
8.7
87%
40 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
79 Ratings
8.1
81%
30 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
48 Ratings
8.5
85%
36 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.2

ThoughtSpot

82%
ThoughtSpot ranks higher in 5/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
35 Ratings
8.9
89%
33 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
33 Ratings
9.1
91%
27 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
8.5
85%
25 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
7.0
70%
13 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
8.8
88%
26 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
7.1
71%
15 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • ThoughtSpot is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and ThoughtSpot are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
94 Ratings
8.1

ThoughtSpot

81%
74 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
9.0

ThoughtSpot

90%
3 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
8.3

ThoughtSpot

83%
69 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
7.0

ThoughtSpot

70%
2 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings
7.0

ThoughtSpot

70%
2 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

ThoughtSpot

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

ThoughtSpot

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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ThoughtSpot

The dashboard is intuitive and can be customized in different ways and gives us the option to include what we want to show in the data analysis. I can say that ThoughtSpot's artificial intelligence is more improved than other software already tested and much faster to show all the collected data in real-time in a short time. Based on usability, I highly recommend ThoughtSpot as it is excellent value for money, easy to use, and collaborates a lot in decision making and business processes based on concrete and assertive data.
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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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ThoughtSpot

  • Beautiful visualizations. The visuals are distinct, clean, and easy to discern from one another.
  • Intelligent querying functionality. When looking to manipulate the data, the search function makes it easy to manipulate the features in the data, along with aggregating them in the way you'd like.
  • Embedding! It has been a smooth process thus far for our product & technical teams to work with ThoughtSpot and bring it into our product.
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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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ThoughtSpot

  • It would be great if ThoughtSpot can add the feature to filter by clicking on visualizations. i.e if I click on a particular data point in the chart if the full dashboard can filter just for that particular data point.
  • Color coding the heatmap with different colors like green to orange to red.
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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

ThoughtSpot

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

ThoughtSpot editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    We have had success with the initial use cases and there are more use cases that can receive return on investment. I don't give it a 10 because other products like Tableau are building functionality that may start to compete in the coming years.
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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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    ThoughtSpot

    The tool is easy to use if you know what you are doing and looking for. I know as they work towards improvements and simple language it will become even easier, but as of now they are doing a great job but there is room for improvement.
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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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    ThoughtSpot

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    Understand use case and model and design accordingly
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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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    ThoughtSpot

    We also explored Tableau Ask Data. Tableau is our standard for BI in our organization. We want to use the smallest amount of tools in our company to have the best adaption. ThoughSpot will fill a few gaps that we have with our current set up and will also enhance out offering for our employees in the transition of being more data driven within in near future
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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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    ThoughtSpot

    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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    ThoughtSpot

    • Time to market ROI is massive vs hiring the full-time dedicated team to build and maintain a frontend multi-tenant SaaS data viz product.
    • It will be interesting to see over time how the advanced features play out in terms of usability and end value, such as Natural Search, which we are very excited about, and the machine learning tools.
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