CXO-Cockpit is a BI product targeted at supporting corporate management reporting with pre-built connectors to various well known multidimensional databases. The solution supports the creation of reports and dashboards based on OLAP data sources such as Oracle Hyperion Essbase, SAP BPC, IBM Cognos Planning Analytics (TM1), Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Tagetik.
Founded in the Netherlands by a team of finance and enterprise performance management (EPM) professionals in 2007, CXO Solutions currently has 40 employees and a global customer base of over 80 multinational corporations, mostly based in the EMEA region. Both its headquarters and software development are located in Utrecht, the Netherlands. CXO-Cockpit also has offices in England and the United States as well as a partner network covering Europe and North America.
At the time of the company’s inception, CXO-Cockpit’s founders were frustrated with the lack of performance reporting and planning functionality in the BI tools of the day, especially in the Hyperion products (now Oracle). They were seeing many companies struggling with too much paper and Excel files without properly governed and interactive reporting systems. The vendor decided to target financial departments and other C-level managers with its new product.
CXO-Cockpit is a front-end product based on a client-server architecture and was developed to connect to various OLAP sources.
CXO-Cockpit offers different modules for using the software. For years, Design Studio was the main interface for building CXO-Cockpit reports and CXO-Views. Recently, CXO-Cockpit released a web-based version of Design Studio called CXO-Designer. Reports and dashboards created with one of the designer clients can be opened and published using the CXO-Viewer, which allows users to access CXO-Cockpit without logging in. There is also a CXO-Mobile App which is delivered within the same license package.
User & Use Cases
CXO-Cockpit is focused on providing predefined web-based applications to C-level managers, especially in finance departments. This focus is strongly reflected in the fact that 84 percent of respondents use it for dashboards and 81 percent for standard/enterprise reporting. Only 39 percent of our sample say they query data and perform basic data analysis.
The solution’s support for a narrow band of user types is reflected in the percentage of employees using CXO-Cockpit. On average, only 4 percent of employees use CXO-Cockpit, which is well below The BI Survey average of 17 percent.
The company’s origins can be detected in the list of its competitors. CXO Solutions started out offering support for Hyperion (now Oracle) products so it is not surprising to see Oracle as CXO-Cockpit’s second most regular competitor. Like Oracle Essbase and other Hyperion products, CXO-Cockpit is mostly used in larger companies (67 percent of respondents) and is rarely seen in companies with less than 100 employees (0 percent).
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Tasks carried out with CXO-Cockpit by business users
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