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Likelihood to Recommend

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights is well-suited for accommodating different areas within the organization that have different cost drivers and/or have different allocation needs. The capability to design planning sheets using the lookup values offers flexibility that was difficult to produce with confidence in our other planning tool. Using dimensions and attributes within our organization's design, allows the ability to dissect data in different ways and report in more flexible formats to meet user needs. In addition, the OfficeConnect plug-in with Adaptive offers expanded Board reporting capabilities where Adaptive Reporting may come up short. The Discovery Dashboard provides quick visuals for C-Suite on demand.
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BlackLine

BlackLine is well suited for an organization dealing with high volumes of data or with multiple divisions seeking for integrated reporting and more dynamic analysis and data tracking. It may not be as appropriate for smaller companies with manageable data requirements. Much of the functionality that BlackLine offers may be found as part of a company's existing software packages, though perhaps not with as much functionality or customizability.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.3
BlackLine
Pixel Perfect reports
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine
Customizable dashboards
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
10.0
BlackLine
Report Formatting Templates
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine

Ad-hoc Reporting

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Drill-down analysis
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine
Formatting capabilities
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.0
BlackLine
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Report sharing and collaboration
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine

Report Output and Scheduling

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Publish to PDF
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Report Versioning
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Report Delivery Scheduling
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine

Data Discovery and Visualization

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.7
BlackLine
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.0
BlackLine
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Predictive Analytics
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine

Access Control and Security

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine
Multi-User Support (named login)
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine
Role-Based Security Model
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
BlackLine

Mobile Capabilities

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
BlackLine
Responsive Design for Web Access
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Dedicated iOS Application
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Dedicated Android Application
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
10.0
BlackLine

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.2
BlackLine
Long-term financial planning
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.3
BlackLine
Financial budgeting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.7
BlackLine
Forecasting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.9
BlackLine
Scenario modeling
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.6
BlackLine
Management reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
BlackLine

Consolidation and Close

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.5
BlackLine
Financial data consolidation
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Journal entries and reports
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.0
BlackLine
Multi-currency management
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.2
BlackLine
Intercompany Eliminations
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.6
BlackLine
Minority Ownership
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.4
BlackLine
Local and consolidated reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.1
BlackLine
Detailed Audit Trails
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
BlackLine

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.7
BlackLine
Financial Statement Reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.8
BlackLine
Management Reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
BlackLine
Excel-based Reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.9
BlackLine
Automated board and financial reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.5
BlackLine
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.0
BlackLine

Analytics

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.2
BlackLine
Personalized dashboards
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.5
BlackLine
Color-coded scorecards
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.4
BlackLine
KPIs
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.2
BlackLine
Cost and profitability analysis
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.3
BlackLine
Key Performance Indicator setting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.1
BlackLine
Benchmarking with external data
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
5.7
BlackLine

Integration

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
BlackLine
Flat file integration
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.9
BlackLine
Excel data integration
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.1
BlackLine
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.1
BlackLine

Pros

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

  • I love how easy it is to track software and general amortizations in Adaptive. The software has been an issue with my past employers, but it flows very easily here in Adaptive.
  • We also use Adaptive's OfficeConnect for easy reporting. It has helped us automate our reporting as we work with internal departments. We have the reports built, and the software and can refresh all of them simultaneously, reducing generation time and giving us more time for analysis.
  • We are building out more operational metrics now. We are starting to track sales opportunities across different business segments to see the correlation between spending activities and opportunity generation. This helps us set better targets in the future. This paired with OfficeConnect also makes it very easy to track and report on operational metrics in addition to financial metrics.
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BlackLine

  • Task Management is straightforward. Ownership, review, and approval are straightforward and pretty easy to configure and follow.
  • Account Reconciliation works similarly. Supporting documents can be attached to a given rec to ease the audit. If balances change after approved, the approval is peeled back.
  • Integration with our financial system works seamlessly. Configured to run every 4 hours each day, it's helpful to know even when balances change, BlackLine is up-to-date.
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Cons

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

  • When trying to learn about a new feature or a feature I have not used previously it is sometimes difficult to find that information on the help section.
  • Adaptive can be deployed through consultants when they do not have specialized knowledge like higher education. This sometimes makes it difficult to determine who to contact when experiencing issues with the model after implementation.
  • You are limited to one master chart of accounts. When you have multiple businesses this can cause some difficulties that can be overcome, but takes additional thought and planning and can cause issues when making changes.
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BlackLine

