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
Besides planning, customers mainly use cubus for ad hoc query and basic data analysis (using cubus EV) and standard/enterprise reporting. 42 percent of respondents plan to use it for dashboards/scorecards in the future.
cubus targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. More than two-thirds of our sample of cubus customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 73 users (with 40 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 382 users (93 for planning) indicates there are also some much larger implementations.
61 percent of cubus users are planning users – compared to the survey average of 60 percent – reflecting the fact that cubus is essentially a planning tool rather than a BI tool.
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