Founded in 1992 and based near Stuttgart, Germany, cubus AG currently has approximately 35 employees. According to the vendor, more than 350 companies use its software. Its product, cubus outperform, is an integrated performance management solution with functionality for planning, simulation, strategy implementation (balanced scorecard) and project portfolio management.
For ad hoc reporting and dynamic OLAP analyses on the Web, cubus EV Analytics (formerly IBM Cognos Executive Viewer) is integrated in outperform. The product offers predefined business content, data models and logic. Aimed at business power users, outperform has a Web-based user interface resembling Excel.
outperform provides a flexible platform for building individual, complex business logic for planning applications. The solution has no specific market or industry focus and is used by companies of various sizes and industries. However, it does have predefined models and logic for integrated profit and financial planning (P&L, balance sheet, cash flow), revenue and sales planning, human resource planning, cost center planning, cost allocations, investment planning and project portfolio management.
Customers can completely adapt and extend the models and logic to meet their specific requirements. Following initial implementation, business power users can work well with the solution. cubus EV extends outperform’s range of functions with comprehensive functionality for OLAP analysis, ad hoc reporting and data visualization.
outperform uses multidimensional (Oracle Essbase, IBM Cognos TM1 or Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services) and relational databases (Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server) for data storage. It has been rated as the most popular third-party client product for Oracle Essbase for the last two years in The BI Survey, underlining the fact that most cubus customers use the Oracle database rather than the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services or IBM Cognos TM1 options.
User & Use Cases
cubus’ customers mainly use the product for ad hoc query, standard/enterprise reporting, basic data analysis (mainly OLAP), and budgeting/planning. Dashboards/scorecards are seen as the most important use case for customers in the future.
cubus is mainly used in mid-size companies in all industries. Two thirds of our sample of cubus customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 180 users, but the mean of 1,305 users indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations. Customers achieve an average of 10 percent usage penetration among all employees indicating that the product is rather focused on trained business power users than the majority of employees in a company.
outperform is geared to business power users with broad functionality for various BI and CPM tasks. Typical tasks carried out with cubus by business power users are viewing, navigating, exploring/analyzing and modelling/enriching data. All above average underlining the feature richness of the product.
Current vs. planned use
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5 products most often evaluated in competition with cubus
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Percentage of employees using cubus
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Number of users using cubus
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Tasks carried out with cubus by business users
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Company size (number of employees)
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