IDL CPM Suite
IDL is a solutions partner offering business, methodological and technological competencies in all aspects of consolidation, planning, reporting and analysis. The company was founded in 1990 and currently employs about 120 people, based in its offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
IDL’s CPM suite includes modules for financial planning (IDL.FORECAST), operational planning, reporting and analysis (IDL.DESIGNER) and financial consolidation (IDL.KONSIS). It also has complementary products for annual reports, e-balance filings, XBRL reporting requirements in banks and structuring of raw data for analysis. IDL solutions can either run on-premises, as cloud services (Microsoft Azure) or as hybrid scenarios (a combination of both cloud and on-premises). According to its own accounts, 850 corporate groups currently use IDL solutions. If required, third-party products can be used to enhance IDL’s product portfolio (e.g., for ETL and operational planning). The vendor maintains a partnership with Cubeware (OEM products: IDL.IMPORTER, IDL.COCKPIT).
IDL.FORECAST is targeted at business departments, which often belong to a group of companies. Company-wide financial results plans (balance sheet, P&L, cash flow) at subsidiary or group level can be created using the product. Therefore, IDL.FORECAST provides a predefined financial (planning) data model with intertwined business rules, based on relational data storage. To address operational planning scenarios other than financial planning (e.g., sales or HR planning), IDL.FORECAST is complemented by IDL.DESIGNER. Operational plans, based on multidimensional databases (Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, IBM TM1), are integrated with financial plans at data level with predefined routines for data integration using ETL technologies that are available with the underlying databases (e.g., Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, IBM TM1 Turbo Integrator) or IDL.IMPORTER. Thanks to the tight integration of IDL.FORECAST with IDL.KONSIS, it is possible to immediately consolidate plan data (or actuals) also taking into account planned intercompany allocations.
Besides its functionality for operational planning, IDL.DESIGNER is a central component of the IDL reporting platform and rounds out the portfolio with user-friendly, web-based functions to create ad hoc reports, analyses and dashboards. Its modern tile interface and Windows look and feel provide a user-friendly environment for designing individual reports and analyses with custom layouts.
User & Use Cases
Besides planning, customers mainly use IDL for financial consolidation (87 percent), standard/enterprise reporting (67 percent) and ad hoc query and reporting (60 percent). 50 percent of survey respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. IDL targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 55 percent of our sample of IDL customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 28 users (with 10 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 57 users (34 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations. 59 percent of IDL users are planning users – just below the survey average of 63 percent – reflecting the fact that IDL is essentially a financial consolidation tool with complementary planning and BI functionality.
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