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We performed a comparison between Alteryx and IBM Cognos based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Predictive Analytics solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Alteryx vs. IBM Cognos Report (Updated: March 2020).
771,740 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Alteryx has helped us spend more time identifying results instead of performing analysis manually. It has helped us in our loading process, including scrubbing data and identifying data elements that need to be corrected. It enables us to understand our data sets a lot better.""It's super easy to learn how to use it — the learning curve is very small.""The most valuable feature for me is integration.""The support is very good.""The solution has excellent drag and drop functionality. There's no need for coding.""The scheduling within the solution is excellent.""Alteryx is so advanced. It's just drag and drop.""You get more support with Alteryx, and it's good for non-sophisticated users who can benefit from the support included in the price."

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"It is a stable product.""The correlation analysis is excellent. It's one of the best that I have used to date.""I have worked on the features like dashboards and stories, and I do like them a lot.""The comprehensiveness or broadness of the software functions or business intelligence functions that it provides is valuable. It is also quite easy to use and user-friendly.""Integration with Office can enable the 'download' mode of storytelling.​""The basic platform comes with several meta-modelling tools.""The three IBM Cognos features I find the most valuable are Dynamic Cubes, PowerPlay, and Watson.""The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report."

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Cons
"If there is any way to make the learning curve less steep, that would be ideal.""Configuration is very low.""The event handling, such that the file system watcher, is in need of improvement.""Sometimes, there are performance constraints. Especially when a large file has to be ingested, the system slows down a bit. Its performance is the only thing that can be improved.""I think they should really work on integrating or have a capacity to integrate some algorithmic code. I think that's one of the most important things they need to be doing.""The GUI interface functions but it could stand to be updated to a more modern look and feel.""The solution can be made more affordable.""From a commercial standpoint, more options should be available for pricing. The licensing model needs to be specific."

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"The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution.""I would like them to reinclude PowerPlay. One thing that I am missing in the current Cognos is what was formally named PowerPlay. They have basically removed PowerPlay from it, which is something that I fail to understand because it was the most wonderful tool for business intelligence that I've ever used. As far as I know, they don't provide this functionality anymore, so this is one thing that I dislike about Cognos.""There are some small features that are missing. It would be nice if the graphics were better. You can use external sources for charts, but it's quite complex to use and not easy to implement. If you want a new chart, you can download it from multiple tools and implement it into IBM Cognos.""It could have more options for themes.""Need improvement towards Visualization.""I would like to see the introduction of mapbooks for supporting some geographical information.""Compared to Tableau and PowerBI, the IBM interface is easier to use. However, the drag-and-drop functionality isn't as straightforward. Formatting is also more challenging in the cloud than in other applications, like Power BI. Also, if you encounter an issue, it takes more time to resolve it on the formatting side.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say, monitoring, monitoring, monitoring. Some improvements in monitoring would be helpful. I'd like to see more monitoring of specific reports and fields. The way the auditing is now is very limited, so I'd like to see more of that - of the monitoring."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "A designer and scheduler for $13K/year in total is pretty much earning you the money back in time and in other resources."
  • "​Very transparent.​"
  • "The seat is too expensive."
  • "It can be a bit pricey, especially after the first year."
  • "The pricing is $5000 per year per production license."
  • "We have a yearly cost that we pay for the licensing. We do not pay any costs in addition to the licensing fees."
  • "There are some implementation services and internal effort costs at the beginning but there is nothing else."
  • "The price for Alteryx Designer is reasonable but the price for Alteryx Server for universal collaborations is too expensive."
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  • "There is need to assess the purchase license accordingly so as to avoid audit penalties."
  • "The pricing and licensing policies are comparatively cheaper than other products in the market ."
  • "IBM Cognos offers competitive pricing similar to other BI vendors in the market."
  • "Pricing should be improved."
  • "The pricing of this product is meant for medium to large-scale enterprises."
  • "It is my understanding that the cost is very low. It's not very expensive."
  • "Cognos is super expensive compared to Tableau ($70/month) and Power BI ($20/month) — I think Cognos is roughly $200 a month."
  • "It is quite pricy. I think Microsoft BI is cheaper. Tableau might also be cheaper, but it also depends on the usage. If you have very many users, Cognos can be a problem. It could be cheaper than Tableau but not for so many users. If you have a few thousand users, Tableau, which is generally quite expensive, can be cheaper than Cognos."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:One of the differences is that with Alteryx you can use it as an ETL and analytics tool. Please connect with me directly if you want to know more.
    Top Answer:Alteryx is an extremely easy and flexible data tool, flexible in terms of drag and drop toolset and also has python, R integrations if your team requires this It can handle over 2 billion rows of… more »
    Top Answer:I am not familiar with IBM SPSS Modeler, therefore, I cannot compare these two products Regarding Alteryx I can say the following: - An excellent desktop tool for Data Prep and analytics. -… more »
    Top Answer:It depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos… more »
    Top Answer:The solution's most valuable feature is its ease of use, which makes it easily compatible with other tools.
    Top Answer:The tool does not have much documentation on the internet. It is not easy to resolve issues by finding the reason for the problem on the internet. The tool needs to have more documentation on the… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cognos, Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos Analytics
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    Overview

