Acumatica vs. Catalyst, by EBM Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Acumatica
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Acumatica delivers a set of cloud-based business software applications with dashboards, reporting tools, integrated document management, centralized security, and customization tools.
$1,000
per year
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Catalyst from EBM Software in Minneapolis is a cloud-based business performance application suite, designed to provide an environment and workflow for understanding business profitability.N/A
Pricing
AcumaticaCatalyst, by EBM Software
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AcumaticaCatalyst, by EBM Software
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsPricing is always consumption-based with no five-year lock-ins or termination penalties. The Acumatica ERP pricing structure allows adding casual users, suppliers, and customers without paying for additional licenses. The cost is based on the features and resources utilized, not on the number of users who access the system. An Acumatica partner works with users to understand specific requirements, determine the proper resources and modules for the company, and presents a price for the license.Flexible and tiered pricing structures available - monthly, 1-3-5- contracts, and more
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AcumaticaCatalyst, by EBM Software
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Features
AcumaticaCatalyst, by EBM Software
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.6
56 Ratings
17% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Pay calculation7.849 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.034 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.245 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.5
161 Ratings
15% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
API for custom integration8.6149 Ratings00 Ratings
Plug-ins8.4145 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.6
200 Ratings
5% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Single sign-on capability8.8161 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.5197 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.4
206 Ratings
18% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
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Ratings
Dashboards8.6194 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports8.1203 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.4198 Ratings00 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.9
431 Ratings
15% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Accounts payable8.7420 Ratings00 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.6327 Ratings00 Ratings
Global Financial Support8.1115 Ratings00 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers8.6164 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.7313 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.6189 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes8.6204 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.5
259 Ratings
7% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Inventory tracking8.4255 Ratings00 Ratings
Automatic reordering7.6108 Ratings00 Ratings
Location management8.6138 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.8
267 Ratings
12% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Pricing8.2234 Ratings00 Ratings
Order entry8.7239 Ratings00 Ratings
Credit card processing8.5162 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost of goods sold8.3224 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Orchestration8.0107 Ratings00 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.9
299 Ratings
18% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Billing Management8.7169 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management8.6276 Ratings00 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management7.9122 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting8.9126 Ratings00 Ratings
Period Close8.8180 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
9.9
4 Ratings
26% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Budgeting and Forecasting9.64 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Costing9.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost Capture9.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Capital Project Management10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition9.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.2
88 Ratings
17% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Project Planning and Scheduling8.481 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers8.479 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality8.167 Ratings00 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools8.742 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.2
31 Ratings
8% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Award Lifecycle Management8.731 Ratings00 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
7.7
169 Ratings
10% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Bids Analyzed and Compared8.447 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Authoring8.830 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated8.1139 Ratings00 Ratings
Supplier Management8.172 Ratings00 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.7
48 Ratings
28% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Risk Repository8.736 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Management8.740 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments8.837 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue Detection8.739 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification8.732 Ratings00 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.7
68 Ratings
23% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Transportation Planning and Optimization7.149 Ratings00 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management7.946 Ratings00 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management7.238 Ratings00 Ratings
Fulfillment Management8.254 Ratings00 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management7.650 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
9.0
74 Ratings
17% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Production Process Design7.962 Ratings00 Ratings
Production Management8.169 Ratings00 Ratings
Configuration Management8.463 Ratings00 Ratings
Work Execution8.655 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs8.265 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.3
87 Ratings
12% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Forecasting7.576 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Planning7.881 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Monitoring7.871 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.7
49 Ratings
17% above category average
Catalyst, by EBM Software
-
Ratings
Proposal Management8.840 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management8.447 Ratings00 Ratings
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.1
2 Ratings
16% below category average
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
2 Ratings
8% below category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
2% below category average
Publish to PDF00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
9% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
4% below category average
Long-term financial planning00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Financial budgeting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Forecasting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Scenario modeling00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Management reporting00 Ratings8.92 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
1 Ratings
12% below category average
Financial data consolidation00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Journal entries and reports00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Multi-currency management00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Minority Ownership00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
1 Ratings
3% below category average
Financial Statement Reporting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Management Reporting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
2 Ratings
11% below category average
Personalized dashboards00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
KPIs00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
-
Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
2 Ratings
13% below category average
Flat file integration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Excel data integration00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
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User Ratings
AcumaticaCatalyst, by EBM Software
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(476 ratings)
7.9
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.5
(17 ratings)
8.8
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
6.5
(13 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.5
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AcumaticaCatalyst, by EBM Software
Likelihood to Recommend
Acumatica
I think it's well-suited for most businesses. It just depends on the business and some specifics. It's hard to generalize or say it's good or not good based on that. But I think overall I think it fits most problems out of the box.
