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 off-shore 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.
Cubeware’s BI platform CSP was first released in 2014. Its main components are BI front ends C8 Cockpit (including the new web-based product generation Cockpit 10 as a web client with the current version 9.3), C8 Mobile and C8 Snack; the application server C8 Server; and C8 Importer, a product for data integration and modeling. All products are developed by Cubeware itself.
CSP is an integrated platform for data management, modeling, distribution (of reports), analysis and planning based on multidimensional databases. C8 Cockpit module – an integrated solution for dashboards, ad hoc reporting, analysis and planning – is the main front end. C8 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 Cognos 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 across all industries. 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. Since 2016, a fine-tuned combination of CSP and IBM Cognos TM1 (called CW1 database powered by IBM) has been available, combining Cubeware’s products with IBM’s in-memory technology (TM1 Enterprise Edition) and Excel integration (IBM Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel (PAX)). Additionally, Cubeware extends the financial planning solutions of partners such as IDL and Denzhorn with BI and data management functionality.
User & Use Cases
Customers mainly use Cubeware for standard/enterprise reporting (90 percent), ad hoc query (86 percent) and dashboards/scorecards (78 percent). 50 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. Cubeware targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 71 percent of our sample of Cubeware customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 187 users, but the mean of 147 users indicates there are also some smaller implementations. Cubeware is geared to business power users with broad functionality for various BI tasks. Typical tasks carried out by business power users include navigating, viewing, exploring and modeling data, which demonstrates the feature-richness of the product.
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