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Centage
Formerly Planning Maestro

Overview

What is Centage?

Centage (Planning Maestro) offers a way to plan, budget, forecast and report financial performance by enabling finance teams to see into the future, and test the impact of different scenarios, in order to make faster decisions with confidence. The software streamlines…

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TrustRadius Insights

Many users heavily rely on the Budget Maestro platform for its Analytics Maestro capabilities. With this feature, users can create custom …
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Popular Features

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  • Financial budgeting (11)
    9.8
    98%
  • Role-Based Security Model (10)
    9.2
    92%
  • Multi-User Support (named login) (10)
    9.1
    91%
  • Management reporting (11)
    8.6
    86%

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What is Centage?

Centage (Planning Maestro) offers a way to plan, budget, forecast and report financial performance by enabling finance teams to see into the future, and test the impact of different scenarios, in order to make faster decisions with confidence. The software streamlines the entire planning process,…

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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

4.6
Avg 7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

7
Avg 8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

7.4
Avg 8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for patterns and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

8.1
Avg 7.5

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

9
Avg 8.6

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

These activities are designed to assist with both data-driven operational, short-term planning and strategic long term planning

8.8
Avg 8.3

Consolidation and Close

Consolidation of data from multiple entities with currency management, reporting and audit trails.

8.5
Avg 7.9

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Financial statements and regulatory filings

8.2
Avg 8.2

Analytics and Reporting

Dashboards and scorecards for KPI monitoring and benchmarking

7.7
Avg 8.0

Integration

Ability to integrate with external applications.

7.9
Avg 8.2
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Product Details

What is Centage?

Centage (Planning Maestro) offers a way to plan, budget, forecast and report financial performance by enabling finance teams to see into the future, and test the impact of different scenarios, in order to make faster decisions with confidence. The software streamlines the entire planning process, delivering sophisticated financial intelligence to empowers users to make faster, more informed decisions, so they can react quickly to market changes, take intelligent risks and capitalize on new opportunities.

Centage Features

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting Features

  • Supported: Long-term financial planning
  • Supported: Financial budgeting
  • Supported: Forecasting
  • Supported: Scenario modeling
  • Supported: Management reporting

Consolidation and Close Features

  • Supported: Financial data consolidation
  • Supported: Local and consolidated reporting

Financial Reporting and Compliance Features

  • Supported: Financial Statement Reporting
  • Supported: Management Reporting
  • Supported: Excel-based Reporting
  • Supported: Automated board and financial reporting

Analytics and Reporting Features

  • Supported: Personalized dashboards
  • Supported: Cost and profitability analysis
  • Supported: Key Performance Indicator setting

Integration Features

  • Supported: Flat file integration
  • Supported: Excel data integration
  • Supported: Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Customizable dashboards

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Report Versioning
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Predictive Analytics

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Single Sign-On (SSO)

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Centage Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Workday Adaptive Planning, Prophix, and Planful are common alternatives for Centage.

Reviewers rate Financial budgeting highest, with a score of 9.8.

The most common users of Centage are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Many users heavily rely on the Budget Maestro platform for its Analytics Maestro capabilities. With this feature, users can create custom dashboards that allow them to compare actuals against the budget. These visuals have been well-perceived across organizations, as they make it easy to cascade the results to multiple offices with just a simple click. Planning Maestro is also widely used as the primary budgeting system. It provides an efficient and robust platform for creating multiple budget versions, detailed budgeting with descriptions, data linking of expenses to revenues, personnel/salary budgeting, monthly budgeting, simplified reporting, different hierarchies, and work flow. This makes it a valuable tool for developing annual budgets and preparing monthly/quarterly financial statements for management and the Board of Directors. Additionally, many outsourced accounting and CFO staff recommend using Budget Maestro for organizations dealing with cash management and budgeting concerns, as it helps alleviate the fatigue of using Excel-based techniques. Before partnering with Planning Maestro, companies often faced issues when preparing staffing plans, especially when dealing with last-minute changes. Fortunately, Planning Maestro has been able to streamline this process and make it much more efficient. Lastly, the Analytics Maestro Excel add-in tool simplifies the creation of adhoc reports within Excel, allowing users to leverage all the great features of Excel for analysis purposes.

Value-adding platform: According to several users, the Analytics Maestro Platform has been found to add tremendous value to their business operations. They appreciate the newer cloud-based version that eliminates size constraints and allows for seamless usage.

Responsive customer support: Reviewers consistently praise the platform for its extremely supportive and timely customer support. The quick response from the implementation and ongoing support teams in addressing any issues or concerns is highly valued by users.

Detailed budgeting feature: Many users find the detailed budgeting feature of the platform particularly useful as it allows them to work with shared chart of accounts, providing names and descriptions for better organization and clarity in financial planning. The option to upload budgets using excel-based templates simplifies the budgeting process further.

Rollout Time: Some users have found the rollout of the cloud-based solution to be time-consuming, which impacted their productivity and ability to fully utilize the system's features.

Learning Curve: Reviewers mentioned that learning how to use the product to its fullest capabilities with the older version was a time-consuming process. They had to invest additional time and effort into training themselves or their teams on using the product effectively.

Delayed Refreshing: Users have expressed frustration with the delayed refreshing when changing dimensions or budgets in the system. This delay hinders their workflow and slows down their analysis process, leading to inefficiencies in their work.

