Who Uses This Software?

Manufacturing and distribution organizations with annual sales revenue of $100M - $1B


Average Ratings

47 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Silvon Software
  • www.silvon.com
  • Founded 1987
  • United States

About This Software

Silvon Software is a global provider of business intelligence software solutions for manufacturing and wholesale distribution enterprises. The company's Stratum solution suite enables businesses to plan, analyze and manage operational performance through the use of pre-defined analytic reports, KPI metrics, scorecards, dashboards and performance alerts. The Stratum suite also offers integrated applications for sales planning, demand forecasting and inventory optimization.


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Features Checklist

  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad Hoc Reports
  • Benchmarking
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Dashboard
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • OLAP
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trend / Problem Indicators

Product Reviews

Reporting Tool review

Mar 03, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Display of various report dimensions

Cons: Display of information after query/report is run.

Overall: Latest version is okay. Not quite as intuitive as the previous version. Don't care for the way info now diaplays when the report is run.

Stratum met our reporting requirements... twice

Mar 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We love the ability to manipulate the criteria. A primary requirement for us for reporting is give me all these (items, customers, etc.) but exclude these few. User lists allow us to do that!

Cons: We definitely needed Silvon's help to get the tool up and running, but they helped us with the extract, load and processing set-up.

Overall: Silvon was the only vendor that demoed and met our main reporting requirements (twice... initially when acquiring a reporting tool for users on the iSeries and 7 years later when we re-visited our reporting tools for SQL server). We especially needed criteria like "all these but not those". Stratum allowed our users to write and run their own reports, freeing up IT time for projects. The users love the crosstab reporting! Silvon employees are knowledgeable, friendly and caring. The on-line documentation is full of examples and the help videos are great!

Recommendations to other buyers: Silvon Software wants you to get the most out of their Stratum software... from conferences to monthly instructional webinars to periodic check-ins by a sales rep to new help videos.

Best value BI tool on the market

Mar 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of implementation and use. Extremely cost effective solution

Cons: Would like for some basic visual dashboard and charting functionality to be built in.

Overall: This system was a straight forward and easy implementation and has been an invaluable tool to our sales and finance teams. It remains low maintenance and is an easy system to train and on-board users to.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are looking for a straight forward, cost effective data analysis tool, Stratum should be at the top of your list for consideration.

Visuals need to be enhanced...

Mar 02, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Stratum is basically a giant pivot table. It allows for data extraction but I think there is serious room to enhance the visual displays. Visual enhancements are a must...dashboard options (with multiple data pulls), graphs, geo-mapping, sharing and drill-down capabilities would be very nice to have.

Managing Director

Feb 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: With the Stratum software, I can easily create standing reports that I use on a daily basis. However, more importantly, Stratum allows me to create ad hoc reports effortlessly to dig into individual questions that come up on a daily basis.

Stratum Business Intelligence Software

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I'd have to say that I like the flexibility of the software the most. Insight to Sales, Inventory, Production, Receivables, Payables, General Ledger etc. can be gained by importing data from these applications into Stratum. The software handles 100+ concurrent users.

Cons: I frequently export to MS Office tools for better graphics and annotation capability.

Overall: Silvon Software has been providing Business Intelligence software before BI became a buzz word!They provide a robust, scalable solution to deliver business insights against any data set.

Silvon Viewer Review

Feb 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: not real time data

Overall: Titan has been a customer of Silvon for 20+ years and still with them because of value for the money. Recently working on moving the solution into a hosting situation to better reflect today's business requirements.

Recommendations to other buyers: Managed Services has not been as high of value as it has been in past years

Stratum Review

Feb 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: ease of use, multiple selections

Cons: The loading time but it is standard with comparable platforms.

Overall: Stratum consistently meets our needs and when it does not the issue is quickly resolved. It is an easy platform to learn and teach.

Using Stratum for Financial reporting & analysis

Feb 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use in creating views and downloading to Excel

Cons: Difficulty in using existing views as the year rolls-over to new year.
Many existing views do not allow editing to change the year.

Overall: I find Stratum a useful tool for month-end reporting of sales results and analysis by customers and channels. Even though Stratum was initially bought by our Sales organization for their use, our finance organization is able to use Stratum by tailoring data views that enable us to understand the drivers of our monthly sales including customer pricing. Even though stratum has graphing capabilities, due to our internal presentation requirments we download stratum data to Excel and create our graphs using Excel.

Good bang for your buck

Feb 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The software was setup easily with great support from the company, and managing the software takes a little more work than we thought. However it comes with great features and functions that more than meet our expectations. I would recommend the software but keep in mind it will require a lot of training for the users.

Candle-lite Demand Planning Manager

Feb 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to drill to several levels and change the hierarchy of the fields.

