Catalyst, by EBM Software vs. Jedox

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Catalyst from EBM Software in Minneapolis is a cloud-based business performance application suite, designed to provide an environment and workflow for understanding business profitability.N/A
Jedox
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Jedox is a Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solution. According to the vendor, their solution’s unified planning, analysis and reporting empowers decision makers from finance, sales, purchasing and marketing. Additionally, the vendor says this solution helps business users work smarter, streamline business collaboration, and make insight-based decisions with confidence. The vendor also says 1,900 organizations in 127 countries are using Jedox for real-time planning…N/A
Pricing
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareJedox
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareJedox
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFlexible and tiered pricing structures available - monthly, 1-3-5- contracts, and more
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Community Pulse
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareJedox
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareJedox
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.1
2 Ratings
14% below category average
Jedox
9.1
4 Ratings
11% above category average
Customizable dashboards7.12 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.12 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
2 Ratings
9% below category average
Jedox
8.3
3 Ratings
1% below category average
Drill-down analysis7.12 Ratings8.23 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.02 Ratings8.23 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.02 Ratings8.53 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings8.53 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
3% below category average
Jedox
7.9
3 Ratings
4% below category average
Publish to PDF7.92 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.01 Ratings8.23 Ratings
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.53 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Jedox
5.6
3 Ratings
31% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.01 Ratings5.93 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.01 Ratings5.53 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.01 Ratings5.63 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
9% below category average
Jedox
8.8
3 Ratings
0% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.02 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.02 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.02 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
2% above category average
Jedox
7.4
3 Ratings
6% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.02 Ratings8.53 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.02 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings7.06 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
6% below category average
Jedox
8.4
4 Ratings
1% below category average
Long-term financial planning7.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Financial budgeting8.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Forecasting8.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Scenario modeling8.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Management reporting8.92 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
1 Ratings
14% below category average
Jedox
9.5
3 Ratings
14% above category average
Financial data consolidation9.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Journal entries and reports8.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Multi-currency management6.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations5.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
1 Ratings
5% below category average
Jedox
9.3
4 Ratings
10% above category average
Financial Statement Reporting8.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Management Reporting9.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting7.01 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting8.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
2 Ratings
11% below category average
Jedox
9.6
4 Ratings
18% above category average
Personalized dashboards7.12 Ratings8.94 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards6.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
KPIs7.01 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis8.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting8.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data7.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
2 Ratings
14% below category average
Jedox
9.0
4 Ratings
6% above category average
Flat file integration8.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Excel data integration7.12 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.12 Ratings9.04 Ratings
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User Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareJedox
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(2 ratings)
9.0
(8 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(2 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(2 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
4.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareJedox
Likelihood to Recommend
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.
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Jedox AG
Best suited for financial consolidation and / or as a highly customized and compact EPM / BI solution (up to 100 CCU) with individual workflows, planning and reporting functionalities, with moderate number of users (no restrictions for any industry, all industries are covered well). It also has advanced reporting & data analysis requirements and provides an integration and reporting layer of imported data from different external systems (via ETL). It can help with migrating your legacy Excel-based business models to the Web. It is not well suited for Enterprise BI applications with expecting >500 CCU (users at the same time working with the system) - this may cause serious performance issues, as all data is kept in RAM. Jedox is also less suited for applications with heavy document management requirements (document management is not an out of the box functionality in Jedox and rather requires custom development through custom widgets etc.).
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Pros
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.
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Jedox AG
  • Using the Excel add-in means that our team was almost instantly productive, being able to use a familiar interface to present and manipulate data.
  • Allows us to quickly do analysis and comparison of current and historic data.
  • Really good to produce meaningful management reporting that can be adapted responsively to business requirements.
  • Implementing Jedox in our budget cycle dramatically reduced the time and complexity of the process, while making it more transparent.
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Cons
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
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Jedox AG
  • Diversity. Jedox can be applied to many different use cases from small to large deployments and from budgeting to enterprise class BI solutions. But rarely is one tool able to fulfill all of these requirements in one organisation. This value proposition can be complicated for prospective users.
  • Awareness. Jedox punches above its weight in capability and scalability, but not enough people have heard about it and therefore procurement processes can be drawn out as a result.
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Likelihood to Renew
EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Jedox AG
For a period of 5 years all our customers using Jedox have renewed their licenses.
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Usability
EBM Software
Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
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Jedox AG
To me Jedox deserves 10/10 because it is a consistent one-in-all platform with a modern look and feel. It is intuitive to use and allows you to make intuitive applications integrating traditional business intelligence with performance management functionality. It certainly has a short
learning curve, especially for those that are familiar with MS Excel. An example: I've lost count but Jedox it is available in more than 25 languages. Another: Jedox does not require programming skills... it is developed to be used by the business.
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Reliability and Availability
EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Jedox AG
Jedox has
very few bugs. Reports are available through an Excel add-in, the web and/or
mobile device (IOS/Android). In my opinion, availability also means high
performance, not having to wait for the system to give you the required reports,
analysis, dashboards instantly.
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Performance
EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Jedox AG
Jedox is the fastest OLAP tool on the market. It can use GPU cards to increase performance even more
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Support Rating
EBM Software
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
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Jedox AG
Jedox support in general is a professional and fast responding team. An easy-to-use ticketing system is in place. Bug-related questions are solved fast (responses come usually in a few hours after the question), but some questions / tickets, that are not Jedox-related bugs (for example some advanced questions about Jedox functionality), may be forwarded to Application Management team for further processing and then it may take several days or even weeks to get a response here -> there is room for improvement here.
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Implementation Rating
EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Jedox AG
The implementation of SSO, SAML Authentication, HTTPS, Server splitting (Frontend / Backend servers) could be more standardized and made more user friendly to set up (e.g. via setup guide). Otherwise the implementation of Jedox is quick and simple when compared to other similar technologies.
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Alternatives Considered
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.
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Jedox AG
Calumo is similar product to Jedox. I have used it extensively in my previous role. It was a major contender when we evaluated a BI platform for NIDA. Calumo is a great product as well and it was a very close call. Where we found Jedox to be a better fit for NIDA was the ability to prepare dynamic reports with ease without the need to learn MDX which was used extensively by Calumo to make dynamic reports which expand or shrink based on the underlying data. Another major benefit we saw in Jedox was the whole ETL process could be managed within Jedox instead of doing it in SQL server which negates having a dedicated SQL specialist role when the scale expands.
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Scalability
EBM Software
No answers on this topic
Jedox AG
Scalability is often another word for speed. Given enough data, enough users or enough calculations, the tool becomes slower and slower. You will find that Jedox has a very high performance that can even be increased by the use of grafical cards. Other thaen that it does not only offer BI (looking back based on historical ERP data) but also allows you to look forward through integrated budgetting, planning, forecasting, workflow and collaboration. Not easy to find a tool that can support so much business functionality. So, also pretty scalable in that respect.
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Return on Investment
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.
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Jedox AG
  • Financial budgeting and Forecasting are done in a centralized fashion in Jedox now instead of a decentralized excel based approach. A lot of cost savings and improved reliability
  • Easy to use self-help Dashboards and detailed reports
  • Web-based reporting instead of excel based
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