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9 Spokes

2 Ratings

9 Spokes

2 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Kepion Planning

2 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

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9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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Kepion Planning

The solution works extremely well for companies in complicated operations or with the ambition to forecast their operations on a driver based way or wanting to have the ability to create different scenarios based on external or internal drivers. It is a perfect piece of an existing analytical infrastructure (DWH/BI) lacking a planning solution on top.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Kepion Planning
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Kepion Planning

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Kepion Planning
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Kepion Planning

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Kepion Planning
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Kepion Planning

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Kepion Planning
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Kepion Planning

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Kepion Planning
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Kepion Planning
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Kepion Planning

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.7
Long-term financial planning
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.7
Financial budgeting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.2
Forecasting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.2
Scenario modeling
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.8
Management reporting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.5

Consolidation and Close

9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.4
Financial data consolidation
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.8
Journal entries and reports
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.8
Multi-currency management
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.2
Intercompany Eliminations
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.3
Minority Ownership
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.0
Local and consolidated reporting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.8
Detailed Audit Trails
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.6

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.8
Financial Statement Reporting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.6
Management Reporting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.5
Excel-based Reporting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.7
Automated board and financial reporting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.8
XBRL support for regulatory filing
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.5

Analytics

9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.4
Personalized dashboards
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.5
Color-coded scorecards
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.9
KPIs
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.9
Cost and profitability analysis
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.2
Key Performance Indicator setting
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
5.9
Benchmarking with external data
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
6.8

Integration

9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.4
Flat file integration
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
9.1
Excel data integration
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
8.7
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
9 Spokes
Kepion Planning
7.4

Pros

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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  • Customizable platform: Enables its users to handle just about any kind of budgeting scenarios tailored to each customer needs, whether based on drivers, allocations integrations with other systems (such as S&OP processes).
  • Easy integration with other systems: As data is stored within an MS SQL database it is very easy to integrate other applications with it for reporting, such as Tableau or PowerBI or from other downline systems such as S&OP.
  • Real-time: Enables the possibility to calculate bottom line results for all applications immediately allowing the possibility to calculate easily what-if scenarios.
  • Not stuck: within a single way of budgeting. as part of the beyond budgeting movement, companies have been creating a more driver-based high-level forecasting which is often a problem with specific budgeting systems that are locked within the P&L statement. Here you can make it as simple or as complicated as needed.
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Cons

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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  • Silverlight functionality is outdated which makes the front end solution a little bit old compared to latest UI. They will be tackling it in Q2 2018, but it leaves users wanting for more.
  • Reporting functionalities: Are not state of the art, we recommend users creating official reports within Kepion, but focusing on Tableau or PowerBI for reporting purposes as this is not and will never be Kepion strengths compared to the likes of Tableau.
  • Being customizable is great, however, the solution is not an out-of-the-box solution and does require a little integration to work. For smaller companies (under 5M USD) I would still recommend Excel.
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Support

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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Alternatives Considered

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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We are a Microsoft gold analytics partner. As such, we were looking for a Microsoft friendly solution which would fit into our analytics stack with Tableau on top. Kepion is a lightweight easy to use solution which integrates perfectly with the Microsoft framework. It is much easier to use and intuitive than the heavy Cognos and SAP/BO systems. However, if my existing infrastructure is Cognos, SAP or Oracle I would consider using that technology. For Microsoft SQL companies this is a great choice.
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Collaboration and Sharing

9 Spokes7.0
Based on 1 answer
Access control capabilities are OK. Ease of sharing is great because the app design is made special for that purpose. I haven't dove that far into the app enough to generate reports. Formatting is very flexible because 9 Spokes allows the user to customize how the info is displayed. Security or lack thereof is not a factor for me so I am unable to give feedback on security.
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Kepion Planning8.2
Based on 2 answers
Uses the MS SSAS security functionalities to control access to who does what and then has a second layer with dashboards. It works very well in doing this with both AD and Azure capabilities for connections
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Data Integration

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
I gave 9 Spokes a five because the range of data sources is minimal. Ease of merging data from disparate sources is pretty good for the ones they do support. I just want to have more apps available for arranging on their nice looking interface. Perhaps next year my review for 9 Spokes will be better than 5
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Kepion Planning8.7
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As Kepion uses a Microsoft SQL Server it's very easy to integrate other tools into it. You can paste from Excel or import CSV manually. It is perfect to read data in or export data from the tool.
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
9 Spokes Editions & Modules
9 Spokes
Additional Pricing Details
9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

Kepion Planning

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Kepion Planning Editions & Modules
Kepion Planning
On-premise Edition
On premise Install
$01
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SaaS Edition
Cloud Planning
$01
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Additional Pricing Details
Please contact us at sales@kepion.com for more details.