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Host Analytics review by <span>Brad T.</span>
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 <span>Mary M.</span>
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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 <span>Jason P.</span>
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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 <span>Harry (VJ) H.</span>
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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 <span>Michael Z.</span>
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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 <span>Joe G.</span>
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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 <span>Jessica B.</span>
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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 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 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 <span>Lee J.</span>
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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 <span>Manal N.</span>
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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 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 <span>Donald C.</span>
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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 <span>Rick O.</span>
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 <span>Shane R.</span>
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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 <span>Jarrod L.</span>
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 <span>Lee S.</span>
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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 <span>Derek B. H.</span>
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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 <span>Nick H.</span>
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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 <span>felipe d.</span>
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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 <span>Lauren M.</span>
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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 <span>Ellen R.</span>
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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 <span>Jamie E.</span>
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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 <span>Jeff B.</span>
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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 <span>Ryan S.</span>
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 <span>Matt T.</span>
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 <span>Nikola O.</span>
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 <span>James M. P.</span>
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 <span>Cynthia M.</span>
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
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 <span>Monica S.</span>
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 <span>William N.</span>
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
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
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
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
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 <span>Brian C.</span>
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 <span>Juan D.</span>
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 <span>Jenson M.</span>
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 <span>Sean M.</span>
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 <span>Robert C.</span>
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 <span>Justin J.</span>
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 <span>David K.</span>
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 <span>Caitlin W.</span>
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 <span>Antonia M.</span>
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
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 <span>Amanda T.</span>
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

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Internet
Administrator in Internet
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"Senior Manager, Finance"

What do you like best?

Ease of use & adoption. The customer success team is really great about answering questions quickly

What do you dislike?

sometimes speed of application is slow. also - template creation is very manual and time consuming. any time we want to change how people are forecasting there is a little bit of a hesitation because of the build time for the templates

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

now able to provide forecasts on multiple dimensions with ease. tax view vs management view has probably been the best thing so far

Host Analytics review by <span>Brian C.</span>
Brian C.
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"Working with Host has been great"

What do you like best?

Flexible and scalable which allows us to use the platform as we like

What do you dislike?

It does take some time to get up to speed with the program oif you are a beginning user

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

It allows us to realize managment reporting and apply endless allocations

Host Analytics review by <span>Lindsey R.</span>
Lindsey R.
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"Newly Found Features"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to forecast while I am in front of my business users and then save the results for reporting

What do you dislike?

There's a lot of administration but with experience it becomes very easy to do

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

Forecasting, soon to be consolidations

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Biotechnology
Administrator in Biotechnology
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"Good Agile System for FP&A Users"

What do you like best?

Easy to administer for FP&A folks and its agile enough to create on demand reports and pull data for ad hoc analysis.

What do you dislike?

Report formatting and data graphs is limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Responsive customer support team and easy to implement.

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

We are looking to automate many of the manual processes of gathering and consolidating Budget information. So far we've used the Report Set features to automate the distribution of reports. Utilized graphs to give folks a visual display of their data.

Host Analytics review by <span>Louie Y.</span>
Louie Y.
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"Fast, accurate and simple"

What do you like best?

spotlight modeling. it is like a part of the excel but in a controlled environment

What do you dislike?

the planning window does not re-adjust based on the browser window size

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

performing rolling forecast with spotlight modeling and it is simple fast and accurate

Host Analytics review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"Great product!"

What do you like best?

I love the ad-hoc reporting that Host provides.

What do you dislike?

I am just an occasional user but have not found anything I do not like about the product.

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

I have found that Host allows me to easily report on actual data in a manner that other systems do not.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Computer Software
Administrator in Computer Software
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"Meh"

What do you like best?

It's a great way to get out of excel. We were doing everything in excel and needed to move away from that and into a system that would scale with our operations. This has been useful, but it still pretty meh from what I expected.

What do you dislike?

It's pretty unintuitive and there are a lot of things you have to do in order for things to work and financials to tie out. Think steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, before you can refresh the financial statements when all you did was adjust your allocations. We got them because they beat everybody else on price.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think this product is a lot like the others; you'll have to compare those directly. Our tipping point with HOST was their price; we told them what prices the other guys were giving us and they continuously beat that price.

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

We're now trying to put forecasts and actuals into HOST and be less reliant on excel. It's a slow process and we're only in our second year of annual forecasts being put into HOST, but we're nowhere close to having the whole company updating forecasts and actuals and tracking against targets in there like we had initially anticipated.

Host Analytics review by User
User
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"Finance Manager"

What do you like best?

Ease of use

Standardized reporting in Spotlight

Simple integration to SAP.

Cloud based solution, available anywhere.

What do you dislike?

