Catalyst, by EBM Software vs. SAP Profitability and Performance Management

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
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
SAP Profitability and Performance Management promises to help optimize business performance and improve the bottom line. The vendor says key capabilities include: Build, maintain, and utilize sophisticated business and financial models that support multiple allocation methods for costs and revenue, for superior profitability modelling and optimization. Empower finance and business teams with actionable insights from sophisticated models such as profitability and cost…N/A
Pricing
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareSAP Profitability and Performance Management
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareSAP Profitability and Performance Management
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalRequired
Additional DetailsFlexible and tiered pricing structures available - monthly, 1-3-5- contracts, and more
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Community Pulse
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareSAP Profitability and Performance Management
Top Pros
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Features
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareSAP Profitability and Performance Management
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.1
2 Ratings
16% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.7
1 Ratings
15% above category average
Customizable dashboards7.12 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.12 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.7
2 Ratings
8% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.5
2 Ratings
13% above category average
Drill-down analysis7.12 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.02 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.02 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings10.01 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
2% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.3
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Publish to PDF7.92 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Publish to Web00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings9.01 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% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.7
2 Ratings
22% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.01 Ratings10.01 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
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.7
2 Ratings
10% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.02 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
2 Ratings
1% above category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.8
1 Ratings
22% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.02 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.02 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings9.01 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
4% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.8
2 Ratings
16% above category average
Long-term financial planning7.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Financial budgeting8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Forecasting8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Scenario modeling8.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Management reporting8.92 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.2
1 Ratings
12% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.7
2 Ratings
18% above category average
Financial data consolidation9.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Journal entries and reports8.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Multi-currency management6.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations5.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails00 Ratings9.02 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
3% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.4
2 Ratings
13% above category average
Financial Statement Reporting8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Management Reporting9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting7.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing00 Ratings9.01 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
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.7
2 Ratings
18% above category average
Personalized dashboards7.12 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards6.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
KPIs7.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting8.01 Ratings9.01 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
13% below category average
SAP Profitability and Performance Management
9.7
2 Ratings
14% above category average
Flat file integration8.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Excel data integration7.12 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.12 Ratings10.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareSAP Profitability and Performance Management
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(2 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareSAP Profitability and Performance Management
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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SAP
SAP Profitability and Performance is well suited in an organization/scenario where it aims to grow their profitability and optimize their business performance. It will offer strong financial analytics that are applicable in modern organizations and it will assure improved performance and enable purposeful marketing of your goods/services at prevailing profitable rate.
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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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SAP
  • Data enrichment (complex joins, lookups, and derivations).
  • Complex allocations and calculations.
  • Operates at a very high speed without disrupting the host HANA environment.
  • Connectivity to BW HANA and BPC.
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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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SAP
  • We were forced to train some of our staff a bit as they faced various hurdles before getting familiar with the platform and using it efficiently.
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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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SAP
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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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SAP
We did get excellent support from SAP during our implementation project. We will see about the SAP support over the long term.
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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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SAP
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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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SAP
  • Helps us make sound decisions that positively impact our future.
  • Has simplified our financial planning process in our organization.
  • Our portfolio has doubled and grown immensely.
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