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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Vena

    83%
    Vena ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    40 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    66 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    72 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Vena

    83%
    Vena ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    134 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    132 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    42 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    119 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    Vena

    87%
    Vena ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    52 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    79 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    90 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    83 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    Vena

    74%
    Vena ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    60 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    46 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    52 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.8

    Vena

    88%
    Vena ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    126 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    124 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    127 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    93 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.8

    Vena

    68%
    Vena ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    66 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    56 Ratings

    Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    Vena

    90%
    Vena ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Long-term financial planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    156 Ratings

    Financial budgeting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    167 Ratings

    Forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    161 Ratings

    Scenario modeling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    147 Ratings

    Management reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    164 Ratings

    Consolidation and Close

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Vena

    85%
    Vena ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Financial data consolidation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    127 Ratings

    Journal entries and reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    93 Ratings

    Multi-currency management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    90 Ratings

    Intercompany Eliminations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    89 Ratings

    Minority Ownership

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    59 Ratings

    Local and consolidated reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    110 Ratings

    Detailed Audit Trails

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    136 Ratings

    Financial Reporting and Compliance

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Vena

    84%
    Vena ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Financial Statement Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    144 Ratings

    Management Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    151 Ratings

    Excel-based Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    159 Ratings

    Automated board and financial reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    115 Ratings

    XBRL support for regulatory filing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    41 Ratings

    Analytics and Reporting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.1

    Vena

    91%
    Vena ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Personalized dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    107 Ratings

    Color-coded scorecards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    80 Ratings

    KPIs

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7
    97%
    89 Ratings

    Cost and profitability analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    97 Ratings

    Key Performance Indicator setting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    88 Ratings

    Benchmarking with external data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    68 Ratings

    Integration

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.9

    Vena

    89%
    Vena ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Flat file integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    127 Ratings

    Excel data integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    148 Ratings

    Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    118 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Planning Maestro and Vena are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Planning Maestro

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Vena

    90%
    177 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    Vena

    87%
    12 Ratings

    Usability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Vena

    80%
    20 Ratings

    Availability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5

    Vena

    85%
    5 Ratings

    Performance

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9

    Vena

    79%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4

    Vena

    84%
    93 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Vena

    86%
    2 Ratings

    Online Training

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Vena

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9

    Vena

    89%
    5 Ratings

    Configurability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Vena

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Vena

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5

    Vena

    85%
    5 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7

    Vena

    77%
    2 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Vena

    82%
    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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    Vena Solutions

    The most powerful feature of Vena is the ability to set Data Permissions to restrict the access of specific levels of users in a large organization. In a large organization, there are multiple departments, a large sales force, and different types of executives. It is not necessary for each group to gain full access to see all the organization's financial information. Vena does a great job in setting up users through data permissions and task binding so that users only need to see and work with what is appropriate for each user.
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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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    Vena Solutions

    • Flows changes and updates to our forecasts seamlessly where we know the numbers are reflected in all of our reports.
    • Ability to create ad hoc custom reports.
    • Having the ability to pull different scenarios, periods, and years easily to have comparatives for better analysis.
    • Integrated well into excel where you don't feel like you're using a completely different tool.
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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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    Vena Solutions

    • Reports can be difficult to create without extensive training
    • Protecting a sheet to eliminate end user errors is important, but it would be nice to still be able to make cosmetic changes easily
    • There is sometimes a delay in opening reports and loading new reports
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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

      Vena

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Vena editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        Optional $0

        Additional Details

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        Likelihood to Renew

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        Vena has been a huge win for us as an organization, as it vastly improved our budgeting process by removing manual consolidation that was incredibly time consuming, and it allows us to see a multi-year view of our organizational budget across all of our funding sources. We've seen Vena's platform grow over the years and we've not yet fully adopted some of them so it feels like there's still potential to get even more value out of the platform.
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        Usability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        This is split between usability from an end-user perspective and administrative. Administrative - The tool is lacking in a cohesive way to administer the tool, both from more of a back-end perspective (ETL/Integrations, scripting, etc.) as well as from a business administrative (Processes, Models, etc.). On the more back-end IT related aspects, the tool is a mishmash of modules that were clearly developed in stovepipe fashion. Basic feature/functionality aspects such as version control, auto vs manual save, etc. differ between the code preparation components. It is also lacking in any sort of coherent version control. Not all pages display the context information, so extreme caution must be used. There is also no coherent migration strategy. The process and model navigation has been somewhat challenging for our business administrators, often requiring assistance from Vena when creating or altering templates. 2 of 10 End User - This is better. The Excel add-in generally functions well. Creating basic templates is straightforward, and there is a large degree of flexibility when creating reporting templates. Being part of Excel puts many users into a comfort zone. The toggle switch between template and data mode is not well conceived, and the add-in pop-ups occasionally have issues on multi-monitor displays. 6 of 10
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        Reliability and Availability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        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
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        Performance

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        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
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        Support Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        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.
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        In-Person Training

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        The original training was onsite and over two weeks. Since our original onboarding the company has come out with a training website to aid in user self directed needs.
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        Online Training

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        The online training was effective, it would be nice to see a more personalized solution. I understand the training is tailored for all industries, but it would be nice to see industry-specific use cases.
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        Implementation Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        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
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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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        Vena Solutions

        The decision to go with Vena was based mostly on flexibility. Within the Vena solutions, you can create or customize any report to fit your exact need, and that is ideal for our team. We want to be able to create numerous customized report structures on our own, and with many other solutions, you need to ask for one of their support members to create a special report for you, or the idea may not be possible or efficiently developed.
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        Scalability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Vena Solutions

        We use Vena across 10 countries and 200 users who are located in a wide range of settings and internet reliability. Even with that wide implementation, the most common issue we run into is a new hire not installing the Vena add-in, which is a super quick fix. Depending on our user's location, the internet can sometimes be spotty, but that is outside of Vena's control and even in those settings, Vena might take a little longer to open a template, but it still does open and the user can complete their work. Over 5 years of using Vena, we've collectively only had 3 issues where we needed Vena support to help look at a specific issue a user was having.
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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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        Vena Solutions

        • Saved time on the FP&A team in terms of reporting improvement.
        • FP&A was able to focus more of their time analyzing and less time consolidating.
        • The additional analysis provided by VENA allows the company to tackle cost issues and improve profitability.
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