Cognos Analytics offerings

IBM® Cognos® Analytics is available through multiple offerings. Each offering might support different components, features, data sources, documentation, and other aspects of the product.

The following Cognos Analytics offerings are available in version 11.1.7:

Table 1. Cognos Analytics offerings
Offering Description
Cognos Analytics on Premises Cognos Analytics that is installed and run in a customer's environment. Long Term Support version is 11.1.7.
Cognos Analytics Trial Cognos Analytics on Demand, 30 day trial version, that is available in the Premium tier. The product version is updated to the latest version upon availability.
Cognos Analytics on Demand Cognos Analytics installed on Cloud that is available digitally via self-service. The product version is updated to the latest version upon availability. This offering has three tiers: Standard, Plus, and Premium.
Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted Cognos Analytics that is hosted on a cloud. The product version is updated in consultation with the customer, and it must be one of the three latest versions of Cognos Analytics. For example, if the latest version of Cognos Analytics is 11.1.7, the customer must be on version 11.1.5 or later.
Cognos Analytics for Cloud Pak for Data Cognos Analytics as an add-on in the IBM Cloud Pak for Data. The Cognos Analytics version is updated upon availability.

For more information on Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted, see the license terms for this offering.

The following table specifies the functionality that is supported by different offerings of Cognos Analytics, version 11.1.7 and later. For Cognos Analytics on Demand, "Yes" with no further qualification means that the feature is applicable to all tiers. "N/A" means "Not applicable".

Table 2. Supported functionality between Cognos Analytics offerings
Functionality Cognos Analytics on-premises Cognos Analytics trial Cognos Analytics on Demand Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted Cognos Analytics for Cloud Pak for Data
Portal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data modules (self-service modeling) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dashboards and stories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Explorations (9) Yes Yes Plus,

Premium

Yes Yes
Reporting and scheduling Yes Yes Premium Yes Yes
Assistant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IBM Cognos Analytics Reports mobile app (3) Yes No No Yes No
IBM Cognos Analytics Mobile mobile app (13) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Jupyter Notebooks Yes No No Yes (12) No
Watson Knowledge Catalog integration Yes No No Yes Yes
Slack integration Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
IBM Cognos for Microsoft Office Yes No No Yes Yes
Dynamic cubes Yes No No No No
Cognos SDK Yes No No Yes No
Cognos Workspace Yes No No Yes No
Access to client tools - license dependent (8) Yes No No (8) Yes Yes (8)
Event Studio Yes No No Yes Yes
Analysis Studio (1) Yes No No No No
Query Studio (1) Yes No No No No
PowerPlay Studio - with existing licence (1) Yes No No No No
Administration Yes Yes

(Limited (14))

Yes

(Limited (14))

Yes

(Limited (14))

Yes
Routing Rules Yes No No No No
BSP MetaManager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
REST API with IBMid Yes No No Yes Yes
IBM Support Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Uploading fonts and images Yes No No Yes No
Customization (themes, extensions, palettes, views, parameters, custom visualizations) Yes Yes Yes (6) Yes Yes
Customization (user profiles) Yes No No Yes Yes
Uploading files (10) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access to on-premises data sources Yes Yes (4) Yes (5) Yes Yes

(Limited)

Access to cloud data sources Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

(Limited)

Access to PowerCubes Yes No No Yes No
Access to Planning Analytics as a data source Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Access to other data sources See See See See See
Compatible query mode (CQM) data sources Yes No No No No
Dynamic query mode (DQM) data sources Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Execution of triggers Yes No No Yes No
IBM ID authentication Yes Yes Yes Yes No
On-premises or cloud-based authentication providers Yes No No Yes No
Single signon (2) Yes No No Yes Yes
Report output to file system Yes No No Yes (11) No
Report bursting Yes No No Yes Yes
Access to the underlying file system Yes No No No No
GO Sales database samples Yes No No Yes No
Samples based on uploaded files Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Per user pricing Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
PVU/capacity pricing Yes N/A No Yes No
Multiple environments (development, production) Yes No No Yes Yes
Long Term Support (LTS) release - 11.1.7 Yes No No Yes Yes
Multi-dispatcher environments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minimum number of users N/A 1 1 100 No
Maximum number of users N/A 5 N/A N/A No
Digital purchase No Yes Yes No No
Access on-premises printer Yes No No No No
Works with MotioCI Yes No No No (7) No
Import and export of deployments Yes No No Yes Yes
Audit reporting Yes No No Yes Yes
Audit extensions Yes No No No No
Save to cloud Yes No No Yes (12) Yes
Kerberos Client for SSO Yes No No No No
Creating jobs Yes No No Yes Yes

The following list contains additional information related to table 2:

  1. Legacy studios include Event Studio, Query Studio, Analysis Studio, and PowerPlay Studio. The studios can be explicitly enabled only in Cognos Analytics on-premises.
  2. Single signon is available with OIDC authentication providers, which support this feature.
  3. Compatible with iOS 13.x and 14.x, iPad OS 13.x and 14.x, and Android 10.x and 11.x.
  4. Cognos Analytics trial can access 1 on-premises data source.
  5. Cognos Analytics on Demand is limited to 2 secure gateway connections that can access 5 on-premises data sources per data source.
  6. Standard tier users can use custom visualizations published by other users. Plus tier users have the same privileges as Standard users, and can also develop custom visualizations. Premium tier users have the same privileges as Plus users, and can also upload visualizations that were developed by other users.
  7. Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted might work with MotioCI. However, IBM doesn’t claim support for this configuration, and it doesn’t support the plug-in that enables "Active Versioning" and "Authoring Integration."
  8. Client tools that are currently available for download include Framework Manager and Transformer. Framework Manager can be used with Cognos Analytics on Demand only if the customer has an existing support and subscription (S&S) for the on-premises offering, and only as a means to move the on-premises metadata models to the on Demand offering. The expectation is that new metadata models will be created in Data Modules. Otherwise, Framework Manager is not provided with the on Demand offering. Cognos Analytics for Cloud Pak for Data supports only Framework Manager.
  9. The Explore component is available in Cognos Analytics versions 11.1.x and later.
  10. The limit per one upload of data is 100 MB. The limit of stored data per user is 500 MB.
  11. Save to cloud is available to Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted customers starting with Cognos Analytics version 11.1.5.
  12. Available with the subscription to Watson Studio. For more information, see this article (https://medium.com/ibm-watson/ibm-cognos-analytics-watson-studio-cloud-better-together-ac011059878f).
  13. Compatible with iOS 13.x and 14.x.
  14. Only the following options are available under Manage: People (Accounts only), Data server connections, Customizations, Collaboration, Storage, and Secure Gateway. For Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted, the System administrator role is not available.

Cognos Analytics on Cloud server locations

Cognos Analytics on Cloud is hosted in the following locations:
  • Washington, DC
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Sydney, Australia
Cognos Analytics on Cloud Hosted can be deployed on any IBM Cloud data center, but currently has a footprint in the following locations:
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Washington, DC
  • San Jose, CA
  • London, England