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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos is well suited when you are implementing with compatible software like Costpoint and other Deltek products, this will lead to great integration and result in the wonderful presentation of data for your reporting requirement. However, IBM Cognos is not well suited when being implemented with non-Deltek software as this will lead to challenges in integration and will not produce ideal reporting.
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QlikView

QlikView is a good tool for visualizing data as long as you are trying to visualize aggregated or anonymized data. It can generate most type of graphs and also show you the details of the data that are being graphed. However, you do need to be careful to not include sensitive data in you visualizations since the data is stored in the QlikView database and that could become an attack vector that you will need to watch.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos
7.9
QlikView
7.0
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos
7.7
QlikView
6.2
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos
7.6
QlikView
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos
8.2
QlikView
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos
8.2
QlikView
7.5
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos
8.8
QlikView
8.0
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos
7.3
QlikView
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos
7.7
QlikView
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos
8.9
QlikView
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos
8.4
QlikView
7.4
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos
8.4
QlikView
7.4
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos
8.9
QlikView
7.5
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos
8.5
QlikView
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos
8.6
QlikView
7.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos
7.9
QlikView

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos
7.3
QlikView
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos
7.3
QlikView
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos
6.8
QlikView
5.9
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos
7.8
QlikView
6.8

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos
9.1
QlikView
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos
9.2
QlikView
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos
9.2
QlikView
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos
8.8
QlikView
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos
9.2
QlikView

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos
7.5
QlikView
7.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos
7.9
QlikView
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos
7.2
QlikView
5.9
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos
7.3
QlikView
7.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos
7.6
QlikView
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos
7.7
QlikView
REST API
IBM Cognos
7.6
QlikView
Javascript API
IBM Cognos
8.0
QlikView
iFrames
IBM Cognos
7.8
QlikView
Java API
IBM Cognos
7.1
QlikView
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos
8.3
QlikView
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos
7.5
QlikView

Pros

IBM Cognos

  • It provides a graphic user interface for report authoring, which is easy to learn and straightforward to understand. It is easy to develop a report if authors have good understanding of data.
  • The data pipelining framework is stable. It didn't crash by connection failure, etc.
  • Cognos is designed for a report distribution to multiple analytics consumers. Report authors can set up distribution configurations with detailed conditions.
  • Authoring environment is designed to well adopt complicated formats of data sources.
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QlikView

  • QV's #1 strength is the drag and drop visualization tools -- with just a bit of training, you can make some really nice looking charts
  • QV's #2 strength is the simplicity of the filtering. Other SQL languages might call this "linking" or database structure ... which can be a pain.... but QV makes this easy. Further, once the data is inside QV, the ability to FILTER the data using check boxes is completely intuitive and simple.
  • QV's #3 strength is its ability to work across platforms and integrate multiple data sources and multiple types of data. QuickBooks data is just one example of something that it can chew up with ease.
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Cons

IBM Cognos

  • Web-based authoring environment is slow, compared to Desktop based environment. It gets slower if the size of data gets bigger.
  • Congas is best when we create reports using coded data based on relational databases. Since a lot of clinical data are unstructured formatted, it may be required of good data wrangling function to include them into the reports.
  • Chart types and look and feel configuration flexibility are limited, especially compared to competitors such as Tableau. They are not terribly ugly, but not faulty looking with the default setting.
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QlikView

  • The formula for harder BI analytics is neither intuitive or easy to learn. It really helps if you have some kind of SQL background. I really wish there were more out-of-the-box options that we can customize.
  • It may be more of a server issue but it can take hours to run a single query.
  • You have to define a lot of parameters for almost anything you create so the tool forces you to spend a lot of time selecting different options. I wish they had good pre-defined templates for layouts for us to choose from.
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Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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.
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QlikView

QlikView 8.8
Based on 29 answers
I believe every client should have this software in their tool kit
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Usability

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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.
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QlikView

QlikView 9.8
Based on 6 answers
Once the data is loaded (which can range from simple to complex depending on the data set), it is relatively easy to create new charts/dashboards
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Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 8.6
Based on 4 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
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QlikView

QlikView 9.8
Based on 4 answers
We have not had any downtime issues with the product nor uncovered any significant bugs
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Performance

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 9.0
Based on 5 answers
You have to really design the product well to get the best performance.
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QlikView

QlikView 8.6
Based on 4 answers
It is not a SAAS product.
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Support

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
Based on 7 answers
I really cannot honestly rate the technical support of IBM, since we are getting our support through our SAS provider.
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QlikView

QlikView 2.1
Based on 7 answers
Qlik does have a tendency to push back sometimes stating that the issue is not related to QlikView but the system it is hosted on
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In-Person Training

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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.
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QlikView

No score
No answers yet
My team attended, but I cannot myself rate, but I think it was good as they've successfully launched a training program at our company themselves for users. It was 3-4 day training.
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Online Training

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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
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QlikView

QlikView 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Training was as expected. The demo environments tend to be more fully featured that our own environment, but the training was clear and well delivered.
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Implementation

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
Based on 7 answers
Cognos is a great dashboarding product but implementation needed some key brains with past experience with Cognos implementations/roll outs.
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QlikView

QlikView 7.4
Based on 13 answers
QlikView were here for a few days, and it was up and running. It was very fast.

Where it fell short, is they did the implementation in demo mode, and didn't initially work with us to help us scale. For example, should we consider a load balancer and multiple servers?. How much capacity can this environment handle from a data and user perspective. We had to learn on own by trial and error. We are bringing them in to do an architectural assessment, but we have to pay for this.

We are now bringing them back in for architectural assessment. It is a fee based engagement.
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Alternatives Considered

IBM Cognos

Cognos allows you to manipulate data in a way very similar to Excel but it is important to keep in mind that all the data filtering and calculations take place on the back end before you receive the report output and if you want to manipulate the data, you have to do so before you run your report.
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QlikView

QlikView is very similar to Tableau. However, I believe it is a cheaper solution, and that is why our company has chosen QlikView. It has been able to handle large, large amounts of data sets, and has been pretty agile for our business needs.
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Scalability

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 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.
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QlikView

QlikView 8.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Return on Investment

IBM Cognos

  • We've been able to determine near real-time ROI on ad campaigns that get billed on a cost per impression basis, allowing us to optimize the campaign more effectively.
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QlikView

  • Faster Lead conversion
  • Business Users being very satisfied
  • High level executives love the way data is being presented through QlikView.
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Pricing Details

IBM Cognos

General

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

IBM Cognos Editions & Modules

IBM Cognos
Additional Pricing Details

QlikView

General

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

QlikView Editions & Modules

QlikView
Edition
QlikView Desktop
Free1
QlikView
Custom2
1. Personal Edition
2. Per License
Additional Pricing Details
On an perpetual license basis, based on server plus number of users. Contact vendor for pricing.

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