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QlikView

543 Ratings

IBM Cognos

306 Ratings

QlikView

543 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

IBM Cognos

306 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

QlikView

QlikView is well suited for scenarios where a heavy data is involved or heterogeneous data is there which also requires some manipulation/ cleansing or application of business rules. Also, if the UI dashboard involves complicated formulas to be worked upon, QlikView is well suited.However, if there is a need to quickly create some dashboards where the developer has little knowledge on database/ scripting and also there is no data manipulation required for input data, other technologies other than QlikView can be considered.
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IBM Cognos

For non-technical users like managers or directors, IBM Cognos is beautiful, easy to learn and use. But if you want complex cubes or data analysis outside the box, you could prefer Tableau or Microsoft Power BI. QlikView is also good for non-technical users but the decision can be made according to the experience and use of IBM products. In general, if your client is familiar with the IBM ecosystem, Cognos will be very well seen for directors and managers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

QlikView
7.3
IBM Cognos
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
QlikView
7.1
IBM Cognos
8.6
Customizable dashboards
QlikView
8.3
IBM Cognos
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
QlikView
6.3
IBM Cognos
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

QlikView
7.2
IBM Cognos
7.8
Drill-down analysis
QlikView
6.6
IBM Cognos
9.1
Formatting capabilities
QlikView
6.9
IBM Cognos
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
QlikView
8.8
IBM Cognos
6.7
Report sharing and collaboration
QlikView
6.6
IBM Cognos
7.6

Report Output and Scheduling

QlikView
6.9
IBM Cognos
8.7
Publish to Web
QlikView
6.5
IBM Cognos
8.9
Publish to PDF
QlikView
7.5
IBM Cognos
9.3
Report Versioning
QlikView
6.5
IBM Cognos
8.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
QlikView
7.2
IBM Cognos
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
QlikView
IBM Cognos
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

QlikView
5.5
IBM Cognos
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
QlikView
6.1
IBM Cognos
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
QlikView
3.6
IBM Cognos
6.6
Predictive Analytics
QlikView
6.8
IBM Cognos
7.3

Access Control and Security

QlikView
7.7
IBM Cognos
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
QlikView
7.6
IBM Cognos
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
QlikView
7.5
IBM Cognos
9.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
QlikView
7.9
IBM Cognos
9.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
QlikView
IBM Cognos
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

QlikView
6.8
IBM Cognos
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
QlikView
8.0
IBM Cognos
7.5
Dedicated iOS Application
QlikView
5.2
IBM Cognos
7.9
Dedicated Android Application
QlikView
6.4
IBM Cognos
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
QlikView
7.8
IBM Cognos
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.9
REST API
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.0
Javascript API
QlikView
IBM Cognos
8.0
iFrames
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.7
Java API
QlikView
IBM Cognos
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
QlikView
IBM Cognos
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
QlikView
IBM Cognos
8.5

Pros

  • in memory application
  • AQL i.e auto association
  • QVD
  • conditional hide n show feature
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  • The best part about Cognos Report Studio is that you do not need to have access or know how to use the tool in order to be the recipient of the information. Cognos allows you to schedule automated reports that can be sent to any internal or external email address you type in the recipient line. You can use Cognos Report Studio to create customized and automated reports by applying data filters, conditional formatting, formulas, and calculations in a way very similar to Excel. Anything that you could do in Excel you can pretty much build into the parameters of your report in Cognos and manipulate the data before it comes out in the report. This becomes very handy, especially when automating reports that are sent to users who may not be very Excel savvy or when you just want to pass nuggets of information.
  • Cognos Event Studio is definitely my favorite. Amongst many things, I have found it to be a powerful data auditing tool. I use it to set up search engines that check our database for the incorrect combination of values across a set of data fields and thus minimize data entry errors in a time sensitive manner. For example, I can create a search engine that checks for any employees in "Part Time" status who have been assigned a schedule of 40hrs or more. The search engine would send an email to the HRIS team within an hour from the time the incorrect combination of values was entered into the system.
  • Another way to use Cognos Event Studio in a way that your entire organization can benefit from and appreciate is by sending managers email reminders days in advance of their direct reports' birthdays or work anniversaries. In a similar fashion, I am also able to send email alerts to our IT department's ticketing system immediately following an employee termination, which automatically creates a ticket for them to shut off access to email and other systems.
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Cons

