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Planning Maestro Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Planning Maestro product overview

Price starts from

$

0.01

What is Planning Maestro?

Centage’s Planning Maestro is a cloud-native planning & analytics platform that delivers year-round financial intelligence, transforming how companies budget, forecast and report performance. Centage delivers a level of sophisticated financial intelligence typically only enjoyed by large enterprises, at a price point accessible for SMBs. With a direct line-of-sight into the organization’s financial health, Centage helps clients react quickly to market changes and capitalize on new opportunities.

Key benefits of using Planning Maestro

  • Planning Maestro offers full functionality straight out-of-the-box, with no IT involvement. As a hosted application, it’s also maintenance free.

  • Planning Maestro includes out-of-the-box income statement, balance sheet and cash flow reporting. The software comes with 40 pre-built, customizable GAAP/IFRS-compliant reports.

  • Wizards, drop down options and menus guide users through the budgeting, planning & reporting processes.

  • Planning Maestro’s multiple, unlimited what-if scenarios enable business managers to confidently make good decisions.

  • Users can create synchronised profit & loss, balance sheet & cash flow reports. Each will update automatically based upon actuals and profit/loss assumptions.

  • Expenses can be allocated by type: Financial & operational modeling, expense & revenue budgeting, and workforce planning can all be separately allocated.

  • Users can collect and consolidate profit & loss data confidently with Budget Maestro’s built-in financial logic & driver based planning.

  • Planning Maestro centralizes and consolidates data for better forecasting; users can align actuals with budget data.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Knowledge Base
    Chat
    FAQs/Forum
    Phone Support

    Training options

    Webinars
    In Person
    Live Online
    Videos
    Documentation

    Planning Maestro pricing information

    Value for money

    4.2

    /5

    42

    Price starts from

    $

    0.01

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Planning Maestro features

    Functionality

    4.0

    /5

    42
    Total Features66 4 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Reporting & Statistics
    Third Party Integrations
    Reporting/Analytics
    Data Import/Export
    Alerts/Notifications
    Multi-Currency
    Customizable Reports
    Workflow Management

    Planning Maestro users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.0

    /5

    42

    Positive reviews

    74%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend7.93/10
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    Pros
    Also impressive is their what-if scenarios, the robust capabilities of their driver functionality, and Analytics Maestro (their Excel plug-in for user friendly desktop reporting).

    PB

    Paul B.

    Our budget is now more secure and robust, and due to the product's user friendliness it was fairly easy and quick to set up.

    KK

    Kelly K.

    Centage provides strong customer service and the product has been terrific value for our organization.

    EK

    Eric K.

    Cons
    Difficult to set up for the first time. Very limited when you have to export to Excel because all data is exported as text format.

    AG

    Ana Gloria F.

    No "out of the office" capability to use the software. No access of information unless it was taken from the computer that was set up for Maestro.

    SM

    Sundeep M.

    Although simple to use, features are limited. They have a new web based version that should alleviate many of our limitations but we still have not had that rolled out.

    MA

    Michael A.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Planning Maestro

    Reviewed 6 months ago

    Centage has been great to work with, from implementation to today, they have been a true partner on our budgeting and forecasting journey. I've always been happy to recommend them and their software.

    Pros

    Planning Maestro brought a platform that allowed us to integrate into our existing accounting platform and create a structured environment we could use to refine our budgeting and forecasting process.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say. When I have run into issues with the software I have always reached out to Centage and we have found ways to incorporate what I need into the software.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Powerful, flexible, and reliable budgeting software

    Reviewed 6 years ago
    Pros

    Their support team is always available to help you through any questions or difficulties you encounter. The training provided is top notch and thorough and your trainer sets up your financial report formats for you to match your current statements. My trainer is still my primary contact person for help and all I have to do is send him an email. The software itself has enough built-in power and flexibility...

    Cons

    Financial statements and reports utilizing proper accounting format rules can be very hard or impossible to attain by generating them within Budget Maestro. To attain the proper formatting that I am trained in and accustomed to providing to my management team I have to export the reports out to Excel and apply the spacing, headers, underlining, and so on inside Excel. However, now with their recent addition of Analytics Maestro, this issue is gone as Analytics Maestro is an Excel add-on so that you create and format all your needed standard and custom reports inside Excel and use Analytics Maestro to drop in the numbers and data you want in each report or statement.

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    Budget Maestro is a solid tool, and I'm looking forward to enhanced features and functionality in 9.

    Reviewed 4 years ago
    Pros

    I do like the preview of the expense and how it will look like on the P&L. It really helps me make sure that my spread method is correct. I like analytics maestro. I can use excel to build reports. Also, it is easy to use the data to create charts and graphs and make the financial data consumable to those budget owners, who may not have a fiance background. I also like the ability to refresh and update the data quickly.

    Cons

    Reporting. In analytics the idea of building is great, reminds me a salesforce. But it is sooooo slow on the virtual desktop. From what I understand this will continue to be the case in BM9. Also the reporting within the software is slow as well. It takes anywhere from 1-3 minutes to run any report. Also, the inability to create a version and it to show up in all plans. For example, if we want to create version of our 3+9 Forecast

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    A small and medium size company budgeting and forecasting solution that can be maintained in house with little or no reliance on consulting or outside services.

    Reviewed 4 years ago
    Pros

    In addition to providing robust budgeting, forecasting and integration with their analytics tool, Analytics Maestro, Budget Maestro is a true extension of a company's general ledger into future periods. This is accomplished through the unique software architecture, where every budget item, such as revenue, expense or personnel record creates an entry into a "behind the scenes" budget GL in the right...

    Cons

    The workflow process in this application lacks in capabilities expected from larger solutions. This is probably not an issue in smaller organizations which to my understanding are the primary customer of this software.

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    Overall solid business performance management software

    Reviewed 12 years ago

    Solid business performance management software package.

    Pros

    1. Very powerful forecasting tool that can handle both simple and complex aspects of forecasting. Handles multiple departments, entities, and the consolidation of them with ease. 2. Very easy to import actual data in order to perform variance analysis. 3. Easy to import almost all information necessary to set up a "plan" the first time. 4. What-if analysis allows you to look at the financial impact...

    Cons

    1. Can't run a statement of cash flows based on "actual" data, only on "plan" data. 2. Not very easy to run a "plan" balance sheet for a future year as a stand-alone report, must either start the report on a month just after you have "actual" data or create an "actual/plan" version that houses a combination of data so it can be used for beginning balances. 3. If using Desktop version, additional modules need to be purchased to handle pre-paid insurance automatically and forecast inventory.

    Planning Maestro FAQs and common questions

    Planning Maestro has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $0.01


    Planning Maestro has the following typical customers:
    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Planning Maestro supports the following languages:
    English


    No, Planning Maestro does not have an API available.


    Planning Maestro integrates with the following applications:
    Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT, Sage 300 Construction, SYSPRO, Sage Intacct, QuickBooks Online Advanced, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, QuickBooks Online, Microsoft Dynamics GP


    Planning Maestro offers the following support options:
    Knowledge Base, Chat, FAQs/Forum, Phone Support

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