Latency Issues, that seem to appear whenever we are in a crunch

Issues with interfaces, substitition variables not updating correctly, which leads to additional work

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you map out your processes before implementation

Thoroughly test for processing speed, cloud response time, etc.

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

Financial Planning (annual budgeting, quarterly reforcasting, mid-range business plans).

Standardized actual financial and metrics reporting

Host Analytics review by <span>Ron W.</span>
Ron W.
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"My Life in Budgets and Reporting"

What do you like best?

Reudced the number of Excel spreadsheets I have to manage.

What do you dislike?

Getting users to trust the system. Implementaiton was not smooth and caused users to question the system.

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

Faster standard reports and quick consolidations of information

Host Analytics review by <span>Christine A.</span>
Christine A.
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"Just entering implementation, but happy so far."

What do you like best?

Looks easy to use. Wil also be able to allow for more expediant reporting inthe long run.

What do you dislike?

No ability to import of use legacy asset records.

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

Manual excel based budgeting and very time cnsuming processing.

Host Analytics review by <span>Katherine C.</span>
Katherine C.
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"Definitely a very great experience"

What do you like best?

The challenge of learning new stuff especially modeling

What do you dislike?

There's actually nothing to dislike but there's more room for improvement

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

Sales forecasting. I've realized how Host can help our company speed up process and be dynamic

Host Analytics review by Administrator
Administrator
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"Host Analytics Rocks!"

What do you like best?

The ability to slice and dice data with the use of dynamic reports. The Host employees are also a pleasure to work with.

What do you dislike?

Expanding nodes in reports using report sets can take a lot of time. It would be nice to be able to expand all nodes/roll ups.

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

Being able to quickly bring in a new GL. That ability gives us more time to focus on bigger problems with implementing new GLs.

Host Analytics review by User
User
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"Perform 2018"

What do you like best?

Collaboration with other clients, real time problem solving

What do you dislike?

nothing jumps out, event is well organized

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

benefits have been increased transparency and improved processes - better planning, more looking forward , less looking back

Host Analytics review by <span>Carol P.</span>
Carol P.
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"Amazing"

What do you like best?

How easy the reports are to create and use on a daily basis.

What do you dislike?

Right now how confusing modeling is but I am currently working on learning how to overcome that.

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

Forecasting and Budgeting

Host Analytics review by Executive Sponsor in Financial Services
Executive Sponsor in Financial Services
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"Lots of Opportunity for improvements"

What do you like best?

It can be customized to meet the customer's needs.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is hard to understand as well when you are always communicating remotely.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have a capable team ready and excited and go for it! Host has wonderful ability to provide agile forecasting and strong reporting capabilities. The company is looking to the future and trying to be a leader in the industry.

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

More accurate and timely financial reporting.

Host Analytics review by <span>Caleb H.</span>
Caleb H.
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"Host Review"

What do you like best?

The ability to report actuals from multiple accounting systems in an efficient manner.

What do you dislike?

Manual input of budget/forecast data into modeling.

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

Increased accuracy and efficiency in the month end reporting process.

Host Analytics review by <span>Shawn G.</span>
Shawn G.
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"Good Budgeting/reporting"

What do you like best?

With Spotlight and Modeling and some of the changes coming, Host is a great tool

What do you dislike?

Dynamic Report flexibility in formating. But that will change with future enhancements

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

Reporting, Planning

Host Analytics review by <span>Yaya Z.</span>
Yaya Z.
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"good product"

What do you like best?

reporting and budgeting is pretty easy, the model cannot be broken anymore.

What do you dislike?

dashboard does not work well, the response time from support can be slow

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

streamlining forecast and reporting

Host Analytics review by User in Chemicals
User in Chemicals
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"One Year User"

What do you like best?

The ability to pull accurate financials at any time. I have yet to experience a time when Host was down or not working so it has been very reliable

What do you dislike?

Nothing so far. I am very pleased with the product.

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

We are able to do our budgeting and forecasting more accurately. Less time is spent doing the budget which allows for more time to do our job.

Host Analytics review by <span>Steve M.</span>
Steve M.
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"great people and product"

What do you like best?

ease of use, intuitiveness of product, flexibility

What do you dislike?

lack of certain features i.e. multiple currency reporting wioth currency sign

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

budgeting, reporting, forecasting, ease of data access for sales management

Host Analytics review by Administrator
Administrator
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"Flexible and intuitive planning tool"

What do you like best?

Ability for Finance to own and innovate a planning solution tailored for their business

What do you dislike?

Some limitations to quickly creating complex templates to experiment with - template creation can be time consuming if using the full capabilities of the Host architecture.

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

Transitioning a company in a dynamic and quickly evolving competitive environment to finance processes that are equally dynamic. Faster reaction and better informed decisions.