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EBM Software
[Catalyst, by EBM Software] is well suited to track invoices from vendors to get them paid on time to avoid late fees. [Catalyst, by EBM Software] is less appropriate when paying vendor because that is not a function they currently have. If the system was an all in one system that could track and pay your invoices it would be an amazing software.
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Pros
Acumatica
  • Streamlines our processes and simplifies our systems. Previously, we had to manage two software systems to handle an order and get it out the door with proper shipping documentation. Now, we were able to deploy the shipping document creation inline with the sales order process and streamline our process. This allows us to save about $3K a year just on time savings alone (in creating shipping documentation). This was a nice win for us for this project.
  • Financial Reporting is simplified and flexible for our needs. We are estimating a time savings of around $14.5K per year in time spent creating reports through manual manipulation. The reporting capabilities are much more flexible and allow for greater visibility than our previous ERP.
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EBM Software
  • The GUI is easy to navigate on the iPad mini, which we use for charting.
  • The options are simple so there is very little room for mistakes.
  • Charting is easy and the setup allows for necessary fields that must be completed so charting stays uniform.
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Cons
Acumatica
  • One of the things I think that's not standard is that when you're reviewing on the app, if you're trying to review as an invoice approver, you can't see the actual GL account numbers that it's going to, which kind of defeats the purpose and being able to approve because you want to make sure it's going to the right place. So that's one of the things. I also think some of the standard reports could use a little sprucing up. The fixed asset reports are very great if you want to know the total depreciation for the month, but not much else. So I have trouble trying to look at beginning adjustment and end on some of the reports that came standard with it.
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EBM Software
  • The browser closes unexpectedly at times when refreshing the page and you get logged out
  • The incorrect vendor is chosen by Catalyst a few times
  • The Catalyst file is occasionally not placed on time in the folder
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Likelihood to Renew
Acumatica
We aren’t going to switch at this point! It’s a great system and we are looking forward to realizing the full potential of the system once we can find a VAR who has a bench that can support us.
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EBM Software
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Usability
Acumatica
Most "things" are intuitive which makes the software nice. A few other "things" make no sense and come from a programmers mind, not a users experience.
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EBM Software
Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
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Performance
Acumatica
there have been some performance issues
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EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Acumatica
We used Acumatica Support directly for the first year or so. Overall it's pretty good, but sometimes the support staff wasn't educated on the customizations we had, nor was I as the Customer as I couldn't remember which things were customized and which things were out of the box, so when there was an error, there were some misunderstandings.
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EBM Software
The support for Catalyst is great and they are usually within the 48 hour response time. There could be a little quicker upload time for invoices that are submitted. They usually show up until the next day on the system and sometimes gives us a stress on time. Overall, the support is quite good
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Implementation Rating
Acumatica
I'd say the partner selection is critically important. I think the software is very easy to implement. It's very customizable to your business. Finding a partner that will work with you to understand your business and your needs is the critical piece to make sure that the system goes along with it.
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EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Acumatica
Well, we decided to go with Acumatica and I believe it was a really good decision. The VAR was a big part of that as well because of their insights and knowledge, but I just felt Acumatica was the right fit for us in size and it had the capabilities we needed, but it also wasn't overkill.
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EBM Software
[Catalyst, by EBM Software] is a very easy system to use and is very user friendly. It gives you different ways of researching an invoice and not just one. Catalyst also helps to allow us to research an invoice within seconds and eliminates a lengthy and confusing process. It is a great software for first time users to learn quickly and efficiently.
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Return on Investment
Acumatica
  • So far? It's had a negative effect on our ROI because it's an extremely expensive system and we're having a hard time getting it to function in all areas of the company. And we're a very small company, so we thought this would go a whole lot faster. The transition and errors we are experiencing have affected our customers with taxes and discounts (and not applying tax-exempt codes when they're entered) and other such basic financial functions. So far, we've had some really negative challenges, but we're optimistic that these will get worked out in the near future and we will realize an ROI (ROVI - return on VERY LARGE investment).
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EBM Software
  • Catalyst is better than pencil and paper data analysis. But the app can be very frustrating when it's not working the way it did last week.
  • The GUI is very simple. Sometimes too simple, like there is no way to go back in and edit SOAP note options.
  • New feature roll-outs are mandatory. I understand that no one would opt in to being the guinea pig, but it would be nice if you weren't the first user to try it.
  • The integration with billing software has streamlined the billing notes and saved us money over having two separate systems.
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ScreenShots

Acumatica Screenshots

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