Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(184.108.40.206)Architecure Architecture The IBM Cognos architecture OBIEE 10g is based on N Tier OBIEE 11g is based on N tier architecure. Two delivers the capabilities to architecture. Major main component types the OBIEE 11g: manage business intelligence components are as below System Components: These are non-J2EE applications with centralized, Oracle BI server components, such as processes and services web-based administration Oracle Presentation Server written in C++ and java. that provides a complete view Oracle Business Intelligence BI Server of system activity as well as Scheduler BI Presentation Services system metrics and thresholds Oracle Business Intelligence BI Scheduler so that organizations can Publisher BI JavaHost resolve potential issues before Oracle Business Intelligence BI Cluster Controller there is a business impact. Java Host Java Components The IBM Cognos architecture Oracle Business Intelligence Web Logic Admin Server is built on a web-based service- Presentation Services Plug-in Web Logic Managed Server oriented-architecture (SOA) can be deployed on OC4j or BI Plugin that is designed for scalability, IIS. BI Security availability, and openness. Oracle Business Intelligence BI Action Services Cognos BI made up by 3- for Microsoft Office BI Office tiered architecture BI Publisher (Reporting System) Web tier, OBIEE 11g System uses a set of metadata tables Application Tier stored in a relational database Schema which is Database tier required at time of installation of OBIEE 11g.Architecure Hardware platforms / OS supported Platform Independent (Sun Can be installed on Major Can be installed on Major HW/OS. RPD Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Linux, HW/OS. RPD Administration Administration tool and Catalog Manager required Microsoft Windows NT, tool and Catalog Manager Windows Box Microsoft Windows 2000 and required Windows Box Microsoft Windows XP etc..)Architecure Integration between different application Supports ( Java ,. Net and Can be integrated with Can be integrated with External Application( components? (Integrated solution vs. non- Lotus Connections etc..) External Application (Oracle (Oracle ERP, Sieble etc). Extensive support for integrated) ERP, Sieble etc) Application integration using Action framework, Webservice and SOA architectureArchitecure Integration with the data modeling tool No No No (important to track changes in the data)Architecure Provision for distribution of BI content to a Yes Yes(Ibots) Yes(Agent Framework) mass audience
Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(220.127.116.11)Architecure Scalability Server scalabilty supported Support Cluster based high Support Cluster based high availablity and Load availablity and Load Balancing Balancing(in 11g Enterprise Managed based UI for Clustering configuration is available which has made this process easy)Architecure Zero-footprint definer Support Need desktop based admin Need desktop based admin tool(client) for tool(client) for Repository Repository development and Catalog Managment. development and Catalog Rest of development plus management activities Managment. are using web interface. Reports/Dashbaord and Reports/Dashbaord and accessblity and system management is using Web accessblity is using Web UI. UI.Architecure Design are resubale across BI applications Yes Yes YesArchitecure Supports In-Memory or Caching No Caching is supported, In Caching is supported, In Memory not avaialble in Memory not avaialble base product. Exalytics BI Machine provide In memory and advance visualization and data discovery and performance capablityArchitecure Memory footprint requirement for Not very high Not very high At least 6 GB machine is required for development Development Machine activitiesArchitecure Support Single Repository Supports single repository as a Single repository for BI OBIEE, BIP and OLAP have their own repository cognos content manager Reporting Development. BI but they can be access as part of single interface Publisher has own repository. for report development(OBIEE RPD/OBIEE Web Interface)Security Single sign-on support supports (IBM Cognos Yes Yes provides for single signon authentication )Security LDAP Integration Supports all major LDAP Supports all major LDAP Supports