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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

Mathematica

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.
Steffen Jäschke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Mathematica
8.9
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Mathematica
8.3
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Mathematica
9.2
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Mathematica
9.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Mathematica
9.0
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.4
Mathematica
9.0
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.6
Mathematica
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Mathematica
9.4
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Mathematica
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Mathematica
8.5
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Mathematica
9.0
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Mathematica
8.5
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.6
Mathematica
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Mathematica
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.0
Mathematica
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos Analytics
8.2
Mathematica
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Mathematica
8.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.1
Mathematica
8.8
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos Analytics
8.3
Mathematica
9.0

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Mathematica
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Mathematica
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.7
Mathematica
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos Analytics
5.6
Mathematica
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.4
Mathematica

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos Analytics
7.3
Mathematica
REST API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.7
Mathematica
Javascript API
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.5
Mathematica
iFrames
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.8
Mathematica
Java API
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.6
Mathematica
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos Analytics
6.9
Mathematica
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos Analytics
7.1
Mathematica

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

Mathematica

  • 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.
Robert J. Lang | 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

Mathematica

  • 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.
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

Mathematica

No score
No answers yet
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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

Mathematica

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Mathematica

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

Mathematica

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

Mathematica

Mathematica 8.7
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | 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

Mathematica

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

Mathematica

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

Mathematica

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Mathematica

Mathematica compares well to MATLAB, particularly when used for symbolic calculations. This requires the installation and purchase of an additional symbolic toolbox in MATLAB, whereas it comes as standard in Mathematica, which regardless is the preferred choice for me for this sort of problem.For numerical calculations and greater control of plotting etc., MATLAB has a steeper learning curve but is more powerful.
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

Mathematica

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

Mathematica

  • Mathematica is our "go to" environment for developing solutions for our clients, so I suppose you could say that it is solely responsible for our revenues. On occasion we do use other platforms but Mathematica is a core component of our offer to clients.
George Danner | 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.

    Mathematica

    General

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

    Mathematica Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Mathematica Enterprise Edition$8,260.001
    Enterprise Private CloudContact sales team
    Standard Cloud$13.003
    Standard Desktop$124.004
    Standard Desktop & Cloud$145.004
    Network MathematicaContact sales team
    Student Cloud$9.006
    Student Desktop$83.007
    Home Cloud$18.008
    Home Desktop$177.009
    Home Desktop & Cloud$310.009
    1. one-time fee
    2. starting price/per month
    3. per year/starting price
    4. per month
    5. per year
    6. per month
    7. per year
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.8
    Mathematica
    9.2

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.9
    Mathematica

    Usability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.5
    Mathematica

    Reliability and Availability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.6
    Mathematica

    Performance

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    9.0
    Mathematica

    Support Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Mathematica
    8.7

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.7
    Mathematica

    Online Training

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    8.0
    Mathematica

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    7.0
    Mathematica

    Scalability

    IBM Cognos Analytics
    10.0
    Mathematica

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