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Score 9.7 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro

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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by 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.
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
Customizable dashboards
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
Report Formatting Templates
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
Formatting capabilities
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.8
Publish to PDF
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Predictive Analytics
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Access Control and Security

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.9
Long-term financial planning
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Financial budgeting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Forecasting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Scenario modeling
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Management reporting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.6

Consolidation and Close

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
Financial data consolidation
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
9.0
Journal entries and reports
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multi-currency management
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
6.0
Intercompany Eliminations
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
5.0
Minority Ownership
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Local and consolidated reporting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Financial Statement Reporting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Management Reporting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
9.0
Excel-based Reporting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Automated board and financial reporting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Analytics

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
Personalized dashboards
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
Color-coded scorecards
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
6.0
KPIs
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Cost and profitability analysis
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Key Performance Indicator setting
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Benchmarking with external data
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0

Integration

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.6
Flat file integration
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Excel data integration
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4

Pros

Planning Maestro

  • 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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Planning Maestro

  • 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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by 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
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst, by EBM Software 8.1
Based on 2 answers
Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst, by EBM Software 6.7
Based on 2 answers
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
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Planning Maestro

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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by 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.
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Planning Maestro

  • 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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Planning Maestro

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Pricing Details

Planning Maestro

General

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.6

Usability

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.1

Support Rating

Planning Maestro
Catalyst, by EBM Software
6.7

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