[The Planning Survey 21 results, not included in The Planning Survey 22] evidanza was established in 2004 as a software vendor developing its own analytics and planning solutions. The company is based in Salching, Germany, has about 45 employees and currently serves around 185 clients in mid-sized companies. The vendor has a network of national and international partners.
The product portfolio includes tools for analytics, planning and middleware solutions. The core product is a flexible platform with capabilities for building individual planning and analytics applications. With 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 and bottom-up planning including workflow and monitoring features. Furthermore, additional solutions for advanced and predictive analytics based on Python are available.
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 are relatively technical and typically require support from IT or tech-savvy business users. Wizards in evidanza 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).
Using SpeedBase, evidanza can integrate with Microsoft Power BI for planning scenarios. evidanza planning screens can be integrated in Power BI’s user interface at front-end level. At data level, planned figures in evidanza written back to SpeedBase are transferred to the Power BI data model and are therefore available in Power BI reports and analyses. Due to the vendor’s multi-client strategy, there are numerous additional ways to access evidanza besides Power BI – including desktop, browser, mobile, ERP systems and SharePoint.
User & Use Cases
Besides planning, customers mainly use evidanza for standard/enterprise reporting (97 percent), ad hoc query and reporting (93 percent), dashboards/scorecards (83 percent) and basic data analysis (71 percent). 59 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. evidanza targets mid-sized companies across all industries. 67 percent of our sample of evidanza customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 50 users (including 7 using planning functionality), but the mean of 102 users (35 for planning) indicates there are also several larger implementations. Just 29 percent of evidanza users are planning users – significantly below the survey average of 66 percent – reflecting the fact that evidanza is a planning tool but that it also provides strong BI and analytics functionality.
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