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Feature Set Ratings

  • Planful ranks higher in 6 feature sets: Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities, Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting, Consolidation and Close, Financial Reporting and Compliance, Integration
  • Vena ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Analytics and Reporting
  • Planful and Vena are tied in 1 feature set: Ad-hoc Reporting

BI Standard Reporting

7.4

Planful

74%
8.3

Vena

83%
Vena ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

7.3
73%
10 Ratings
8.0
80%
40 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

7.4
74%
20 Ratings
8.5
85%
66 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

7.3
73%
20 Ratings
8.5
85%
72 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.3

Planful

83%
8.3

Vena

83%
Vena ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.8
88%
43 Ratings
8.9
89%
135 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

7.7
77%
44 Ratings
9.2
92%
133 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.4
84%
41 Ratings
8.7
87%
119 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

N/A
0 Ratings
6.3
63%
42 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.6

Planful

86%
8.7

Vena

87%
Planful ranks higher in 2/4 features

Publish to Web

7.7
77%
8 Ratings
7.3
73%
52 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.1
91%
32 Ratings
9.5
95%
79 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.1
81%
21 Ratings
8.8
88%
90 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.4
94%
23 Ratings
9.3
93%
83 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.3

Planful

73%
7.4

Vena

74%
Vena ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

6.9
69%
9 Ratings
7.2
72%
60 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.7
77%
10 Ratings
7.9
79%
52 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
46 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.5

Planful

95%
8.8

Vena

88%
Planful ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.4
94%
40 Ratings
9.4
94%
127 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.4
94%
40 Ratings
8.8
88%
125 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.5
95%
40 Ratings
8.1
81%
128 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.9
99%
34 Ratings
8.8
88%
93 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

8.2

Planful

82%
6.8

Vena

68%
Planful ranks higher in 2/2 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

8.9
89%
20 Ratings
7.2
72%
66 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.5
75%
11 Ratings
6.5
65%
56 Ratings

