IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson

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IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson


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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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Popular Features

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  • Report Delivery Scheduling (67)
  • Drill-down analysis (67)
  • Formatting capabilities (68)
  • Mobile Application (76)

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  • Setup fee optional
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  • 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


Ad-hoc Reporting


Report Output and Scheduling


Data Discovery and Visualization


Access Control and Security


Mobile Capabilities


Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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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, SaaS
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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Great Reporting Software

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Time saved from data preparation
  • Time formatting reports
  • Easier creation of dashboards
  • Reduced costs from fewer analytics tools
  • Easier access to business data
  • Easy security options
  • Easily scheduled reports
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • After the reports are done the sharing and scheduled distributing is great
  • KPI dashboarding is a fast way to see what is happening and it's easy to drill through to more detailed information
  • Company controllers can easily produce all dashboard for users
Paul Mendelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • I've rebuilt a few metadata models to make the associated reports run at around a fifth of the time.
  • I was able to write and sell an IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson extension pack to add additional functionality and to make report author's lives easier.
Nicholas Maeda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson provides capabilities such as data analysis and reporting that work seamlessly for individuals, departments, and workgroups in all organizations and businesses.
  • Customizable and secure data exploration through NLP.
  • I can easily connect data analysis with ad-hoc reports.
Traylor Haney | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson brings great timely data to all my processes. It allows me to use very nice embeddable analytics and reports.
  • It works at a commendable speed to deliver the most actionable data to my workplace on time.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • It is a complete visualization tool that allows you to access and analyze data effectively, create detailed reports to share them easily, either by Slack or email.
  • IBM Cognos Analytics with Watson allows data analysis to improve the efficiency of companies, their management, and, therefore, better decisions and results.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Cognos offers so many online courses for user training including step by step instructional content, demos, and simulated exercises using sample data.
  • Cognos gives you good customer service and they offer email, phone, and ticketing support for registered customers. They also support you with user training to get familiar with the system.
  • IBM Cognos Analytics offers data visualizations including predictive analytics and big data services to create dashboards and charts to make good predictions about your business.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Easier access to data - there are reports we would not have been able to generate without Cognos.
  • The report scheduling saves lots of time each month. At least 20 hours per month.
  • We have been able to catch errors that have saved our company $250,000.
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