Host Analytics review by <span>Joanna S.</span>
Joanna S.
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"Accounting Manager"

What do you like best?

I like the reporting abilities. They are great.

What do you dislike?

The report setup is somewhat difficult and not user friendly.

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

Complex reporting and consolidation

Host Analytics review by User in Internet
User in Internet
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"Great since we have a dedicated resource on our team to help"

What do you like best?

Flexibility/fluidity of working within the cloud

What do you dislike?

Upfront legwork to get reports and input templates correct and in a place where you'd like. It's time-consuming but worth it once you have things you like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

invest in a super-user either on your team already or outside so you can feel really comfortable with an in-house resource

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

Real-time updates, have gotten rid of "version-ing" of offline excel modeling

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Internet
Administrator in Internet
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"Relatively simple to use forecast tool at a decent cost"

What do you like best?

Ability to Forecast at a detailed level all in one place

Slice and dice Forecast data - build custom reports

What do you dislike?

Unable to build a complex cohort model using Host Analytics due to limited amount of historical information that can be displayed at one time

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

Departmental budgeting, headcount forecasting (calculating health insurance, payroll taxes, etc), and consolidations at the total company level.

Host Analytics review by Administrator
Administrator
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"Upgrade from Excel and has increased speed and accruacy in reporting."

What do you like best?

Workforce reporting has been great at managing headcount especially as the company has grown and continues to grow.

What do you dislike?

Workforce reporting is very confusing to get dimensions correct.

Formulas on reports don't stay after refreshing data.

Dashboards crashed after rebuilding multiple times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Small to mid size growing companies

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

Financial planning and reporting

Headcount management

Budgetting

Scenario planning

Host Analytics review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"Host Rocks!"

What do you like best?

Host Analytics makes reporting extremely easy

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to navigate what is required

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

Reporting is the biggest benefit that we use.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Building Materials
Administrator in Building Materials
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"Powerful tool with many capabilities."

What do you like best?

Host has allowed our company to reduce the amount of hours worked on consolidation, reporting and budgeting/planning by a considerable amount.

What do you dislike?

Many functionalities for Host prove difficult in our business environment due to the structure of our business. Additionally, at times Host can be very slow to respond.

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

Budgeting, planning, reporting and consolidation.

Host Analytics review by Executive Sponsor
Executive Sponsor
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"Great customer service and easy to use solution"

What do you like best?

customer service: Host listens and cares about their customer's success, which builds confidence in a long term solution.

What do you dislike?

some functionality which seems basic isn't yet available (i.e. pull function to ppt)

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

manual excel spreadsheet risks, which takes lots of time and doesn't allow for efforts to be more focused on value added activities

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Higher Education
Administrator in Higher Education
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"We love rolling forecasts"

What do you like best?

I like how easy the product is to use. Looks and feels like excel. Non finance people can use it.

What do you dislike?

Some funky things with the system that will probably updated with future releases. Workforce planning is a must update.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product, ease of use, affordable, adaptable

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

Forecasting, collaboration, efficiency, accuracy, time savings

Host Analytics review by User in Construction
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"Learning from each other"

What do you like best?

I like the workforce planning the best as my background is people.

What do you dislike?

The support is not great. They don't respond to ticekts in a fairly timely manner.

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

Using planning has made our money managers really realize what they are spending and makes them more aware of their areas as far as budget.

Host Analytics review by <span>Sean O.</span>
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"Host Analytics Review"

What do you like best?

Customer support and continuous improvement.

What do you dislike?

Implementation with current business needs.

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

Consolidation as well reporting.

Host Analytics review by Executive Sponsor in Computer Software
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"Director of Finance"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. Reporting capabilities. Integration from other applications.

What do you dislike?

Headcount templates are cumbersome to update

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure you have the right governance and processes in place prior to going live with the solution.

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

Reduce manual work. Allow FP&A team to spend more time on value-add activities supporting the business vs compiling data.

Host Analytics review by User in Computer Hardware
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"Well-organized, informative conference"

What do you like best?

Guest speaker Bert Jacobs was fantastic!

What do you dislike?

Most of the breakout sessions were geared towards prospective new customers and/or users with minimal Host experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent product for small to mid-sized companies who cannot afford larger FP&A tools.

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

All of our financial modeling is handled in the application, including contingency analysis.

Host Analytics review by Executive Sponsor in Insurance
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"Host helped us herd cats"

What do you like best?

one source of the truth and minimizes errors and allows us to scale as we are a very acquisitive company

What do you dislike?

too much maintenance and hidden features

Recommendations to others considering the product

great software. find a good implementation partner and life will be good

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

consolidation of over 35 different profit centers and general ledger systems

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Pharmaceuticals
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"First Year User"

What do you like best?

