In March 2015, Longview Solutions and arcplan merged to form an integrated CPM and BI company, operating under the name Longview. Longview today has 150-200 employees serving more than 1,000 customers worldwide. Longview is a privately held company backed by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $3 billion (USD) of capital under management.
In June 2017 Longview announced the finalization of a merger with Tidemark, an enterprise financial planning and analytics cloud software company. The goal of the merger with Tidemark is to combine Longview Solutions’ and arcplan’s proven solutions with a next generation platform technology.
The mergers bring together Longview’s CPM and tax solutions (Longview Plan, Longview Tax and Longview Close) with arcplan’s BI and analytics solutions and Tidemark’s CPM cloud technology. In the overall portfolio, arcplan is now called Longview Analytics and Tidemark is Longview Planning. Whereas Longview Analytics provides functionality for building individual BI applications for dashboards, reporting and analysis, Longview’s products bring capabilities for CPM and tax management.
Using the arcplan Longview Communication Interface, it is possible to apply arcplan’s BI capabilities in Longview 7, the engine behind Longview CPM and Tax. Longview on-premises typically operates on either Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle as databases. Leveraging relational data storage, Longview provides a multidimensional in-memory data engine, accelerating performance and adding financial intelligence for planning and closing processes.
The Longview product offers functionality for tax provisioning, planning, budgeting and forecasting, statutory consolidation and reporting as well as disclosure management to support finance and tax processes. Longview Analytics complements these functions with mobile reporting, dashboarding and analytics solutions.
Longview Analytics is a versatile platform for developing tailor-made BI applications across all major databases, applications and systems. Users typically access these analytics applications via a web browser.
User & Use Cases
Standard/enterprise reporting and dashboarding/scorecarding applications are the main use cases for Longview Analytics. The product is also frequently used for budgeting and planning. Advanced analysis, ad hoc query and basic data analysis are seen as future use cases for many customers.
Longview Analytics targets large corporations and mid-sized companies across all industries. 62 percent of our sample of Longview Analytics customers come from large companies (more than 2,500 employees) with a median of 500 users, but the impressive mean of 3,151 users indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations.
In typical scenarios, a few specially trained tech-savvy developers – often from IT – use Longview Analytics to create custom-built BI applications for business users in their organizations. Therefore viewing and navigating data are the tasks most commonly performed with Longview Analytics by business users.
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