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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.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

Yellowfin is well suited for:
  • All type of organisations from small, medium to large enterprises applications
  • All type of users in an organisations - Business users , Analysts and consumers
  • Large clustering installation with high volume of transaction under Linux platform with high number of concurrent users
  • Low budget customer engagements
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
Customizable dashboards
IBM Cognos
7.8
Yellowfin
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
IBM Cognos
8.1
Yellowfin
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM Cognos
8.3
Yellowfin
8.1
Drill-down analysis
IBM Cognos
8.6
Yellowfin
8.3
Formatting capabilities
IBM Cognos
7.6
Yellowfin
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM Cognos
8.4
Yellowfin
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM Cognos
8.7
Yellowfin
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
8.1
Publish to Web
IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
8.2
Publish to PDF
IBM Cognos
8.6
Yellowfin
8.0
Report Versioning
IBM Cognos
8.3
Yellowfin
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM Cognos
7.9
Yellowfin
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM Cognos
7.2
Yellowfin

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
7.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM Cognos
7.5
Yellowfin
7.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM Cognos
7.7
Yellowfin
7.8
Predictive Analytics
IBM Cognos
8.7
Yellowfin
6.5

Access Control and Security

IBM Cognos
9.1
Yellowfin
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM Cognos
9.1
Yellowfin
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
IBM Cognos
9.2
Yellowfin
7.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM Cognos
8.7
Yellowfin
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM Cognos
9.2
Yellowfin

Mobile Capabilities

IBM Cognos
7.7
Yellowfin
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM Cognos
8.1
Yellowfin
9.1
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM Cognos
7.9
Yellowfin
8.5
Dedicated Android Application
IBM Cognos
7.3
Yellowfin
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM Cognos
7.5
Yellowfin
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM Cognos
7.7
Yellowfin
REST API
IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
Javascript API
IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
iFrames
IBM Cognos
8.3
Yellowfin
Java API
IBM Cognos
6.7
Yellowfin
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM Cognos
7.7
Yellowfin
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM Cognos
7.3
Yellowfin

Pros

IBM Cognos

  • List/Table Reporting. It is awesome at providing detailed table lists of rows and provides it in multiple pages of a PDF based on the size of the table being exported.
  • Bursting to the appropriate individuals what they want to see/ have privileges to see.
  • Being able to email reports, whether that is HTML, PDF, or Excel formats.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

  • Presentation of information for executive reporting.
  • Collaboration and action task assignment on pinpointed issues highlighted in reports and dashboards.
  • End client easy self - service reporting.
Nicky Downing | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

  • Initially the Yellowfin business model was difficult to align to the VSV model but through some simple negotiations a workable model was reach which made in commercial application viable
  • Some additional licensing models could also be of value as we do not use the product in a pure business intelligence only application.
Johan Pietersen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Sachin Karkun | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Web-based centralised architecture with best user interfaces.
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 9.1
Based on 1 answer
99.9% availability
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 9.0
Based on 5 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

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
Based on 7 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

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 8.2
Based on 1 answer
  • Availability of 24x7x365 support team to cover all regions
  • Technical team well trained
  • Knowledge of product
  • Proper product documentation and support guidelines
  • Defined SLA
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Yellowfin provides 3 levels of training to support consumers, business analytics, developers and Administrations :
  1. Yellowfin BI Training - Level 1 (Exploration)
  2. Yellowfin BI Training - Level 2 (Advanced)
  3. Yellowfin BI Training - Level 3(Expert)
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Gerrit Goewey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Web-based training for large audiences for Level 1 and Level 2 I would suggest
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos 7.0
Based on 7 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

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Design the data model and views for each dashboard is very important and it is the success factor Configuration of cluster for large implementation
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cognos

IBM is a titan in BI innovation but has arduous competitors as I mentioned before. IBM has prestige in BI and the directors and managers know that. On the other hand, complexity is not the strategy of Cognos, that's why if you need big cubes of data, Tableau, and Microsoft BI are better suited for the job. Even QlikView is more complex than IBM Cognos. On the other hand, your users can benefit from the advantages that set analysis studio and event studio for notifications.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

We ran a full procurement project to select Yellowfin and started with a long list of over 20 BI products. Key reasons for choice were ease of use, visual looks, product integrations and cost (both licence purchase and development of content).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yellowfin

Yellowfin 8.2
Based on 1 answer
- Tested 500 con-current users in Linux platform with 4 cores systems - Tested with cloud based VM - Tested with 1000 reads per minutes
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM Cognos

  • (+) 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

Yellowfin

No answers on this topic

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Pricing Details

IBM Cognos

General

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

Yellowfin

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cognos
7.8
Yellowfin
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cognos
7.9
Yellowfin

Usability

IBM Cognos
7.5
Yellowfin
8.2

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cognos
8.6
Yellowfin
9.1

Performance

IBM Cognos
9.0
Yellowfin
8.2

Support Rating

IBM Cognos
7.0
Yellowfin
8.2

In-Person Training

IBM Cognos
8.7
Yellowfin
9.1

Online Training

IBM Cognos
8.0
Yellowfin
8.2

Implementation Rating

IBM Cognos
7.0
Yellowfin
9.1

Scalability

IBM Cognos
10.0
Yellowfin
8.2

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