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Likelihood to Recommend

QlikView

I can't recommend QlikView enough for a small shop on a shoestring budget--with one technical user administering things, all your users can have a really nice, super useful data exploration tool. The burden is certainly on that one user, but the payback is immense considering the price (free!). Solutions like Tableau and Qlik's new product, Qlik Sense, are certainly prettier and less demanding in terms of UI design, but they can't touch QlikView in terms of value.
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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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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

QlikView
7.1
IBM Cognos
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
QlikView
6.3
IBM Cognos
7.6
Customizable dashboards
QlikView
8.1
IBM Cognos
7.4
Report Formatting Templates
QlikView
7.0
IBM Cognos
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

QlikView
7.5
IBM Cognos
7.9
Drill-down analysis
QlikView
8.0
IBM Cognos
8.6
Formatting capabilities
QlikView
7.6
IBM Cognos
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
QlikView
7.4
IBM Cognos
7.2
Report sharing and collaboration
QlikView
7.1
IBM Cognos
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

QlikView
6.9
IBM Cognos
8.5
Publish to Web
QlikView
7.2
IBM Cognos
8.6
Publish to PDF
QlikView
6.8
IBM Cognos
9.0
Report Versioning
QlikView
7.1
IBM Cognos
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
QlikView
6.7
IBM Cognos
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

QlikView
6.6
IBM Cognos
6.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
QlikView
7.9
IBM Cognos
7.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
QlikView
5.3
IBM Cognos
6.4
Predictive Analytics
QlikView
6.8
IBM Cognos
7.3

Access Control and Security

QlikView
7.6
IBM Cognos
9.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
QlikView
7.8
IBM Cognos
9.2
Role-Based Security Model
QlikView
7.6
IBM Cognos
9.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
QlikView
7.4
IBM Cognos
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
QlikView
IBM Cognos
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

QlikView
6.7
IBM Cognos
7.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
QlikView
7.0
IBM Cognos
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
QlikView
5.4
IBM Cognos
7.1
Dedicated Android Application
QlikView
7.5
IBM Cognos
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
QlikView
7.0
IBM Cognos
7.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.5
REST API
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.0
Javascript API
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.8
iFrames
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.8
Java API
QlikView
IBM Cognos
6.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
QlikView
IBM Cognos
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.6

Pros

  • We enjoyed the ability to share a session. This session allowed end-users to share a dashboard, manipulate it, and collaborate on the results in real-time. See more here - http://robertbgoodman.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/real-time-data-collaboration-by-qlikview/
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  • 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.
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Cons

  • Out of the box, the governance and meta data management is not great. You can buy another product for that. Out of the box, you can get yourself in trouble. We have solved for that through business process and workflow.
  • They are still a bit tied too Microsoft tools like Internet Explorer. Working on Firefox, Chrome, Safari is not the same experience. We would really like them adapt. For example, when viewing a line graph with multiple points on graph, if you zoom over a point, it will light up the bubble in IE, but we cannot get it to work the same way in other browsers.
  • Performance tuning explain plans don’t exist.
  • Our ability to do custom Ajax development – we would like to put in a widget, where we can do an uptime call and have nothing else change. No documentation etc.
  • Documentation is ok.
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  • IBM Cognos can improve on the way certain modules like Query Studio work where pulling various data feilds and merging them together is not as simple as it seems. In order to effectively use Query Studio, a user needs to be well trained and it's not a module that simply anyone can pick up.
  • IBM Cognos can also improve on the way it interfaces with other non-IBM software. It struggles to offer the same level of efficiency that it offers when interfacing with CostPoint, Deltek T&E when compared to non-IBM software like Unanet.
  • IBM Cognos needs to develop other modules further and need to offer greater applicability to these modules for those to be as widely used as the popularly used modules.
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Likelihood to Renew

QlikView8.8
Based on 29 answers
We paid for the licenses in full when we acquired the application. Unlike Salesforce.com, there is not recurring license fees. The license fee was a one-time thing which means all we're paying for now and in the future is for support and maintenance. Both of which are not required.
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IBM Cognos7.9
Based on 23 answers
It took my BI team one year to become productive at developing useful content on the IBM Cognos platform. After this year, the reports being developed for a client were stale and no longer relative to the ever changing needs of the business client. Given the same opportunity, I would select a platform that allows the team to quickly produce BI content. Fail fast and recover quickly!
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Usability