    Alteryx can be used to speed up or automate your business processes and enables geospatial and predictive solutions. Its platform helps organizations answer business questions quickly and efficiently, and can be used as a major building block in a digital transformation or automation initiative. With Alteryx, you can build processes in a more efficient, repeatable, and less error-prone way. Unlike other tools, Alteryx is easy to use without an IT background. The platform is very robust and can be used in virtually any industry or functional area.

    With Alteryx You Can:

    • Prep, blend, and analyze data
    • Deliver faster, better business outcomes
    • Automate analytics and data science
    • Embed intelligent decisioning
    • Deploy and share analytics in hours

    Alteryx Features Include:

    Some of the most valuable Alteryx features include:

    Scalability, stability, flexibility, fast performance, no-code analytics, data processing, business logic wrapping, scheduling, ease of use, data blending from different platforms, geo-referencing, good customization capabilities, drag and drop functionality, intuitive user interface, connectors, machine learning, macros, simple GUI, integration with Python, good data transformation, good documentation, multiple database merging, and easy deployment.

    Alteryx Can Be Used For:

    • Combining and manipulating data within spreadsheets: Alteryx can be used in situations where complex data manipulation occurs. It can handle large data quickly, and the process is much simpler to see and understand.

    • Database access and supplementing SQL development: Alteryx has several sets of database connectors and functions, including many functions that your average database does not. Alteryx can work with data from multiple databases or areas within a database. It allows users to filter, sort, calculate, etc. as they would commonly do in SQL or an ETL tool.
    • API, cloud, and hybrid access: Alteryx can read and write data in databases, files, REST APIs, and a myriad of other locations (with the correct permissions). When a workflow is published, you can also call a workflow through a REST API to start it.

    • Data science: Alteryx provides pre-built models that are extremely useful for data scientists who may have limited programming skills and also gives you the ability to add R or Python code directly within a workflow.

    • Geospatial analysis: Alteryx gives users drag-and-drop tools to geocode, plot, and map locations, customers, competitors, or anything that has a location (employee, truck, pipeline, etc.).

    • Reports and dashboards: Alteryx provides built-in tools that enable the building of reports and dashboards.

    Alteryx Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Alteryx include
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    • Saves time: Alteryx helps shorten the time required to start analyzing data and looking for insights, minimizing the tasks that do not add value to the business and maximizing the analysis phase.

    • Clear tool configurations: Alteryx provides simple and concise tool configurations that are quick and easy to set.

    • Excellent workflow compatibility.

    • Reduced development time: Alteryx has an extensive gallery of user-developed analytic applications that helps to reduce development time.

    • Fast data loading: Alteryx has tools that make it very effective when working with big data sets.

    • No-code, low-code analytic building blocks: You can prep, blend, and analyze data to enable highly configurable and repeatable workflows.

    • Machine learning: Alteryx allows you to quickly create properly trained algorithms that are ready to deploy.

