IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

Overview

What is IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson?

IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.
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Recent Reviews

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8 out of 10
September 13, 2022
IBM Cognos is a tool that is used across my whole organization. I work at a University so we have a lot of data and a lot of departments …
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How IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Differs From Its Competitors

Self-Service

If it is feasible to have a self-service with IBM, it is possible with the links with other integrated software directly from the hybrid cloud; we can always have a data visualization panel after having all the administrative permissions of each integrated module license, this directly favors the …
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Data Security and Quality

In this sense, clear and precise work rules have been established that help increases the number of administrative permissions according to the authorization of the IT department; this is decisive for data security and even more important for the security of each project in more than ten …
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Self-Service

If it is possible for all users to clearly understand the generated reports, the information panels are easy even for non-technical staff; it is not necessary to ask for help to export information to components or modules that are required, and it is also easy to change the location and report …
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Data Security and Quality

Documents and reports are shared in all departments only with Latin permissions for password management and encryption when required; there is a person in charge in each department who has the authorization; in the same way, this product has additional security features with advanced verification. …
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Self-Service

This is always what characterizes this software; it is possible to link tools that help to work with different data sources and AI, and it is also possible to visualize the data in a personalized control panel with a direct or indirect classification to all the obtaining system Automated data …
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Data Security and Quality

There are more than ten groups with central administrative permissions that are working with this software only in my department; in other areas, different permissions have also been established for each job according to each data source; this significantly helps the individual performance of each …
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Self-Service

Data is automatically displayed in a way that makes sense to the user. The suggested reports and dashboards are very helpful. The templates make it very easy to create dashboards. It truly is a self-service tool and is easy for users of all levels to use. The AI assistant is helpful.
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Data Security and Quality

The different security levels are very important and easy to use. It's nice to be able to use groups to give access to whole content areas to a very large amount of people. We have thousands of reports and managing the permissions of each one individually would be a nightmare. It's nice that you …
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Self-Service

They helped a lot like I am now used to accessing the reports or data I want directly from the dashboard. The parameter selection and the feature to formatting the data is really helpful in day-to-day deliverable. The language use is understandable.The analytics part is so accurate even it is …
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Data Security and Quality

In the research field, the security of the data is the top priority thing and I think IBM Cognos Analytics is very reliable with security of the data.Like the Read, only access feature in IBM is top notch it really help for auditing purpose and the quality of the data is excellent.
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Self-Service

Self-service has without a doubt improved our productivity and reduce complexity as a data platform. Our staff can easily generate reports with little assistance from the IT team unless it's on complex ODBC.
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Data Security and Quality

Because we are in finance, confidential data is shared all the time which means data security is a priority. With a secure licensed governance system, data is handled by a trusted source.
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Self-Service

These self-service capabilities are easy to use and allow business users to create their own reporting content for their business requirements. It has tremendously reduced work for developers and application administrators to engage with other productivities.
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Data Security and Quality

The data governance settings and tool capability management has given us the confidence to release various data sets for self-service reporting.
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Self-Service

Automated dashboard creation is a great feature and time-saving. The AI is largely dependent on the quality of the data being analyzed and the structure of the data. The ability to identify patterns and drivers through the use of Decision trees and sunburst diagrams is also useful
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Data Security and Quality

data governance and controls are essential and often the key differentiator between Cognos Analytics and desktop tools like Power BI and Tableau for example, which can result in multiple data versions. Cognos Analytics ensure there is one trusted source of data within the organization
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Self-Service

We deliver reports via email to users. Some reports are pdf or excel format. Also, users are able to log in with their own credentials and run reports manually at any time.
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Data Security and Quality

Data quality is very important ant to our organization. With reporting, we can quickly identify issues or improvements. There is always a chance someone may enter data incorrectly and by the use of reports, we can identify those incorrect entries quickly. Additionally, reporting business …
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Self-Service

Creating and getting customizable dashboards that can be easily linked with reports generated and data collected from external sources is fascinating. The interface is easy to use. The analytical capabilities of the software have been enhanced by connecting data with sources like Salesforce.
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Data Security and Quality

Super safe. It integrates with many platforms and software products that businesses already use, like Salesforce, these integrations help us connect, access, and unify data across sources. It can also be combined into a dynamic view so that several different data sources can be compared at once.
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Self-Service

Dashboarding is very easy to start for beginners. It's very user-friendly and drags n drop works well with AI assistant because it automatically recognizes data which is the best visualization for it. Cognos Analytics front page is customizing itself with the reports I use most.
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Data Security and Quality

Securing data is the best part. It's only one reporting source for all users, but you can many ways to limit data visibility for users and groups. For example company lead can see every data aspect, area controllers can see only their own region, the project manager can see their projects, etc. …
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Self-Service

It provides effective solutions, including being able to easily consult and process analytical data. Being able to work through compelling, fully visual charts and dashboards is exceptional.
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Data Security and Quality

This tool provides many features to improve work efficiency, it is one of the BI capabilities in all BI products. Provides interactive dashboards, business reporting, data exploration, etc.
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Self-Service

The AI assistant is still fairly new. My current clients have evaluated it but have not yet implemented it. The big issue is their primary data source is based on a complicated TM1 cube, and the AI ontology cannot accurately match requests to specific tuples.

