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Host Analytics review by Brad T.
Brad T.
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"Finance Driven Solution"

What do you like best?

The system has been intuitive enough to help to solve our problems without requiring expensive consultants or significant time from our IT team. Host Analytics listens to its customers and its prioritizes the enhancements to the product and the published roadmap. They've been a good business partner from our perspective.

What do you dislike?

Nothing significant from our perspective. Occasionally, when a browser crashes or something doesn't work you need to rebuild unsaved work; hoewever, it's not a big deal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you know your process and have an idea of what you want this to look like at the end. The implementation isn't the time to untake a reorg.

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

Consolidation, foreign currency reporting, budgeting, reporting, ad hoc financial analysis. We're able to answer questions and model things that weren't really possible before.

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Host Analytics review by Mary M.
Mary M.
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"Host took a lot of data and made it usable."

What do you like best?

Once set up, Host is easy to use. I have a large amount of product data that Host has helped me organize into something I can use in my business. I love how I can get several financial reports with the push of a button each month. It continues to make month end easier for me. Oh yeah, I use it for budgeting too. I originally got into Host for budgeting and it has been great for that, but I have found it great for many other things. I also love the way it can grow with me. As I use the software I realize there are more things I can do. Host customers for life team is always there to help me when I explore these possibilities.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to set up a report template. Once set it is good and there are no worries. I would like to feel like I understand how it all works better, but that is a time consuming endeavor. Thankfully there is always someone available at Host to help out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Host, it has been a great asset to me. Understand it is not something you can use without help from Host, but programs of this type often are not.

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

It help organize a lot of product data and made it usable. It made the budgeting process more organized and helped my monthly close become a more automated process.

What Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Host Analytics review by Jason P.
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"Jason"

What do you like best?

Flexibility and easy of use in the reporting, consolidation and planning. The system is easy to customer ize to the company and the individual users. The system has added information that driver the right questions and aloows us to ask the questions in time to make the changes we see are necessary. We have cut our close period by half and it has added to the work life balance.

What do you dislike?

Prioritizarion of enhancements. There are alot of very simple enhancement that would improve functionality. They are minor issue such as formatting that eats up time after you have created the report you want. There should be a tier system to input for enhancement that includes quick updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it now, the soon you get started the sooner you can start saving time and money.

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

COnsolidation and planning. We have 2 ERP's and 2 charts of accounts and the Host application has made it easy to report. The easy of cusomization in the consolidation module allows us to change with the improvements we would like to make as we gain experience.

Host Analytics review by Harry (VJ) H.
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"well rounded software that allows for increased automation for financial reporting and processing"

What do you like best?

I like how Host is able to access all of our financial information from our ERP system and then report our information in a way that is user friendly for non-finance business members.

What do you dislike?

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I dislike how much I don't know about Host. Coming to the conference has made me realize there is so much Host can do that our company and myself don't know about.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Host is a great tool that allows all business members the ability to access the information that they only need rather than all financial data.

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

We are currently solving our financial reporting and budgeting/planning process with Host. We have seen a significant increase in our efficiencies for budgeting. We also have the capabilities to allow our manufacturing plants to see real-time financial data rather than having to pull reports out of our ERP system and formatting them in a user-friendly manner.

Host Analytics review by Michael Z.
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"Providing Aid Despite Guidance"

What do you like best?

- Quick response time for help

- Customer service is great, Jeff Johnson is phenomenal

- Spotlight XL EBR very useful and very user-friendly

- BOOMI tool following implementation

- Row sets and column sets within reporting are very easily understood

What do you dislike?

- Product seems extremely fickle

- New products released and add-ins without informing us of the features

- Took a very long time to connect to SAP

- WFP hourly is useless

- WFP reporting is separate from Financial reporting

- Spotlight XL occasionally pulls in some account,s without pulling in all accounts (which makes us question accuracy)

- We have noticed that sometimes our calculations do not populate correctly and the locked feature keeps that from occurring. I do not like the fact that you need to save each individual template (or use the simulation engine) in order for some of the templates to work as set-up. They should automatically update.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spotlight XL EBR is the most useful part of Host Analytics in addition to the reporting tool within the online interface. It seems as though many people don't use spotlight XL EBR, which I am shocked about.

