Microstrategy vs Cognos—Face Off

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review
Check out the new Face Off on IT Central Station for Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Each solution has more than 28 real user reviews and four and five star ratings!

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

First look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product:

Senior Manager of IT at government with 5000+ employees:

Cognos Review

“Provides us with “a single version of the truth.”

Manager of Development at tech services company with 5000+ employees:

Microstrategy Review

“Issues with reports, however can be quickly fixed.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

Microstrategy vs Cognos

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top BI tools comparison on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out Microstrategy alternatives and Cognos alternatives.

      Ibm                                                               qlikview                     

Cognos Express       SQL Server Reporting . . .         QlikView              Microstrategy

To see a detailed comparison between Cognos and MicroStrategy, check out IT Central Station’s comparison.

Join the “face off” by getting involved in the Yelp for the tech-buying community.

Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on our Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

SAP vs. OBIEE Review Roundup: Enterprise Wrestling Match

Wrestling for a position in an enterprise-level match up, both SAP and Oracle, SAP BO vs OBIEE, provide business intelligence (BI) solutions that are typically central to mission-critical reporting and strategic planning for most organizations. Each wSAP BI vs Oracle BIill be awarded points during the match for a “take down” or “reversal.” In some cases, a clear “pin” secures the match.

Both very competitive, SAP and Oracle could win depending on the circumstances of the day. Consider an evaluation of the match up before going the mat here on IT Central Station.

To see a full product comparison, check out SAP BO vs. OBIEE.

Here are a couple of reviews to highlight:

SAP BO – “Provides a platform for developing reporting that can be used by end users, which will give relevant, consistent and correct results. Also, ability to combine data, I created a report based on SAP data from BW and combined it with data from SQL server to be able to report on the data in a way that would not have been possible to do except with manual steps. The solution I built replaced a manual process that would take 3 weeks and provided an automated solution. We were able to get the critical analysis in a small fraction of time and able to run the business better as a result. Can be a little buggy. As with any system you need to do the work to set up the foundation; nothing is as easy as you install it and all your problems are solved.” Read the full review here.

OBIEE – “Exalytics combined with Exadata server makes it possible to query ~ 50TB of datamart data (uncompressed size), that’s really great and ~ 1000 of simultaneous requests.In the past it was not possible to join data from so many different sources due to the performance limitations imposed by the size of the data Self service BI. It’s clear that Endeca tends to be integrated into BIFS and probably self-service functionality will be covered by Endeca.” Read the full review here.

You can also look at a comparison of the two products matched up: SAP BO vs OBIEE or the BI RFP Templates available at IT Central Station, in the right corner of the Business Intelligence Category Page.

 

Confluence vs. SharePoint vs. Jive vs. Drupal—Corporate Portals Bumper Cars

Coporate Portals

Corporate portal solutions for collaboration have become very popular lately, and being able to distinguish where you’ll do best and with which solution can be situational. You might use one of them for a Wiki, and another to manage your document sharing. Before jumping on the track, though, it’s good to take a look at what others are saying.

To see the full product comparisons, see the following:

Confluence vs. SharePoint

Jive vs. Drupal

Here are a few highlights from our community of real users:

Confluence“The ease at which any employee can curate content and the ease in which people can discover meaningful and important information to get their job done. Improvements to My Organization: We are hard core users so there are a lot of examples: At HomeAway we have product development teams for our sites, they use confluence both to document product roadmaps, and for the integration with JIRA to relay to stakeholders the updated status. It is the only place people go at HomeAway to get information.” Read the full review here.

SharePoint – “There are a lot of reasons to buy into or upgrade to SharePoint 2013: the latest iteration of Microsoft’s portal-web development platform represents a massive, multi-million dollar upgrade on the previous version of SharePoint (a version that was typically oversold given its underwhelming if not frustrating performance and lack of execution). SharePoint 2013 is a massive upgrade to 2010: noticeable improvements to social computing (social networking via My Sites), mobile computing (PDA access and accessibility), Office integration, cloud integration, search and more. But it’s not all good news, and it’s not a solution that fits every organization.” Read the full review here.

