Cognos Analytics

Explaining the different offerings of IBM Cognos Analytics

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

  

Update November 14, 2019
A few updates/additions since the last overhaul in October.

Update October 21, 2019

Long overdue, I have provided an update to the matrix highlighting the differences between the various offerings of IBM Cognos Analytics.

Original Introduction
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, (Oct/2019 - the latest version is now 11.1.4) 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, (Oct/2019 - again, latest version is 11.1.4) 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  October 21, 2019.

 

Product

Descripton

Version

Notes

Cognos Analytics

On-premises offering

11.1.4

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

Cognos Analytics Trial

Cloud-based offering

11.1.4

Updated to latest cloud version upon availability

Cognos Analtyics on Cloud

Multi-tenanted hosted in the cloud

11.1.4

Updated to latest cloud version upon availability

Cognos Analytics on Cloud Dedicated

Dedicated version hosted in the cloud

11.1.4

Updates applied in consultation with the customer

 

Version 11.1.4 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)9

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 and images

Yes

No

No

Yes

Customization (themes, extensions, palettes, views, parameters, custom visualizations)

Yes

Yes

Yes7

Yes

Customization (user profiles)

Yes

No

No

Yes

IBM Support

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Access to on-premises data sources

Yes

Yes5

Yes6

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

Execution of triggers

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

Report output to file system

Yes

No

No

No3

Report bursting

Yes

No

No

Yes

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

Maximum number of users

n/a

5

n/a

n/a

Digital purchase

No

Yes

Yes

No

Jupyter Notebooks

Yes

No

No

No

Print from within Cognos Analytics

Yes

No

No

No

Support for IBM Cognos Mobile

Yes

No

No

Yes

Works with Motio CI

Yes

No

No

See footnote8

Import/export of deployments

Yes

No

No

Yes

 

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.
  5. IBM Cognos Analytics Trial is limited to accessing 1 on-premises data source.
  6. IBM Cognos Analtyics on Cloud is limited to accessing 10 on-premises data sources.
  7. Standard tier users can use custom visualizations published by other users.  Plus tier users can do the same as Standard users and can also develop custom visualizations.  Premium tier users can do the same as Plus users and can also upload visualizations for user by other users.
  8. Though IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud Dedicated may work with Motio CI, IBM does not claim support for this configuration and it does not support the plug in that enables "Active Versioning" and "Authoring Integration."
  9. Client tools currently available for download are:  Framework Manager and Transformer.


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

  • Washington, DC
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 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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