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

We now have one repository for all our reports. This has solved several errors we discovered from having externally-linked excel workbooks. When the product is working, it ensures data reporting accuracy.

Host Analytics review by Joe G.
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"Good tool with terrible support"

What do you like best?

The ability to manage scenarios and different plans. Many of the features are pretty handy, but adoption has been hard because getting the people up to speed has been a challenge.

What do you dislike?

The support experience has been less that appealing. It's nearly impossible to get a live person to talk to about a support ticket. Tickets are entered into the portal and they may or may not be addressed even with high priority. My team has been stuck waiting for days for a response that is helpful. We've had support people just cut and paste boilerplate articles that had nothing to do with our problems. It's forced us to take on additional expense to get support from one of the partners because they will call us back.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure you negotiate good support up front

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

Maturing the information technology areas ability to manage their budget.and improve the overall discipline around our IT spend. We also need to get a clear picture of the project spend.

Host Analytics review by Jessica B.
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"The next step to a better business"

What do you like best?

Host gives you a way to upgrade your processes and reporting. Giving you more time to focus on the business and less on the mechanics.

What do you dislike?

After seeing everything that Host has to offer and what is to come there is nothing that I have seen or used that I dislike so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it! No matter where your business is at or how many departments you can benefit from Host. There are so many different levels and uses with Host that it fits any company's needs.

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

We are easily creating reports without having to create formulas, tick and tie, push data etc. We are now able to populate a report each day, week, month in a matter of minutes and have all the most current data needed. Giving us the time to analyze and work on improving the business.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Retail
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"Host Analytics for Planning/Forecasting and Reporting"

What do you like best?

I like the useability, our users easily adapted to the templates to enter plans and update forecasts. They loved the Excel look which made training easier. I also really like the reporting functionality, especially utilizing report collections and scheduling of jobs. We have reduced our time to prepare the monthly reporting greatly, and we now can push reports out to our users automatically which is a huge improvement.

The helpdesk, customer service is really good.

What do you dislike?

Not all the modules have the same reporting tools, and should. The functionality in the HR module and capital needs improvement, although it is still a huge improvement over our excel worksheets and calculations. There also seems to be a few to many steps to get to the end results, and you have to be sure to walk through the steps to ensure the correct results.

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

Huge savings in planning and reporting processes. Our managers update and input their own plans/forecast directly into host so it improves the accountability, they own their numbers. Our process is quicker and more flexible. It would take us weeks to add a new location in all of our excel spreadsheets, it is much quicker now using host. We use FPP for our reporting package and it cut the time for our monthly results package more than in half. 50% of our monthly package comes directly out of host, so easy to run and distribute. So much less maintenance required.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Management Consulting
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"Host has been a fantastic upgrade of our budgeting and reporting software."

What do you like best?

Host has been much easier to use, has more flexibility, and we are constantly trying to build on our current knowledge and use Host to streamline our monthly activities as much as possible. We use Host for reporting, budgeting, and forecasting. We are implementing Spotlight within the next 6 months and we're excited that ad hoc reporting will be a lot quicker.

What do you dislike?

At times, I wish Host would run a tad faster. I also wish that the workforce reporting was a bit more robust and was able to report on actuals so we can create actual vs. budget reports.

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

Host has decreased the time it takes to do our monthly reporting package. We love the drill down feature as well, this enables the department managers to be more independent by being able to pull this information themselves.

Host Analytics review by User in Entertainment
User in Entertainment
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"Host Analytics User Review"

What do you like best?

We like that we now have the ability to store all of our financial data and reports in a cloud based application. Anyone who needs to view the data and/or reports can easily access the information at any time.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally, our team has experienced the Host application running fairly slow, however Host now gives us the ability to use the application in Chrome, so the speed has improved quite a bit since we switched over from Internet Explorer. We do still experience some slowness around year end, though.

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

Storing all of our data in one cloud based database as opposed to a huge excel workbook with many, many spreadsheets. We are able to consolidate our financials must faster than before using Host Analytics.

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"Powerful tool that can be picked up by a typical FP&A users"

What do you like best?

As an FP&A user, my data aligns with accounting data, and I can merge it with operating data. I can easily combine data from different systems and build reporting in a single spot.

The ability to bring data directly into Excel with the SpotlightXL tool is a MAJOR plus for FP&A users.