Jive – “Blogging, sharing, search, mobile use Full integration of MS Office and Outlook. Colleagues are more informed, easier to find content, silo breaking. A visual navigator would be very useful as many colleagues have an issue to find their way and connect the dots…The decision to use Jive as Intranet was practically taken over night and we went from a slow two unit pilot to a big bang approach, including shutting down the old intranet.” Read the full review here.

Drupal – “Because of Drupal, we now have the ability to provide our customers with multilingual, multi-regional content to an extent that would not have been possible otherwise. There are not enough Drupal developers to satisfy demand. Upgrading to new major versions has historically been complex and difficult. Hopefully the migration functionality being built for Drupal 8 will ease this work. Read the full Drupal review here.

We know what you’re thinking, the bumper cars and vendor competition seems a bit of stretch. You might not even have had the pleasure of going on this kind of ride before. Trust us, it’s a bit fun to bump each other in these cars with your friends or family without hurting anyone.

On IT Central Station, you can do exactly that, kind of bump and compare other solutions with your peers. Read these and other reviews of Corporate Portal. You can also look at side by side comparisons of these solutions on one of our useful comparison pages: Confluence vs. Sharepoint, Confluence vs. Drupal, or any other products of your choice!

Cognos vs QlikView – Dancing with the Stars

This week at IT Central Station we present a comparison between two very popular BI Solutions. Check out these real user, crowdsourced reviews so you can find out what’s really happening with the tools you’re considering, such as Cognos vs QlikView.

Qlikview vs CognosCognos – “Valuable features include Dashboarding presentations of key metrics. Room for Improvement: Ability to easily manage source code and environment deployment, Pricing model is frequently changing and hard to manage and Maintenance fees were based on a percentage of the base cost, not the discounted price we paid which was a surprise the first year.” Read the full review here.

Another user writes: “IBM Cognos is a sprawling set of products aimed at providing a complete BI solution for organizations of all sizes, but specifically large organizations. Unlike some other offerings that incorporate data mining and predictive analytics capability, Cognos is targeted specifically at the traditional reporting and analysis tasks using a variety of presentation techniques. These include dashboards, graphs, charts, reports, tables and so on. For organizations that have not yet implemented an organization wide solution to this need Cognos is a prime candidate.” Read the full review here.

Qlikview – “For the user QlikView is a wonderful tool of data discovery, providing powerful tools to navigate easily between a sea of data in an intuitive, easy, and clear way, allowing them to go from facts to KPI and vice versa. Improvements to My Organization: Qlikview can be used both as an advanced reporting tool as well as an BI KPI tool, becoming the base for continuous process improvements. It is well know that the ETL is quite far away from leading products like Data Stagem Informatica and others. Currently Qliktech is working on this problem with Expressor, a powerful graphic dataflow tool. ” Read the full review here.

Interestingly, another user writes about Qlikview that “Qlikview is to reduce uncertainty, make the participants question, discover, interact with each other, and eventually improve the process. Properly used should function as an improvement catalyst for the processes involved. Room for Improvement: It is well know that the ETL is quite far away from leading products like Data Stagem Informatica and others.” Read the full review here.

Visit the Cognos vs QlikView  comparison to see these reviews—side-by-side dancing with each other!

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be like dancing. Visit the site and hear what a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech,” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station, is saying about the solution you are researching. You can also check out these other BI comparisons:

Cognos vs. Tableau Endgame

When you watch a chess game—unless you’re a master—you typically don’t know all the moves and exactly how one strategy wins over another.

Cognos vs Tableau

The Cognos vs Tableau business intelligence endgame is up to you. Here on IT Central Station, find out what real users are saying—their implementation tips, tricks, and gotchas. View them during the match and before you decide your endgame.

