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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Group Dynamic

It really comes down to the fact that it is easy to use for our employees and that makes my job easier.
Toby Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena is well suited for companies that have a population of users that are fairly adept with Microsoft Excel. Ideally, the company would also have an analyst who understands business intelligence, ETL, etc. Without somebody orchestrating the production, I doubt things would run very smoothly. Assuming there is somebody capable of running the software, the tool is awesome. Whenever we discuss investigating new tools, I always say the same thing, "If we switch to another platform, our users may have an easier time. That said, it feels like we can literally do ANYTHING with Vena."
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.0
Customizable dashboards
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Drill-down analysis
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Formatting capabilities
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8
Publish to PDF
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Report Versioning
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.4
Predictive Analytics
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.0

Access Control and Security

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
10.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
6.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
5.0

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.7
Long-term financial planning
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.7
Financial budgeting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.2
Forecasting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.4
Scenario modeling
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.9
Management reporting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.3

Consolidation and Close

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.3
Financial data consolidation
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8
Journal entries and reports
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.6
Multi-currency management
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.7
Intercompany Eliminations
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.6
Minority Ownership
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.1
Local and consolidated reporting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.6
Detailed Audit Trails
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.3
Financial Statement Reporting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8
Management Reporting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.2
Excel-based Reporting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8
Automated board and financial reporting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.6

Analytics

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.2
Personalized dashboards
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.0
Color-coded scorecards
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.6
KPIs
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.5
Cost and profitability analysis
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8
Key Performance Indicator setting
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
7.5
Benchmarking with external data
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.1

Integration

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.5
Flat file integration
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.6
Excel data integration
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.3
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.8

Pros

Group Dynamic

  • Their mobile app makes it easy for FSA reimbursements to the end user. Snap a shot of the EOB with your phone and upload it for payment.
  • They have push reporting that makes the accounting process simple to reconcile.
  • HRA claims only require a receipt and one form submited via fax or email to get paid.
Toby Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • Flexibility - Vena is incredibly flexible for a changing business environment. The user interface allows the data model to be adjusted to meet the changing needs of thee business. In addition, the ability to create reports and templates and manipulate data is incredibly easy. It has helped us get to insights through analytics much quicker than we have been able to before.
  • Performance - Vena's speed reliability is great. We have several data sources and allocations/calculations we preform in the tool that require a lot of data and power and the tool's ability has not disappointed. One of the projects we implemented required data files with data files that were very large and Vena's performance is top notch.
  • User Acceptance / Adoption - The user interface of native Excel allows for widespread adoption of the tool across a large user base. Because the tool uses a software that nearly everyone in the business world is comfortable with, adopting the tool is easy. By placing a database on top of Excel is nearly invisible to the users of the product, it provides the value of real-time data availability in a comfortable interface.
Matthew Blickley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Group Dynamic

  • I would like to see a mobile app for the HRA process.
  • Adding in a field for the date and reason of job separation with a confirmation of some sort instead of an email/messaging type method would be more user friendly.
Toby Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • Like any tool, it takes some time to use the advanced features in the tool. It took me some time to master the report building from scratch.
  • People who know Excel love this product. People who are not familiar with Excel find it difficult.
  • The user experience can be improved. The tool can be made more intuitive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Group Dynamic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We have been extremely satisfied with the Vena Solutions product and have been able to become more efficient in our budgeting, forecasting and salary planning processes, as well as adding functionality and accuracy that was not possible in the past. Administrators no longer have to keep track manually of each department's budgeted net, but can use a report created in Vena to report this information, as well as see which departments have not yet submitted information. Customer service has always been very responsive as well
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Group Dynamic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 1 answer
One is only limited by their knowledge of Excel functions and basic understanding of database management. One does not need to know VBA, VB, C++ or even SQL.
Megan Bladen-Blinkoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Group Dynamic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Customer support has been very prompt for both bug fixes and data loading. Enhancement requests have taken a bit longer to implement, but are within what we would consider a normal time frame compared to other software we use. I rarely have to wait long for an issue to be resolved
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Group Dynamic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Group Dynamic

No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

The main contender with Vena was Prophix. Most of the other products we looked at were not capable of the complexity we needed. We chose Vena because the Excel templates made it look like the budget we were working with. We were able to use syntax we were familiar with for formulas and achieve the desired results. We knew any product was going to be a challenge but Vena was the appropriate choice for us.
Jay Scheumack | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Group Dynamic

  • Group Dynamic has taken the burden of record keeping and compliance out of our hands and has cut our risk of audit penalties to zero.
Toby Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • We shortened the month-end close time by about 50%.
  • We were able to incorporate more processes than what we originally started with, which, in addition to time savings, ensured error-free reporting and seamless integration of various sub-processes (in the end - resulting in higher-quality deliverables).
  • The ability to maintain and analyze the Audit Trail significantly shortened the analysis of changes and error-checking.
Teymur Mammadov, CPA, CA, FCCA (UK) | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Group Dynamic

General

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

Vena Solutions

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$0*

* per user

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Group Dynamic
9.0
Vena Solutions
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.1

Usability

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.1

Support

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
8.2

Implementation

Group Dynamic
Vena Solutions
9.1

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