What do you dislike?

The Workforce Planning module takes a lot of maintenance. There is no easy way to match new hires with planned hires. It requires a lot of manual work. We have to keep almost a full FTE worth of time just keeping WFP updated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure you have 1-2 people internally that can truly spend time learning the product during the implementation. It isn't hard to learn, but internal expertise is invaluable.

Take the time to learn SpotlightXL (the Excel tool) if you plan to build complicated models. SpotlightXL does have a real learning curve, but you can solve some a lot of problems with it.

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

We distribute our planning and reporting to business users. All business users now have access to their numbers. We have also replaced manual Excel based reporting, nearly eliminated data errors in reports.

Host Analytics review by Lee J.
Lee J.
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"A Partnership. Not Just Another Software Vendor"

What do you like best?

After completing a very thorough vendor review process, I ultimately decided on Host because I believed in their partnership philosophy. I felt that several applications could have met my company's business needs but they would have been just another vendor. Host Analytics provided me with confidence that if I partnered with them, I would not fail in this endeavor. What I like best about Host Analytics is that they, along with my implementation partner, Bright Point Consulting, have met or exceeded every expectation I had in this regard. Both companies continue to offer unparalleled support. True partners indeed.

What do you dislike?

Host was originally constructed for Internet Explorer (as opposed to Chrome, IOS, etc.) and is continuously working toward becoming "browser agnostic". Some of the functionality does not translate across all browsers currently and as someone who prefers to use Chrome for everything, this can be frustrating at times. With that said, each new release offers improvements so I'm confident that the issue will be unnoticeable in the very near future (within the next 6 months based on my understanding).

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

Host Analytics has dramatically reduced the time it takes to produce a forecast. Before we implemented HA, we struggled to complete a single mid-year forecast each year that was already outdated by the time it was published. We are now completing quarterly forecasts and higher level monthly "flashcasts". By 2017 we will be on a monthly rolling forecast schedule.

Host Analytics review by Manal N.
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"Controller"

What do you like best?

Its user friendly and has many possibilities for a consolidation software. There are many automated features which makes it easier for manager position to use.

What do you dislike?

The implementation did not go well at all for my company, the consultant firm that was assigned to us was not competent enough to follow. Many mistakes were made during implementation that could not be changed afterwords.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It s a good product however the company has a hard time with implementation as they need to better understand the customer s needs.

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

Mostly consolidation, however, that module is not working well due to mistake make during implementation by BrightPoint. Reporting are made easier with Host versus Sage (our ERP system).

Host Analytics review by Donald C.
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"Excellent First Time"

What do you like best?

Well organized. Showed the product, and the possible future enhancements. Really glad with the presentations were to demonstrate add-on software from partners, they were clearly advertised.

What do you dislike?

The rooms were very nice, but some times very small for the crowd size. Also for the day #1 training, round tables were used which was very difficult for many to work with.

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

As new users, we are gaining familiarity with the software and its capabilities. What I have run into is the issue that I have more fields that I want to import into Host than is possible. I want to be able to report on non-financial metrics and am not able to.

Host Analytics review by Rick O.
Rick O.
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"Host Analytics has given our forecasting process a boost.....and more!"

What do you like best?

We initially purchased the product for forecasting but it covers a lot of bases for us now: Forecasting , Budgeting, Workforce Planning, Management Reporting, Constant Currency Reporting. We have found it to be a robust system that we in Finance can easily maintain. This has given us great flexibility in configuring the software to meet our needs without incurring a lot of costs from our outsourced IT partners. It is very easy to train new users since it has the look and feel of Excel but with loads more capability. The fact that cloud updates flow through seamlessly is an added plus.

What do you dislike?

We would like even out the use of this product through the year. Right now, we tend to use it at month end for reporting out our close, quarterly for forecasts and annually for budgets. We'd like to get our data loaded in automatically so that we can start to use this as a tool throughout the month to analyze our data. This is feasible but we just need to find the time and resources to auomate our loads.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very much worth more than just a consideration. Very cost effective product and can be supported within Finance without IT. This was a huge plus for our company.

