evidanza was established in 2004 as a software vendor developing its own BI and planning solutions. The company is based in Salching, Germany, has about 40 employees and currently serves around 165 clients in mid-sized companies. The vendor has a network of national and international partners.
evidanza is a flexible platform with capabilities for building individual planning and BI applications. Having no specific market or industry focus, evidanza targets clients requiring an integrated reporting, analysis and planning solution. The platform is feature-rich and can be configured individually. It provides strong functionality, particularly for print reporting and the use of corporate designs. It supports various planning scenarios for top-down or bottom-up planning including workflow and monitoring features.
evidanza can either be used with Microsoft SQL Server as the underlying database or with SpeedBase, the vendor’s proprietary in-memory database. Using SQL Server, evidanza can access any source system with SQL Server’s Integration Services ETL product. However, administration and particularly ETL in evidanza are relatively technical and require support from IT or tech-savvy business users. Comprehensive wizards support modeling of business and structural models as well as planning structures in SQL Server.
Business departments can manage ongoing operations as well as build planning models, sub-budgets and budget templates on their own. With SpeedBase, evidanza can be used with any relational database, which serves as a data store to persist SpeedBase’s in-memory data (e.g., existing customer implementations use Microsoft, Oracle or SAP HANA). The cycle of data synchronization between SpeedBase and the relational database can be freely adjusted (e.g., batch, periodically). SpeedBase serves as an intermediate multidimensional layer that can be modeled by business users if desired (e.g., new cubes, dimensions, measures) and is optimized for parallel database access by many users for the specific case of data collection (multi-user storage optimization).
The vendor’s multi-client strategy offers different ways to access the solution – including desktop, browser, tablets, ERP systems and SharePoint. Recently, the licensing model has been divided into four modules (e.g., planning and BI users) to allow customers to flexibly design their user model according to current needs.
User & Use Cases
Besides planning, customers mainly use evidanza for ad hoc query and reporting (97 percent), standard/enterprise reporting (91 percent), basic data analysis (74 percent) and dashboards/scorecards (69 percent). 67 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis and 52 percent for financial consolidation in the future. evidanza targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 77 percent of our sample of evidanza customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 65 users (with 15 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 103 users (33 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations. Just 32 percent of evidanza users are planning users – well below the survey average of 63 percent – reflecting the fact that evidanza is a planning tool but that it also provides strong BI functionality.
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