Catalyst, by EBM Software vs. Vena

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
Vena
Score 8.6 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Vena Solutions provides a financial process automation solution to automate Corporate Performance Management, accounting and budgeting, Regulatory & Compliance, and other finance-related processes. It is scaled for medium to large-sized organizations.N/A
Pricing
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareVena
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Professional
N/A
Complete
N/A
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareVena
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional DetailsFlexible and tiered pricing structures available - monthly, 1-3-5- contracts, and moreProfessional Plan is the most flexible way to get started quickly and add as you grow. The plan includes: Growth Platform, Customer Success Manager, Standard Support and Customer Portal. Complete Plan includes everything in Professional, plus: Microsoft Power BI Embedded, Premium Support, Sandbox Environment, Expert Managed Services and more. *Vena offers special pricing for not for profit organizations. To learn more, speak to an expert.
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Community Pulse
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareVena
Top Pros
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Features
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareVena
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
Vena
8.7
86 Ratings
6% above category average
Customizable dashboards7.12 Ratings8.875 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.12 Ratings8.782 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.648 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
Vena
8.1
170 Ratings
3% below category average
Drill-down analysis7.12 Ratings8.7164 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.02 Ratings8.4162 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.02 Ratings8.4142 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings6.848 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
Vena
9.0
131 Ratings
9% above category average
Publish to PDF7.92 Ratings9.091 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.01 Ratings8.797 Ratings
Publish to Web00 Ratings9.262 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings9.1109 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
0% above category average
Vena
8.1
76 Ratings
5% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.01 Ratings8.568 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.01 Ratings7.453 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.01 Ratings8.459 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining00 Ratings8.06 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
Vena
9.2
164 Ratings
5% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.02 Ratings9.0154 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.02 Ratings9.2152 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.02 Ratings9.3155 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.220 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings9.2113 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
Vena
9.1
79 Ratings
14% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.02 Ratings9.276 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.02 Ratings8.966 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
Vena
8.7
206 Ratings
4% above category average
Long-term financial planning7.01 Ratings8.7184 Ratings
Financial budgeting8.01 Ratings9.2199 Ratings
Forecasting8.01 Ratings8.6190 Ratings
Scenario modeling8.01 Ratings8.2169 Ratings
Management reporting8.92 Ratings8.8195 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
Vena
8.4
179 Ratings
4% above category average
Financial data consolidation9.01 Ratings9.2152 Ratings
Journal entries and reports8.01 Ratings8.0110 Ratings
Multi-currency management6.01 Ratings7.2102 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations5.01 Ratings8.2101 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.01 Ratings8.666 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting8.01 Ratings8.5132 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails00 Ratings8.8160 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
Vena
8.5
196 Ratings
3% above category average
Financial Statement Reporting8.01 Ratings9.0176 Ratings
Management Reporting9.01 Ratings8.7181 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting7.01 Ratings9.3190 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting8.01 Ratings8.8137 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing00 Ratings6.545 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
Vena
8.7
147 Ratings
8% above category average
Personalized dashboards7.12 Ratings8.4121 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards6.01 Ratings8.990 Ratings
KPIs7.01 Ratings9.0104 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis8.01 Ratings7.9115 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting8.01 Ratings9.1102 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data7.01 Ratings8.876 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.4
2 Ratings
12% below category average
Vena
9.0
192 Ratings
7% above category average
Flat file integration8.01 Ratings9.4152 Ratings
Excel data integration7.12 Ratings8.8176 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.12 Ratings8.9140 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareVena
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(2 ratings)
8.8
(210 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(18 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(2 ratings)
8.9
(25 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(2 ratings)
10.0
(95 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(6 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Catalyst, by EBM SoftwareVena
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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Vena Solutions
Vena is very well suited to handle budgeting, forecasting, and reporting. The platform is very flexible, and I have been able to create some great reports that has allowed our team to deepen our analysis of our organization's performance. I also use Vena for other data storage and reporting, such as creating a site code directory for our field staff, developing an invoicing schedule for our AR department, and creating a workbook to facilitate calculating and reporting on our site staff mileage stipends.
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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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Vena Solutions
  • Easy to manage and maintain
  • Provides a better end user experience
  • Workflows and automatic emails make the budgeting process much easier to manage/complete
  • API integrations with important tools such as Power BI, Sage Intacct, and Salesforce
  • Easier for Finance to "own" the tool and troubleshoot data issues without having to rely heavily on internal/external Data teams
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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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Vena Solutions
  • I have trouble logging into the Zoom meetings and have missed several meetings because of not being able to log in. That is likely due to limits from our IT department and probably not a Vena issue.
  • Sometimes I need more of an explanation or can't find the article I need in the Vena knowledge base. Also, some of the explanations leave me more confused about what I need to do to achieve my objective.
  • When we implemented Vena, the implementation team created a template for our unallocated lab expenses, but I wasn't able to effectively use it.
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Likelihood to Renew
EBM Software
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
EBM Software
Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
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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
EBM Software
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
EBM Software
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
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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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
EBM Software
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
EBM Software
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
EBM Software
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
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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Vena Solutions
Vena has better reporting and budgeting functions than NetSuite Budgeting & Reporting when we compared the two. The Kansas City Chiefs currently use Vena and they had nothing but good things to say about it so that gave us confidence to go with Vena.
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Scalability
EBM Software
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
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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Vena Solutions
  • Saved considerable time for monthly close by streamlining reporting and entries
  • Saved considerable time and effort for reconciliations by standardizing input and output and ability to send reviews to different users and track completion
  • Saved a lot of headache when tracking down variances
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