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Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

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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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

[Planful] does well with entity consolidation and reporting. It is highly reliable and structured for multiple entities, currencies, and standard financial reporting. Additionally, it supports accounting functions with robust reporting and drill-through functionality. It does not require dedicated internal or external support. It is easily managed by in-house FP&A. However, it is not an ERP and may not work well in a manufacturing environment. [Planful] may not scale well to companies over $5B. It is not intended as a data warehouse.
Gaylord Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.7
Customizable dashboards
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.4
Report Formatting Templates
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.3
Publish to Web
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.9
Publish to PDF
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.8
Report Versioning
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.3

Access Control and Security

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.2
Role-Based Security Model
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.9

Mobile Capabilities

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.0

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.2
Long-term financial planning
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.1
Financial budgeting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.5
Forecasting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.9
Scenario modeling
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.1
Management reporting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.3

Consolidation and Close

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.0
Financial data consolidation
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.4
Journal entries and reports
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.0
Multi-currency management
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.9
Intercompany Eliminations
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.9
Minority Ownership
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.1
Local and consolidated reporting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.9
Detailed Audit Trails
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.6

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.7
Financial Statement Reporting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.2
Management Reporting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.5
Excel-based Reporting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.3
Automated board and financial reporting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.6
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1

Analytics

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.0
Personalized dashboards
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.3
Color-coded scorecards
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1
KPIs
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.5
Cost and profitability analysis
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.0
Key Performance Indicator setting
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.7
Benchmarking with external data
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
3.1

Integration

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.7
Flat file integration
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.6
Excel data integration
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.9
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.6

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

  • Reporting. Once data is correctly imported into the system, a user can slice and dice to create reports outlining anything they can dream. It really is super powerful, even with just the UI, though becomes more powerful when you utilise MDX formulas etc.
  • Consolidations. Often consolidation functionality in ERP systems is quite limited and depends on things such as the subsidiary structure, with Planful this restriction is not here and you are able to consolidate in many more ways, depending on needs.
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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

  • Dashboarding module did not offer great visualization.
  • Drilling through on actuals reports would be better if you could select multiple months at a time.
  • I wish you could customize the columns in HR planning and the changes would save from month to month.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 8.6
Based on 12 answers
We are in our 5th year using HA and have renewed our contract already. We went through a major ERP conversion last fiscal year and at that time reevaluated whether or now we would stay with Host or move to another system. Host is meeting our needs for forecast/budget/report/etc and does so at a reasonable price so we saw no need to move to another system.
Shane Riddle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 7.7
Based on 10 answers
For the most part, the system is extremely usable. The consolidation and reporting modules are straight-forward and easy to use as long as everything is set-up properly during implementation. The one module that can be somewhat difficult to use is the Workforce Planning module of Structured Planning. Additionally, the reports that come from Workforce Planning aren't as robust as we need them to be
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 6.5
Based on 16 answers
Everyone is very responsive and is willing to jump on a call to help. We set up weekly calls with our CFL representative during the first month of Go-Live. This really helped us solve problems before they got out of hand. When using the Community, I also see representatives on there answering questions
Lee Starr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 9.1
Based on 10 answers
After going through the initial implementation with Host Analytics and a re-implementation with Cervello (due to an ERP change, not due to a poor initial implementation), I've learned that you really must rely on your internal staff to bear most of the implementation burden. Use the vendor or partners for ideas and best-practice suggestions, and some of the easy-but-time-consuming work. Since you will ultimately be using and maintaining the application, you should be able to do most of it yourself.
Jarrod Lemon | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

I used Hyperion and Essbase in a former position, and when I was introduced to Planful (as Host Analytics), I was intrigued by the similarities to Essbase, but in the cloud. I could see the potential immediately, and it has improved continuously since implementation. I have never been more impressed by the genuine customer service provided by all of Planful's departments. I am also impressed with the online training resources and customer support, as well as the support of the Planful user community.
Janet Golla | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

  • Before we started using Planful/Host Analytics back in 2017, we forecasted our labor via a very large spreadsheet - very tedious for 400+ employees
  • Using Planful/Host Analytics definitely saves time every month and the errors are no longer made (like they were in Excel). If the info is good going in, the reports are good coming out!
  • Being able to quickly reload data (for different scenarios during budget season) gives our leadership team the tools they need to make good financial decisions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Planning Maestro

General

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

Planning Maestro Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

General

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) Editions & Modules

Modules
Host Analytics Planning
Host Analytics Consolidation
Host Analytics Modeling
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.6

Usability

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.7

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2

Support Rating

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.5

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.1

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