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

We initially needed a product to help us with our quarterly 18 month rolling forecasts. It has been a godsend to our forecasting process. We've shortened the process and increased the amount of time available to analyze results as opposed to building the forecast. It has done the same for our annual budget exercise. We've also been able to add comprehensive workforce planning to both our forecast and our budget at a level of detail that had not been previously possible. Reorganizations and changes are significantly easier now. We've also seen a benefit from improved management reporting. We can finally report actual, budget and forecast from a single source. Very pleased with the product.

Host Analytics review by Shane R.
Shane R.
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"Great cloud based solution for F&A teams of all sizes"

What do you like best?

Host Analytics is great for ad hoc reporting and building a report or modifying an existing report can be done in a matter of seconds and it takes no special knowledge of computer coding (our application is completely supported by Finance). It does an excellent job of integrating MS Excel functionality into a web application and allows organizations of all sizes to quickly and efficiently report, forecast, budget and analyze their business. They also have a great customer service team that is responsive and knowledgable about their application, but more importantly what F&A users go through on a day to day basis.

What do you dislike?

The speed of the application (loading pages/reports, etc.) can be slower than desired at times. Dashboarding is improving, but lags behind other specialized dashboard applications in ease of use and speed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're not in the cloud yet for F&A solutions you should strongly consider it and Host should be one of the solutions you look at. They are customer focused and consistently improving and truly understand what F&A goes through.

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

Our company uses Host for Forecasting, Budgeting, Reporting and Analysis.

Ad Hoc reporting is quite easy with Host. Building a report or modifying an existing report can be done in a matter of seconds and it takes no special knowledge of computer coding or a request to an IT group.

Our Host application is 100% supported by the F&A group, no IT support. This reduces the burden on our internal IT team and also give us in F&A better ability to make changes on an as needed basis.

Host does a great job of integrating MS Excel functionality into a web application. We are all familiar with Excel and the power of that tool, but also know what it's like to get stuck in Excel Hell with multiple versions of a spreadsheet, or a broken spreadsheets. Having online templates allows F&A to be in control of input templates, which are easily accessible by all who need to see them and user/security management is simple and easy to update.

The Host customer service team is always willing to help if we ever run into a problem. The company has a customer first attitude that comes through in everyone you deal with.

As a web based platform there are at least quarterly product releases and new functionality is being added all the time. Much of the new functionality is based on custom request and the company is willing to listen if you have a need or idea.

Host Analytics review by Jarrod L.
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"Great planning and reporting tool for any business"

What do you like best?

Creating and distributing high-quality reports is easy in Host Analytics. The reporting tool is intuitive to learn and functions much like a pivot table in Excel. Common report sets can be created to be used in multiple reports, so you don't have to recreate the wheel for each one. Using the cloud scheduler, reports can be emailed automatically, greatly improving our team's efficiency.

What do you dislike?

The workflow doesn't quite work for our budget cycle. Every budget template must be complete before anything can be forwarded for approval. Our process steps are completed at different times, so this just doesn't work for us. Reporting on statistical items like headcount can be difficult.

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

Using this tool, we can have several different forecast scenarios within the same time period, so we can compare them and make informed decisions.

Host Analytics review by Lee S.
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"Host Analytics is proving to be a tool we can grow with."

What do you like best?

We are new users but I am already finding ways to leverage the ease of report writing. On several occasions, i have been asked to build a report or provide an answer within 10 minutes. Host has meet the challenge each time. I like the ability to take report layouts and reuse them for other reports that pull different data points.

We are also using the planning tool and workforce planning tool. These have freed up our time by pushing out the budget entry task to the departments who own the data. This also reduces the opportunity for keying errors.

The strongest feature I like about Host is the support. The community of users willing to help you with questions, the Customers for Life team available to show you how to work through a problem, and the support staff with quick responses.

What do you dislike?

It is difficult to point out something we do not like about Host. Most areas of frustration are self-inflicted. Our General Ledger was designed around using multiple dimensions to track cost. Host is best used when your GL is more straight forward. An example is the account employee health insurance. We use the same account in Indirects as we use in SG&A. The Department determines where the entry shows up on the Income Statement. Host is capable of handling this distinction but we lose the drill down feature. To work around this while we redesign our GL, we built specific reports for each department.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As you match Host against the other products, consider how well the product will hold up in the future. This was the deciding factor for us. There was a product we liked about as well as Host. It was less expensive and looked a little less involved to get set up. But it did not meet our test for future growth. Host is continuing to improve its product through interaction with it's user community. That is a product that I can put my trust into.

