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Likelihood to Recommend

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

It is well suited for mid-size companies to have a budgeting, forecasting, and reporting platform. The system needs data and someone to maintain it so it would not be well suited for a small company or one without a dedicated finance team.
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Looker

When focus is on understanding, playing, discovery and standard reporting needs, Looker is a very interesting tool to use. When done right, you can go up and down, back and forth in your data, link different "looks" or dashboards together and very interestingly, you can define what happens (i.e. is shown) when users drill down on a certain metric. With teams of analysts in place, a shared LookML, version controlled repository will help to keep data models right and in sync - no more 20 different versions of an Excel file or such.After all, the Looker UI is very simple to use, simpler than Excel, Tableau, Qlik etc. For the most fancy visualisations or complex reports I'd rather choose other software as of now. However, becoming data-driven and using data to generate the best insights possible is key here - this is definitely not mainly achieved by visualisations (partly also because it requires more time / resources to do it right than most companies have available). It's not entirely well suited for very small companies due to its pricing structure, but that applies to many others in the field as well, that also target mid sized to large companies.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.3
Looker
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
7.2
Customizable dashboards
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
10.0
Looker
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
7.9
Drill-down analysis
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.0
Looker
7.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
7.8
Publish to PDF
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
8.1
Report Versioning
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
7.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
8.2
Publish to Web
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
Looker
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.7
Looker
6.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.0
Looker
7.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
7.7
Predictive Analytics
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
4.6

Access Control and Security

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
9.1
Role-Based Security Model
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
Looker
6.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
7.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
5.0
Dedicated Android Application
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
10.0
Looker
7.1

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
Looker
Long-term financial planning
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.8
Looker
Financial budgeting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.7
Looker
Forecasting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
9.0
Looker
Scenario modeling
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker
Management reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.0
Looker

Consolidation and Close

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.5
Looker
Financial data consolidation
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.9
Looker
Journal entries and reports
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
5.7
Looker
Multi-currency management
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.4
Looker
Intercompany Eliminations
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.6
Looker
Minority Ownership
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.9
Looker
Local and consolidated reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.2
Looker
Detailed Audit Trails
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.5
Looker

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.1
Looker
Financial Statement Reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.9
Looker
Management Reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.4
Looker
Excel-based Reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.2
Looker
Automated board and financial reporting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.3
Looker
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.8
Looker

Analytics

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.5
Looker
Personalized dashboards
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.3
Looker
Color-coded scorecards
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
6.8
Looker
KPIs
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.8
Looker
Cost and profitability analysis
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.9
Looker
Key Performance Indicator setting
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.8
Looker
Benchmarking with external data
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
7.3
Looker

Integration

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.4
Looker
Flat file integration
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.1
Looker
Excel data integration
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.6
Looker
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
8.6
Looker

Pros

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

  • Web-based system which eliminates the need to purchase new software. System is accessible anywhere as long as there is internet access.
  • Its features provide for good planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • The ability to create customized reports is a very nice touch - we are able to share this across our organization.
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Looker

  • Enables simple sharing of reports and data views throughout the ogranization.
  • Allows for immediate on-demand querying of the data warehouse without direct access to the data warehouse of knowledge of SQL.
  • Provides the ability to embed data modeling rules into the platform to make sure that "Revenue" (as an example) means the same thing to every person and is calculated with consistent logic every time.
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Cons

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

  • On the Infographics page, I would love to see a thumbnail of the infographic before clicking on it. In general, I love that when you hover over a box, you get a more detailed description, but I would also love the ability to hover and then click to see a thumbnail before opening the full page.
  • Similarly, I think the Videos page should have the length of each video somewhere on the squares. This would help people judge how much time they would need to watch each one all the way through, and be able to make an informed decision about how many they could watch in between meetings.
  • There is no free text search bar.
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Looker

  • Looker's visualization options are continually improving and will be better in the near-future, but most standard visualizations are available
  • Looker is constrained by the functions that your flavor of SQL provides, so make sure you choose wisely when building your data warehouse
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Likelihood to Renew

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 8.6
Based on 32 answers
We just recently renewed our contract and I wouldn't hesitate to renew again. First, Adaptive as a company has a great customer-first attitude and they're great to work with. Their customer service team is fantastic. Second, they are constantly trying to improve the product and make it better, but not losing sight of what we really need. Also, the longer you use the product the more it is filled with priceless data all in one spot with instant access to report on and dig into.
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Looker

Looker 9.0
Based on 4 answers
We've been very happy with Looker so far, and all teams in the organization are starting to see its value, and use it on a frequent basis. It has quickly become our accessible "source of truth" for all data/metrics.
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Usability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 7.5
Based on 76 answers
The Adaptive Suite is well-rounded. We love the add-on OfficeConnect because it allows us to quickly pull data from Adaptive in a report format. Once you set up the OfficeConnect, it's as easy as pushing a button to re-run. This has been especially helpful for month-end reporting and reconciling data in the Budget.
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Looker

No score
No answers yet
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Reliability and Availability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 9.1
Based on 9 answers
It's never been out of action when we've needed to use it.
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Looker

No score
No answers yet
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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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Looker

No score
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Support

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 6.8
Based on 11 answers
Support questions are always answered quickly.
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Looker

Looker 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I can get responses to questions in minutes through their in-app chat feature. They have provided 6 months of LookML training to our analytics team, with weekly calls. They also provided in-office business user training for our entire organization
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Online Training

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 8.2
Based on 6 answers
Training receives the highest rating due to the availability of Webex training from an expert at Adaptive, with several sessions tailored to specific features including personnel, capital, formulas, reporting, etc
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Looker

No score
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Implementation

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 8.2
Based on 13 answers
Although having a set of spreadsheet and workbooks helps to define the logic and processes, preparing a requirements document is also an important element in a successful implementation. In addition, dedicating a knowledgeable user as part of the "Scrum" development allows focus and permits the implementation to proceed without time loss and promotes knowledge transfer. Finally, having an onsite developer speeds the process and can reduce the overall cost as well.
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Looker

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Alternatives Considered

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

We did not go through a full-blown software selection process, nor have I used other products in the past. Previous to Adaptive, we used Management Reporter (formerly FRx, now part of Microsoft Dynamics GP) for our financial statements, and Excel for our budgeting. Adaptive is far superior to either of those.We pursued Adaptive mainly through word of mouth. When discussing the availability of products with other accounting professionals, it was clear Adaptive was becoming the industry leader for our company size. We had a demo of the product presented by them. Since we liked it so much, we decided to go with them even though we had not reviewed other products.
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Looker

Looker is much more suited for integration with DataBases and basic transformation of data as the previous layer to visualization. Also, is much for flexible to customize dashboards with filters, custom dimensions/metrics, and visualization formats.
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Scalability

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company 9.1
Based on 7 answers
Adaptive is the leader and is very progressive with the product improvements that they provide.
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Looker

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Return on Investment

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company

  • The most positive impact has been on time. While it took some time to get things set up correctly, once we did, we were able to report results very quickly.
  • The budgeting process has gone much more quickly.
  • What-if scenarios are a little trickier. There are multiple ways you can do it. We have chosen to use assumptions for percentages and then copy the original version to a "what-if" version and change the assumption it is pointing to. However, this is a bit clunky.
  • Month-end reporting is getting faster and faster the more we automate through Adaptive.
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Looker

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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
1.  per seat, per installation
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Looker

General

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

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