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.

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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.

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Summary of IBM Planning Analytics highlights

IBM achieves some outstanding results in this year’s Planning Survey. Excellent ratings in numerous important KPIs help to consolidate its position as a leading planning and analytics vendor.

Companies can benefit from using Planning Analytics in terms of increased transparency of planning, improved integration of planning with reporting/analysis, better quality of planning results, and more precise/detailed planning, factors which combine to lead to a better quality of planning results. 84 percent of respondents are somewhat or very satisfied with IBM, and 83 percent say they would probably or definitely recommend IBM to other companies.

With its flexible development environment approach, Planning Analytics offers considerable flexibility to users wanting to address various planning and analytics use cases on one integrated platform.

Customer Satisfaction - Top-ranked

Peer Group: Software generalists

Ease of Use - Top-ranked

Peer Group: Software generalists

Planning Functionality - Top-ranked

Peer Group: Software generalists

User Experience - Top-ranked

Peer Group: Software generalists

Business Value - Top-ranked

Peer Group: Software generalists

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IBM Planning Analytics

Peer Groups Development-oriented planning solutions, Global vendors, Software generalists
Number of responses175
OfficesOffices in more than 170 countries
Revenues (2016)$ 79,9 billion

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Quotes from the Planning Survey 17

Planning Analytics is a scalable planning and analysis product used in thousands of implementations worldwide, from small-scale departmental scenarios with just a few users and small data volumes to installations with thousands of users.
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The results of this year’s Planning Survey prove that IBM creates real business value for customers. Business benefits like increased transparency of planning, improved integration of planning with reporting/analysis, better quality of planning results, and more precise/detailed planning are regularly achieved with Planning Analytics.
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With its Excel user interface, customers confirm that Planning Analytics is easy to use compared to other software generalist’s tools. As a result, IBM is top-ranked for ease of use in the ‘Software Generalists’ peer group.
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Planning Analytics is a flexible planning and analysis product that can be used to address various use cases in any industry. This flexibility coupled with easy-to-use functionality clearly convinces customers.
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‘Customer satisfaction’ combines the ‘Price-to-value’, ‘Product satisfaction’, ‘Vendor support’, ‘Implementer support’ and ‘Recommendation’ KPIs. Good results in nearly all of these KPIs in the ‘Software Generalists’ peer group place IBM comfortably ahead of its rivals for ‘Customer satisfaction’.
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