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

Prior to Host, it took us a week to close the books and provide management with reliable reports. That left us little time to analyze the results. As stated above, we are still new to the product, but we are already seeing some benefits. We have moved excel schedules to Host and allow the system to populate the data. This cut down on manual task and additional verification.

On the planning side, we use Excel to capture and report budget numbers. As the budget evolves, these numbers and schedules have to be updated. Version control is nightmare. This budget season, we used Host to replace most of these excel schedules. Now the Dept. Managers are responsible for entering their budgets into templates.

Host Analytics review by Derek B. H.
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"Host Analytics Delivers!"

What do you like best?

I am very impressed with Host Analytics' commitment to improvements. Every new release provides substantial gains in functionality, compatibility, and user experience. The Cloud Scheduler enables the analyst to automate the compilation and delivery of recurring reports to decision-makers across the business. This allows us more time available for process improvement and business partnership. Scenario management makes it easy to create and maintain multiple scenarios at one time and pivot between them easily in reporting. Easy deployment and user management has allowed us to circumvent IT for most support and allows us to quickly roll out the solution to new users across the business.

What do you dislike?

I would like a bit more compatibility on Chrome, but I know this is something Host Analytics is working hard towards doing. Also, the advanced reporting capabilities can be a bit difficult to understand in the beginning. I would like to see more user-friendly nomenclature which would allow for more self-service for our users across the business. Currently most users rely on us to create advanced row and column sets for them, due the difficulty in creating them. I would imagine IT departments are relied upon as well for report creation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We believe that Host Analytics is the best CPM solution on the market. They are committed to excellence and customer service.

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

The most poignant issue Host Analytics has resolved for us is collaboration. It has allowed us to collaborate with business users all over the globe. These users are able to input the most up-to-date data into the system and have access to real-time reporting to see the effects of those changes. We have also been able to automate many processes using the Cloud Scheduler, which has freed us up to focus on process improvements and allowed us to be better partners to the business.

Host Analytics review by Nick H.
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"Excellent Speed, Flexibility and Accessibility"

What do you like best?

The cloud hosted, always available environment makes sure we can always access our important data from anywhere.

What do you dislike?

We use Google enterprise for our business, and Host requires excel for SpotlightXL (and Windows Excel, not on Mac).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ease of use is top of the line. Cloud always allows us to get to the data we need to make decisions.

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

Our business has multiple manufacturing sites which use various ERPs. Host gives us a consolidated and consistent reporting structure that we can share with key stakeholders that don't need a degree in Management Systems to understand.

Host Analytics review by felipe d.
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"overall, we have not gone live and have run into numerous intergration issues."

What do you like best?

i like the simplicity of the system and the ease of use for the finance team. I like that we are able to have complete manpower forecasts tied to what the business needs. Simplified reporting for my affiliates

What do you dislike?

i dislike that security is so complex for the end user. I also do not like that it has been a difficult integration and has taken longer than we were told.

Recommendations to others considering the product

map things out before starting implementation

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

Forecasting, Budgeting, and reporting. We were in excel and had issues with keeping tabs of the last version.

Host Analytics review by Lauren M.
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"Hostess with the Mostest"

What do you like best?

We use the reporting and planning modules daily and they have helped a great deal.

What do you dislike?

Its hard to change the way you do things once you've gotten used to them. Host deprecates past functionality that they can improve. They did this with report books but got many complaints from report sets so caved and did not deprecate,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Teach as many people reporting as you can so they can be self sufficient. It's very easy to use but cumbersome if only 3 people are making reports for the entire company.

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

We solve many reporting issues in a breeze and we save a lot of time reporting.

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"Host is flexible and powerful"

What do you like best?

The application is managed entirely by FP&A while still allowing budget owners complete ownership of their planning. We are able to revise forecasts monthly allowing more accurate and complete reporting. Customer Support is very responsive and I feel like Host responds to customer needs.

What do you dislike?

We have been using Host for 5 years. Many new enhancements have been introduced with a additional fees.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be thoughtful about how you want to use the application and fully utilize Host personnel to meet ALL your objectives. They are willing to get you to your end result!

