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Score 6.1 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

Sage 500

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.4
Pay calculation
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Benefit plan administration
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Direct deposit files
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Salary revision and increment management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Reimbursement management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0

Customization

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.5
API for custom integration
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Plug-ins
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0

Security

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Single sign-on capability
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Role-based user permissions
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0

Reporting & Analytics

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.3
Dashboards
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Standard reports
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Custom reports
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
10.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.6
Accounts payable
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Accounts receivable
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Global Financial Support
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Intercompany Accounting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Journals and Reconciliations
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Enterprise Accounting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Configurable Accounting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Standardized Processes
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0

Inventory Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.5
Inventory tracking
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Automatic reordering
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
3.0
Location management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Manufacturing module
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0

Order Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.2
Pricing
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.2
Order entry
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.2
Credit card processing
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.2
Cost of goods sold
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.2

Subledger and Financial Process

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.4
Automated Invoice Processing
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Shared Services Payments
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Billings Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Revenue Recognition
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Cash Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Asset Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Travel & Expense Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Period Close
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Transactions Tax
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
3.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0

Project Financial Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.9
Budgeting and Forecasting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
1.0
Project Costing
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
3.0
Cost Capture
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Capital Project Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Customer Invoicing
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Customer Contract Compliance
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Project Financials Dashboard
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0

Project Execution Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.5
Project Manager Dashboard
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Resource Manager Dashboard
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Task Insight for Project Managers
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Project Manager Mobile Functionality
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Team Member Task Collaboration
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Team Member Mobile Functionality
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Project Candidate Search
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Project Candidate Comparison and Analysis
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Real-Time Project Reporting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Absence Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Product Lifecycle Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0

Grants Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.5
Award Lifecycle Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Spending Control
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Indirect Cost Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Billing
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0

Procurement

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Sourcing Analysis
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Contract Authoring
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Contract Compliance Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Contract History
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Contract Renewal Automation
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Contract Repository
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
10.0
Contract Standardization and Enforcement
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Electronic Signatures
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Invoice Automated Matching
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
9.0
Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0
Spend Compliance Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Supplier Assessment
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
3.0
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.0
Supplier Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0

Risk Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.3
Risk Repository
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
3.0
Control Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Control Mapping
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Control Efficiency Assessments
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Automated Control Assessments
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0
Assessment Capture
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Automatic Notification
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Remediation and Certification
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
3.0

Supply Chain

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
1.3
Forecasting
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
1.0
Inventory Planning
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Performance Monitoring
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
1.0

Product Lifecycle Management

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
5.3
Ideation Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
2.0
Requirements Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Proposal Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
7.0
Innovation Portfolio Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Product Master Data Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
4.0
Project Portfolio Management
Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0

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

Sage 500

  • 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.
J. Mickey Merguerian | 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

Sage 500

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sage 500

Sage 500 6.3
Based on 2 answers
It's too pricey for our size of company.
Lisa Kuta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sage 500

Sage 500 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sage 500

Sage 500 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | 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

Sage 500

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.
Anonymous | 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

Sage 500

  • 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.
J. Mickey Merguerian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Planning Maestro

Sage 500

Pricing Details

Planning Maestro

General

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

Sage 500

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
Sage 500
2.0

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.3

Online Training

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
6.0

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro
Sage 500
8.0

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