Founded in 1996, Australian-based CALUMO employs 40-50 people in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as well as Dallas, Texas (USA). Most of the employees, including the research and development team, are based at the company headquarters in Sydney. Originally CALUMO started as a reseller of IBM Cognos TM1 (now IBM Planning Analytics). Its product, which is also named CALUMO, was first developed as an application layer to TM1.

CALUMO offers a BI and CPM application that gives organizations a platform to create and deliver business planning and reporting models. Users interact with CALUMO via web pages and Microsoft Excel.

CALUMO’s general architecture revolves around the Microsoft technology stack and consists of three major areas: (1) plug-ins for Excel, Word and PowerPoint; (2) the CALUMO server, which includes browser-based HTML5 interfaces (Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Apple) for planning, ad hoc reporting, dashboarding and data discovery; and (3) the CALUMO data repository, which runs in SQL Server. Data is stored in relational tables but is exposed to the user multidimensionally.

CALUMO offers its product as on-premises software or via a multi-tenant SaaS solution using Microsoft Azure, licensing named users. Though the majority of customers purchase CALUMO’s SaaS offering on the cloud, prospective on-premises customers will find that even the smallest IT shops typically have existing expertise in the Microsoft technologies making up CALUMO’s back-end stack.

CALUMO targets business users in finance and accounting departments in medium to large organizations. It has no specific industry focus. CALUMO is typically deployed as a centralized application and is a flexible development environment for BI and CPM. The primary content authoring environment for CALUMO is Excel, where users can create content and publish it to the web. On the web, authorized users can edit and enter data.

For storytelling and publishing, CALUMO uses its add-ins for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Called “Skylights”, this feature enables users to embed live CALUMO charts or dashboards into a Word document or PowerPoint presentation. As the source report or chart on the CALUMO server changes, the information contained in Word or PowerPoint is updated with one click of the refresh button.

User & Use Cases

The majority of CALUMO’s customers use the product for ad hoc query, budgeting/planning and standard/enterprise reporting. Besides its main use cases, CALUMO is also frequently used in the context of financial consolidation and for dashboards/scorecards. 55 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future.

CALUMO targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 73 percent of our sample of CALUMO customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 130 users. However, the mean of 311 users indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations.

CALUMO is geared to business power users with broad functionality for various BI and CPM tasks. Typical tasks carried out with CALUMO by business power users include viewing, navigating and exploring data, demonstrating the feature-richness of the product.

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Summary of CALUMO highlights

With 33 top ranks and 17 leading ranks across its two BI Survey peer groups and two custom peer groups, CALUMO once again achieves an impressive set of results in BARC’s BI Survey. Excellent ratings in numerous important KPIs help to consolidate its position as a vendor that can deliver a high level of benefits to its customers.

Companies can benefit from using CALUMO in terms of improved data quality and faster and more accurate reporting, analysis or planning, which lead in turn to improved operational efficiency. Consequently, many respondents feel they can recommend CALUMO to other companies, which is a sure sign of great customer satisfaction and customer experience.

Business value – Top-ranked

Peer group: CALUMO vs. Large enterprise BI platforms

Cloud BI – Top-ranked

Peer group: OLAP analysis-focused products

Project length – Top-ranked

Peer group: Integrated performance management products

Project success – Top-ranked

Peer group: CALUMO vs. Large enterprise BI platforms

Visual analysis – Top-ranked

Peer group: Integrated performance management products

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BI Survey 18 Awards


Peer Groups Integrated performance management products, OLAP analysis-focused products
Number of responses67
OfficesSydney, Australia (APAC HQ); Brisbane; Melbourne; Dallas, Texas (US HQ)
Customers> 2,500 users across all customer sites
Revenues (2017)Undisclosed

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Quotes from the BI Survey 18

Being the first time I have worked with a BI application within an organisation, it has been nothing but an exceptional product, compared with SSRS reporting the organisation relied on heavily before Calumo. It is fantastic to use, quick and easy and intuitive.
Member of a cross-departmental BI team, services, 101-2,500 employees
Excellent. Brilliant product which is technically the best in the market. Focus on user support and implementation.
Head of department, services, 101-2,500 employees
Have found Calumo to improve our business reporting significantly. Rather than time spent collating the data, we now have more time to analyse and make more informed decisions. Our business developer is very knowledgeable and always finds a solution and support for any new report / analysis requirements we may have.
Person responsible/Project manager for departmental BI, hospitality, 101-2,500 employees
Very good stable product. Calumo also focus on long term development and really partner with clients to provide insightful data, reports and dashboards.
Head of department, non-profit, 101-2,500 employees
Calumo has changed the way we work. The efficiency gains have been significant. Development team at Calumo are very open to our ideas. We are now forward looking in our approach to data rather than just reporting on the past. Calumo is allowing us to better serve our lawyers and clients. Improved agility for development of reports, accuracy and transparency of data and we now have mobile technology so Partners have access to their performance metrics while travelling. Significant time savings for the talent management process, remuneration reviews, forecast and budgeting.
Person responsible/Project manager for departmental BI, legal services, 101-2,500 employees