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

Planning, reporting using HR, Capital planning, initiative planning, FPP and other features. We publish results by 6am on Day 1 and publish forecast by Day 5 of close. Yes, we have streamlined our month end reporting process.

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"Host After Excel"

What do you like best?

Modeling / SpotlightXL very much like Hyperion

What do you dislike?

Processing times are long. In core application, we spend alot of time waiting for templates to open up and then there are processes to run after data is entered. Looking forward to the release where modeling data cube will be updated automatically.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Allocate lots of time to implement the system to tailor to needs to the company and if possible to set up templates internally.

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

Our company has rapid expansion and excel model just cannot keep up anymore.

The ability for more than one person to be working on the budget/forecast is indeed a benefit as well.

The capability of modeling reports to look the way our CFO wants with all the details accessible all in one tab is awesome.

Host Analytics review by Ellen R.
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"Host has improved both forecasting, budgeting and report processes for our company"

What do you like best?

HC forecasting as well template input to track Opex expenses

What do you dislike?

Perfornance has been as issue - templates are slow to open and save

Recommendations to others considering the product

Key to sucess is to partner with a good implementation team

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

We had a very manual budgeting process with excel report tha would often crash. REporting was also very manual and would take several hours to complete, Our first year on Host we were able to produce multiple scenarios that gave management better oprtion for managing our business. Reporting now takes 30 minutes in Spotlight!

Host Analytics review by Jamie E.
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"Great to Organize Data and Forecast"

What do you like best?

Host is great for organizing a large amount of financial data. It is highly adaptable for growing and every changing companies like ours. Helps streamline our forecasting process and eliminates human error.

What do you dislike?

Somewhat difficult to get set up for more complex features. We needed some outside help to get us started and for new asks

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

Flexibility and automation of reporting and forecasting.

Host Analytics review by Jeff B.
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"Satisfied with financial rigour and structure the software provides"

What do you like best?

The structure and order it brings to reporting and budgeting

What do you dislike?

Seems to be very "clicky", you always need to be clicking things to navigate the software. Also, as someone that uses the software every 3 months I find it takes me a while to figure out where things are. Buttons or menus seem to change constantly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you buy implement in stages not all at once

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

One set of data, numbers tie, reports run quickly. Benefits include greater visibility to numbers specifically brand and customer p&l's

Host Analytics review by Ryan S.
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"Agile and smart platform that sometimes grows faster than they should!"

What do you like best?

really robust and customizable solution that can be tailored to any business.

What do you dislike?

Products get rolled out before the Customer Success team can be fully trained.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you understand what you're attempting to solve before implementing. Don't try to do a re-org & change your chart of accounts while going through implementation.

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

close speed, no more chasing data. we get to spend time doing the important things, like business partnering. We can now focus on looking out of the windshield instead of the rear-view mirror.

Host Analytics review by Matt T.
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"TRansformed my reporting"

What do you like best?

I like that I can refresh data that was changed in my ERP system instantly within host and regenerate a new report in a fraction of the time I could with my previous solution.

What do you dislike?

Trouble integrating automation with SAP Business One.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Commit to the implementation. Ask questions of your ERP provider to head off any data integration issues before making business decision to implement.

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

Reporting and budgeting/forecasting. Both the accounting and FPA group are excited about the time savings Host offers.

Host Analytics review by Nikola O.
Nikola O.
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"Hostanalytics, a easy way to get out of excel. "

What do you like best?

a large amount of financial and statistical data that Host has helped me organize into something I trust to and manipulate fast.

What do you dislike?

Can be a challenging to set up a new template + initial system set up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Put more time in implementation time than what Host team says.

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

Team speed, fidelity, flexibility, and automation.

Host Analytics review by James M. P.
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"Host Analytics Espouses the 2nd "S" in "SaaS""

What do you like best?

Host Analytics is a fast growing, SaaS-based IT firm. Tremendous growth often comes at the price of a winning customer experience, but our 3 1/2 years as a Host Analytics customer has been an exception to that rule. The service and Help Desk teams at Host Analytics are outstanding and the product itself has revolutionized the processes by which we report and consolidate data at iCIMS.

What do you dislike?

