Corporate Planner (CP-Suite)

CP Corporate Planning AG (CP) is a software vendor and consultancy based in Hamburg, Germany. The company, which was founded in 1989, currently has approximately 130 employees worldwide. CP has regional and international offices in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. The company is one of the largest planning software vendors in the DACH region.

CP offers solutions for operational management, integrated financial planning, financial consolidation and strategic management. The vendor combined its formerly separate products into the integrated CP-Suite. All modules have a common user interface and are based on an integrated database in Microsoft SQL Server. 3,900 customers worldwide use various CP-Suite modules.

Corporate Planner, the planning product in CP-Suite, is targeted at business departments. The solution can be deployed both as a single desktop application as well as an enterprise solution for CPM and financial consolidation. Across its entire customer base, Corporate Planner is used by an average of 10+ users per installation, yet it also supports installations with significantly larger numbers of users.

Corporate Planner’s strengths include its intricate dialog boxes and wizards as well as comprehensive planning functionality and predefined reports and analyses that support business power users in a variety of tasks. The product provides centralized top-down planning, decentralized bottom-up planning as well as a combination of both approaches. The vendor does not focus on any particular planning topics (financials, sales, HR etc.) and can be used in any industry sector. For reporting, Corporate Planner offers various report types with many different possibilities. A comprehensive library of predefined business analyses is also available (e.g. variance, ABC and portfolio analysis), which users can run directly on their data. In the latest version, a new CP-Sales module provides functionality for sales controlling with enhanced flexibility for navigation in data and improved dashboarding capabilities. These new developments are a first step to enhancing CP’s BI functionality for dashboarding, ad hoc queries and analysis. However, because, at least in the past, CP hasn’t regarded itself as a typical BI product for individual analyses, a so-called BI-Exit is available for accessing CP data with third-party front ends (Connectivity BI and Connectivity Qlik).

User & Use Cases

Current vs. planned use (besides planning)

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Percentage of employees using Corporate Planner

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Planning users (as a percentage of all users)

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Total number of users per company

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Planning users per company

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Company size (number of employees)

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Corporate Planner (CP-Suite)

Peer Groups European vendors, Financial performance management products, Solution-focused planning products
VendorCorporate Planning
Number of responses34
ProductCorporate Planner / CP-Suite
Offices12 offices in Germany (HQ), Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Employees130
Customers3,900
Revenues (2017)n/s
Websitewww.corporate-planning.com