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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).
635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of Alteryx is the intelligence suite.""Alteryx speeds up the time to obtain business answers/insights on data.""It is one of the most complete and great customer service that I experienced with a software company/ecosystem.""The connectors are a very good feature.""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.""The most valuable feature is user-friendliness, as Alteryx can be used by those without any coding experience or experienced data scientists as it has the functionality to embed R and Python scripts.""The scheduling feature for the automation is excellent.""It's super easy to learn how to use it — the learning curve is very small."

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"The most valuable feature of IBM Cognos is security. The solution has updated features that other competitors' solutions come out with long after IBM Cognos has had them.""IBM Cognos is an excellent solution for tax, planning, budgeting, profit and loss statements and balance sheets.""The product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report.""IBM Cognos improves the effectiveness of the sales team.""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.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""If they want dashboarding, storytelling, and analyzing why KPIs are met or not, then Cognos is a better candidate than Qlik Sense.""The most valuable features of IBM Cognos are governance and enterprise reporting."

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Cons
"The screen when you are looking into your workflows and your ETL processes needs to be improved. You cannot manage it very well.""It's a technical product and those that don't have proper training will have to deal with a steep learning curve.""Alteryx is just as complicated as coding, in my opinion.""The only weakness I would say is on the visualization side of having that dynamic incapability.""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 data integration component could most likely be improved to increase enterprise scalability.""Alteryx's development environment could be improved as it requires installation locally and can't be developed in the cloud.""Deep learning models are not currently supported."

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"The AI-based features could be further enhanced by the solution.""I would like for the platform to become more standard. If we make a development on our report and our dashboard, it will not be used in another solution. That means there is no portability for the developers.""They should provide improved visual reporting.""The performance is a bottleneck and something that can be improved.""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.""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.""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 would be nice to offer free online training on the tool for end-users."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I don't know much about the licensing, but there are some additional costs for certain features."
  • "The license is really expensive, we cannot afford to have two or three. It takes away all the budget of my area."
  • "Its price should be lower. The key thing that we see is that talking about ROI is an important element at the time of purchase. Cost becomes a factor in every discussion. Justifying the ROI for these kinds of workflows is always a challenge, and the only way to counter the challenge is by addressing the pricing."
  • "My organization pays for it, and I do not look into the financial aspect of the licensing, but I know it is pretty expensive."
  • "In order to have designers, and, if you want to collaborate, you have to buy a server. If the designer is $5,000, and if you want a server, you have to pay $80,000."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
  • "The cost of the solution could be reduced."
  • "The price could be better."
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  • "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."
  • "It's more expensive than similar solutions like Tableau and Power BI."
  • "There is a standard license required to use this solution. There are some additional tools but I am not sure if they are an extra cost."
  • "IBM Cognos price is on the higher side of the spectrum. However, with the features that it brings, such as correlation analysis, it's worth the money. They should look at the pricing more clearly because it's a little on the higher side."
  • "It is pretty expensive."
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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 product is a very good reporting tool and is very flexible. It allows for the users to get a scheduled report.
    Top Answer:As we get new requirements, we need to see if they fit into Cognos. As of right now, it fits our needs, however, that can change. We've had issues in the past that the solution is still working to… more »
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    8.1
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    Average Words per Review
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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
    :

    • 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





    Cognos Software is IBM's Business Intelligence and Performance Management solution, offering BI, strategy management, financial performance, and data analytics applications. Cognos caters to all levels in an organization with products designed for individuals, workgroups, departments, mid-size companies, and big enterprises.

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    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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    Manufacturing Company15%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company9%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    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.
    635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Alteryx is ranked 1st in Predictive Analytics with 30 reviews while IBM Cognos is ranked 3rd in Legacy BI Tools with 21 reviews. Alteryx is rated 8.2, while IBM Cognos is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Alteryx writes "Plenty of capability and works well for those who don't want to program and don't use algorithms heavily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Cognos writes "Helpful online community, highly reliable, and secure". Alteryx is most compared with KNIME, Dataiku Data Science Studio, Databricks, SAS Enterprise Guide and Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, whereas IBM Cognos is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, MicroStrategy, Qlik Sense and Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. See our Alteryx vs. IBM Cognos report.

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