Score 9.0 out of 10


What is Sparkrock?

Sparkrock’s cloud-enabled solution helps organizations manage their finance and accounting, human resources and payroll, human services case management, and donor and fundraising activities.

According to the vendor, key benefits and features include:

  • Finance Management with capabilities to help organizations increase...
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What is Sparkrock?

Sparkrock’s cloud-enabled solution helps organizations manage their finance and accounting, human resources and payroll, human services case management, and donor and fundraising activities. According to the vendor, key benefits and features include: Finance Management…

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Payroll Management

Provides for pay calculation and benefit plan administration, in addition to managing direct deposit, salary revisions and payroll tracking.

9.4Avg 7.3


This addresses a company’s ability to configure the software to fit its specific use case and workflow.

10Avg 7.3


This component helps a company minimize the security risks by controlling access to the software and its data, and encouraging best practices among users.

9.5Avg 8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Users can report on and analyze usage, performance, ROI, and/or other metrics of success.

9Avg 7.3

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Financial management solution, including capabilities for general ledger and configurable accounting

8.8Avg 7.6

Inventory Management

The ability to track and manage the flow of goods or materials into and out of an inventory.

9.3Avg 7.9

Subledger and Financial Process

Revenue management solution including capabilities for subledgers and financial processes

9.6Avg 7.4

Project Financial Management

Project financial management solution including capabilities for project budgeting, cost control, billing and contract management.

9.4Avg 7.6

Grants Management

Grants management solution for higher education, public sector, or non-profits with capabilities for managing financial awards for program and project funding

9.3Avg 7.4


Procurement management solution with capabilities for sourcing, contracting, procure-to-pay and supplier management

9.6Avg 6.9

Supply Chain

Supply Chain Planning solution with capabilities for planning, performance monitoring, change responses and execution.

9.3Avg 7.5
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What is Sparkrock?

Sparkrock’s cloud-enabled solution helps organizations manage their finance and accounting, human resources and payroll, human services case management, and donor and fundraising activities.

According to the vendor, key benefits and features include:

  • Finance Management with capabilities to help organizations increase transparency and reduce risk.
  • Workforce Management to help front-line employees deliver services to clients, with tools that help them to be more productive on the go and help manage them more effectively.
  • Case Management so organizations get the critical information needed to ensure the quality of care and program delivery.
  • Donor Management to provide a complete view of all donor activities, helping to build relationships with donors, and improve fundraising effectiveness.

Sparkrock partners with Microsoft Dynamics to build a solution with vertical-specific functionality based on over a decade’s worth of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, the vendor says this means users get a solution that has cutting-edge technology and unique capabilities that are meaningful to them and their organization.

Sparkrock Features

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting Features

  • Supported: Accounts payable
  • Supported: Accounts receivable
  • Supported: Global Financial Support
  • Supported: Primary and Secondary Ledgers
  • Supported: Journals and Reconciliations
  • Supported: Configurable Accounting
  • Supported: Standardized Processes

Subledger and Financial Process Features

  • Supported: Billing Management
  • Supported: Revenue Recognition
  • Supported: Cash and Asset Management
  • Supported: Travel & Expense Management
  • Supported: Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
  • Supported: Period Close

Inventory Management Features

  • Supported: Inventory tracking
  • Supported: Automatic reordering
  • Supported: Location management

Payroll Management Features

  • Supported: Pay calculation
  • Supported: Benefit plan administration
  • Supported: Direct deposit files

Reporting & Analytics Features

  • Supported: Dashboards
  • Supported: Standard reports
  • Supported: Custom reports

Customization Features

  • Supported: API for custom integration
  • Supported: Plug-ins

Security Features

  • Supported: Role-based user permissions
  • Supported: Single sign-on capability
  • Supported: Multi-factor authentication
  • Supported: User-level audit trail

Grants Management Features

  • Supported: Award Lifecycle Management
  • Supported: Spending Control
  • Supported: Indirect Cost Management

Project Financial Management Features

  • Supported: Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Supported: Project Costing
  • Supported: Cost Capture
  • Supported: Capital Project Management
  • Supported: Customer Contract Compliance
  • Supported: Project Revenue Recognition

Procurement Features

  • Supported: Bids Analyzed and Compared
  • Supported: Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
  • Supported: Contract Authoring
  • Supported: Contract Repository
  • Supported: Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
  • Supported: Supplier Management
  • Supported: Contract Renewal Automation

Supply Chain Features

  • Supported: Forecasting
  • Supported: Inventory Planning
  • Supported: Performance Monitoring

Additional Features

  • Supported: Flexible architecture with multiple integrations
  • Supported: Microsoft-based tool
  • Supported: Secure Mobile Access
  • Supported: Volunteer Management
  • Supported: Grant Management
  • Supported: Applicant Tracking
  • Supported: Donor Management
  • Supported: Fund Accounting
  • Supported: Employee Scheduling

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Watch Do you wonder why your scheduler always seems frazzled? They have to juggle so many staff requests, remember all your scheduling rules, adhere to stiff labor regulations and know that if they make a mistake it could mean that a client in need doesn’t have anyone show up for a shift. Sparkrock has been working with human services organizations for the last decade, and together with them we have developed our employee scheduling solution.

Watch How many small requests does your HR team get daily from staff? “I need to change my address” “Can I get a copy of my pay stub?” “When’s my next shift scheduled for again?” “I need to request some vacation”. We found that many organizations spend way too much time dealing with all of these requests. That’s why we created the Workforce Management solution - a secure, permission-based web application where employees can access everything in one place.

