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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)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cyfe

Cyfe is good for businesses that manage multiple websites, email campaigns and social media accounts for multiple clients, as it allows you to easily pull stats and visualize them all in one place. Make one account for each client and ask Cyfe to grab the metrics that are most meaningful to your campaigns, then you can share your dashboards with your clients, or like us, use Cyfe's visualizations to create aesthetically pleasing reports for clients to read.
Mitchell Terpstra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Cyfe
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Cyfe
6.6
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Cyfe
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Cyfe
9.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Cyfe
8.9
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
Cyfe
8.7
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Cyfe
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Cyfe
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Cyfe
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Cyfe
8.2
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Cyfe
9.0
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Cyfe
7.1
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Cyfe
6.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Cyfe
9.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Cyfe
9.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Cyfe
9.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Cyfe
10.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Cyfe
8.5
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Cyfe
10.0

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Cyfe
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.9
Cyfe
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.8
Cyfe
6.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Cyfe
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.7
Cyfe
9.7

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Cyfe
9.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Cyfe
9.3
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Cyfe
10.0
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
Cyfe
10.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Cyfe
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Cyfe
8.3
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Cyfe
8.5
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Cyfe
10.0
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Cyfe
10.0
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.6
Cyfe
10.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Cyfe
5.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Cyfe
5.6

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

Cyfe

  • Cyfe makes it easy to create a professional looking dashboards in a short amount of time. With so many built-in data sources and the intuitive nature of the interface, you can have beautiful looking charts and graphs in no time!
  • One of the best features of Cyfe is the many data sources built-in and that each dashboard is not constrained to one source. One of the drawbacks I've seen in other tools is the limited ability to pull from multiple Google Analytics profiles, multiple AdWords accounts or from both AdWords and Bing in one dashboard. Cyfe has no such limitation.
  • Google Spreadsheets - if the data you need to show is not available via an API, being able to pull from Google spreadsheets is a great solution. Once set up, you can add data whenever you need to the spreadsheet and your widgets in the Cyfe dashboard are automatically updated. Huge time saver!
Kim Towne | 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

Cyfe

  • Documentation is sparse and confusing
  • Functionality is fairly basic and at times buggy
  • Third party integrations are limited and stagnant, very few have been added since we began using it
  • Widgets lack individual settings such as support for different date ranges
  • Widgets have limited customization options
Tony Huidor | 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

Cyfe

Cyfe 9.4
Based on 9 answers
Since initial trial, not only am I sold, but the rest of the company is sold on Cyfe as well. We look forward to expanded partners and capabilities. Our smaller firm does not have the need for multiple users as of yet, but growth is coming and the ability to scale with Cyfe is exciting.
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

Cyfe

Cyfe 8.0
Based on 2 answers
It is very easy to use when creating dashboards that use widgets from existing integration partners. You can easily create attractive and functional dashboards in less than 5 minutes so the learning curve is minimal at most. Out-of-the-box capabilities are quite high for such a low priced service, so it's surprising how easy it is to use.
Tony Huidor | 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

Cyfe

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

Cyfe

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

Cyfe

Cyfe 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Shane Hayes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Cyfe

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

Cyfe

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

Cyfe

Cyfe 10.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Shane Hayes | 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

Cyfe

Klipfolio probably had a lot of cool features, but it was SO user-UNfriendly that we never got to use them. We had high enough turnover in our company that people always needed Klipfolio training, and it was rarely completed to the satisfaction of trainees or trainers. It was simply too complicated for a fast-paced work environment. Even one of my regular duties (posting a screenshot of a completed task list) had to be accomplished in a roundabout, unwieldy way.
Anonymous | 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

Cyfe

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

Cyfe

  • 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
Shane Hayes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
On Cloud HostedContact for quote
    Additional Pricing Details
    30-day free trial available.

    Cyfe

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Cyfe Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Solo$291
    Pro$491
    Premier$89+1
    Agency$1501
    1. Monthly or Annually
    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    Cyfe
    9.3

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    Cyfe
    9.4

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    Cyfe
    8.0

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    Cyfe

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    Cyfe

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Cyfe
    10.0

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    Cyfe

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    Cyfe

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Cyfe
    10.0

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    Cyfe

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