Longview Analytics

Longview Analytics powered by arcplan (Longview Analytics) provides functionality for building individual BI applications for dashboards, reporting and analysis. The product offers a comprehensive set of components for developing tailor-made BI applications with individual screen layouts. With the vendor’s open approach to data connectivity, direct access to all major databases, applications and systems in their native environments is available.

In March 2015, Longview Solutions and arcplan merged to form an integrated CPM and BI company, operating under the name Longview. Longview today has more than 200 employees serving more than 1,000 customers worldwide. Longview is a privately held company backed by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm.

In June 2017 Longview announced the finalization of a merger with Tidemark, an enterprise financial planning and analytics cloud software company. The goal of this merger is to provide customers flexibly with options for on-premises, private cloud and public cloud deployments based on requirements and strategic directions.

The merger brings 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 powered by arcplan and Tidemark is Longview Planning powered by Tidemark. 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 integrate arcplan’s BI capabilities in Longview CPM and Tax. Longview’s on-premises solution typically relies upon either Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle as its underlying database. Leveraging relational data storage, Longview provides a multidimensional in-memory data engine, accelerating performance and adding financial intelligence for planning and closing processes.

Longview Analytics provides a versatile platform for the rapid development of tailor-made BI applications across all major databases, applications and systems. Users typically access these analytic applications using a web browser. Longview Analytics has connectors for a remarkable range of databases and applications, many with their own proprietary APIs. The company has always made a point of explicitly supporting the APIs for particular products and tries to avoid simply taking a lowest common denominator approach. Longview Analytics, for example, has strong support for SAP BW.

User & Use Cases

Longview Analytics provides a versatile platform for the rapid development of tailor-made BI applications across all major databases, applications and systems. Standard/enterprise reporting and dashboard/scorecard applications are the main use cases for Longview Analytics. 35 percent of respondents plan to use Longview Analytics for advanced analysis in the future.

Longview Analytics targets large corporations and mid-sized companies across all industries. 58 percent of our sample of Longview Analytics customers come from large corporations (with more than 2,500 employees) and 36 percent from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 250 users. However, the impressive mean of 956 users indicates there are also 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, navigating and exploring data are the tasks most commonly performed by business users.

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Longview Analytics

Peer Groups Dashboarding-focused products, EMEA-focused vendors, Integrated performance management products
VendorLongview
Number of responses68
ProductLongview Analytics powered by arcplan
OfficesCanada (HQ), US, Germany, UK, Spain
Employees>200
Customers>1,000
Revenues (2017)Undisclosed
Websitewww.longview.com