Watch Do you spend too much time getting your financial data in the desired format? Is your finance team bogged down with collecting data from multiple sources and ensuring it is the same across departments or locations? We can help.

Watch Wouldn’t you like a smart enough system that aids you in controlling costs and putting a check on overspending at your organization? Sparkrock has been working with non-profit organizations for the last decade, and together with them we have developed several non-profit focused capabilities.

Watch You play a huge role in the lives of the people your organization serves. But the tangible results of your hard work are not always easy to see, and sometimes even harder to report on.

Watch Imagine a world where you can access neatly organized client data without rummaging through papers. Or imagine easily reading case notes without struggling to decipher handwriting. Sparkrock has been working with human services organizations like yours for the last decade, and together with them we have developed a secure online portal for our Case Management solution.

Watch Do you feel like it takes forever to find the information you need? Do you need to sift through irrelevant data to get to what you really need? Do you worry that sensitive financial data is available freely to all within the organization? Sparkrock has found that many organizations share this concern. Which is why we built a system where the user experience is tailored for each employee so that they can find information quickly and easily.

Watch When people come to your human services organization for help, the last thing they want to do is fill a mountain worth of paperwork. With our Case Management solution, as soon as ongoing program data is collected for clients, their corresponding client profile will be updated automatically, allowing you to spend less time entering data and more time helping your clients reach their goals.

Watch That pile of timesheets sitting on someone on your team’s desk is the thing they dread most about their job. What if I told you that you could take manual timesheet entry right out of your process? By linking payroll to an online time entry and scheduling system, we can eliminate a lot of extra steps and ensure that all your employees get paid the right amount, and on time. Would that pique your interest?

Sparkrock Integrations

Sparkrock Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesCanada, United States
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French

Frequently Asked Questions

Sage Intacct, Sage 100cloud, and NetSuite ERP are common alternatives for Sparkrock.

Reviewers rate Direct deposit files and Single sign-on capability and Accounts payable highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Sparkrock are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).

Sparkrock Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)0%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)90%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)10%
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Andres Pirela Loyo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It contains all the complete accounting management to keep up-to-date payments with debtors and suppliers. I can have all the information in the system and make payments through the same means.
  • It allows us to issue customized invoices quickly and recurring billing is very agile as well.
  • Payroll is handled perfectly with the software, as we also manage the employee management and hiring process there.
  • The problem with a cloud-based program is that it is impossible to work it without a connection or bad internet connection, which is a big limitation.
  • Not all the functions are used and there are so many that can become overwhelming at the beginning of the use of the software.
  • They could have configured in a more organic or friendly way the main panel so that it would be a much more navigable experience for the page.
Alecia Lantz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Altus Dynamics is very customer focused! Altus Alliance is just one example!
  • Offers an integrated product which meets the needs of the users!
  • Continuously invests in the product to make each release better than the last!
  • Building in additional training support for end users as part of an implementation or upgrade.
  • Sharing of best practices amongst like minded organizations and creating system and or reporting standardizations where possible.
  • It would be great to see a "cashless schools" module as part of the product which integrates into the financial system!
Malcolm McAuley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Data collection - the system is robust and we can tailor it to collect the information we need.
  • Easily configurable - the system is easy to configure to meet our specific business needs.
  • Reporting and data extraction - the system allows for easy access to information that helps inform business decisions.
  • Learning curve can be a challenge for some, but by having dedicated support channels to help users find the answers to questions they need, users can adapt to the processes quickly.
  • While reporting is a positive, the sheer robustness of the system can be overwhelming for some. Understanding how to extract the exact data they want can be challenging at times.
  • The system is huge. There is so much to learn that getting users to focus on the basics first can be a challenge. That said, we'd rather have a system that includes many areas of functionality that we can grow into than feel limited by lack of system potential.
March 21, 2016

NAV Payroll

Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It is easy to gather information for reports.
  • It is fast to find information that is needed.
  • It has diminished manual entry for payroll.
  • The scheduling module is missing a few key parts that would enhance our employee's use of the system.
  • Payroll is not yet stable and there is difficulty posting payroll.
  • Some of the pay controls do not work to the ability that we would like them to.
March 18, 2016


Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Data is easily exported to Excel which allows for easy manipulation and reporting options.
  • There are many filtering options to provide specific data.
  • Some functionality is difficult to find within the program.
  • When there are data issues/errors, the program doesn't tell you what the error/issue is. You need to go through everything to find it.
March 17, 2016

Great Support

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Dimension combinations allow us to report on expenses in various ways.
  • The support from Altus Dynamics is superb. They truly understand our business processes and help mold the software solution around that.
  • The migration to the Altus Dynamics ERP is one of the smoothest deployments of my career.
  • Custom development/reports are difficult to do on our own, however Altus Dynamics is open to assisting with that.
January 22, 2016

Altus K-12 review

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Organization of data from an accounting perspective. It is logical and easy to use.
  • Linking of data between modules - accounting and purchasing. Very easy to get the whole story when looking up a vendor.
  • Reporting - the canned reports do not meet our needs.
  • Budgeting module - needs improvement and updating.
Phyllis Fidler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Integrates finance with payroll. Many solutions still run these as separate functions and this was one of the deciding factors for King's when purchasing Microsoft NAV in 2005.
  • Altus has added an employee web app that seamlessly connects the outside 'users' to the information they require.
  • HR position management has taken the many details of an employee in this environment and allowed each position to be tracked individually.
  • Many of the improvements are being met with each upgrade. Altus Dynamics has an idea portal that customers can add ideas to and vote on other customer ideas. This means that most issues that come up are resolved with each new upgrade.
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