  • Workflow tracking capability in the Compliance module.
  • The worksheet that is a UDF in the Compliance module could have better functionality. It doesn't have all the capabilities of true Excel, so we don't currently use it. It would be great if we could copy information (including formulas and formatting) into the worksheet.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 8.8
Based on 33 answers
The tools is powerful for planning and reporting purposes, but also very easy to use for non-financial end-users. Team members have expressed how happy they are with the application and the ability we've given them to make their work lives more efficient.
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BlackLine

BlackLine 8.6
Based on 6 answers
The Blackline team is very innovative and allows coming out with new releases and finding ways to keep up with technology. They really listen to their customers for product improvements.
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Usability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 7.3
Based on 78 answers
Menus are easy to navigate, sheets are straightforward and flexible and you can work on your budget/forecasts without being at the office. The cloud based system makes it easy for users to complete their processes offsite and without needing there work provided computer. Creating new reports using both the web based Adaptive tool and OfficeConnect is quite simple with very minimal training.
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BlackLine

BlackLine 9.1
Based on 3 answers
This product is so user friendly. The support staff is so easy to work back & forth with on the blackline community site. The journal module is very easy to master & start using immediately. The account recon module is as well and very user friendly. I would recommend this product to anyone
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Reliability and Availability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 9.1
Based on 9 answers
We can access Adaptive anytime 24/7 from any computer or laptop pc or Mac. They are committed to keep this product up to date and relevant
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BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Product performs well when making and saving changes and navigating between pages within the application
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BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 7.7
Based on 12 answers
Support requests are always handled promptly and resolved favourably.Many user support requests arise during initial deployment and use and often represent questions relating to best methods or how to approach their particular situation, which we gladly assist with as we provide the appropriate skills transfer training and assistance.As clients become more knowledgeable in working with the product suite then they tend not to ask many questions.
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BlackLine

BlackLine 8.0
Based on 65 answers
I have not had to use support directly outside of Blackline U and the community (which is very effective!). I have been told by our main administrator who directed the implementation that he is extremely pleased with the support provided - especially as compared to other companies we have support contracts with.
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Online Training

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 8.2
Based on 6 answers
Online webinars provided by Adaptive Insights gave me the opportunity to explore more features in AI and perform my tasks more efficiently.
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BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 8.5
Based on 14 answers
Be open to working up the plan in a way that leverages the power of the software.

Look to maximise the knowledge transfer early on - the software is very usable. You'll be able to maintain it yourself rather than being hooked to the partner
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BlackLine

BlackLine 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Change is something you deal with on any new implementation. Users were already experienced with SAP Gen template. This was a new way of doing things so education of everyone was critical to success. Selling folks on this was an easier way to do their job was the key to success
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Alternatives Considered

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

For us, it came down to Adaptive Insights and Host Analytics. The benefits seemed very comparable. We ultimately decided on Adaptive Insights because it cost less to implement and the time to implement was less compared to Host Analytics. We are VERY happy with our decision to go with Adaptive Insights.
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BlackLine

BlackLine showed a commitment to continuous innovation and improvement of their product. We are on this accounting transformation journey for the long-haul and we need a business partner that is committed to finding solutions to our problems - Including our problems today and our problems next year. BlackLine has a deep support team and an extensive online training resource that assists with onboarding.
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Scalability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 9.1
Based on 7 answers
Some aspects of the application are very scalable (formulae, metadata changes, adding/changing users, etc.) while others are less so (dashboards, data integration etc.)
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BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

  • We use Adaptive Planning as our main budgeting software. Adaptive is always releasing new features to improve the functionality, and this makes working it is much more efficient.
  • Adaptive has many resources to help you use Adaptive. However, not many answers can be found on Google.
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BlackLine

  • Transaction matching has had a positive impact on our cash account reconciliation. We are now able to reconcile the account within the closing cycle without additional overtime hours.
  • The task module has also increased visibility. It has allowed us the opportunity to move different tasks to earlier time frames helping spread out the work load.
  • The CIM module has decreased the preparation time by at least 50 percent. The control and reliability of the reconciliation has also been improved significantly.
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Pricing Details

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

* per seat, per installation

BlackLine

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.3
BlackLine
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.8
BlackLine
8.6

Usability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.3
BlackLine
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.1
BlackLine

Performance

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.1
BlackLine

Support

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.7
BlackLine
8.0

Online Training

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.2
BlackLine

Implementation

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
BlackLine
9.1

Scalability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.1
BlackLine

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