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Likelihood to Recommend

Clearbooks

Larger companies, multi-currency. Clearbooks is in a competitive environment with Xero, SageOne, FreeAgent, Intuit etc., etc.
Peter Cowley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by EBM Software

[Catalyst, by EBM Software] is well suited to track invoices from vendors to get them paid on time to avoid late fees. [Catalyst, by EBM Software] is less appropriate when paying vendor because that is not a function they currently have. If the system was an all in one system that could track and pay your invoices it would be an amazing software.
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Accounts payable
Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Accounts receivable
Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Cash management
Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Bank reconciliation
Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Expense management
Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Fixed asset management
Clearbooks
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

BI Standard Reporting

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5
Customizable dashboards
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5
Report Formatting Templates
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5
Formatting capabilities
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.8
Publish to PDF
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Predictive Analytics
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Access Control and Security

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.9
Long-term financial planning
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Financial budgeting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Forecasting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Scenario modeling
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Management reporting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.5

Consolidation and Close

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
Financial data consolidation
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
9.0
Journal entries and reports
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multi-currency management
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
6.0
Intercompany Eliminations
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
5.0
Minority Ownership
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Local and consolidated reporting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Financial Statement Reporting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Management Reporting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
9.0
Excel-based Reporting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Automated board and financial reporting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Analytics

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
Personalized dashboards
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5
Color-coded scorecards
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
6.0
KPIs
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Cost and profitability analysis
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Key Performance Indicator setting
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Benchmarking with external data
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0

Integration

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
Flat file integration
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Excel data integration
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5

Pros

Clearbooks

  • SaaS, so accessible by anyone, anywhere in the world via a browser
  • Clear and straight forward navigation
  • Good choice of management reports
Peter Cowley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by EBM Software

  • The GUI is easy to navigate on the iPad mini, which we use for charting.
  • The options are simple so there is very little room for mistakes.
  • Charting is easy and the setup allows for necessary fields that must be completed so charting stays uniform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Clearbooks

  • Like any SaaS product, Clearbooks is continuously evolving and being improved
  • Some of the reports still need some work
Peter Cowley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by EBM Software

  • The browser closes unexpectedly at times when refreshing the page and you get logged out
  • The incorrect vendor is chosen by Catalyst a few times
  • The Catalyst file is occasionally not placed on time in the folder
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Clearbooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst, by EBM Software 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Clearbooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst, by EBM Software 6.5
Based on 2 answers
The support for Catalyst is great and they are usually within the 48 hour response time. There could be a little quicker upload time for invoices that are submitted. They usually show up until the next day on the system and sometimes gives us a stress on time. Overall, the support is quite good
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Clearbooks

Clearbooks was chosen 5 years ago as our accountant recommended it. There is an element of inertia in moving accounts packages.
Peter Cowley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by EBM Software

[Catalyst, by EBM Software] is a very easy system to use and is very user friendly. It gives you different ways of researching an invoice and not just one. Catalyst also helps to allow us to research an invoice within seconds and eliminates a lengthy and confusing process. It is a great software for first time users to learn quickly and efficiently.
Mohammed ALLY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Clearbooks

  • I am not sure that ROI is an appropriate measure for an accounts package. The cost is around £250/year, which is a tiny fraction of the cost of a bookkeeper/finance controller/finance director/CFO.
Peter Cowley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Catalyst, by EBM Software

  • Catalyst is better than pencil and paper data analysis. But the app can be very frustrating when it's not working the way it did last week.
  • The GUI is very simple. Sometimes too simple, like there is no way to go back in and edit SOAP note options.
  • New feature roll-outs are mandatory. I understand that no one would opt in to being the guinea pig, but it would be nice if you weren't the first user to try it.
  • The integration with billing software has streamlined the billing notes and saved us money over having two separate systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Clearbooks

General

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Clearbooks
7.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.5

Usability

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Support Rating

Clearbooks
Catalyst, by EBM Software
6.5

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