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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 6.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

BlackLine

BlackLine works very well for general ledger accounting teams to stay organized and meet all deadlines. Everyone's individual responsibilities are clearly defined by using this tool, and everyone is able to be held accountable for their work. It has been instrumental in process flow efficiency for our multi-national team working in different time zones. BlackLine is a tool that keeps everyone on the same page!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC is well suited for complex planning and consolidations needs where the underlying transactional system is SAP ECC. It suits well if the organization has separate teams with BPC, ABAP, BW, Basis, Hana skillset. SAP BPC is less appropriate for organizations using Agile methodology. It is not suitable for organizations in a hyper-growth cycle as the installation and implementation is time-consuming. It will not work for organizations where the planning and budgeting needs keep changing frequently. The UI of SAP BPC is not very intuitive and very difficult to set up a dynamic dashboard for senior executives and officials of CxO.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4
Long-term financial planning
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3
Financial budgeting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.8
Forecasting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.9
Scenario modeling
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.7
Management reporting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3

Consolidation and Close

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.6
Financial data consolidation
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.6
Journal entries and reports
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.7
Multi-currency management
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
10.0
Intercompany Eliminations
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.5
Minority Ownership
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.7
Local and consolidated reporting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.9
Detailed Audit Trails
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
6.1

Financial Reporting and Compliance

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.5
Financial Statement Reporting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3
Management Reporting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.4
Excel-based Reporting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
Automated board and financial reporting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.8

Analytics

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.7
Personalized dashboards
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.7
Color-coded scorecards
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
4.6
KPIs
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.2
Cost and profitability analysis
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.6
Key Performance Indicator setting
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
6.9
Benchmarking with external data
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
4.5

Integration

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.1
Flat file integration
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
Excel data integration
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.2
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.2

Pros

BlackLine

  • Improves performance on month-end related reconciliations.
  • A unified platform that is optimized across the Finance org providing visibility and provides a paperless and improved reconciliation process.
  • Great for transparency and visibility across the team
  • User-friendly interface that is easy to utilize
Desislava Abrasheva | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

  • SAP BPC is real time data. You can send information into the system and see it reflected in your reports immediately. Other systems may require a manual push into a reporting system.
  • SAP BPC is a shared reporting tool, so multiple users can be working in a model/environment at the same time, real time. This is especially helpful if your workbooks incorporated multiple processes requiring multiple users to get into the same model.
  • SAP BPC is a powerful tool designed to help all facets of the company, from cash flow to capital expenditures to headcount management to financial planning to consolidation.
Jeffrey Suk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BlackLine

  • Improve the customization of auto-certification timing.
  • It would be great to have a screen where a preparer and approver can see their workload without having to switch between roles.
  • Cases should be accessible to more users automatically, not just system admins.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

  • Being from a law firm, the system needed a lot of custom tailoring in order to fit our full needs (although many companies could say the same thing). Although the ability to highly customize the system to the company's needs is a positive, it frequently results in the system responding in unexplainable and unrepeatable ways which negatively impacts and slows the budget process. Because of the sporadic nature and variety of the issues, we are unable to repeat them on cue and therefore cannot nail down a solution.
Anthony DePasquale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.4
Based on 9 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

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Unlike other SAP traditional products, SAP BPC was meant to be simple and familiar to financial users
Juan Carlos Crespo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.8
Based on 174 answers
My conversations with vendor representatives and our account managers have all been very positive. They provide solution suggestions that are tailored to our organization and requirements. Questions are answered quickly. The company seems genuinely interested in seeing our organization succeed, not only in the implementation and use of their product but also financially.
David Tilton | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 7.0
Based on 2 answers
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP BPC training content and trainers are very good. The training is structured and provides a very good understanding of the product features and functionalities. I attended 6 separate training sessions of week-long or more. I had very good experience in all the sessions. The training is organized very well.
Anonymous | 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

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.9
Based on 7 answers
You will have to meet up with your final users, approver, internal auditor and accounting policy holder. Everyone has to agree. When you have a well written process, workflow, policy, approval requirement, and control, your implementation process will be much easier
S.Michelle Chan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
The implementation was carried out in two phases spread over a period of 4 years with 2 upgrades in between. We also had multiple upgrades to HANA.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

BlackLine

Excel is an extension of Accountants....we are comfortable with Excel and can adapt it for many activities such as balance sheet reconciliations and month-end close lists. For 20 years of my career, that's what the organizations I worked for used. So, when we were looking for a solution, we wanted something that was based in Excel. After we participated in a Blackline demonstration, we realized to be effective the platform didn't have to be Excel-based. We were confident all of Blackline's features (data importing, recon templates, matching, system certifications, etc.) could be more efficient, accurate, complete, and controllable than Excel or a solution where Excel is the tool's platform.
Kelly Singletary, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

With Hyperion we struggled as it didn’t have integrated planning and consolidation, whereas BPC does have it. BPC is easier for reporting as it is Excel-based. Also BPC has prepackaged business process flows that helped a lot. Hyperion on the other hand has a faster response time for user queries or report generation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

BlackLine

  • We were short-staffed by 3 full-time accounting positions compared to normal staffing levels. Due to the efficiencies from using Blackline we've been operating with 2 fewer senior accounting positions, which is saving us roughly $100k-$120k. We're not sure that we need to fill them now. I think that's a pretty good ROI.
Anitra Myrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

  • When originally implemented (as the predecessor product Outlooksoft) BPC took ASU from trying to budget and forecast for a 2B enterprise out of spreadsheets and into a far more consolidated tool. It has saved us considerable time over the years and paid for itself several times over.
  • BPC also allows us to present our budget in multiple different views to support management, board and departmental reporting.
Rebecca T Barber, MBA, PHD | 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

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

General

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

Starting Price

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BlackLine
9.1
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

BlackLine
9.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0

Usability

BlackLine
8.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Performance

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0

Support Rating

BlackLine
8.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0

In-Person Training

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Online Training

BlackLine
9.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Implementation Rating

BlackLine
9.9
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0

Scalability

BlackLine
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

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