Centage Budget Maestro

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4.2 out of 5 stars

Centage Corporation provides easy-to-use, cost-effective budgeting and planning software solutions for small to medium sized businesses

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Centage Budget Maestro review by User in Consumer Services
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Budget Software to use

What do you like best?

The layout - it is easy to just click your way around and find what you're looking for. I use it to track the delivery of projects and the associated maintenance that goes with them. Easy to enter new records and update as the delivery date changes.

What do you dislike?

At first we set it up incorrectly and did not take advantage of the user training that Budget Maestro offered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the support they provide when setting up Budget Maestro for the 1st time. We did not and went 6-7 months setting it up incorrectly on our own. We used the in office support and was able to set it up within a short period of time correctly. Also use the conference calls for support once you have it set up and are using it to help you along the way

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The use of very large excel files for budgeting as well as large files when reporting monthly to other business users. Also wanted to get in all of our headcount, project and contracts into one database instead of many different excel files.

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Centage Budget Maestro review by Administrator
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Great Experience, very good support and flexibility in terms of training schedule.

What do you like best?

I like the level of detail a budget can be created.I also like the fact that after the initial set up the time to update the budgets for the following years is very much reduced. I also like that we are able to see the actuals and use that information for next year budget.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact that not all the input information can be printed in a report form. I also don't like the fact that the information can be easily deleted without any warnings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a business that has multiple entities and consolidation was a problem. We were using Excel before and if you are not the owner of the spreadsheet you may not know how the template works and make mistakes by changing formulas.

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Centage Budget Maestro review by <span>Eric K.</span>
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Great Customer Service and Experience with the Product

What do you like best?

Great customer experience. Our company uses an older version, but we still have the ability to create new dimensions for Post Audit Adjustments, pro forma reporting, and any other measure we decide we would like to compare against.

What do you dislike?

Limited capabilities on older version so we only had 6 dimension capability. This was creating a challenge for our organization as we have over 300,000 rows of data per year to slice and dice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The cloud based demo appears to be a strong product for the end user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the product for our Annual Budget process for over 60 branches. We also use the product for daily retrievals of actuals to compare against our Budget to help gauge the strength of our individual offices across the organization.

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Effective Budget Tool

What do you like best?

We enjoy the ease of use and ability to organize a lot of complicated data in one system.

What do you dislike?

The system can be hard to navigate from screen to screen or instead of navigating to different screens it would be nice if more information was available pertaining the screen. I believe with the new BM release many of these concerns would be addressed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a more sophisticated system which can combine the aspects of multiple excel spreadsheets into one software this will be the system for you. It is nice that they have great support when you need it and they are continually trying to update and improve the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting a better handle and visibility of our budget by departments. We've been able to use reports from BM to hold monthly meetings helping to keep managers informed of their budget to actual performance throughout the year.

Centage Budget Maestro review by Executive Sponsor in Non-Profit Organization Management
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Five Years of Budget Maestro

What do you like best?

Personnel level budgeting including hourly rates, health insurance, workers comp categories, vacation plans, etc. allows extremely accurate assessments of the 'people' costs in our organization; these costs account for ~85% of our spend so accuracy in this category allows for a strong budget.

What do you dislike?

System is far from intuitive; long learning curve and a bit frustrating however once over the hump on the learning curve the system functions well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have a demo of the setup process

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In combination with the Link and Analytics Maestro tools creation of detailed monthly variance analysis and reporting at department levels has been greatly eased allowing for better communication between finance and operational leadership.

Centage Budget Maestro review by <span>Julie W.</span>
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Instantanous Results for Quick Analysis

What do you like best?

We have support departments allocate to our divisions and we use Budget Maestro allocations. Our support departments can do 'what if' scenarios and the division see the results immediately.

What do you dislike?

Our balance sheet and cash flow is too complicated to use Budget Maestro

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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