IBM Planning Analytics

IBM Planning Analytics (formerly TM1) is essentially a high-performance, multidimensional in-memory database for planning and analysis. The solution, which uses Excel as its main front end, offers capabilities for creating content (e.g., modeling, templates) in Excel and publishing it to the web. The product is a development environment targeted at power users that, like Excel, is initially open for all kinds of applications (planning, analysis, strategy management).

IBM is one of the world’s largest vendors of IT hardware, software and services. The company has a global workforce of approximately 380,000 employees and is active in over 170 countries. In 2007, IBM purchased the Canadian software vendor Cognos for about $5 billion (including Planning Analytics, formerly TM1) to become the center of its future BI product portfolio.

IBM offers a comprehensive portfolio of on-premises and cloud BI, performance management (planning, consolidation, disclosure management) and advanced analytics solutions. The core offering consists of IBM’s Analytics portfolio, Planning Analytics and SPSS.

Planning Analytics (based on IBM TM1) – IBM’s strategic planning product – is a core element in IBM’s performance management portfolio and has been on the market since the 1980s. Cognos acquired the product as part of its takeover of Applix shortly before Cognos itself was purchased by IBM. Due to Planning Analytics’ rich functionality for planning and OLAP analysis, and its in-memory technology, the product plays a strategic role for IBM.

Planning Analytics is a development environment targeted at power users that, like Excel, is initially open for all kinds of applications (planning, analysis, strategy management). Therefore it has no dominant focus on particular topics and only a little predefined business content is available with the product.

Planning Analytics is based on a classical, three-tier client-server architecture that consists of a database, application server and front ends. All components use the multidimensional database for data storage. The data is stored centrally in the memory of the OLAP server.

User & Use Cases

Customers mainly use IBM Planning Analytics today for budgeting/planning (87 percent), ad hoc query (83 percent) and standard/enterprise reporting (80 percent). 53 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. IBM targets large corporations and mid-sized companies across all industries. 83 percent of our sample of Planning Analytics customers come from large corporations (more than 2,500 employees) with a median of 187 users, but the mean of 807 users indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations. Planning Analytics is geared to business power users with broad functionality for various CPM and BI tasks. Typical tasks carried out with Planning Analytics by business power users include viewing, navigating, exploring/analyzing data and creating reports, which demonstrates the feature-richness of the product. Customers achieve an average of 4 percent usage penetration among all employees (compared to the survey average of 18 percent). This indicates that the product is focused more on trained power users than the majority of employees

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IBM Planning Analytics

Peer Groups Ad hoc reporting-focused products, Integrated performance management products, Large international BI vendors, OLAP analysis-focused products
Number of responses30
ProductPlanning Analytics (formerly IBM TM1)
OfficesGlobal offices in more than 170 countries worldwide
Employees> 380,000
Revenues (2018)$ 79.6 billion