Cognos: “The report designer, Report Studio, is incredibly versatile and easy to use. Reports can be served in multiple formats, such as PDF, HTML, Excel, or even as a JSON data source. The meta-modeling tools allows for a complex security system which can automatically filter data, in any report or ad-hoc tool, based on a user’s roles or groups. Dashboards are slow compared to other tools currently on the market. Visualizations are improving, but still difficult to get just right. The default mapping solution included is only useful for the most basic requirements.” Read the full review here.

Tableau: “I’m able to prototype charts/dashboards in hours vs days or weeks with other tools (mainly Excel). Doesn’t require me to think about the level of aggregation that I’m going to need as it deals with large data sets. Blends disparate datasets together which is awesome for plan vs actual reports where the data is a two different levels of granularity. Needs a metadata solution plus some enhanced ETL functionality.” Read the full review here.

You can also check out the Cognos vs Tableau to see a full comparison of these solutions.

Check out these other useful BI comparisons for your research:

 

MicroStrategy vs Tableau—Enterprise Vendor Boxing Match

Enterprise vendor comparisons such as the one here for MicroStrategy vs Tableau, help you evaluate what real users are saying—their implementation tips, tricks, and gotchas. View them as boxing matches that might last several rounds.MicroStrategy vs Tableau

Just as in a boxing match, you can be a spectator to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the players—or the strategies used by vendors in the ring—before investing in a solution or even talking to the sales teams. You want to get a sense for what’s really going to work in your environment to save you both time and money.

The first place you might want to visit is our comparison page for these two products. In addition, you can read highlights from some of our real user reviews:

One reviewer, Vijay Madhavan, compares both products and says that: “Tableau has found its sweet-spot as an agile discovery tool that analysts use to create and share insights. It is also the tool of choice for rapid prototyping of dashboards. Within a MicroStrategy project, applications can be built relating multiple visual insights analyses. A visual insights analysis may also support ad-hoc drilling workflows that access the data warehouse.” Click MicroStrategy vs Tableau to see his full review.

A Microstrategy user writes: “MicroStrategy can read data from a wide variety of different DBMS and web services, producing optimized SQL code for each of them. It’s a one stop solution for BI: after 10 years using it I still haven’t found a report or graph that can’t be done with the suite. We use it for any kind of reporting and analysis. It helped manage the institution, reduce costs and provide better service to the patients (which are our customers…) The web is full of very interesting data, and the number of web services providing datasets is increasing. I would like to see Support for OAuth 1.0 and 2.0 to be able to attach external data sources. I’d like to have Support for JSON data. I hope HTML5 and JavaScript will be used extensively in next versions, to substitute the Flash based components. Read the full review here.

A Tableau user writes “I will address Tableau’s enterprise web-based and mobile usage at a later date but for departmental desktop usage, there are few hurdles to using Tableau. If you have “spreadsheet jockeys” trying to perform data visualization with just Excel, then Tableau is a perfect holiday gift.” Read the full review here.

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be exactly like a real boxing match with a knockout blow that indicates one wins over the other. What makes more sense is what’s right for you in your environment. Let go of the analyst spin, the marketing spin—the spin for vendor success in general might not be what you need.

You might want to read the review of a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station. You can also check out these other vendor comparisons: QlikView vs Microsoft BI and Microsoft BI vs. SAP Business Objects. Enjoy!

 

 

SharePoint vs Yammer—Jousting on Social

We assume that Microsoft bought Yammer (for a lot of money) to joust as a complement to SharePoint and against other vendors.Yammer vs SharePoint

Over a year ago Kevin McLaughlin from the Business Insider had said about the acquisition: “It’s Been A Year Since Microsoft Bought Yammer And Ballmer’s Grand Vision Has Yet To Materialize.”

Any way you look at it, most big-time vendors are betting on the fact that enterprises need social apps and hosting them in the cloud or as a service is the way to go. No one wants to manage a homemade file-server system anymore or some patched together intranet that gets outdated quickly.

