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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Access Control and Security
  • Cyfe, by Traject ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
7.0

Cyfe

70%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
63 Ratings
6.8
68%
17 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
68 Ratings
5.1
51%
27 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
67 Ratings
9.0
90%
20 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
8.5

Cyfe

85%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
70 Ratings
8.7
87%
15 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
71 Ratings
8.1
81%
20 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
44 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
69 Ratings
7.0
70%
25 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
9.1

Cyfe

91%
Cyfe, by Traject ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
10.0
100%
14 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
67 Ratings
9.9
99%
20 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
6.8
68%
9 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.2
92%
70 Ratings
10.0
100%
16 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.9

Cyfe

89%
Cyfe, by Traject ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
58 Ratings
8.0
80%
17 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
56 Ratings
8.6
86%
14 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
54 Ratings
10.0
100%
8 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%
8.6

Cyfe

86%
IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson ranks higher in 2/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.0
90%
65 Ratings
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
64 Ratings
6.3
63%
14 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
64 Ratings
8.4
84%
16 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
47 Ratings
9.7
97%
6 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%
9.3

Cyfe

93%
Cyfe, by Traject ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.8
78%
50 Ratings
9.4
94%
18 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
79 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
48 Ratings
7.7
77%
13 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
8.4

Cyfe

84%
Cyfe, by Traject ranks higher in 4/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
35 Ratings
8.6
86%
4 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
33 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

iFrames

8.3
83%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Java API

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.1
71%
10 Ratings
5.9
59%
4 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
5.8
58%
3 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability
  • Cyfe, by Traject is rated higher in 1 area: Implementation Rating
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson and Cyfe, by Traject are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
94 Ratings
8.0

Cyfe

80%
29 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings
9.4

Cyfe

94%
9 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings
7.0

Cyfe

70%
3 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
10.0

Cyfe

100%
3 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings
10.0

Cyfe

100%
3 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Cyfe

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Cyfe

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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Traject

Cyfe might be for you if you are looking for a cost-effective way to display all of your marketing metrics in one place. If you are looking for a detailed, fine-tuned, niche, or extremely specific metrics, this might not be the best solution. Cyfe is good for a general health check-up of marketing, but not a finely tuned examination.
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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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Traject

  • Has preset metric groups that pull similar stats together in one "bucket" saving you the time of setting up each stat-line one by one
  • Allows you to easily adjust the timeframe for what stats you want to see, so you can find YOY stats or just last month's stats rather quickly
  • Colored visualizations of stats make it easy to notice when campaigns are taking off
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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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Traject

  • I'd love to see additional functionality to customize colors. The light/dark option is very nice, but a little more flexibility in the colors would go a long way, especially if it was possible at the dashboard level rather than just the account level. Along the same lines, being able to customize the charts a little more, for example being able to show an x-axis on single data type graphs, could make them easier to read in some cases.
  • Being able to choose to report on converted clicks or conversions in AdWords would be helpful.
  • Needs the ability to show the date range on the shared URL dashboards. Would be even better if the date range was adjustable on that view, too.
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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

Cyfe

Starting Price

$29 Monthly or Annually

Editions & Modules

Cyfe editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Solo$291
Pro$492
Premier$89+3
Agency$1504

Footnotes

  1. Monthly or Annually
  2. Monthly or Annually
  3. Monthly or Annually
  4. Monthly or Annually

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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Traject

It has become a part of our internal tools so unless a competitor comes out with similar functionality as a similar price point it is unlikely that we would not renew. One area that would cause us not to renew would be if a competing service came out with more third-party integrations that match our needs. Price at this point is no longer an issue as it would allow us to automate a somewhat manual process that we have now connecting Cyfe widgets to Google Sheets.
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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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Traject

I gave it a rating of 7 because it does a good job at what it does, but there are missing that are missing which I would have benefited from. For instance, if I was able to drill down more on the specific metrics I was able to see, that would have been helpful.
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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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Traject

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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Traject

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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Traject

Because I had a very minor question and I was able to speak directly to the founder through LinkedIn and through email. I know that as they grow this may not always be an option but the fact that he made himself available to answer my questions said a lot about his passion for the product.
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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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Traject

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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Traject

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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Traject

Cyfe is a 15 minutes implementation, then some time to get your data sources created. This is an easy one person job that will not result in down time or unnecessary wasted man hours.
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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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Traject

The Salesforce dashboard is comparably flexible and intuitive, but designed more to its internal CRM focus. SumAll shares the social media dashboard capabilities, but lacks all others. Its interesting feature is side-by-side graph analysis for cross-channel performance. Cyfe might borrow from SumAll's default weekly email summary of performance from the dashboard, but implementation could be too complex. Nuvi dashboard is exclusively for social media marketing, but lacks Cyfe's flexibility for third party integration and window customization settings.
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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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Traject

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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Traject

  • Cyfe allows us to provide real time data to our clients
  • Cyfe allows us to provide detailed analytics to our clients showing actual results
  • Cyfe reduced our need to provide monthly "reports" to our marketing clients
  • Cyfe allows us to have better situational awareness and know what is going on throughout our multiple organizations
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