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

9.4

Planful

94%
9.0

Vena

90%
Planful ranks higher in 4/5 features

Long-term financial planning

9.4
94%
78 Ratings
9.0
90%
157 Ratings

Financial budgeting

9.8
98%
90 Ratings
9.1
91%
168 Ratings

Forecasting

9.3
93%
84 Ratings
9.0
90%
162 Ratings

Scenario modeling

8.5
85%
71 Ratings
9.0
90%
148 Ratings

Management reporting

9.8
98%
87 Ratings
9.0
90%
165 Ratings

Consolidation and Close

9.4

Planful

94%
8.5

Vena

85%
Planful ranks higher in 7/7 features

Financial data consolidation

9.7
97%
59 Ratings
8.9
89%
128 Ratings

Journal entries and reports

8.9
89%
44 Ratings
7.8
78%
94 Ratings

Multi-currency management

9.3
93%
40 Ratings
9.1
91%
91 Ratings

Intercompany Eliminations

9.4
94%
38 Ratings
8.7
87%
90 Ratings

Minority Ownership

9.0
90%
19 Ratings
7.6
76%
60 Ratings

Local and consolidated reporting

10.0
100%
49 Ratings
8.9
89%
111 Ratings

Detailed Audit Trails

9.5
95%
46 Ratings
8.4
84%
137 Ratings

Financial Reporting and Compliance

8.8

Planful

88%
8.4

Vena

84%
Planful ranks higher in 5/5 features

Financial Statement Reporting

9.6
96%
74 Ratings
8.9
89%
145 Ratings

Management Reporting

9.8
98%
85 Ratings
8.9
89%
152 Ratings

Excel-based Reporting

9.3
93%
85 Ratings
9.3
93%
160 Ratings

Automated board and financial reporting

8.3
83%
61 Ratings
8.3
83%
116 Ratings

XBRL support for regulatory filing

7.1
71%
3 Ratings
6.9
69%
41 Ratings

Analytics and Reporting

7.0

Planful

70%
9.0

Vena

90%
Vena ranks higher in 6/6 features

Personalized dashboards

7.5
75%
43 Ratings
9.1
91%
108 Ratings

Color-coded scorecards

7.3
73%
24 Ratings
9.2
92%
81 Ratings

KPIs

7.7
77%
32 Ratings
9.7
97%
90 Ratings

Cost and profitability analysis

8.9
89%
34 Ratings
8.9
89%
98 Ratings

Key Performance Indicator setting

7.4
74%
25 Ratings
8.9
89%
89 Ratings

Benchmarking with external data

3.1
31%
8 Ratings
8.6
86%
69 Ratings

Integration

9.4

Planful

94%
8.9

Vena

89%
Planful ranks higher in 3/3 features

Flat file integration

9.6
96%
58 Ratings
9.2
92%
128 Ratings

Excel data integration

9.9
99%
76 Ratings
8.9
89%
149 Ratings

Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

8.8
88%
53 Ratings
8.6
86%
119 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Planful is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale
  • Vena is rated higher in 8 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability
  • Planful and Vena are tied in 2 areas: Usability, Configurability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Planful

87%
99 Ratings
9.0

Vena

90%
178 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.8

Planful

88%
15 Ratings
8.7

Vena

87%
12 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Planful

80%
15 Ratings
8.0

Vena

80%
20 Ratings

Availability

8.2

Planful

82%
6 Ratings
8.5

Vena

85%
5 Ratings

Performance

7.7

Planful

77%
2 Ratings
7.9

Vena

79%
5 Ratings

Support Rating

6.9

Planful

69%
21 Ratings
8.4

Vena

84%
93 Ratings

In-Person Training

6.4

Planful

64%
2 Ratings
8.6

Vena

86%
2 Ratings

Online Training

7.3

Planful

73%
1 Rating
8.2

Vena

82%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

2.3

Planful

23%
12 Ratings
8.9

Vena

89%
5 Ratings

Configurability

8.2

Planful

82%
2 Ratings
8.2

Vena

82%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

Planful

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Vena

82%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.2

Planful

82%
2 Ratings
8.5

Vena

85%
5 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

8.2

Planful

82%
2 Ratings
7.7

Vena

77%
2 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.1

Planful

91%
1 Rating
8.2

Vena

82%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Planful

A specific scenario where Planful is well suited when creating financial reports. Due to the customizable column and row sets that you can create you can look at P&L to at any level of detail you so chose. You can also manipulate what data you want to look at when creating reports by using the page parameters. With the page parameters you can select specific locations of your business, or specific sections of your business
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Vena Solutions

The most powerful feature of Vena is the ability to set Data Permissions to restrict the access of specific levels of users in a large organization. In a large organization, there are multiple departments, a large sales force, and different types of executives. It is not necessary for each group to gain full access to see all the organization's financial information. Vena does a great job in setting up users through data permissions and task binding so that users only need to see and work with what is appropriate for each user.
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Pros

Planful

  • Support: They assign a technical expert to your team, which we have used extensively. They are always very responsive.
  • The spotlight XL add-in is a great tool and has made reporting extremely efficient. So easy to update with changes in your data.
  • Continued enhancements in leading-edge technology - Ex. AI
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Vena Solutions

  • Flows changes and updates to our forecasts seamlessly where we know the numbers are reflected in all of our reports.
  • Ability to create ad hoc custom reports.
  • Having the ability to pull different scenarios, periods, and years easily to have comparatives for better analysis.
  • Integrated well into excel where you don't feel like you're using a completely different tool.
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Cons

Planful

  • User security control could be more centralized on the platform, where you may need to navigate to multiple screens to ensure the access granted is what it should be, depending on your system setup.
  • Dynamic planning (while certainly powerful and can help fulfill special use cases) does have more of a learning curve vs. other areas of Planful, especially if you are not using it frequently. That being said, Planful does have training and resources to help acquire that knowledge.
  • Out-of-the-box intercompany reporting in the consolidation module can be tricky depending on how balances are booked in local source systems. Building reports using the intercompany dimension can be challenging depending on your specific company (entity) structure, but it can be done with some testing and validation.
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Vena Solutions

  • Reports can be difficult to create without extensive training
  • Protecting a sheet to eliminate end user errors is important, but it would be nice to still be able to make cosmetic changes easily
  • There is sometimes a delay in opening reports and loading new reports
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Pricing Details

