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Likelihood to Recommend

PlanGuru

The ease with which one can design and project promotional incentives to drive sales for new products is impressive. Another useful features of this program is that companies can optimize revenue using predictive analytics.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Any organization that has the same P&L for multiple business units would benefit greatly! Franchises, etc are a perfect fit.Any organization that has multiple shadow systems in Excel can all be brought together in Vena.Hotel management would be a great fit!Reits and other infrastructure companies would be a great fit!
Darrell Rooney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Pay calculation
PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
Benefit plan administration
PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
Direct deposit files
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Salary revision and increment management
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Reimbursement management
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

Customization

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
API for custom integration
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Plug-ins
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

Security

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Single sign-on capability
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Role-based user permissions
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

Reporting & Analytics

PlanGuru
8.3
Vena Solutions
Dashboards
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Standard reports
PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
Custom reports
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Accounts payable
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Accounts receivable
PlanGuru
10.0
Vena Solutions
Cash management
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Bank reconciliation
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Expense management
PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
Time tracking
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Fixed asset management
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Multi-division support
PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
Regulations compliance
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Electronic tax filing
PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
Self-service portal
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Global Financial Support
PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Intercompany Accounting
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Localizations
PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
Journals and Reconciliations
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Enterprise Accounting
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Configurable Accounting
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Centralized Rules Framework
PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
Standardized Processes
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

Inventory Management

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Inventory tracking
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Automatic reordering
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Location management
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Manufacturing module
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

Order Management

PlanGuru
8.1
Vena Solutions
Pricing
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Order entry
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Credit card processing
PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
Cost of goods sold
PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
Order Orchestration
PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
End-to-end order visibility
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
Order exception Resolution
PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions

BI Standard Reporting

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.3
Customizable dashboards
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8
Report Formatting Templates
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.3
Drill-down analysis
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.6
Formatting capabilities
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.4
Publish to Web
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8
Publish to PDF
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8
Report Versioning
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8
Predictive Analytics
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.3

Access Control and Security

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1
Role-Based Security Model
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1
Long-term financial planning
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.2
Financial budgeting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.3
Forecasting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.2
Scenario modeling
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.9
Management reporting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1

Consolidation and Close

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1
Financial data consolidation
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1
Journal entries and reports
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.1
Multi-currency management
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.8
Intercompany Eliminations
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.4
Minority Ownership
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.6
Local and consolidated reporting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1
Detailed Audit Trails
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.6

Financial Reporting and Compliance

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.7
Financial Statement Reporting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.4
Management Reporting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.8
Excel-based Reporting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.0
Automated board and financial reporting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.4
XBRL support for regulatory filing
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
7.6

Analytics

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.8
Personalized dashboards
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.0
Color-coded scorecards
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.6
KPIs
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.5
Cost and profitability analysis
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.6
Key Performance Indicator setting
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1
Benchmarking with external data
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.0

Integration

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.1
Flat file integration
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.8
Excel data integration
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.3
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
6.2

Pros

PlanGuru

  • Allows for several different scenarios for the same company
  • Modification in specifications alterable
  • Allows for changes at any level with several criteria.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • Vena provides all the customizable flexibility and advanced calculation that you can squeeze out of Excel because Excel is used as the front-end. You can tailor the reporting and budget templates to your exact needs and leverage your existing Excel skills.
  • Even though you work in Excel, the data is all controlled by a multi-dimensional cloud database. So your work is safe. Changes are auditable, and nobody has to rely on sharing Excel files between each other and tracking the latest version.
  • Vena's workflow system can be extremely simple if that's what you need. Or you can build some fairly complex process flows for any task.
Aaron Andersen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

PlanGuru

  • High cost.
  • Limited scalability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • The tool uses at least four different query and data manipulation languages, once you get your data to the tool. All of which are proprietary, limited flavors of other languages (such as SQL and MDX).
  • The use of a MongoDB back end has resulted in the ongoing use of floats for numeric data storage. This works fine if you are budgeting at a high level. However, if you are leveraging their transaction-level features, you will see divergence due to the inherent issues of floating point being unable to precisely represent decimal values.
  • There is very little community documentation around the tool, and the documentation provided by the vendor is sparse, poorly written, and often out of date or just plain wrong. This extends to their sample code as well
  • There is currently no direct way to feed data from your source system databases. The primary method is dumping data to flat files and either executing the uploads manually through the web UI or wrapping a java-based CLI with Powershell or windows batch for local execution. There is also a preview of a logic app if you have Azure as part of your infrastructure
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

PlanGuru

PlanGuru 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It hasn't really been a viable program for our office.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 8.1
Based on 9 answers
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

PlanGuru

PlanGuru 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 7.3
Based on 16 answers
It is extremely easy to use the software right away because:- it is Excel-based, so there is little to no learning curve for creating templates and reports- the admin of the tool itself is very simple and intuitive (processes, workflows, etc)The downside to that flexibility is the increased risk of human error, which can be mitigated by additional control and check files.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

PlanGuru

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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
Charlotte Byrne Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

PlanGuru

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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
Jeremiah Adrian Howard Ross | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

PlanGuru

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 8.7
Based on 90 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

PlanGuru

No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

The training was all at once. There needed to be more modules that could be broken up over time to allow users to handle their day job and the training
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

PlanGuru

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 4.5
Based on 1 answer
I would like to see more modules and case study work through of techniques to master to excel within the software package. The current online information is stale and not representative of current software version. It could be much more interactive and informative. Much of the online help articles are stale.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

PlanGuru

PlanGuru 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Great tool for projections and forecasting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 6.4
Based on 4 answers
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

PlanGuru

A must-have for all large corporations with intensive new product development programs to boost sales and revenue. It is better than others in terms of ease of operation and adaptability. The customer support lent to the buyers is excellent. All issues pertaining to the service or product are timely resolved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

The only tools that are similar are more in the BI realm and Vena provides a much more robust way of interacting with data that the visualization that a BI solution provides. Again, the self-service model of the tool allows for the tool to grow with the individuals of the company, which is an element other tools struggle with.
Avo Koulakian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

PlanGuru

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Vena solutios is a software that provides robust tools that help different departments in their statistics and we can visualize a lot of promising and visually attractive data. Vena Solutions' level of scalability is high and sustainable over time thanks to the fabulous technical support that is ready to help us at all times
Charlotte Byrne Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

PlanGuru

  • Improves business process agility.
  • Drives revenue growth.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • From my observation, we did get a return on investment. We have FP&A tool first and foremost.
  • We are dealing with 1 financial system to get data as suppose to several sources from before.
  • For sure, Vena Solutions helped many finance teams domestically within our company with financial reporting.
jamie Luangaphay | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

PlanGuru

General

Free Trial
Yes
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

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

PlanGuru
7.0
Vena Solutions
8.1

Usability

PlanGuru
8.0
Vena Solutions
7.3

Reliability and Availability

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1

Performance

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1

Support Rating

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
8.7

Online Training

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
4.5

Implementation Rating

PlanGuru
9.0
Vena Solutions
6.4

Scalability

PlanGuru
Vena Solutions
9.1

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