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Likelihood to Recommend

BlackLine

Blackline is an excellent tool for balance sheet reconciliations and month-end close tasks. If you need to get control of your financial close processes, implementing the tool is a great start. It can do it. The variable is company and staff adoption. The other great thing about the tool is the organization supporting it. Blackline organization does a fantastic job in the following ways: (1) Asking for feedback on how the tool can be improved (2) Hosting free webinars/workshops giving novice and expert users and admins the opportunity to increase their competence and, ultimately, customer effectiveness (3) Experts from the salesperson who sold the solution, to the implementer, to Blackline Support....they all know what they are talking about....true SMEs (4) A 9 rating from me has to be earned and Blackline does the job. A solid tool for a fluid business world!
Kelly Singletary, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

It is well suited in a geographically distributed environment where you have various key participants in multiple time zones providing input and necessary explanations on performance and measured successIt is less appropriate where you have a single office environment with a single finance department working together.It is also less suited when the GL is NOT an Oracle product and the interface between the GL and the reporting software needs to be implemented with utmost care and handling.
Vishal Shivdasani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
5.7
Pixel Perfect reports
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.1
Customizable dashboards
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
4.5
Report Formatting Templates
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
4.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.8
Drill-down analysis
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.0
Formatting capabilities
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.6
Report sharing and collaboration
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.8
Publish to Web
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.7
Publish to PDF
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.7
Report Versioning
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
5.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
6.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
6.8
Predictive Analytics
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
5.1

Access Control and Security

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
7.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
6.2
Dedicated Android Application
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.2

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.6
Long-term financial planning
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.2
Financial budgeting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.0
Forecasting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.0
Scenario modeling
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.5
Management reporting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.2

Consolidation and Close

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Financial data consolidation
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.2
Journal entries and reports
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.2
Multi-currency management
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.7
Intercompany Eliminations
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Minority Ownership
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.8
Local and consolidated reporting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.1
Detailed Audit Trails
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.1

Financial Reporting and Compliance

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.3
Financial Statement Reporting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Management Reporting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.0
Excel-based Reporting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.3
Automated board and financial reporting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.0
XBRL support for regulatory filing
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.4

Analytics

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
7.7
Personalized dashboards
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.2
Color-coded scorecards
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
7.6
KPIs
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
7.4
Cost and profitability analysis
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
6.7
Key Performance Indicator setting
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.2
Benchmarking with external data
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.3

Integration

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.5
Flat file integration
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.8
Excel data integration
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.9
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
7.9

Pros

BlackLine

  • Integrated reporting features are extremely helpful to do quick and customized analysis
  • Visibility to task and process status across the organization allows us to identify and focus on our biggest pain points and areas of improvement
  • Near seamless integration with existing reporting software and ERP systems makes it easier to use real-time data rather than waiting on periodic reports and processes to analyze data
David Tilton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

  • Account Reconciliation CLoud Services provides tight integration with Oracle R12 and 11i . Provides drillback capability. It is flexible and provides rich functionality to users.
  • We have implemented ARCS on cloud and migrated planning and budgeting from On premise to PBCS and EPBCS. Functionality is onpar with onpremise. Provides regular updates monthly
  • We don't need to upgrades every year and saved a lot on Hardware.
Raju Aenike | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BlackLine

  • The User Interface is clunky and strange to navigate. It's fluid somehow at the same time. Perhaps organization efforts would help.
  • Their Support organization could use training. I've had too many frustrating conversations because of (or about) basic communication skills. They're all very polite, in my experience, but lacking in basics (e.g. come prepared to a meeting/call). I've explicitly and constructively shared this with them with almost no change.
Joshua Henke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

