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Score 9.6 out of 100
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Score 8.2 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

Vena

Any organization that has the same P&L for multiple business units would benefit greatly! Franchises, etc are a perfect fit.Any organization that has multiple shadow systems in Excel can all be brought together in Vena.Hotel management would be a great fit!Reits and other infrastructure companies would be a great fit!
Darrell Rooney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.4
Customizable dashboards
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.8
Report Formatting Templates
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.4
Publish to Web
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.9
Publish to PDF
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.9
Report Versioning
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.4

Access Control and Security

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1
Role-Based Security Model
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.8

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.0
Long-term financial planning
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1
Financial budgeting
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.3
Forecasting
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1
Scenario modeling
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.7
Management reporting
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1

Consolidation and Close

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.0
Financial data consolidation
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.9
Journal entries and reports
Planning Maestro
Vena
6.9
Multi-currency management
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.6
Intercompany Eliminations
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.5
Minority Ownership
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.7
Local and consolidated reporting
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.2
Detailed Audit Trails
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.5

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.6
Financial Statement Reporting
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1
Management Reporting
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.6
Excel-based Reporting
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.0
Automated board and financial reporting
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.4
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.8

Analytics

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.9
Personalized dashboards
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.2
Color-coded scorecards
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.8
KPIs
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.6
Cost and profitability analysis
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.6
Key Performance Indicator setting
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1
Benchmarking with external data
Planning Maestro
Vena
7.9

Integration

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.0
Flat file integration
Planning Maestro
Vena
8.7
Excel data integration
Planning Maestro
Vena
9.3
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Planning Maestro
Vena
6.0

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

Vena

  • Vena provides all the customizable flexibility and advanced calculation that you can squeeze out of Excel because Excel is used as the front-end. You can tailor the reporting and budget templates to your exact needs and leverage your existing Excel skills.
  • Even though you work in Excel, the data is all controlled by a multi-dimensional cloud database. So your work is safe. Changes are auditable, and nobody has to rely on sharing Excel files between each other and tracking the latest version.
  • Vena's workflow system can be extremely simple if that's what you need. Or you can build some fairly complex process flows for any task.
Aaron Andersen | 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

Vena

  • The tool uses at least four different query and data manipulation languages, once you get your data to the tool. All of which are proprietary, limited flavors of other languages (such as SQL and MDX).
  • The use of a MongoDB back end has resulted in the ongoing use of floats for numeric data storage. This works fine if you are budgeting at a high level. However, if you are leveraging their transaction-level features, you will see divergence due to the inherent issues of floating point being unable to precisely represent decimal values.
  • There is very little community documentation around the tool, and the documentation provided by the vendor is sparse, poorly written, and often out of date or just plain wrong. This extends to their sample code as well
  • There is currently no direct way to feed data from your source system databases. The primary method is dumping data to flat files and either executing the uploads manually through the web UI or wrapping a java-based CLI with Powershell or windows batch for local execution. There is also a preview of a logic app if you have Azure as part of your infrastructure
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 8.1
Based on 9 answers
We have been extremely satisfied with the Vena Solutions product and have been able to become more efficient in our budgeting, forecasting and salary planning processes, as well as adding functionality and accuracy that was not possible in the past. Administrators no longer have to keep track manually of each department's budgeted net, but can use a report created in Vena to report this information, as well as see which departments have not yet submitted information. Customer service has always been very responsive as well
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 7.3
Based on 16 answers
It is extremely easy to use the software right away because:- it is Excel-based, so there is little to no learning curve for creating templates and reports- the admin of the tool itself is very simple and intuitive (processes, workflows, etc)The downside to that flexibility is the increased risk of human error, which can be mitigated by additional control and check files.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Contact with Vena Solutions technical support is quick and experts in the field always respond. It is not necessary to go through a large form to explain the problems and then answer more questions to receive a direct answer, we simply send a message indicating the specific problem and they are immediately there to actively help us
Charlotte Byrne Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Vena Solutions pages load quickly and only a few times does it get a bit slow, only when there are many integrations and the reports are long. But in general it is always fast and honestly I am very satisfied with the speed in the generation of statistical reports and the pages
Jeremiah Adrian Howard Ross | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 8.6
Based on 90 answers
From initiate setup to going live, Vena's customer representatives and technicians have proven to be responsive and enthusiastic in getting our company up and running. They have been patient with our questions and frustrations and worked to troubleshoot issues that have come up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Planning Maestro

No answers on this topic

Vena

The training was all at once. There needed to be more modules that could be broken up over time to allow users to handle their day job and the training
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 4.5
Based on 1 answer
I would like to see more modules and case study work through of techniques to master to excel within the software package. The current online information is stale and not representative of current software version. It could be much more interactive and informative. Much of the online help articles are stale.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 6.4
Based on 4 answers
The Vena consultant had great knowledge of both the Vena solution and Excel and Excel functions. He was able to help suggest ways to build our templates that met our requirements using Excel functions we had not previously considered using. And we have been able to use the Excel information he provided in other ways outside of Vena. He was very patient and flexible as we learned the Vena tool and created templates
Lori Lambert | 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

Vena

The only tools that are similar are more in the BI realm and Vena provides a much more robust way of interacting with data that the visualization that a BI solution provides. Again, the self-service model of the tool allows for the tool to grow with the individuals of the company, which is an element other tools struggle with.
Avo Koulakian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena

Vena 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Vena solutios is a software that provides robust tools that help different departments in their statistics and we can visualize a lot of promising and visually attractive data. Vena Solutions' level of scalability is high and sustainable over time thanks to the fabulous technical support that is ready to help us at all times
Charlotte Byrne Brown | 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

Vena

  • From my observation, we did get a return on investment. We have FP&A tool first and foremost.
  • We are dealing with 1 financial system to get data as suppose to several sources from before.
  • For sure, Vena Solutions helped many finance teams domestically within our company with financial reporting.
jamie Luangaphay | 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

Vena

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$0

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
Vena
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.1

Usability

Planning Maestro
Vena
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1

Performance

Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1

Support Rating

Planning Maestro
Vena
8.6

Online Training

Planning Maestro
Vena
4.5

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro
Vena
6.4

Scalability

Planning Maestro
Vena
9.1

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