What are Real Users Saying about their IBM Solutions?

IBM InterConnect is happening next week in Las Vegas, where IBM will be announcing new innovations and solutions. But what do real users think about IBM solutions? The IT Central Station team will be at #IBMInterConnect, collecting real user reviews for IBM solutions across all categories.

IT Central Station attends technology events and conferences all over the world to collect authentic user reviews for a wide variety of enterprise technology solutions. By collecting reviews from technology conferences, we guarantee user reviews that are from experts in the field, and who can give other users real insight into each solution’s pros and cons.

What do real users think about IBM dashDB?

Consulta23a6 at a tech services company:

“I like that the dashDB solution is built on DB2 technology. This means that you can use all the features of a DB2 database, but outsource all the hardware and software maintenance. Cloud solutions/services are the big thing for the future. IBM has provided users with the ability to store data in the cloud with the option to use the database as an MPP server.”

What do real users think about IBM App Connect?

Senior Integration Consultant at a tech services company:

“Our organization deals with multiple systems and we want the data to be available 24/7 across all the systems. IBM App Connect has a robust mechanism to handle such scenarios.”

What do real users think about IBM Connections?

Enzo Stanzione, Social Business Advisor at a tech services company:

“All files managed by my team are generated directly in Connections, initially as personal files but shared with each other. Ultimately, files are moved into the community for reference and so shared with all members of the team.

All technical documentation is written in the wiki, which is now the central point of reference about everything necessary to work, both on the project and knowledge sharing.”

What are real users saying about IBM Kenexa?

Angela Scalpello, SVP Organizational Development at a non-tech company:

IBM Kenexa has “given us data from which to make better decisions about what we need to do in order to have a highly engaged workforce. It’s helped us specifically align the engagement information with business strategies and link addressing some of those issues to better business outcomes.”

What are real users saying about IBM Cognos Analytics?

Mike Bernaiche, Business Analytics Coach at a Software R&D company:

IBM Cognos Analytics is a data discovery and reporting platform for your department or your entire enterprise. But it’s much more than just managed reporting: It provides departmental users with the self-sufficiency they need to bring in their own external data, explore it, and even merge it with corporately governed data, all without needing to go to IT. With that ability, they can get fresh perspectives that are simply not available in their existing reporting environment.”

If you are at IBM InterConnect, look out for our team and #BeOpinionated (you’ll get a free t-shirt.)

You can also read more real user reviews for IBM solutions at www.ITCentralStation.com.

Top Enterprise Flash Array Storage – 2016 Edition

According to the IT Central Station community, the most important criteria when choosing an enterprise flash array storage is simply the speed and flexibility it offers your organization.   All-flash storage options may differ on capacity, drive type, networking options and features, but each option should be individually evaluated to the needs of your company. The trick is to find the right array with the highest performance yet lowest cost.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 46,000 views of the top enterprise flash array storage vendors by real users in 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing vendors on IT Central Station.

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our Enterprise Flash Array Storage page on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/enterprise-flash-array-storage#top_rated.

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.

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Cognos Express       SQL Server Reporting . . .         QlikView              Microstrategy

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

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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.


Microsoft BI vs Cognos

Editor’s Note: A 2017 edition of this post was recently published on February 23, 2017.

Read our updated BI review comparison: 

“BI Solutions Review Face-off: Tableau vs. QlikView vs. IBM Cognos”

Microsoft BI vs Cognos 

This week at IT Central Station check out the BI Face Off for a battle between two of the most popular Business Intelligence Tools. To see the full product comparison check out IT Central Station.

Microsoft BI vs. Cognos

Here are a sample of real user quotes from our community about these two BI giants:

Microsoft BI Review vs Cognos Review

Microsoft BI vs Cognos: Take a look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product.

Microsoft BI – “Microsoft SSRS biggest advantage is its ability to integrate with other third party components. You could integrate it with Share Point web part or you can access it from a Web browser, depending on your existing scenario you don’t need to change much to be able to integrate SSRS with your existing application…Microsoft SSRS is unable to provide a mechanism where poor performance reports could be prevented to run on production environment. In case if a user creates a report which can cause huge impact on server resources/performance it should not be allowed to run on production server during normal working hours. ” Read the full informative review here.

Another reviewer writes: “There have been occasions when a certain application would work very slowly on other DB platforms and once we migrated to SQL Server the response times improved dramatically. For example, I recently migrated an application from TeraData to SQL Server and the response times for some functions were cut down from 90 seconds to about less than 1 second! This obviously speeds up the work that gets done within a day.” Read full review here.

Cognos  – “With Cognos we are able to present and analyze the KPI’s and outcomes our hospital needs to take decisions. Adding workflow functions to the reports could close the PDCA cycle and Speed of report-execution could be improved.Initial setup can be straightforward but expertise is needed to fully benefit from the capabilities of Cognos.” Read the full review here.

Another Cognos user writes: “It enables me to see trends of data we have from different angles and each end-user can run ad-hoc queries themselves. Go for it but it will require training. For us it was complex to setup for the first time and too much R&D had to be done. Later on it was easier. It may have been complex as it was our first time setting up the Cognos.” Read the full review here.

Here’s more of the Face Off— our comparison page of these two products to help you see all the great crowdsourced content on one useful page side-by-side!

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:

Harvard Business Review—Big Data Driving Evidence-Based Narratives

MoBig Datast of us would agree that the hype around this term has subsided but it’s still cool to say, “Big Data!”