  • The limitation of constrained out of the box dimensions that requires ripping the initial implementation to add the new dimensions is a major drawback.
  • Smartview interface is cumbersome for many.
  • The only financial adapter is available for integration for other modules we have to go with file-based uploads which is cumbersome and not real-time.
  • It is very costly in terms of licensing unlike other Oracle products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.0
Based on 8 answers
  • To continue to enjoy and leverage on the automation functionalities BlackLine offers for this process.
  • Make more gains on running this process efficiently and keep our Finance Teams on high-end value addition projects
  • With a foreseeable increase in transaction volumes when activities pick up, we need a tool we can really on to handle the volume
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 9.0
Based on 3 answers
We have a pretty good userbase who are at the high level who gained value from this tool. Discontinuing this tool is prone to impact their day to day operations. Also the data in this tool cannot alter the source, which maintains the integrity of this tool. Smartview is a cool addition that gained lot of traction as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.8
Based on 47 answers
There are some processes that we currently use that cannot be done in BlackLine. Our users don't want to change their processes or learn new processes even though it would make their jobs easier. We have very few users who have adopted BlackLine fully, and management has not made it a requirement to use the application.
Jennifer Nicholoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 8.0
Based on 1 answer
EPM usability is good in some modules but needs some improvement in others
Aissam Drai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 10.0
Based on 2 answers
EPM has been so far available all the time
Aissam Drai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The product performance is so far very good
Aissam Drai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.8
Based on 174 answers
When needed they are there. In 3 years we haven't needed much with regards to support after our implementation. That being said I feel scheduled consulting and personal reach outs would go a long way to helping support customers as new features and opportunities are pushed out.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 6.8
Based on 6 answers
Support from our implementation partner is a 10/10, but support from Oracle is awful. Case in point: recently over a 2-day period, there were a series of intermittent outages. Oracle actually asked US for the outage time-stamps. I would have thought that, since we were paying them, they should probably be able to tell us!
Greg Grey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Trainings are available for all topics on the BlackLine U portal. These were incredibly helpful when first starting with BlackLine to get the hang of it. Trainings are useful for any module. I have personally used this to teach myself how to use the tasks and variance modules, which are now fully utilized by my organization. The support team is also very helpful in training our team on anything additional we have needed.
Matt Gustus, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.1
Based on 6 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 8.2
Based on 32 answers
I suggest doubling the time to implement from the initial quote you get from the Sales team. That's always been the case for me for multiple EPMs now. The out-of-the-box functionality of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud is pretty robust so I appreciate that and it really helped us get the ball rolling quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

BlackLine

Blackline outperformed both FloQast and Vena in our RFP. The staff felt that Blackline was the most user-friendly. Both FloQast and Vena try to sell you on linking to already saved documents instead of saving documents onto their systems. They're both more of an Excel Add-On. We felt that Blackline allowed more flexibility and I actually like the idea of having support saved in the reconciliation system. Also, you don't necessarily need Excel experience to use it and we have some staff (non-accountants) that we wanted to use the system to track grants, claim submission due dates, etc., not related to month-end close. These staff members easily grasped Blackline but struggled with Vena and FloQast.
Anitra Myrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

The cloud is the way technology is going, so we love migrating from on prem solutions to true cloud-based solutions such as Oracle Cloud EPM. It's very easy to use. We also felt comfortable choosing the solution when reading a previous review around the system being able to have one global plan and integration with other Oracle products for plans which reduces the manual effort of getting the data and activating information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle Cloud EPM 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The product is scalable
Aissam Drai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

BlackLine

  • Our organization manages our whole accounting and financial lifecycle in this one unified, secure, and efficient system, as well as easily receiving a wider picture of tasks and processes.
  • It completely automates our intercompany reconciliation and bank reconciliation process as well as eliminates the need for excel.
Brandon Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Cloud EPM

  • Significantly reduced the amount of money we spent for the maintenance of in-house hardware.
  • We now need less employees to manage the configurations of Oracle EPM Cloud.
  • There have been many time savings as a whole to apply to more productive causes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

BlackLine

General

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

Starting Price

BlackLine Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Oracle Cloud EPM

General

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

Starting Price

$250 per user/per month

Oracle Cloud EPM Editions & Modules

Edition
EPM Standard$2501
EPM Enterprise$5001
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing per user varies by component within the Oracle EPM Cloud solution. Please see pricing information for the EPM Cloud components on cloud.oracle.com or contact Oracle Sales at +1.800.633.0738.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BlackLine
9.1
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

BlackLine
9.0
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.0

Usability

BlackLine
8.8
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.0

Reliability and Availability

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
10.0

Performance

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
9.0

Support Rating

BlackLine
8.8
Oracle Cloud EPM
6.8

Online Training

BlackLine
9.0
Oracle Cloud EPM

Implementation Rating

BlackLine
9.1
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.2

Scalability

BlackLine
Oracle Cloud EPM
8.0

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