Cubeware CSP C8
Founded in 1997 and based in Rosenheim, Germany, Cubeware currently has 125 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 C8 was first released in September 2014. Its main components are BI front ends C8 Cockpit, 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 and are primarily sold directly by the vendor in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where they are used by approximately 4,000 customers. Cubeware technology is also used worldwide through partner channels and various OEM versions.
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, typically operational planning applications.
Besides planning, Cubeware is typically used for standard/enterprise reporting, ad hoc query and data analysis (OLAP). Advanced analysis and dashboards/scorecards are seen as the most important use cases for customers in the future. Cubeware targets companies of all sizes across all industries.
More than two-thirds of our sample of Cubeware customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 80 users (with 10 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 293 users (63 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations.
Only 33 percent of Cubeware users are planning users – compared to the survey average of 60 percent – reflecting the fact that Cubeware is more a BI tool than a planning tool. However, it does offer plenty of planning functionality, particularly for operational planning.
Current vs. planned use (besides planning)
N = 78
Percentage of employees using Cubeware
N = 78
Planning users (as a percentage of all users)
N = 78
Total number of users per company
N = 78
Planning users per company
N = 78
Company size (number of employees)
N = 78