Founded in 1997 and based in Kolbermoor, Germany, Cubeware has more than 100 employees in five German offices as well as subsidiaries in the DACH region; San Jose, USA; and Bangalore, India (additional off-shore development). In 2008, Cubeware was acquired by Cranes, a vendor based in India. Primrose Investments GmbH now owns Cubeware, having acquired it from Cranes Group in 2016.
Cubeware’s analytics platform CSP was first released in 2014. Its main components are the analytics front ends Cubeware Cockpit, Cubeware Mobile and Cubeware Snack; the product’s application server; and Cubeware Importer, an ETL tool for data management and modeling. All products are developed by Cubeware itself.
CSP is an integrated platform for data management, modeling, report distribution, analysis and planning based on multidimensional databases. Cubeware Cockpit, an integrated product for dashboards, ad hoc reporting, analysis and planning, is the main front end. Importer handles data integration tasks, connecting to various data sources so data can be modeled multidimensionally. Cubeware does not provide its own data storage. Instead it supports the following multidimensional databases: Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, IBM TM1, Infor d/EPM OLAP Server, Oracle Essbase and SAP BW. Cubeware is particularly strong in connecting to SAP sources including HANA and offers its own SAP-certified connectivity tool.
CSP is aimed at usage scenarios in business departments without any industry-specific focus. Cubeware Cockpit – a visual environment for building and displaying screen-based reports, analyses and dashboards – offers good layout, graphic and interactive capabilities. In terms of planning, Cubeware positions itself as a vendor of operational planning and detailed budget planning solutions. Since 2016, a fine-tuned combination of CSP and IBM TM1 (known as CW1 database powered by IBM) has been available, combining Cubeware’s products with IBM’s in-memory technology and Excel integration. Cubeware also extends the financial planning solutions of partners such as IDL and Denzhorn with analytics and data management functionality.
User & Use Cases
Customers mainly use Cubeware for standard/enterprise reporting (95 percent), dashboards/scorecards (85 percent) and ad hoc query (85 percent). 45 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. Cubeware targets mid-sized and large companies across all industries. 78 percent of our sample of Cubeware customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 100 users, but the mean of 148 users indicates there are also some larger implementations. Cubeware is geared to business power users with functionality for various analytics and planning tasks. Typical tasks carried out with Cubeware by business users include viewing/navigating data (99 percent), exploring/analyzing data (73 percent) and creating reports (63 percent), which demonstrates the feature-richness of the product. Customers achieve an average of 14 percent usage penetration among all employees, which is below the survey average of 17 percent. This indicates that the product is focused more on trained business power users than the majority of employees.
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