  • Implementing maps other than that of US
  • Real time data handling is not possible
  • device compatibility isn't there
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  • Not user-friendly, it still functions as if from the 90s.
  • Too many odd bugs that users need to go around to avoid, especially now with the Cognos Analytic 10.
  • Cognos does not allow cross packages data sourcing, which is a huge problem.
  • The system functions like an old machine with a new wrapping.
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Likelihood to Renew

QlikView8.8
Based on 29 answers
Ease of use, ability to load from pretty much any data source. today I created an application that loaded time sheets from excel that are not in a table format. With Qlik's "enable transformation steps" I was able to automate loads of multiple spreadsheets and multiple tabs easily. Could not do that with any other tool.
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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
Dashboards are easy to use. They are very Excel-like with HTML5 capabilities. Data visualization is good.

The system requires minimum training to get user up and running. It just takes one hour to get up and running with building basic dashboards and one all day session for sophisticated dashboard building. It is intuitive.

We see this in our user adoption. We went from 6 users/day consuming dashboards to over 200 in 1.5 years.

We have 40-50 power users authoring dashboards. They have development licenses. My team in IT used to have to build all dashboards. Our capacity has grown from 3 to 50. Most of these users are analyst types good in Excel. A few power users can write SQL to build QVD models
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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
It is not a SAAS product.
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IBM Cognos8.6
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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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
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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IBM Cognos7.0
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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In-Person Training

No score
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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 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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Implementation

QlikView7.4
Based on 13 answers
"Implementation" can mean a few things... so I'm not sure that this is the answer you want.... but here it goes:To me, implementation means: "Is the user interface intuitive and can I produce meaningful reports with ease?"On that score, I'd say YES. The amount of training required was minimal and the results were powerful.The desktop implementation is a simple, "blank" interface just waiting for your creativity. The pre-populated templates give you a reasonable start to any project -- and a good set of objects to "play around with" if you're just getting started.Finally, note that the "implementation" I used was baked into QuickBooks 2016 Enterprise -- called "Advanced Reporting"..... That integration makes it ultra useful and simple.
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IBM Cognos7.0
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.
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Breadth of Deployment

Not applicable to our firm as we are small consulting firm.
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It really depends on what you mean by adopted. If you mean report recipients, which is usually how adoption is measured, then it was widely adopted. However, if by adopted you mean productive content producers, it was not widely adopted. Maybe less than 1% of business intelligence content producers.
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Alternatives Considered

QlikView at the time was the best product available for transitioning from an old style BI outfit to a new modern analytics outfit. The product provides the right tool set to deliver reporting and to allow access at a granular level.
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Tableau is better looking, easier to learn and easier to train with. That being said, it is also very limited when trying to find an "out of the box solution." To me, Tableau is my favorite BI tool, but there is always a place for Cognos because it is exponentially more powerful and has its place in any in-depth analytics organizaton.
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Collaboration and Sharing

QlikView6.3
Based on 21 answers
Our implementation of QlikView didn't use the sharing and collaboration capabilities.
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IBM Cognos7.4
Based on 27 answers
Cognos has always been strong at scheduling and sharing. Most of the time, the company that has implemented Cognos has disabled most of the sharing features in the name of iT Governance and security
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Data Integration

QlikView8.9
Based on 21 answers
It does not handle macros very well, and when tables merge filtering and creating selections is key to the QlikView experience. There's no way to select that, in the underlying table, Key 1 will not appear.
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IBM Cognos7.1
Based on 26 answers
Ease of merging data and real time access. Great for up-to-date reporting.
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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

  • If anything, we've had a very positive ROI. It saved us months of work had we used some other tool.
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  • Users can easily develop Dashboards based on Cognos Cubes and Report. Drill-through reports are relatively easy to create giving the users access to all levels of data.
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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