IBM Planning Analytics
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. At the end of 2007, IBM purchased the software vendor Cognos for about $5 billion to extend its existing business intelligence product portfolio.
IBM offers a comprehensive portfolio of business intelligence, performance management and advanced analytics solutions including IBM Planning Analytics (formerly IBM Cognos TM1), the vendor’s strategic planning product, which is available on-premises or in the cloud.
IBM Planning Analytics (previously TM1) has been on the market since the early 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 analysis and planning, and its in-memory technology, the product plays a strategic role for IBM. It is essentially a high-performance, multidimensional in-memory database for planning and (OLAP) analysis. Planning Analytics is targeted at power users who build individual planning and analysis applications based on the in-memory database. The solution offers Web and Excel front ends and has capabilities for publishing content on the Web.
Planning Analytics is used by enterprises of all sizes and industry sectors. The product is suitable for creating data entry screens for multiple sub-budgets, consolidating their results, and running simple to highly complex calculations. Hundreds of solutions – from small-scale departmental tools to installations with thousands of users – have been implemented worldwide. Resources and expertise for Planning Analytics are widespread.
User & Use Cases
Besides planning, Planning Analytics’ main use case, customers mostly use the product for ad hoc query, basic data analysis (typically OLAP analysis), and standard/enterprise reporting. Advanced analysis and dashboards/scorecards are planned use cases for a third of survey respondents.
IBM targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. Nearly 60 percent of our sample of IBM customers come from large corporations (with more than 2,500 employees) with a median of 100 users (with 50 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 473 users (275 for planning) indicates there are also some much larger implementations.
69 percent of IBM users are planning users – compared to the survey average of 60 percent – reflecting the fact that Planning Analytics is more a planning tool than a BI tool.
Current vs. planned use (besides planning)
Percentage of employees using IBM Planning Analytics
Planning users (as a percentage of all users)
Total number of users per company
Planning users per company
Company size (number of employees)