Here’s a nifty rundown from consultants featured on IT Central Station about the differences between Yammer and SharePoint as they go head to head against other vendors:

Choosing Between SharePoint and Yammer

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Sharon Richardson

SharePoint vs Yammer. What’s the difference?

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Chris Radcliffe

Checking out what others are saying about vendors can be critical to your success as a decision maker for your vendor solutions. Heck, just being informed about what “experts” are saying in the field might just give you enough oomph to your thought leadership credentials to help with whatever solutions you’re discussing. Keeping up with what’s going on is probably half the battle.

Read reviews of Sharepoint, Confluence, and Yammer!

Read, Write, and We View Vendors for TechTarget VMworld Awards

Elmer_FuddDid you get Elmer Fudd, tongue tied on that?

Well, if you did who cares? The point is that you can get to enterprise vendor reviews from real users here on IT Central Station—no disguises, no vendor speak, no vender hype, just real content from the field. Now, let’s see about these awards.

As the official media partner for the VMworld Awards for the seventh year in a row, TechTarget’s staff appointed a team of experts and editors that selected winning products from more than 175 entries. The team judged the products according to their innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use.

Let’s quickly take a look at the run down of some of the VMworld TechTarget winners:

Category: Storage and Backup for Virtualized Environments
Winner: SimpliVity, OmniCube
Runner-up: Dell Software, Dell AppAssure 5.3.3

Category: Security and Compliance for Virtualization
Winner: AFORE Solutions, CloudLink Secure VSA
Runner-up: Intigua, Intigua Virtual Containers

Category: Virtualization Management
Winner: Eaton, Eaton Intelligent Power Manager 1.3
Runner-up: CloudPhysics, CloudPhysics

Category: Networking and Virtualization
Winner: PLUMgrid, PLUMgrid Platform
Runner-up: Anuta Networks, nCloudX 1.7

Category: Desktop Virtualization and End-User Computing
Winner: Lakeside Software, SysTrack Resolve 6.1
Runner-up: Atlantis Computing, Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0

Category: Private Cloud Computing Technologies
Winner: Nutanix, NX-6270
Runner-up: Metacloud, Carbon|OS

For the complete TechTarget article on the awards and show, click here.

For more information about any enterprise vendors, where are you going to start? It’s simple. Search for the vendors of your choice on IT Central Station.

Visit IT Central Station to browse hundreds of real user reviews of virtualization and cloud solutions including VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Amazon, Red Hat, Oracle, and more.

Become a part of the “Yelp for Enterprise,” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal. Get your profile up and start reviewing, posting, and commenting. From the TechTarget awards, we have product pages for OmniCube and AppAssure that need your reviews . If you are a real user, write a review for these or others today!

Gartner Flattens Abs—I mean Apps—with Cloud Tips

Flat AppsJust like the flat abs promotions that hit us one after another in online ads, in the check out lines, or some before-dawn infomercial, there’s a lot of talk about how clouds can quickly “flatten” applications, networks, and even organizational structure (30-day money back guaranteed!

Gartner’s Ben Tomhave,  Research Director for Security and Risk Management Strategies, writes that getting flat networks is one by-product of a cloud strategy.

Ben gives us three scenarios to help us understand the benefits of moving toward clouds. In his post, “All the World’s a Cloud,” he gives us these ideas:

  • Expanding Self-Service to Reduce Support Volume
  • Resolving BYOD Concerns Using a Cloud Services Model
  • Flatten Your Network, Fix Your Perspective

Take a look at them, and then take a look at the cloud reviews on IT Central Station.

You can start here to drill down to close to 100 other reviews for popular providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce (dot com).

For example, one of the reviews provides a “Simple Calculator for Comparing Windows Azure Blob Storage and Amazon S3 Pricing.” This same real user reviewer also wrote, “(Some) Best Practices for Building Windows Azure Cloud Applications.” Way to go, Gaurev Mantri!

Another real-user reviewer writes in her review summary, “Why I love Heroku.” As a Directory of IT for a company of 500, Tanya Nam provides insight about development using node.js.