CALUMO

Founded in 1996, Australian-based CALUMO employs 40 people in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as well as Dallas, Texas (USA). Most of the employees, including a five-man 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.

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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 interfaces 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 Azure. The CALUMO platform does not have native data connectors. Instead, it leverages SQL Server to integrate with other databases and APIs (Integration Services). SQL Server also supports generic ODBC and CALUMO offers prebuilt connectors to popular accounting packages.

CALUMO targets business users in finance and accounting departments in medium to large organizations. The product is a flexible development environment for BI and CPM. The primary report and dashboard authoring environment for CALUMO is Excel. CALUMO users create spreadsheets, charts and dashboards in Excel and publish these to the web via CALUMO-specific features appearing on Excel’s ribbon menu after installing an add-in. CALUMO converts Excel artifacts, including PowerPivot creations, into web content with great accuracy preserving formatting, grouping and sorts, among other things.

On the web, CALUMO enables authorized users to edit and enter data.

For storytelling and publishing, CALUMO uses its add-ins for Word and PowerPoint. In terms of planning, the product provides centralized top-down planning (including data allocation, simulation etc.), decentralized bottom-up planning (including workflows, commenting etc.) as well as a combination of both approaches.

User & Use Cases

The majority of CALUMO’s customers use the product for standard/enterprise reporting, budgeting/planning and ad hoc query. Financial consolidation, basic data analysis and dashboards/scorecards are also frequent use cases. Advanced analysis is seen as an important use case for customers in the future by 51 percent of CALUMO customers.

CALUMO is mainly used in mid-size companies across all industries. More than two-thirds of our sample of CALUMO customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 50 users, but the impressive mean of 419 users indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations.

Customers achieve an average of 14 percent usage penetration among all employees.

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Summary of CALUMO highlights

CALUMO achieves several first place and leading ranks in its peer groups in this year’s BI Survey, confirming its reputation for delivering an easy-to-use BI and CPM solution to business unit teams with minimal IT resources.

As a result of CALUMO’s excellent ratings in important KPIs such as ‘Business benefits’, ‘Price-to-value’, ‘Product satisfaction’ and ‘Customer satisfaction’, the product is highly recommended by customers to other companies. The survey results prove that CALUMO’s Excel and web-based platform approach to BI and CPM around the Microsoft technology stack clearly seems to satisfy customers.

Cloud BI – Top-ranked

Peer group: CALUMO competitive peer group

Operational BI – Leader

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Mobile BI – Top-ranked

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Innovation – Leader

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Price-to-value – Top-ranked

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CALUMO

Peer Groups Americas-focused vendors, Integrated performance management products, OLAP analysis-focused products
VendorCALUMO
Number of responses52
OfficesSydney, Australia (APAC HQ); Brisbane; Melbourne; Dallas, US
Employees40
Customers> 2,500 users across all customer sites
Revenues (2016)Undisclosed
Web sitewww.calumo.com

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Quotes from the BI Survey 17

Excellent - led by experienced technical consultants using great product.
Head of business department, Services, 100-2.500 employees
Fabulous and inexpensive stuff, building on what the MS BI stack is capable of delivering, filling in the gaps in useability in report writing, and in web/mobile distribution.
Person responsible for departmental BI, Services, 100-2.500 employees
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, 100-2.500 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 for departmental BI, Hospitality, 100-2.500 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 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.
Line of business employee, Services, 100-2.500 employees