Once IBM implements it, we'll …
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Data Security and Quality

Governance is extremely important to my client. The reports are grouped into different sections, access to which is defined through the users' AD groups. Individual reports are designed to filter differently based on who the user is and even present different aggregation levels based on user …
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Self-Service

It provides practical data analysis to all departments of the company and provides the ability to access, understand and analyze data faster. What's more, it provides an analytics solution that is very easy to customize, integrate, and deploy.
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Self-Service

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson is the best BI tool. It has helped me understand trends and gain insights from the data I have collected. All the data is hosted in the IBM Cognos cloud securely, and I can easily access the data whenever I want no matter where I am. I just need to connect to the …
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Data Security and Quality

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson enables seamless cloud transformation, virtual data engineering, and more. At the same time, it has excellent security, scaling, and control options to meet the needs of any company or user, allowing you to take complete control of your data.
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Self-Service

I am an end-user, so I don't really get to touch all of this. I get to make reports and publish them. I actually took pleasure in building reports and dashboards because of the very well-built interface. It also makes my co-workers more interested in the data when it's presented in some of these …
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Self-Service

AI assistance is good and a novel feature. However, the natural processing is limited and might not understand what the user wants. There is room for improvement. However, the recommended visualization is a good feature and can save time for the user. Same for the dashboard creation as well, you …
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Data Security and Quality

Data governance control is the most important security measure in any enterprise organization. When you have multiple departments or multiple users with different designations then we would like to make sure that only the person who is authorized to view the data should be able to view the data. …
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Self-Service

In my organization, we implement IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson in order to analyze and process millions of data. It is worth mentioning that their data analytics are 100% backed by artificial intelligence. Its processing functions allow visualizing data that is not visible in the foreground, …
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Data Security and Quality

With this tool, it is possible to select the sources of information and combine them to generate specific results. It allows us to use data to make informed decisions about our organization. It has many customization options as well as advanced analysis and reporting features.
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Self-Service

Self-service has enabled users to be able to create reports on their own without having to ask IT to do it for them. The user interface is very intuitive and overall an easy tool to work with. Self-service was the number one reason why this tool keeps getting selected.
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Data Security and Quality

The security controls that IBM Cognos provides are key for easier deployment. It allows for easier report deployment as well. It allows the users to only see what they are allowed to see and we don't have to give them full access to everything. All in all, the security options in IBM Cognos allow …
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Self-Service

Allowing business users the ability to build their own reports reduces the burden on the developers within the IT department and demonstrates how Cognos provides a fantastic return on investment.
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Data Security and Quality

Security of the reports and platform is critical when rolling out any reporting solution. With Cognos seamlessly integrating with Active Directory and having Single Signon, security can be handled in one location and modified accordingly as part of the joiners, movers and leavers process.

Implementi…
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Self-Service

Under the condition that the data cleansing and data analysis/visualization are very standard, the tool does speed up the data processing data. However, for important and inconsistent data cleansing, it requires lots of manual processing, and using the tool might lead to some serious damage to the …
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Data Security and Quality

This functionality definitely helps us to understand the data and perform data governance controls but it requires manual effort to check the data for monitoring. However, using python to do the data transformation in the first place, we need to spend much more time but save lots of time by …
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Self-Service

IBM Cognos Analytics automatically creates interactive visualizations from your data using an online library, makes them available so you'll use them whenever you would like. Also, you can choose recommendations of the visualizations that the majority effectively illustrate your points. IBM Cognos …
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Data Security and Quality

Well, IBM Cognos Analytics includes an advanced security feature to protect your sensitive and valuable data, most importantly when we store them in the cloud. IBM Cognos Analytics comes with a special component called “Cognos Security” to manage user authorization and authentication via …
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Popular Features

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  • Report Delivery Scheduling (70)
    9.2
    92%
  • Drill-down analysis (70)
    8.8
    88%
  • Formatting capabilities (71)
    8.7
    87%
  • Mobile Application (79)
    7.6
    76%

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Pricing

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On Demand - Standard

$10.00

Cloud
per month per user

On Demand - Premium

$40.00

On Premise
per month per user

Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://www.ibm.com/products/cognos…

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $10 per month per user
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Features Scorecard

BI Standard Reporting

8.3
83%

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.7
87%

Report Output and Scheduling

8.7
87%

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8
78%

Access Control and Security

8.9
89%

Mobile Capabilities

7.2
72%

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8
78%
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Product Details

What is IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson?

