Cubeware Solutions Platform C8 (CSP C8)
Founded in 1997 and based in Kolbermoor, Germany, Cubeware currently has about 140 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 BI platform CSP C8 was first released in 2014. Its main components are the BI front ends C8 Cockpit, C8 Mobile and C8 Snack; the application server C8 Server; and C8 Importer. All products are developed by Cubeware itself and are primarily sold directly by the vendor in the DACH region, as well as through partner channels and various OEM versions. Cubeware products are used by approximately 4,200 customers worldwide of which about half are from German-speaking countries.
CSP C8 is an integrated platform for data management, modeling, distribution (of reports), analysis and planning based on multidimensional databases (Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, IBM TM1, Infor d/EPM Platform, Oracle Essbase and SAP BW). 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.
CSP C8 is aimed at usage scenarios in 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. Since 2016, a fine-tuned combination of CSP C8 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 BI and data management functionality.
User & Use Cases
Besides planning, customers mainly use Cubeware today for basic data analysis (89 percent), standard/enterprise reporting (87 percent), ad hoc query and reporting (86 percent) and dashboards/scorecards (53 percent). 60 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. Cubeware targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 55 percent of our sample of Cubeware customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 120 users (with 15 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 202 users (44 for planning) indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations. Just 34 percent of Cubeware users are planning users – well below the survey average of 63 percent – reflecting the fact that Cubeware is essentially a BI tool rather than a pure planning tool.
Current vs. planned use (besides planning)
Percentage of employees using Cubeware
Planning users (as a percentage of all users)
Total number of users per company
Planning users per company
Company size (number of employees)
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