Having the right Business Intelligence Tools to harvest the velocity, volume, and variety of data makes a huge impact on how you make evidence-based decisions. In a post in the Harvard Business Review, The Value of Big Data Isn’t the Data, Kristian J. Hammond describes coupling the power of data with a contextual narrative to provide more concrete actionable results.

Here’s an example from the post from:

“For the most part, we know what we want out of the data.  We know what analysis needs to be run, what correlations need to be found and what comparisons need to be made.  By taking what we know and putting it into the hands of an automated system that can do all of this and then explain it to us in human terms, or natural language, we can achieve the effectiveness and scale of insight from our data that was always its promise but, until now, has not been delivered.  By embracing the power of the machine, we can automatically generate stories from the data that bridge the gap between numbers and knowing.”

Let’s be fair though, not everyone needs the same “narrative” from their big data harvest. Actionable results can come from all kinds of triggers such as underutilized resources that need to be consolidated. Right-sizing the provisioning of network bandwidth at the enterprise level has a huge impact on customers and end-user experience. Business processes that support internal productivity can be adequately tweaked with or without a narrative.

Find out what others are doing—your peers using the solutions offered now—check out IT Central Station’s lineup of the most reviewed business intelligence solutions here.

Microsoft BI vs IBM Cognos and More—a Big Data Shouting Match

Are you listening? You don’t want to necessarily hear people shouting about Big Data—you do, however want to hear from the crowds. Business Intelligence

Check out these real reviews from all your peers on IT Central Station. What we’re saying is stop your Big Data from becoming Bad Data by checking out who’s implementing what and where.

With a nice round of reviews like these, you won’t have to call the IT vendor sales folks until you’re absolutely ready with your questions and concerns.

With well over 20 reviews from Business Intelligence tools such as Microsoft BI, IBM Cognos, Prism, Logi Info, Microstrategy, and Qlikview, you can check over which ones are relevant to your needs.

For example, as you get involved in finding a vendor solution, a lot of time gets sucked into setting up the engagement with a vender rep. You can do a lot beforehand by finding out what others are saying whom you trust—like when you’re about to hire a plumber, you look through Yelp or some other crowdsourced media. Now it’s even easier for enterprise vendor evaluations and reviews. Look at them all now in the list below.

Business Intelligence Tools for Big Data Analysis

Big Data

Getting Started

If you’re a vendor and want to get involved check out How do we engage with this community?  Regarding reviews, if you’re a real user of any vendor solution, follow this formula to hear from peers and demonstrate your expertise:

  1. Read one
  2. Write one
  3. Comment on two

Getting involved with what the Wall Street Journal calls the “Yelp for Enterprise IT” will have a huge impact on your buying decisions. To get more acquainted with social media for B2B, check out this post: IT Central Station Named One of the “Top 3 Highlights for B2B Tech Social Marketing


Wall Street Journal Reports Unified Communications Gaining Traction

wsj_steve5Now that some of the dust has settled on what most enterprises want—a single system that integrates phone calls, messaging, document sharing and video conferences—a Wall Street Journal reporter, Joel Schectman, reports on Unified Communications finally gaining traction. We were impressed!

Look what he found people saying to back his claim:

  • UC adoption “was flat for years but we are seeing an upswing as companies are taking the plunge and using more UC collaboration tools beyond just basic IM,” said Philipp Karcher, an analyst with Forrester Research

    Unified Communications Traction

    Traction in Action

  • Improved interoperability between Microsoft and Cisco helped Jim Thomas, director of IT for Pella Corp. . . “Two to three years ago, it was extremely difficult to actually make the Cisco products talk to Microsoft,” Mr. Thomas said.
  • Michael Smith, Cisco’s senior director of marketing for collaboration applications, says better integration with Microsoft is something “our customers have demanded.”
  • Alan Bourassa, CIO of Secaucus-N.J., based limo service EmpireCLS, says the current version of Lync, which he put in place nine months ago, reduces the “administrative complexity” of bypassing a conventional phone system.

Here’s the full WSJ article: Unified Communications Is Gaining Traction

Gain traction in your buying decision or help others who can gain from your experience.

Get onboard at IT Central Station. Follow the vendors, contribute to the reviews, and just gain traction being a part of what the WSJ calls the “Yelp for CIOs.” Here’s a look at some current reviews on IT Central Station for:

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Microsoft BI vs SAP Business Objects—Best in Show

“As we all know both Business Objects and Microsoft are big companies who are working on BI solutions and both have their own advantages, ” says Sasan Ahmadi Asl, a real user who outlMicrosoft BI vs SAP Business Objectsines what works well for him in his environment.

The key point is that what he’s saying is based on his experience using the solutions. Your “Best in Show” depends on your implementation, your environment, and your business needs.

Here’s his complete comparison review: Microsoft BI vs. SAP Business Objects


So what BI solution would you consider as your “Best in Show?” Here’s the top five BI vendors by reviews to consider when making a decision:

If you’re a vendor and want to get involved check out How do we engage with this community?  Regarding reviews, if you’re a real user of any BI solution follow this formula to hear from peers and demonstrate your expertise:

  1. Read one
  2. Write one
  3. Comment on two

Getting involved with what the Wall Street Journal calls the “Yelp for Enterprise IT” will have a huge impact on your buying decisions. To get more acquainted with social media for B2B, check out this post: IT Central Station Named One of the “Top 3 Highlights for B2B Tech Social Marketing