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Score 7.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Payroll Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    Sage 500

    74%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Pay calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Benefit plan administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Direct deposit files

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Salary revision and increment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Reimbursement management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Customization

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    4.5

    Sage 500

    45%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API for custom integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Plug-ins

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    2 Ratings

    Security

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    5.0

    Sage 500

    50%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Single sign-on capability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    2 Ratings

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Sage 500

    83%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    2 Ratings

    General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.6

    Sage 500

    66%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Accounts payable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Accounts receivable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Global Financial Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Intercompany Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Journals and Reconciliations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Enterprise Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Configurable Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Standardized Processes

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Inventory Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.5

    Sage 500

    65%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Inventory tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    Automatic reordering

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    2 Ratings

    Location management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Manufacturing module

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    2 Ratings

    Order Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Sage 500

    82%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Pricing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    1 Rating

    Order entry

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    1 Rating

    Credit card processing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    1 Rating

    Cost of goods sold

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    1 Rating

    Subledger and Financial Process

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    5.4

    Sage 500

    54%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Automated Invoice Processing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Shared Services Payments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Billings Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Customer Receipt Applications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Revenue Recognition

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Cash Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Asset Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Travel & Expense Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Period Close

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Transactions Tax

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Subledger Reconciliations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    3rd Party Accounting Systems

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Project Financial Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.9

    Sage 500

    69%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Budgeting and Forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating

    Project Costing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Cost Capture

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Capital Project Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Customer Invoicing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Customer Contract Compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Project Revenue Recognition

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Project Financial Performance Analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Project Financials Dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Real-time Financial Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Project Execution Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    4.5

    Sage 500

    45%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Project Manager Dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Resource Manager Dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Task Insight for Project Managers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Project Manager Mobile Functionality

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Team Member Task Collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Team Member Mobile Functionality

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Project Candidate Search

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Project Candidate Comparison and Analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Real-Time Project Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Absence Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Product Lifecycle Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Grants Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.5

    Sage 500

    75%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Award Lifecycle Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Spending Control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Indirect Cost Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Billing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Procurement

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.0

    Sage 500

    60%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 17/17 features

    Sourcing Team Collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Sourcing Analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Contract Authoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Contract Compliance Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Contract History

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Contract Renewal Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Contract Repository

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Contract Standardization and Enforcement

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Electronic Signatures

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Invoice Automated Matching

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Spend Compliance Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Supplier Assessment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Supplier Communication and Collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Supplier Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Risk Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    4.3

    Sage 500

    43%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Risk Repository

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Control Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Control Mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Control Efficiency Assessments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Automated Control Assessments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Assessment Capture

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Automatic Notification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Remediation and Certification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Supply Chain

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    1.3

    Sage 500

    13%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating

    Inventory Planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Performance Monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating

    Product Lifecycle Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    5.3

    Sage 500

    53%
    Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Ideation Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.0
    20%
    1 Rating

    Requirements Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Proposal Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Innovation Portfolio Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Product Master Data Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating

    Project Portfolio Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Attribute Ratings

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

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Planning Maestro

    90%
    1 Rating
    2.0

    Sage 500

    20%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3

    Sage 500

    63%
    2 Ratings

    Online Training

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0

    Sage 500

    60%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Sage 500

    80%
    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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    Sage

    Sage 500 ERP is great for companies with core accounting needs, distributors, and discrete manufacturers. Some areas, such as process manufacturing, would require a companion product from an ISV for the software to be truly functional. Some areas, such as construction or retail apparel, may simply not be well-served.
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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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    Sage

    • Sage is the one-stop-shop for all of our needs. We're able to control contracts, subcontracts, and field reports from the program.
    • Another strength is the ability to database all the information and export it to excel. This makes data-based investigations a breeze.
    • The ability for Timberscan to be imported to Sage is a huge help with invoice management. Prior to this it all had to be done manually and slowed the process to an essential halt as there are thousands of invoices per month.
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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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    Sage

    • The biggest concern/complaint of Sage 500 users is speed. Some of the screen take a while to load.
    • The user interface needs some refreshing. Screens need to be updated to take advantage of shortcuts and to be more intuitive.
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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

      Sage 500

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Sage 500 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

        Likelihood to Renew

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Sage

        It's too pricey for our size of company.
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        Online Training

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Sage

        The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
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        Implementation Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Sage

        Keep your database and application in different servers.
        Install Microsoft Office on your application server so you can use some of the data analysis tools in Sage.
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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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        Sage

        500 seems much smoother at handling some of the basic accounting tasks, for example both issuing and later reconciling checks in Dynamics AX seems a little tedious.
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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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        Sage

        • Positive: The program allows for a lot of data entry and splitting of information. It has the capability of replacing multiple programs and therefore saving cost.
        • Negative: The modules are cumbersome and not user friendly at all. As a result not many user are comfortable using it. This means that the program is not being used to its capacity.
        • Negative: Although the program has the capacity to be great, the user interface destroys that potential. Sage needs to seriously work on their program to simplify it. It's as if it still uses Command-line entries from 1995. Needs to be updated ASAP.
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