all major LDAP systems. . In OBIEE11g is systems systems users and groups are no longer held primarily in the repository; instead, these details are stored by default in the WebLogic Server LDAP server, which gets installed alongside OBIEE when you install the product. RPD is encrypted and password protectedSecurity Support for Data Supports datalevel security in Very well supported using Very well supported using multiple approaches authorization(Rows/Columns) frameworkmanger multiple approachesSecurity Object Level Security Supports datalevel security in Supported Supported frameworkmangerCollabration Flexibility to share report via email Yes ,Microsoft outlook can Yes(Using Ibot) Yes(Using Agents) supports
Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(18.104.22.168)Collabration Publish reports on the web(Portal) yes, Cognos Connection is a Yes(portal Integration) Yes(Portal Intgeration) Web portal provided with Cognos 8 BI, providing a single access point to the corporate Reports available.Reporting Dashboard Dashboards are done in Yes Yes(OBIEE 11g has lots of new features , New report studio and capabilities in Oracle Answers,Updated implemented in cognos dashboard, catalog, search and home page) conectionReporting Ability to combine multiple sources in a Yes(Ability combine Yes Yes single report. externalize sources .xls, .txt, .csv, .xml file into Cognos and create reports )Reporting Ability to reuse calculations on multiple reports (should be done in Yes Yes(Logical Modeling in Yes(Logical Modeling in semantic layer) modeling level) semantic layer)Reporting Ability to schedule reports Yes , Cognos can support Yes Yes scheduling reports/ entries to run at a time that is convenient for usersReporting Add subtotals and grand totals Yes Yes YesReporting Basic Sorting Yes Yes YesReporting Can whole templates for reports or graphs Yes ,Report templete can re- Limited(create sample reports Limited(create sample reports and user can be saved for further usage? used and user can change columns change columns at runtime to create their own at runtime to create their own report) report)Reporting Combine tables, graphics, text, and data in a Supported Supported Supported single report.
Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(22.214.171.124)Reporting Enterprise reporting. Yes. Using Cognos report OBIEE as BI reporting solution OBIEE as BI reporting solution and Business studio reports can created and Business Intelligence Intelligence Publisher for Pixel Perfect reproting. Publisher for Pixel Perfect Several new features has been added to Business reproting Intelligence Publisher in 11g some of them as follow New Online Template Builder Interactive Viewer Updated Data Model editor ADF DVT visualizations Report templates can now be defined online Ability to add charts, tables, crosstabs, gauges and other items Interactive Viewer allows manipulation, drilling, filtering of data Event framework allows “wiring together” of charts, reports for filteringReporting Filtering data in the report Yes ( Data can be filtered by Yes(Filter, prompts) Yes(Filter, prompts) dynamically (prompts) and static (detailed and summary) in the report)Reporting Flexibility to change text attributes (font Yes Yes Yes size, style, color)Reporting Mobile Support Limited(no Iphone support) No Limited(Android not supported)Reporting Provides graphing capabilities Yes Yes YesReporting Search capabilities. No No YesReporting Meta data search Yes(using Audit Data) No YesReporting Supports Role-based dash boards and Yes Yes Yes ReportReporting Hierarchies stored in repository Yes, Hierarchies can be stored Yes(Level Based hierarchies) Major enhancement in hierarchies.OBIEE 11g also in repository (Content store) support OLAP style hierarchies Ragged, Skip Level. Support for values based hierarchy as well. Support presentation based hierachy which is used report for OLAP style reportingReporting Support for Export to multiple formats Yes Yes YesReporting Write-back facilities yes yes YesReporting Support for Balanced scorecarding Yes (Metric studio) No YesReporting Support for self-service NA Yes YesReporting support for Publish and subscribe Supported Supported SupportedReporting Adhoc reporting Yes(Query Studio) Yes(Answer) Yes(Answer)
Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(126.96.36.199)Reporting Ability to access and view all reports Yes Yes Yes through a single portal interfaceReporting Does the product / tool provide integrated yes, Cognos has various kinds Yes(various Graphs and Yes(Major enhacement in charting engine versus graphing and charting? charts and graphs Charts) OBIEE 10g . Graphing engine in OBIEE 11g has been moved to ADF DVT Easy access to graph types from main Results tab New layout controls to determine X, Y axis, measures graphed etc Ability to define time-based animations, and opening animations Graph Prompts Chart zoomReporting MS Office Integration Supports Office (Go-office ) Yes(BI office Plugin) Yes(BI office Plugin)Reporting Pivot / Drill Down yes Yes YesReporting Time Series Analysis Yes Yes(Couple of new functions has been added in 11g for Time series)Reporting Addition of Group Members/Calculated yes(DMR models) Limited support in Pivot table OBIEE 11g support OLAP style reporting which MembersReporting Provision to integrate BI products with yes (through cognos SDK) Limited Seamless using Action framework application programs(Actionable intelligence)Visualization Map Integration Yes Limited and complex OBIEE 11g ships with Oracle MapViewer 11g integration Use in conjunction with Oracle RDBMS and spatial datasets to add map views Google Maps and Bing Maps can be used for background maps
Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(188.8.131.52)Visualization OLAP style reporting yes (DMR) No OBIEE 11g supports concept of “hierarchical columns” In-column drilling up and down a hierarchy Supports level-based and ragged (parent-child) hierarchies Flexible totalling and ability to determine leaf- levels,ancestors, parents etc Works with both relational and OLAP (Essbase,Oracle OLAP etc) data sources Hierarchical columns can be used in pivot tables Incremental (status-aware) filter steps can be defined for hierarchical columns Add member conditions referencing measuresVisualization Conditional Formatting of values/ Traffic Yes, Advanced conditional Yes Yes lighitng formatting and Traffic lighitng supportedVisualization KPI, Scorecards and Strategy Maps Metric designer and metric No Yes studio is avialble for scorecardingVisualization Gauges and Controls yes Yes Yes(Some new control has been added in 11g)Visualization Graphs Animation, Zooming, Sliders No No YesVisualization Master/Detail linking between reports in yes No New in 11g DashboardsQuery and Analysis OLAP Cube Support only virtual cube creation is Limited support for Essbase Seamless intgeration with Essbase Cube, Oracle done in 8.2 and Oracle OLAP OLAP Cube and MS SSAS CubeAdvance Analytics Data Mining, Statistical Analysis No Very minimum Very MinimumPerformance Aggregate awareness Yes ( It can be performed in Yes(RPD layer Modeling) Yes(RPD layer Modeling) the FM and report studio)Performance Aggregate stores (ROLAP/MOLAP) NA Not available in Base Not available in Base product(Essbase, SSAS, product(Essbase can be Oracle OLAP can be integrated as MOLAP store) integrated as MOLAP store)Performance Automatic selection of best aggregate NA Yes(RPD layer Modeling) Yes(RPD layer Modeling)Performance Role based workload management yes Yes YesPerformance Connection Pooling supported supportedPerformance Result Caching No Yes Yes
Area Feature Cognos 8.2 OBIEE 10g(10.1.3.4) OBIEE 11g(184.108.40.206)Database Supports ODBC and OLEDB etc.. Supports ODBC and OLEDB Yes YesConnectivity etc..Database Smart Push-Down architecture No Yes YesConnectivityDatabase DB features/Functions usage in BI layer yes Yes YesConnectivityAdministration Single Point Administration supports Single Point of NA Most of the admin tasks can be done using FMW Administration Enterprise Manager and admin consoleAdministration Usage Tracking yes (cognos audit) Yes YesAdministration Out-of-the-Box System-wide Monitoring Supports server and Reports Limited Yes MonitoringAdministration Installation/configuration easy Easy ComplexMisc Error log, debugging capabilities no Yes YesMisc Data lineage and Impact Analysis support No BI Layer only If ODI 11g is ETL tool then OBIEE and ODI Data Linegae is available else BI Layer onlyMisc Save reports and queries for reuse Yes Yes YesMisc Availability of tool training Yes Yes Yes COGNOS VS OBIEE Asis Mohanty CBIP, CDMP firstname.lastname@example.org