    Reviews from Real Users

    "Automation is the most valuable aspect for us. The ability to wrap business logic around the data is very helpful." - Theresa M., Senior Capacity Planner at a financial services firm

    "Alteryx has made us more agile and increased the speed and effectiveness of decision making." - Richard F., Director, Digital Experience & Media at Qdoba Restaurant Corporation

    "The scheduling feature for the automation is excellent." - Data Analytics Engineer at a tech services company

    "The product is very stable and super fast, five-star. It's significantly more stable than its nearest competitor." - Director at a non-tech company

    “A complete solution with very good user experience and a nice user interface.” - Solutions Consultant at a tech services company

    "There are a lot of good customization capabilities." - Advance Analytics PO at a pharma/biotech company





    IBM Cognos Business Intelligence provides a wide range of tools to help you analyze your organization's data. IBM Cognos BI allows businesses to monitor events and metrics, create and view business reports, and analyze data to help them make effective business decisions.

    IBM Cognos applies techniques to describe, summarize, and compare data, and draw conclusions. This allows users to see trends and discover anomalies or variances that may not be evident by simply reading data. Data sources that contain information from different areas of a business can be stored in separate packages. Users can see only information that they have been granted access to, based on their group or role.

    IBM Cognos BI consolidates the following business intelligence functions into a single web-based solution:

    • IBM Cognos Insight: Create personal and managed workspaces for data analysis. Using these interactive workspaces, you can share insight results with managers. Cognos Insight supports write-back, and you can also use these workspaces to capture and integrate management goals, commitments, and forecasts.

    • IBM Cognos Workspace: With IBM Cognos Workspace, you can create rich, interactive workspaces using IBM Cognos content as well as data from external sources. You can view and open your favorite workspaces and reports, edit content in your workspaces, and share your workspaces via email.

    • IBM Cognos Analytics: IBM Cognos Analytics utilizes built-in AI and intuitive searches which helps users to quickly create the visualizations and a wide range of reports. Cognos Analytics provides cognitive and managed self-service, enabling you to gain insights from controlled and trusted data.

    • IBM Cognos Report Studio and IBM Cognos Query Studio: Easily create structured and query reports. IBM Cognos allows users to create application and report templates. In addition, report authors can reuse report objects to apply filters, fields, and styles to reports. Users can set the language of the user interface and report content according to the user's native language.

    • IBM Cognos Event Studio: Receive notifications of events that occur within your organization in real time. Event Studio enables the creation of agents that detect the occurrence of business events, failures, or anomalies, based on the change of specific events or data conditions. Notification can be sent via email, publication in the portal, or by triggering reports.

    • IBM Cognos Connection: This is the Web portal for IBM Cognos BI and is the central area for accessing all the IBM Cognos functions. In the web portal, users can schedule and distribute reports, create tasks, administer the server and the access permissions, and more.

    Reviews from Real Users

    IBM Cognos stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its powerful analysis tool and its reporting capabilities.

    Prasad B., a senior software engineer at a financial services firm, notes, “The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report. We can receive automated reports as well. They are easy to schedule on a weekly or monthly basis. It is very fast. I mean in means of report output, it's very fast compared to the actual clients involved.”

    Sample Customers
    AnalyticsIq Inc., belk, BloominBrands Inc., Cardinalhealth, Cineplex, Dairy Queen
    More than 23,000 leading organizations across multiple industries use Cognos. Some examples of Cognos customers include BMW Financial Services, Quinte Health Care, Troy Corporation, Michigan State University, and GKN Land System.
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Retailer6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization58%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company5%
    Government4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise74%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise62%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Buyer's Guide
    Alteryx vs. IBM Cognos
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Alteryx vs. IBM Cognos and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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    Alteryx is ranked 1st in Predictive Analytics with 74 reviews while IBM Cognos is ranked 7th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 132 reviews. Alteryx is rated 8.4, while IBM Cognos is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Alteryx writes "Feature-rich ETL that condenses a number of functions into one tool". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Improved the quality of our KPIs, while reducing calls to the IT department". Alteryx is most compared with KNIME, Databricks, Dataiku, RapidMiner and Microsoft Power BI, whereas IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft Power BI, Oracle OBIEE, Tableau, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and Oracle Hyperion. See our Alteryx vs. IBM Cognos report.

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