Cognos Analytics is an AI-fueled business intelligence platform that supports the entire analytics cycle, from discovery to operationalization. Cognos Analytics gives every user — whether data scientist, business analyst or non-specialist — more power to perform relevant analysis in a way that ties back to organizational objectives. It shortens each user’s journey from simple to sophisticated analytics, allowing them to harness data to explore the unknown, identify new relationships, get a deeper understanding of outcomes and challenge the status quo. Visualize, analyze and share actionable insights about data with anyone in the organization.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports
  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Single Sign-On (SSO)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Mobile Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Javascript API

Additional Features

  • Supported: AI Forecasting

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Integrations

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Competitors

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, Urdu, Farsi

Frequently Asked Questions

IBM Cognos is a full-featured business intelligence suite by IBM, designed for larger deployments. It comprises Query Studio, Reporting Studio, Analysis Studio and Event Studio, and Cognos Administration along with tools for Microsoft Office integration, full-text search, and dashboards.

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson starts at $10.

SAS Cost and Profitability Management, Tableau Public, and Tableau Server are common alternatives for IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson.

Reviewers rate Publish to PDF and Report Delivery Scheduling highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.
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Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
You can use packages, data modules, uploaded files, and data sets as sources of data for your IBM Cognos applications. The connectivity, while it isn't as mature as with its on-premises version, is ever-evolving and catching up.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
A majority of IBM Cognos customers use frameworks, which are painful to maintain over time. We use SQL queries to our EDW. We have admins to add the appropriate database connections so we can use custom SQL in our reports. It would be awesome if Cognos built more cool features around custom SQL queries like Tableau.
January 14, 2020

Great product!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This is not something I am familiar with. This is something that would be more on the IT side. I work on the functional side, so I do not have experience with the data source connectivity. Cognos Analytics on Cloud is a great tool and does require IT support. We use it for reporting from our ERP system.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have struggled to merge data from our PeopleSoft data into a star schema data warehouse in Cognos. It is nice to easily choose whether a report draws data from our warehouse or real-time date.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The reasons for my rating are that compared to Tableau it still has room for improvement in the graphs, location, and, speed. The higher ratings and 10s that I gave blow other reporting tools out of the water (e.g. range of data sources, ease of merging data from disparate sources, real-time, etc.). Overall it is the best BI tool that I use.
Nabeel Chohan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos does a fairly good job at data integration and data merging and is able to pick and create data tables as needed. It sometimes struggles to integrate with certain data tables originating with a data source that is not very compatible with the IBM Cognos platform.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cognos provides good data connectivity to popular data sources; relational databases such as Oracle, SQL server, Google analytics, files, Hadoop based data sources. It provides functions to merge data from different sources and configure scheduling such as regular data extraction. It is a good report development and management tool for a large-sized company with strict data regulation such as a healthcare organization. The tool provides necessary functions to manage data in the development and run-time phases, with stable performance.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
You can add a high variety of data sources via Cognos Administration. This feature is easy to set and use and can save a lot of time and stress unless you want to fight to console commands. It also has a good performance both in sync and async mode.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Although Cognos has support for most relational sources, it has some limitation with some non-relational or non-structural data sources.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Cognos's ability to access and model data from a wide range of on-premise and cloud data sources makes it best-of-breed when it comes to implementation flexibility. For example, with IBM Cognos I can have one analytics solution that pulls data from Hyperion Planning (Oracle) and Microsoft Dynamics (MM) into the same report in cases where a company is the result of M&A and investment into an EDW has not yet been made.
December 07, 2017

Cognos falling behind

Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Compared to Tableau, Cognos is completely beaten up in data sources, merging, real time. We use Cognos because we have had it for so long, so we have to keep it, but if Tableau makes progress in the data cleaning and sourcing part, it can easily take over Cognos.
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have mainly only connected Cognos to Ellucian Banner ERP data. Ellucian supplies a package of datasets, but we have added others for fields that are not contained in the dataset package. We have chosen not to connect Cognos to the ERP directly for real-time data, but that may be done in the future to allow for greater reporting capabilities. We have one IT person supporting our use of Cognos, so we have to prioritize the changes we would like to make.
February 29, 2016

Review of Cognos BI

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
In Cognos you can pull data from different sources like Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, even Excel and present a consolidated view in a single report or dashboard.
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