Cubeware CSP C8
Founded in 1997 and based in Rosenheim, Germany, Cubeware currently has more than 100 employees in five German offices as well as subsidiaries in the DACH region; San Jose, USA; and Bangalore, India (additional offshore development). In July 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.
C8 Cockpit, the main BI front-end component of CSP C8, is an integrated BI product for dashboards, ad hoc reporting, analysis and planning. The product, which is targeted at business power users, can run on various multidimensional databases (Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, IBM Cognos TM1, Infor BI OLAP Server, Oracle Essbase and SAP BW). Direct access to relational data is provided using ODBC and OLE-DB connectivity. A fine-tuned combination of CSP C8 and IBM Cognos TM1 (named CW1 database powered by IBM) became available in November 2016, combining Cubeware’s products with IBM’s in-memory technology and Excel integration.
CSP C8 is aimed at usage scenarios in a range of business departments without any industry-specific focus. C8 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. The vendor extends the financial planning solutions of partners like IDL and Denzhorn with BI and data management functionality.
User & Use Cases
Cubeware is a flexible development environment for developing individual BI and planning applications. The product’s main use cases are standard/enterprise reporting, ad hoc query and basic data analysis (typically OLAP). Dashboards/scorecards and budgeting/planning are also reasonably frequent use cases. Advanced analysis is seen as the most important growth area for Cubeware customers in the future.
Only ten percent of employees currently use Cubeware compared to the survey average of 17 percent. This reflects the fact that the product is particularly geared to business power users with its broad functionality for various BI and planning tasks instead of being a product for masses of end users.
Cubeware targets companies of all sizes across all industries. Nearly two-thirds 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 162 users indicates there are also some larger implementations.
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5 products most often evaluated in competition with Cubeware
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Percentage of employees using Cubeware
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Number of users using Cubeware
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Tasks carried out with Cubeware by business users
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Company size (number of employees)
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