Consolidation and Eliminations. Currency conversions automated. 3 ERP's translated into a standard COA and Structure. Reports in multiple currencies. Multiple roll-ups of reports and formats

What do you dislike?

Need more time to add functionality with our use

Recommendations to others considering the product

Resources needed. SME's on staff would have helped

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

Reporting, Consolidation but planning to add more

Host Analytics review by User
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"Inovation"

What do you like best?

How is easy to work with the tool, and navigate

What do you dislike?

The complexity to implement , we expect to finish in 3 months and it took 7

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

We are going to have the same tool to budget process fro two different legal entity and consolidated on the region level

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Biotechnology
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"End spreadsheet nightmare"

What do you like best?

Taking 10s of spreadsheets and all those errors into a system that ends the connection issues. The support is outstanding and responsive

What do you dislike?

It is a little more complex than I thought but understand why

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

Bringing together so many departmental budgets togther without trying to do it in excel

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Biotechnology
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"We are still in middle of implementation. Can't provide a proper review"

What do you like best?

Spotlight reporting, custom templates, ability for business to use in the app or with off-line templates

What do you dislike?

Hard to say since we have not really used the tool yet

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

Standardize templates, engage business, we are still implementing so many benefits have not been realized yet

Host Analytics review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Finance and Business Partners Unite"

What do you like best?

Ease of use; Flexibility and customization of the Project

What do you dislike?

Training is a bit confusing and overwhelming (lots of options, hard to navigate)

Recommendations to others considering the product

keep implemenation simple; take it step by step and be involved in every step. DOCUMENT and TRAIN

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

Additional visbility into forecasting

Host Analytics review by Administrator in E-Learning
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"Reduced close time, headcount somewhat difficult"

What do you like best?

The reporting capabilities (burst, etc.) cut down close time significantly.

What do you dislike?

Headcount is pretty cumbersome and impractical. We don't use headcount because it doesnt seem like it's worth the time put in.

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

Version control for planning as well as scenario over scenario comparisons

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"On the verge of changing process"

What do you like best?

Ease and efficiency of reporting. General workflow intuitive

What do you dislike?

Learning curve to MDX, overcoming general learning curve to best practives to template setup to avoice restructuring.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really engage in your implementation and have a defined process and end goal determined

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

Speed of reporting

Host Analytics review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Foundational implementation but looking to expand beyond just reporting and workforce planning"

What do you like best?

Robust reporting functionality and new product development

What do you dislike?

Still a bit nascent in terms of adoption and various use cases implemented by other customers

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

Targeting to solve reporting and planning. Have been able to streamline financial reporting and G&A budgeting.

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"Very good"

What do you like best?

Able to work in excel and pull data into Core. Reporting is easy

What do you dislike?

So much functionality that I don't believe we are utilizing everything

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

We haven't been doing forecast and I believe Host will be able to solve this.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Building Materials
Administrator in Building Materials
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"Very informative"

What do you like best?

Guest speaker was phenomenal and the breakout sessions were very informative.

What do you dislike?

Better communication from support team in regards to new features.

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

Right now we use Host for reporting, consolidating, and forecasting. Definitely see benefits from adding features.

Host Analytics review by User
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"Good learning and exploratory session."

What do you like best?

Socializing with current customers to learn best practices and recomendations.

What do you dislike?

Some customer presentations were not has informative as I would have liked.

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

We are in pre-implementation stage and hoping to solve our planning issues in excel.

Host Analytics review by User in Higher Education
User in Higher Education
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"Implementing a Rolling Forecasting Model"

What do you like best?

Running reports and updating budget amounts each month

What do you dislike?

Nothing, it is a great system. Maybe more training models for end users.

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

A dynamic financial planning system that allows us to be more responsive to business operations.

Host Analytics review by Administrator in Consumer Electronics
Administrator in Consumer Electronics
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"Great experience"

What do you like best?

Hearing about the evolution of the product and how I can help drive change using the Host system & partners

What do you dislike?

opening ceremony session didn't love the poker concept less mingling

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

streamlining the rolling forcast process

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"modeling"

What do you like best?

I like to use HOST Analytics to get access to knowledge that is otherwise unavailable

What do you dislike?

classes where people are behind is really annoying because they are always behind

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

reporting in SAP is awful

Host Analytics review by Administrator
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"Generally happy"

What do you like best?

The communication/response with customers is very good

What do you dislike?

Seems like lots of attention on new products that are neat, but not very applicable for us.

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

Greatly benefits our ability to Budget and Forecast

Host Analytics review by User in Chemicals
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"Host review"

What do you like best?

Ease of access for field staff and ease of consolidated reports.

What do you dislike?

While consolidating is easy, going back through the hierarchy is often cumbersome.

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

Budget efficiency and financial statement reporting efficiency.

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