Founded in 1992 and based near Stuttgart, Germany, cubus currently has approximately 35 employees. According to its own accounts, more than 350 companies from various different industries use cubus’ software.
Its product, cubus outperform, is an integrated performance management solution with functionality for planning, simulation, analysis, strategy implementation (balanced scorecard) and project portfolio management. The product offers predefined business content, data models and logic. Targeted to business power users, outperform has a Web-based user interface resembling Excel. Until 2012, cubus also offered IBM Cognos Executive Viewer to support dynamic OLAP analyses on the Web. At the end of 2012, IBM sold the source code to cubus. Executive Viewer (now known as cubus outperform EV Analytics) is now fully integrated in cubus outperform and is mainly used for ad hoc reporting and analysis.
outperform provides a flexible platform for building individual, complex business logic for planning applications using multidimensional (Oracle Essbase, IBM Cognos TM1 or Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services) and relational databases (Oracle or Microsoft) for data storage. 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 and investment planning. Customers can completely adapt and extend the models and logic to meet their specific requirements.
User & Use Cases
cubus is mainly used for ad hoc query, standard/enterprise reporting, basic data analysis (OLAP) and budgeting/planning. Dashboards/scorecards and advanced analysis are considered to be future use cases by many cubus customers. cubus is mainly used in mid-sized and large companies. The typical installation has a median of 130 users, but the mean figure of 758 users indicates there are significantly larger accounts as well. Business users can carry out nearly all tasks themselves in outperform, with some IT involvement required for data management tasks.
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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