QlikView9.8
Based on 6 answers
QlikView is built in such a way that makes it extremely easy to use - for developers, designers, and users.
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IBM Cognos7.5
Based on 6 answers
There are some bugs that occur occasionally in the software.
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Reliability and Availability

QlikView9.8
Based on 4 answers
QlikView server is very stable, with minimal errors and rare outages.
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IBM Cognos8.6
Based on 4 answers
Environments are pretty stable.
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Performance

QlikView8.6
Based on 4 answers
It is not a SAAS product.
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IBM Cognos9.0
Based on 5 answers
Even when running on my demo VM (5GB of ram, 8 cores, 256MB video) on my laptop , the render time of basic reports is snappy. As long as a reasonable amount of items is being displayed, it can handle any number of pages efficiently. The further off the beaten path a developer gets with ODBC/JDBC drivers and underlying model designs, the more performance will tend to suffer, but as long as reasonable hardware resources are being dedicated to the system, a well designed system should not have any problem
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Support

QlikView2.1
Based on 7 answers
They are still building it out. Just recently I received a contact for an escalation manager. I used to just call my sales guy.

Response times vary
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IBM Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
Haven't worked too much with regular customer support, since we tend to go to the experts who are there to help partners with their questions. Generally the questions that we need to ask are far more advanced than the average end user would call about, so we haven't had much luck in getting answers when we actually do try to call them
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In-Person Training

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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IBM Cognos8.7
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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Online Training

QlikView8.0
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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IBM Cognos8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training was good, comprehensive. The individuals who made use of the training found it to be very helpful and clearly articulated. They felt that the training provided immediate benefits to their day-to-day work.
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Implementation

QlikView7.4
Based on 13 answers
Not involved.
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IBM Cognos7.0
Based on 7 answers
No real problems with the implementations. Most of the issues we have are a matter of the limited resources of the smaller VMs and only keeping the services that we need for a specific demo turned on. This should not be a problem on a standard production server
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Alternatives Considered

Our shortlist included Tableau, a newer version of Microsoft's SSRS and Qlikview.

We also knew what Micro Strategies and Business Objects had to offer from our experiences with them at other companies, and knew what we could afford. We eliminated them on price and the complexity of set-up.

We liked QlikView's in memory, associative model, and self-service capability.

With "in-memory", everything that gets consumed from a dashboard is loaded in memory so it is incredibly fast. Although Qlik touts its mobile distribution capabilities, that was not a huge differentiator for us, but is something we are now exploring. Microsoft and and BO do have in-memory capabilities now.

The associative model is patented by QlikView. Basically it starts to understand the associations in your data, e.g. if A=B and B=C, then A=C. It means you can build a Qlikview model very quickly. In traditional data warehousing, you work with users and understand their requirements, refine the data model, start to physicalize it, tune it, build ETLs. It's a 3 month at best delivery cycle. That doesn’t work here at this company. Our business users will not wait for you. Our business is dynamic, we are launching new products all the time. Instead of going through an arduous process, you just load data into QlikView and build an associative model. It link things up. If it doesn’t work, you can change things very quickly. You don’t have to write data definitional language. Where you get into trouble, is if you load very large data sets into QlikView, memory not as abundant. They are releasing a tool called data explorer which allows you to do a hybrid approach – load some in memory and some in database. If data is going into frequently used dashboards it goes into memory. If infrequent access is required and the data set is very large, it makes sense to leave it in the database.

We also have a company called DataRoket that builds connectors for us, e.g. load this relational data into QlikView. They have built adapters for QlikView-Hadoop integration
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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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Scalability

QlikView8.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
IBM Cognos10.0
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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Return on Investment

  • Speed to market is the really big thing. You can attach to multiple data sources quickly and build a consumable model for a dashboard. It doesn’t require IT talent to build. We have built more dashboards and added more users in the last year, then in our entire history. I was at a company of 30k+ employees before, and we didn't have near this level of BI adoption.
  • As a result, we are seeing benefits across business function. For example, within sales, our pipeline has much more visibility. It allows for much faster decisions on things like quotas. One of our biggest power users is in sales ops. She feels her dashboards load 10x faster than our previous tool and she can make changes on the fly.
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  • (+) 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.
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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.

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