Users commonly recommend the following:

  1. Analyze data and structure requirements before selecting a budgeting tool. It is important to thoroughly analyze the data and understand the organization's requirements before choosing a budgeting tool. This allows for a better fit between the tool and their needs.

  2. Utilize support during the setup process. Users advise taking advantage of the support provided by Budget Maestro during the setup process to avoid any potential mistakes. They appreciate the assistance in ensuring a smooth implementation.

  3. Consider using Centage or Budget Maestro for budgeting and forecasting needs. Users highly recommend Centage as one of the best budgeting tools for complementing data needs. They also praise Budget Maestro as a reliable budgeting and forecasting tool, citing its efficient implementation team and strong product for end users. Additionally, Budget Maestro is noted for its ability to combine multiple excel spreadsheets into one software solution.

Overall, users suggest thorough analysis of data needs, leveraging support during setup, and considering Centage or Budget Maestro for budgeting and forecasting requirements.

Attribute Ratings

Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Reporting through Analytics Maestro cube
  • Budgets with segmentation (product class & departments)
  • Integrated with NetSuite
  • Integration with NetSuite was slow to set up
  • Would prefer to have transactional data in Centage from NetSuite, not just daily summaries
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Reporting Through Analytics Maestro
  • Handling complex calculations - called Drivers - to plan
  • Compiling, reporting and budgeting with a lot of different dimensions
  • A little more speed in making those complex calculations.
  • A little more speed deploying the data from actuals into the plan.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • flexibility to match your business needs
  • easy to see what calculations are incorporated in the budget and make changes easily
  • excellent reporting tool
  • upload/download of data is very easy
  • Collapsing rows in the reports - it was a good feature in Budget Maestro but removed in Planning Maestro
  • Undo button would be good to have
  • Navigation is still complicated in some areas and new users have difficulty to learn the tool
February 07, 2024

Centage: It's all Great

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • The ability to enter information as needed.
  • The ability to sort and see information in the way we need.
  • Customer Support
  • Head count is a bit strange as each period is considered one Headcount for a total of 12 per year, so we have to adjust when running reports
  • would love to be able to attach related expenses in payroll to a kind of employee instead of doing each individually. It's time consuming.
  • Have the help more available instead of having to log into separate place
Maria E. Aramayo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Security setting at the level of the user
  • Expense allocation methods
  • Reporting of Income statement and others
  • Easy definition of parameters such as accounts, cost centers and project cods
  • We would need the actuals to be brought from our accounting system GP by project code. This is missing at the moment and we are a project driven organization.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Planning personnel with all the related benefit expenses is very accurate and we are able to forecast increases as well.
  • Storing separate versions of the budget allows us to finalize for the year and have access to the data while we update the default plan with any changes.
  • I ilke the way you can add intelligence see the detail of calculations below th eline item.
  • I like writing Planning Maestro reports to see drill downs of any item and tie them to our ERP Budget
  • The Analytics Maestro reports are pretty confusing to create and update. I wish it worked as well as Management Reporter. I continue to load budget into Dynamics SL and run reports there at the GL account/subaccount level
  • I wish that vendors and customers were based structures that could be auto-updated from my ERP like GL accounts. I have to add them manually.
  • Having to manually update our cube seems unnecessary. Shouldn't the cube update itself whenever we make a change?
February 05, 2024

Absolutely great product!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It keeps up with personnel and all aspects of it.
  • It allows us to input information into each location and department and filter each section in the same way.
  • It is very quick to update the cube and reports to see any changes you have made inside the budget.
  • The allocations of personnel do not work well for our company. We have to add multiple lines of each person in admin because our expenses get distributed to many departments.
  • The reports inside Planning Maestro should be able to collapse and expand.
  • There is not an easy way to track counts of sales from the plan to the report.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Use of drivers to develop functions that become the foundation of a budget or forecast
  • Staffing Module
  • Copying or editing large amounts of departmental or business function data/budgets/forecasts
  • Implementation and ongoing support teams - thorough and quick to respond/take action
  • Copying line item details. Planning Maestro is good at copying large swathes of data, but copying single line items could speed up the process of adding new line item details.
  • Speed up the refresh rate of the Analytics Maestro tool
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Planning Maestro can simplify and automates the budgeting process, by creating an environment where teams can collaborate and update data as needed.
  • The software uses historical data to generate financial forecasts. It enables users to create various scenarios, perform what-if analyses, and assess different business decisions on financial outcomes.
  • You can have real-time dashboards and reports, offering insights into key financial metrics, variances, and performance indicators.
  • Slightly heavier lift to get people trained on the new system compared to other tools on the market
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Detailed budgeting even for shared chart of accounts with names and descriptions
  • Multiple budget versions, easy to copy versions
  • Easy navigation
  • Several layers of security rules
  • Uploading of budgets using excel based templates
  • Several options for filtering
  • Personnel or salary budgeting
  • Monthly budgeting
  • When changing dimensions (chart of accounts) or budgets, delay refreshing until line edits are completed
  • When refreshing data bases, add option to exclude static versions so they don't add processing time
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Analytics Maestro Platform adds tremendous value.
  • Newer version offering is cloud based which adds value on size constraints.
  • Customer support has always been extremely supportive and timely on responses.
  • Took some time to roll out the cloud-based solution.
  • The older version (not cloud-based) we used took about an hour to refresh after data load.
  • The older version did take some time learning how to use the product to its fullest capabilities.
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