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Feature Set Ratings

  • Wolfram Mathematica ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization

BI Standard Reporting

8.3

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

83%
9.8

Mathematica

98%
Wolfram Mathematica ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.2
82%
65 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.4
84%
70 Ratings
9.9
99%
4 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
69 Ratings
9.9
99%
6 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
9.8

Mathematica

98%
Wolfram Mathematica ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
72 Ratings
9.8
98%
8 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.7
87%
73 Ratings
9.8
98%
8 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.3
83%
46 Ratings
9.9
99%
7 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.8
88%
71 Ratings
9.8
98%
9 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
9.3

Mathematica

93%
Wolfram Mathematica ranks higher in 3/5 features

Publish to Web

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
9.8
98%
7 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.2
92%
69 Ratings
8.9
89%
8 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.6
86%
25 Ratings
9.8
98%
7 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.1
91%
72 Ratings
8.9
89%
5 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

8.1
81%
12 Ratings
8.8
88%
5 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%
9.8

Mathematica

98%
Wolfram Mathematica ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

7.9
79%
60 Ratings
9.8
98%
9 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
58 Ratings
9.8
98%
8 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.4
74%
56 Ratings
9.8
98%
8 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

89%

Mathematica

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%
67 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.8
88%
66 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
66 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.8
88%
49 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.2

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

72%

Mathematica

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%
52 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.6
76%
81 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

78%

Mathematica

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

REST API

8.4
84%
37 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Javascript API

8.5
85%
35 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 1 area: Support Rating
  • Wolfram Mathematica is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

81%
96 Ratings
9.9

Mathematica

99%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
24 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
7 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

8.6

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

86%
8 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

90%
10 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
15 Ratings
9.5

Mathematica

95%
2 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

87%
4 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
4 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
14 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

80%
2 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

100%
2 Ratings

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

7.0

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

70%
1 Rating

Mathematica

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

IBM Cognos Analytics provides our organization with a workspace for data visualization and analysis, with a wide variety of customization options. It is well suited for exploring and discovering trends with the information provided in real time. It has the ability to create very attractive reports and dashboards. It offers robust controls for comprehensive data protection, generating reliability in the use of significant information
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Wolfram

We are the judgement that Wolfram Mathematica is despite many critics based on the paradigms selected a mark in the fields of the markets for computations of all kind. Wolfram Mathematica is even a choice in fields where other bolide systems reign most of the market. Wolfram Mathematica offers rich flexibility and internally standardizes the right methodologies for his user community. Wolfram Mathematica is not cheap and in need of a hard an long learner journey. That makes it weak in comparison with of-the-shelf-solution packages or even other programming languages. But for systematization of methods Wolfram Mathematica is far in front of almost all the other. Scientist and interested people are able to develop themself further and Wolfram Matheamatica users are a human variant for themself. The reach out for modern mathematics based science is deep and a unique unified framework makes the whole field of mathematics accessable comparable to the brain of Albert Einstein. The paradigms incorporated are the most efficients and consist in assembly on the market. The mathematics is covering and fullfills not just education requirements but the demands and needs of experts.
Mathematica is incompatible with other systems for mCAx and therefore the borders between the systems are hard to overcome. Wolfram Mathematica should be consider one of the more open systems because other code can be imported and run but on the export side it is rathe incompatible by design purposes. A better standard for all that might solve the crisis but there is none in sight. Selection of knowledge of what works will be in the future even more focussed and general system might be one the lossy side. Knowledge of esthetics of what will be in the highest demand in necessary and Wolfram is not a leader in this field of science. Mathematics leves from gathering problems from application fields and less from the glory of itself and the formalization of this.
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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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Wolfram

  • It allows straightforward integration of analytic analysis of algebraic expressions and their numerical implemented.
  • Supports varying programmatic paradigms, so one can choose what best fits the problem or task: pure functions, procedural programming, list processing, and even (with a bit of setup) object-oriented programming.
  • The extensive and rich tools for graphical rendering make it very easy to not just get 2D and 3D renderings of final output, but also to do quick-and-dirty 2D and 3D rendering of intermediate results and/or debugging results.
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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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Wolfram

  • Should include more libraries and functions.
  • Should include more functions that can be used in Machine Learning.
  • Should include more functions that can be used in Data Science.
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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

Mathematica

Starting Price

$0 one-time fee

Editions & Modules

Mathematica editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Mathematica Enterprise Edition$8,150.001
Standard Desktop$3,0402
Standard Desktop & Cloud$3,3443
Standard Cloud$1,5204

Footnotes

  1. one-time fee
  2. one-time fee
  3. one-time fee
  4. per year

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Discounts available for students and educational institutions. The Network Edition reduce per-user license costs through shared deployment across any number of machines on a local-area network.

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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Wolfram

No answers on this topic

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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Wolfram

No answers on this topic

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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Wolfram

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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Wolfram

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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Wolfram

Wolfram Mathematica is a nice software package. It has very nice features and easy to install and use in your machine. Besides this, there is a nice support from Wolfram. They come to the university frequently to give seminars in Mathematica. I think this is the best thing they are doing. That is very helpful for graduate and undergraduate students who are using Mathematica in their research.
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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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Wolfram

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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Wolfram

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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Wolfram

No answers on this topic

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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Wolfram

We have evaluated and are using in some cases the Python language in concert with the Jupyter notebook interface. For UI, we using libraries like React to create visually stunning visualizations of such models. Mathematica compares favorably to this alternative in terms of speed of development. Mathematica compares unfavorably to this alternative in terms of license costs.
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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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Wolfram

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

IBM

  • The team that implemented this software tells me that the ROI is not obtained instantly; it must go through long months before obtaining good results.
  • There are functions that are not easy for all users; this makes it difficult to obtain positive results in the first months.
  • A year has to pass before noticing that after its configuration, we can work without delays.
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Wolfram

  • Easy to solve huge mathematical equations, so it saved time there
  • Doing analysis and plotting graphs is also another plus point
  • Learning is very slow, and it took lot of time to learn its scripting language
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