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Score 7.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    71%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    2 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    2 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    77%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    2 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    79%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    2 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    77%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Access Control and Security

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    80%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    80%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    80%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Long-term financial planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Financial budgeting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Scenario modeling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Management reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    2 Ratings

    Consolidation and Close

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.2

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    72%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Financial data consolidation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Journal entries and reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Multi-currency management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Intercompany Eliminations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Minority Ownership

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Local and consolidated reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Financial Reporting and Compliance

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    80%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Financial Statement Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Management Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Excel-based Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Automated board and financial reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Analytics and Reporting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.2

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    72%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Personalized dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    2 Ratings

    Color-coded scorecards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    KPIs

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Cost and profitability analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Key Performance Indicator setting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Benchmarking with external data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Integration

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    74%
    Catalyst, by EBM Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Flat file integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Excel data integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    2 Ratings

    Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Planning Maestro is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Planning Maestro

    90%
    1 Rating
    7.9

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    79%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    88%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7

    Catalyst, by EBM Software

    77%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Centage

    Personally, I was always very satisfied with the Budget Maestro product and platform. I used Hyperion Essbase in my prior company and felt Analytics Maestro had very similar capabilities and features which made learning the product very easy. The ongoing support has been tremendous and this is an area I find many competitors in the marketplace to have room for improvement.
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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

    Centage

    • Analytics Maestro Platform adds tremendous value.
    • Newer version offering is cloud based which adds value on size constraints.
    • Customer support has always been extremely supportive and timely on responses.
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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

    Centage

    • Took some time to roll out the cloud-based solution.
    • The older version (not cloud-based) we used took about an hour to refresh after data load.
    • The older version did take some time learning how to use the product to its fullest capabilities.
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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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    Pricing Details

    Planning Maestro

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Planning Maestro editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Catalyst, by EBM Software

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Catalyst, by EBM Software editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        Optional

        Additional Details

        Flexible and tiered pricing structures available - monthly, 1-3-5- contracts, and more

        Usability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        EBM Software

        Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
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        Support Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Alternatives Considered

        Centage

        Our company evaluated 6 product offerings in the market place a year ago and felt Budget Maestro and Vena offered the largest return on our investment at their price points. We have always been very satisfied with the product and its customer service. Since we have grown over 600% over 4 years, many of the new layers of management used other products in prior careers and we are currently at a point where the entire organization may be transitioning to an ERP solution to manage all finance and accounting functions. I would always recommend Budget Maestro as a great budgeting and analytical tool for FP&A teams as we were able to accomplish a high amount of monthly reports with a small team over the years.
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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

        Centage

        • We were a very small company growing by acquisition so it worked well during these phases of our company growth.
        • The return for our cost was tremendous especially in comparison to peers in the market.
        • Analytics Maestro allowed us to grow without adding headcount by building efficient reports that can easily be mass-produced for all branches within our organization.
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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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