Data visualization is a shortfall in all EPMs (Adaptive Insights, Hyperion, Anaplan, etc.) While BI tools such as Qlik and Tableau are more useful for communicating financial information to a non-financial audience.

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

We've successfully automated our month-end close process and leverage the tool heavily for strategic planning.

Host Analytics review by Cynthia M.
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"Seamless and Clean"

What do you like best?

Host Analytics uses the excel platform which makes it easy for any one to learn. It is easy to roll out to managers. There are many cool features like budgeting on the subline level, collaboration. The reporting module is great and Host is constantly evolving and updating it's features. Great team, very available and supportive.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike about Host.

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

Complex reporting - designed by our implementation specialist. Saves valuable time

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"Less than one year post implementation"

What do you like best?

it's in the cloud and you can structure secure budget templates. You can add line item detail including notes, and also upload related support documents per line item.

What do you dislike?

There currently isn't a capability to report on all line item details (subines, notes, uploaded documents), but I'm sure that will come in a future enhancement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They are customer focused. Product features are addressing real customer needs. They invest in emerging infrastructure and security requirements.

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

we implemented Host Analytics to have a more scalable solution that using Excel workbooks. We got rid of the Excel workbooks and now all budget managers can log in and concurrently work on their respective budget templates.

Host Analytics review by Monica S.
Monica S.
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"Host has increased team collaboration and efficiency"

What do you like best?

Cloud based platform enabling team members across various locations to observe changes in real time

What do you dislike?

Inability to do calculations within the modeling cloud

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

Helps to consolidate all data across finance team in one system to create one source of truth.

Host Analytics review by William N.
William N.
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"Best way to consolidate data for analysis"

What do you like best?

I like how you can consolidate multiple data sources from different ERP’s into one. We’ve had multiple acquisitions and it’s made analysis a breeze

What do you dislike?

It does take up quite a bit of time, definitely a full time job maintaining the site and making sure everything flows through correctly

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to have plenty of redun

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

We have 5 different accounting data software so implementing this has made consolidating easier as well as month end, budgeting and forecasting

Host Analytics review by Executive Sponsor in Internet
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"Host Analytics enables Finance team to scale at rapidly growing tech startup"

What do you like best?

- Similar to Oracle Hyperion, but in the cloud

- Lower overhead than on premise tools

- Robust platform with more advanced feature set then other cloud tools

- Solid excel integration

- Product team responds to feedback

- Fair pricing

- No limit on size of model

What do you dislike?

- Attractiveness of user interface

- Template speed

- Visualizations

- Speed of new development

- Implementation took longer than expected

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Try out modeling cloud during evaluation

- Do customer reference calls early during evaluation

- Make a weighted criteria scorecard to help make final decision

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

- Capital allocation

- Budget vs actuals reporting

- Financial statement reporting

- OPEX and CAPEX forecasting

Host Analytics review by User
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"Great Experience"

What do you like best?

The time to create a forecast is a lot quicker now than it was in the past. The new MyPlan feature is something that is extremely interesting and I can't wait for it to be implemented. This feature will definitely have a positive impact for our company.

What do you dislike?

There is definitely a learning curve that's associated with this product. When I first began inputing data from an excel sheet into the forecast, hidden rows were an issue.

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

Host Analytics has allowed us to go from an annual budget to a 5 quarter rolling forecast. This has allowed for a more dynamic forecasting process.

Host Analytics review by User in Computer Software
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"Host Analytics Reporting Tool"

What do you like best?

It is straight forward for reporting numbers. Easy to learn, simple user interface. Easy to run numbers and export reports to Excel. Easy to schedule reporting jobs and create reporting packages to send out on a scheduled basis.

What do you dislike?

It is slow to load reports, and not aesthetically appealing. It has a Excel look and feel, which makes it easier to learn.

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

Reporting of financials. Easy to use and download reports.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Difficult in terms of Host support"

What do you like best?

The opportunities, I feel, are really endless, but knowing those opportunities at the time of implementation is really important.

What do you dislike?

The Host Analytics support is less than desireable

Recommendations to others considering the product

The implementation process was rough, and to point everyone to the EPM Academy is foolish. I, as well as many that I speak to, have had to sign an additional SOW with a 3rd party for additional support to continue to improve. Support tickets even entered at a high priority take days and even weeks to get resolved, with little follow up from the support group.