Planful

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Planful editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Host Analytics Planning1
Host Analytics Consolidation2
Host Analytics Modeling3

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

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Vena

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Vena editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional $0

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    Likelihood to Renew

    Planful

    Our new Comptroller understands the value of Planful, and we plan to utilize it further in the organization to enhance external reporting. Strangely enough, Planful had not previously been embraced by the former CFO, who argued that we were running two sets of books (of course, we were not). Fortunately, the before mentioned reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income demonstrated that to the banks.
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    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

    Planful

    Planful is very easy to use for end users. The budget templates can be customized to meet the business needs. They just released business user experience functionality which you to take a complicated budget template and filter it down to meet departmental needs to avoid sending more lines than needed
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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

    Planful

    I only give a 9 rating rather than a 10 rating because it seems that every day around 2pm we see a slowdown in the use of Planful. I have requested our internal IT department verify that it is not an internal issue and have been assured it is the tool. We have not yet reached out to Planful to do extensive research to solve this issue.
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    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

    Planful

    Again, the system is very reliable and, for the most part, runs very quick and smooth. When running larger queries, it does take some time, and during budgeting season our users experienced slower loading times, but nothing that raises concerns outside of normal network issues. Occasionally, as with any software we use, it will crash and you have to restart, but that does not happen very often.
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    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

    Planful

    Sometimes we get great help when using Planful's support team and other times we don't. In particular, there is one person that often responds to our support tickets who is less than helpful, hence the reason for the 5 out of 10 rating. As a result, most of the time we reach out to our Planful consulting group as they provide faster and better support
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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

    Planful

    I have made a point to attend the Planful Perform conference and it, by far, offers so much more information than "other conferences". Planful does an amazing job including their customers (other users) in their conference to ensure their customers are getting the most out of the information provided. It is truly a wonderful LEARNING experience for their customers!
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    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

    Planful

    A few years ago I participated in a lot of their online learning. Their references have grown over the years and continue to get better and better. We use it throughout the year to update the information we hold internally for documentation and to educate ourselves on all of the new release notes and features within Planful.
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    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

    Planful

    After going through the initial implementation with Host Analytics and a re-implementation with Cervello (due to an ERP change, not due to a poor initial implementation), I've learned that you really must rely on your internal staff to bear most of the implementation burden. Use the vendor or partners for ideas and best-practice suggestions, and some of the easy-but-time-consuming work. Since you will ultimately be using and maintaining the application, you should be able to do most of it yourself.
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    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

    Planful

    Planful is the first FP&A specific software I have used. However, the dashboard module can be compared to PowerBI as I use both - with regard to dashboards, PowerBI offers much more control and customization not only with data manipulation, but also with visualizations and formatting. Planful has a strong selection to visualize most needs, but there can be some complications and road blocks when trying to replicate and/or replace existing dashboards in PowerBI
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    Vena Solutions

    The decision to go with Vena was based mostly on flexibility. Within the Vena solutions, you can create or customize any report to fit your exact need, and that is ideal for our team. We want to be able to create numerous customized report structures on our own, and with many other solutions, you need to ask for one of their support members to create a special report for you, or the idea may not be possible or efficiently developed.
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    Scalability

    Planful

    I give this rating simply because I have first-hand knowledge of the scalability of Planful when working across departments in our company that use different financial systems. We have one team on InEight and another using SAP. When we implemented it, we only customized the system to accommodate one of these financial platforms, but when we considered expanding the use of Planful to other departments, we were able to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate our needs.
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    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

    Planful

    • Reduced time spent on producing reports. With Planful, this is quick and easy!
    • Reduced time spent on month-end closing cycles. Its powerful consolidation capabilities means that there is less dependence on slow legacy solutions & workarounds, we get our consolidated numbers much quicker with Planful.
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    Vena Solutions

    • Saved time on the FP&A team in terms of reporting improvement.
    • FP&A was able to focus more of their time analyzing and less time consolidating.
    • The additional analysis provided by VENA allows the company to tackle cost issues and improve profitability.
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