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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos Analytics

Well suited:* simple reports for simple users ("big button-users", mostly managers or CEOs)* analyze date in cubes (finding "most important customer-group", finding "outliers" / "exceptions"; seeing historical development of...)Less appropriate: * beautiful reports for the general public! Be it paper, be it in electronic form (online)
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ThoughtSpot

I was charged with the task of creating a pinboard for a project our company was taking on. [Using ThoughtSpot,] I was able to put together the pinboard in a very short period of time and over the 9 months of the project I was able to use that same pinboard for all of our reporting. We did add additional insights throughout the project by having this simple tool to do the building we were able to rely on the data everyday.
Kevin Clarke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
ThoughtSpot
7.2
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
ThoughtSpot
6.0
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
ThoughtSpot
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
ThoughtSpot
8.0
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
ThoughtSpot
8.7
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
ThoughtSpot
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
ThoughtSpot
7.7
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.3
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
ThoughtSpot
7.5
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
ThoughtSpot
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
ThoughtSpot
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
ThoughtSpot
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
ThoughtSpot
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
ThoughtSpot
7.8
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
ThoughtSpot
7.0

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
ThoughtSpot
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
ThoughtSpot
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
ThoughtSpot
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
ThoughtSpot
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
ThoughtSpot
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
ThoughtSpot
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
ThoughtSpot
8.3
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
ThoughtSpot
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
ThoughtSpot
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
ThoughtSpot
7.7
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
ThoughtSpot
8.3
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
ThoughtSpot
8.5
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
ThoughtSpot
8.3
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
ThoughtSpot
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
ThoughtSpot
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
ThoughtSpot
7.1

Pros

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • What IBM Cognos does really well is provide precise data that may otherwise be hard to retrieve from your primary accounting software. While doing so, it organizes this data such that it becomes much more meaningful to analyze.
  • IBM Cognos also does a fantastic job through the Query Studio module to give certain users the ability to create simple reports and modify existing reports, this allows the flexibility a user needs in getting the intended data.
  • IBM Cognos also provides the ability to utilize a BI tool for complicated reporting requirements or in cases when there are many data dependencies that exist. This BI tool enables Cognos to tackle many organizational and data challenges that companies face in the industry.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

  • Ability to drill down into questions on the fly.
  • Easy-to-read pinboards for non-technical executives, including natural language questions.
  • Ability to join multiple databases so data can be analyzed across the organization.
  • SpotIQ: showing us insights to our data that we didn't even think to ask about.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • With the upgrade from Cognos 10 to Cognos 11, there were a lot of features, like run schedule once, weren't brought over to the newest version of Report Studio.
  • I felt like they were trying to chase Tableau and Qlik with dashboarding rather than focusing on their bread and butter of Report Studio or which other Business Intelligence tools don't do very well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

  • ThoughtSpot can do a better job of providing prescriptive analytics.
  • Live connection for other databases is a much needed feature.
  • Pinboard canvas should allow for custom size rather than sticking to 5 pre-defined sizes.
  • More features needed in pinboard level filters.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.9
Based on 23 answers
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.
Sachin Karkun | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.5
Based on 6 answers
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 8.4
Based on 50 answers
Our business data is very complex and would require more effort to have the underlying data set up properly in order the search to be meaningful. It would require change of culture to adopt the new analytical search in the day-to-day functions, as existing reports still seem to be the preferred choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.6
Based on 8 answers
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 9.0
Based on 10 answers
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.
Meghdeep Raval, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 answers
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.
Jonathan Kyrlach | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

In-Person Training

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.7
Based on 4 answers
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 8.0
Based on 4 answers
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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 7.0
Based on 14 answers
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.
Toni McKee | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Understand use case and model and design accordingly
Surya Ravi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cognos Analytics

Although Tableau has certain advantages, mostly in its best in class visualization capabilities, Cognos is catching up. Most of the other advantages of Tableau Desktop have been addressed in more recent versions of Cognos, for instance the ability to ingest personal data sources, self-service modeling, and improved dashboarding/visualization features. Tableau still lacks a centralized metadata and governance model and requires a bit more effort to implement at the enterprise level. Also, Cognos is still best in breed for standardized reporting, which is always a crucial need for organizations. More requirements can be centrally addressed by Cognos, but it is unlikely any organization will have just one BI tool.
Albert Valdez | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Torsten Wiegel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

IBM Cognos Analytics

  • (+) increased efficiency: Less time trying to figure out how to do something w/ another BI tool that may seem impossible -- Cognos will be able to do it 99% of the time
  • (-) increased training required: Training for Cognos had to be longer and more intensive than other BI tools. For example, my team members go through a week long 8-hour/day class and it was just enough to scratch the surface. A good base if required, but real world experience is the only way to become a Cognos pro.
  • (-) more end-user training: We do mostly canned reports with Cognos, so out end-users must be trainied. It is much harder to train them with Cognos than other BI tools. This is why I only turn to Cognos if I cannot accomplish my goal in another tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

  • I think ThoughtSpot helped save a lot of time of people (mostly in IT and Finance), so there's a tangible return of investment.
  • I also think this helped to give better visibility to our teams. Having the option of drilling down helps the team to be more informed and under the detail.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

IBM Cognos Analytics

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

IBM Cognos Analytics Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On Demand Standard$15.001
On Demand Plus$35.001
On Demand Premium$70.001
  1. Per User/Per Month
SaaS Edition
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    ThoughtSpot

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    ThoughtSpot Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    ThoughtSpot
    8.8

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    ThoughtSpot
    8.0

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    ThoughtSpot
    8.4

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    ThoughtSpot

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    ThoughtSpot

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    ThoughtSpot
    7.0

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    ThoughtSpot

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    ThoughtSpot

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    ThoughtSpot
    7.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    ThoughtSpot

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