Cognos Analytics

Explaining the different offerings of IBM Cognos Analytics

By DAVID CUSHING posted Thu December 13, 2018 06:14 AM

  

There are three different offerings of IBM Cognos Analytics available today, as well as a trial version of the product.  This is a big change from only a few years ago when we only sold an on-premises version of the product, or couple of years ago when we added our initial cloud offering.

What I hear a lot now as the offering manager for our cloud offerings is a request for an explanation of the difference between our different cloud offerings, as well as our on-premises offering.  So, to coincide with the 11.1.1 release of IBM Cognos Analytics, I thought it was about time I wrote this up.

With the release of the 11.1.3 version of IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud, I thought the matrix of release functionality was due for an update, especially with the introduction of user tiers, a new trial, and support for accessing on-premises databases. 
Below is a quick summary of our product offerings as of July 12, 2019.

 

Product

Descripton

Version

Notes

Cognos Analytics

On-premises offering

11.1.3

Long-term support release (LSR) version (2 years)

Cognos Analytics Trial

Cloud-based offering

11.1.3

Updated to latest cloud version upon availability

Cognos Analtyics on Cloud

Multi-tenanted hosted in the cloud

11.1.3

Updated to latest cloud version upon availability

Cognos Analytics on Cloud Dedicated

Dedicated version hosted in the cloud

11.1.2

Updates applied in consultation with the customer

 

Version 11.1.3 should be available for the Dedicated offering very soon. 

Hopefully this will help you decide which version of IBM Cognos Analytics is right for your department or organization.  And be sure to visit the IBM Cognos Analytics community to learn about updates to our various offerings.

IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud now supports three different user tiers that can be assigned to different users within a single subscription.  In the matrix below, features specific to a particular tier are identified as follows:

  • S - Standard
  • + - Plus
  • P - Premium

Yes with no further qualification means the feature is applicable to all tiers.

Offerings

Features

On-Premises

CA Trial

CA on Cloud

 CA on Cloud Dedicated

Portal

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Self-service modeling (data modules)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dashboards

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stories

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exploration

Yes

Yes

Yes (+, P)

Yes

Reporting

Yes

Yes

Yes (P)

Yes

Scheduling

Yes

Yes

Yes (P)

Yes

Access to client tools (license dependent)

Yes

No

No

Yes

PowerPlay Studio1 (with existing license)

Yes

No

No

No

Analysis Studio1

Yes

No

No

No

Query Studio1

Yes

No

No

No

Event Studio1

Yes

No

No

Yes

Cognos Workspace

Yes

No

No

Yes

Uploading files

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Uploading of fonts

Yes

No

No

No

Uploading of extensions, JavaScript, images

Yes

No

No

Yes

Theming, branding, customization

Yes

No

No

Yes

IBM Support

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Access to on-premises data sources

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Access to cloud data sources

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Access to PowerCubes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Compatible Query Mode data sources

Yes

No

No

No

Dynamic Query Mode data sources

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SDK

Yes

No

No

Yes

IBM ID authentication

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

On-premises or cloud-based authentication providers

Yes

No

No

Yes

Single Sign On

Yes2

No

No

Yes2

Burst to file system

Yes

No

No

No3

Access to the underlying file system

Yes

No

No

No

GO Sales database samples

Yes

No

No

Yes

Samples based on uploaded files

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multiple users per license

Yes

Yes4

Yes

Yes

Per user pricing

Yes

n/a

Yes

Yes

PVU/capacity pricing

Yes

n/a

No

Yes

Multiple environments (dev, prod)

Yes

No

No

Yes

Long Term Support (LTS) release (11.0.13)

Yes

No

No

Yes

Multi-dispatcher environments

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes3

Minimum number of users

n/a

1

1

100

Digital purchase

No

Yes

Yes

No

Jupyter Notebooks

Yes

No

No

No

Print from within Cognos Analytics

Yes

No

No

No

 

Legacy studios can only be explicitly enabled on-premises.

  1. Single sign on available via OIDC authentication providers which support this feature.
  2. Multi-dispatcher environments for IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud Dedicated is limited to PROD environments.
  3. Burst to file system is currently available to 11.0.13 Dedicated customers only.
  4. The IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud trial supports up to 5 users.


IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud is hosted in the following locations:

  • Washington, DC
  • Amsterdam, Netherlans
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Sydney, Australia


IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud Dedicated is hosted in the following locations:

  • Montreal, Canada
  • Washington, DC
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • London, England
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Melbourne, Australia

 

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