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

Forecasting, workforce planning and budgeting (in the future)

Host Analytics review by Brian C.
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"Host Analytics' - Great Cloud Solution for Automating KPI Reporting"

What do you like best?

The reporting tool in Host Analytics is high quality and easy to use. I like how Host Analytics can integrate with other systems through APIs to bring data into the system. Also the help desk teams are outstanding.

What do you dislike?

Visualization is a shortfall with Host Analytics, however, with the new Qlik integration, this may not be a concern in the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to automate processes, Host Analytics should be one of the solutions to look at. They have an outstanding customer service team and the tool is easy to use.

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

Automation of the departmental operational KPIs. This allows the team to spend more time analyzing the results, and less time consolidating the metrics.

Host Analytics review by Juan D.
Juan D.
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"A solution to not think twice about."

What do you like best?

high-quality reports are a click away. The overall interface is intuitive and functions much like a pivot table in Excel. Report sets can be created and used in multiple reports, so modification can be done based on different needs per report.

What do you dislike?

Reporting on statistical items like headcount will require some sophisticated tweaking.

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

Overall efficiency has increased and will continue to improved as the team continues to learn tips and tricks.

Host Analytics review by Jenson M.
Jenson M.
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"Host Review"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to easily create scenarios & templates. It is a relatively intuitive tool.

What do you dislike?

Setting up user security can be difficult. Especially with all of the different ways you can limit access.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Map out your financial goals prior to implemintation to ensure that you have the correct scenarios, hierarchies, templates, etc setup.

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

Income statements, forecasts, budgets

Host Analytics review by Sean M.
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"Great Product - Helps us get the business what it needs"

What do you like best?

Flexibilty - easy to change scenarios or work on the fly. We are able to customize Host for our business needs.

What do you dislike?

Implemenation was a bit of a pain, could have been easier on several levels.

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

Forecasting in a constantly changing environment. We have been able to significantly reduce the forecast cycle and enable more real time planning

Host Analytics review by Robert C.
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"Host Analytics Implementation"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to create reports and dashboards seamlessly based on the same information every other employee is using.

What do you dislike?

Nothing so far. I am right in the middle of implementation.

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

Getting out of our excel based budgeting and forecasting model and bringing in multiple sources of information so all employees are using the same platform.

Host Analytics review by Justin J.
Justin J.
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"Working good so far"

What do you like best?

I like how it formats the reports in the app.

What do you dislike?

I do not like sometimes it is too slow in responding.

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

cleaner reporting

Host Analytics review by David K.
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"We have used the planning and reporting modules"

What do you like best?

The dynamic reporting features allows us to give quick access to data and allow users to slice and dice data real time

What do you dislike?

The development of reports is not always intuitive

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have your end users be part of the evaluation priocess

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

Uniform budgeting and real time access to financial reports via the Cloud

Host Analytics review by Caitlin W.
Caitlin W.
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"host review"

What do you like best?

That it is a quick, easy tool that is similar to excel

What do you dislike?

I don't like that when you copy and paste data into a template you can only paste the rows that are present on the screen.

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

Using the tool for a rolling forecast. Benefit from a faster budgeting process

Host Analytics review by Antonia M.
Antonia M.
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"I am beginner user, go live is expect within 2 weeks"

What do you like best?

All sessions were very good, in terms of moduleI liked dashboard and my plan.

What do you dislike?

I believe should have more positions available into modeling sessions.

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

We are solving planning & budgeting process,, we are reducing the quantity of templates and also doing the consolidation in a best way.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Food Production
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"Super easy to admin app"

What do you like best?

I love the fact that this is a web-based app-- it makes it so much easier to work as an admin.

What do you dislike?

I wish I had more time to devote to learning about the details of the system-- this is not something I use in my primary work function, and I know it's capable of doing great things!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it!

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

We do our budget and forecast as well as use it for Workforce planning. The company has really embraced the WFP functionality.

Host Analytics review by Amanda T.
Amanda T.
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"Reporting and forecasting"

What do you like best?

the ability that Host has to consolidate all forecast templates for us

What do you dislike?

The support is terrible. Poor response time and never being able to get a hold

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

We mainly have all departments uploading forecasts and we consolidate them for monthly, quarterly and yearly reporting

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