Cons: The filter and search functions is not user friendly. As I drill down to a certain level, I expect to use the filter and only see values that are in the field I pick. Instead, I see all original values .
I would to see the filter function perform similar to Excel.

Overall: Overall, I find Stratum easy to use and exceptional to use as I review data at several levels.
However, I struggle with the use of filters. As I drill down to several levels , it still pulls all original data in the fields instead of narrowing the list. I would like to see the filter function replicate the functionality of Excel.

Functional product but lacks in support

Feb 04, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I manage the back end Silvon's Stratum products for my company. While the use and set up are fairly simple, trying to get information from their customer support at times can be like pulling teeth. Getting answers to my issues that turn out to be rather simple solutions often take a day or two of back and forth emails until they finally give me a solution. The lack of troubleshooting help on their website and having to go through emails further pushes this inconvenience.

Stratum Viewer makes budgeting easy

Feb 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: ease of use, easy to manipulate, simple to understand

Cons: entering budget for items for which no history exists

Overall: Stratum Viewer is easy to learn and the views are endless. We use Stratum Viewer for our annual budgeting process. Budgets can be entered at various levels (product, group of products, customer, territory, by month, etc). Users can quickly build views to allow this. Data can be uploaded from Miscrosoft Excel in seconds, literally. It takes additional preparation time to enter a budget for a product for which no budget history exists (new item). Conversations with Stratum IT suport helped us bridge that gap.

Stratum Viewer Survey

Jan 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The flexibility of drilling down from year to months, and then back up. Also the ability to drill down on unlimited attributes. Ability to budget within the tool and at any level. The pre-built Stratum expressions in Viewer. The flexibility of inter-changing rows and columns. the ease of creating/applying conditional filters.

Cons: The node concept of attributes, the limitation of pick up fields, the export at size 13 font, the fact that the filters don't export out with the report, the difficulty of adding budget where no history exists,

Overall: I personally love Stratum, and especially Viewer, because of the flexibility setting up reports and its quick response time. the ability to slice and dice the data is endless. The business considers it a very powerful too.
For me, I would like to see two areas changed if possible. The node concept on the attributes is difficult to train on, and adds steps to every filter. If they were designed more like the measures where you can edit them without opening them up to the 2nd node would be wonderful.

Also the verbiage used within the software sometimes isn't very user friendly. Terms such as member list, edit attribute relationships caption expression and format string are not terms that are readily understood or received by new users. I still love it!

Gives us what we need

Jan 26, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: No software loads on PCs

Cons: Amount of time to reload cube

Overall: Stratum.Viewer provides the data analysis tools that our business needs to run successfully. Most users are happy with the product, and our user base is constantly growing.

Excellent customer service / OK software

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Service

Cons: Report building

Overall: Customer service on Stratum is top-notch. Questions and service issues are addressed quickly.
The software absolutely does what it says it will do.
The cons are primarily around some of the difficulties of building reports. It is impossible to copy and paste a measure item so it is more labor intensive than it seems like it needs to be to build and alter reports. This is especially bad at the beginning of the year when reports need to be changed.
Overall, I give Stratum 4/5 stars because I am happy with the support and the way the program operates other than the report building.

A great analytic software

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Great reporting, nice graphs, easy to use

Cons: No Undo button

Overall: I love all the features of silvon reports. I use this software every single day in my work...the only thing that this reporting software really needs is an undo button because sometimes when building a report if you click something you didn't mean to you have to start over in the report.

Stratum review 2016 usage year

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Once I used the program for a while, it became more intuitive. It does lack user friendly copy/paste functions, as well as ease in renaming a file. I still have figured out how to rename an existing file.

Great Data and Business Intelligence Tool

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've been a Stratum user for 5 years. Not only is the software package easy to use, the Stratum support team is always quick to help whether it is a simple question or an advanced syntax formula that is needed. The Stratum team is always working on updates and really strives to know how the customer is using the tool, in order to make improvements.

Great Product

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability for users to create their own reports

Cons: A bit difficult to create some templates

Overall: Many of my end users are enjoying the power of information on their tips. In the past they had to wait for IT department to create reports and now they have the ability to create their own

Recommendations to other buyers: Create tutorials for first time users, advanced classes for power users

Silvon is a Helpful Tool

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendliness, ability to build custom views on the fly and regoranize data quickly. This allows my team to get down to identify problem areas of the business.

Cons: Would like a multi sorting ability for columns like excel has.

Overall: I am a financial analyst and monitor sales and GP daily for our business. Without Silvon my job would be very difficult to do efficiently. I have seen the capabilities of competitive software and I am very pleased that we have Silvon. Silvon is one of the most useful and user friendly tools on the market, I highly recommend it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Allows people to become very efficient in their role, and helps communicate points based on data.

Stratum Review

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy of use.

Cons: Nothing to report.

Overall: Stratum is a wonderful easy tool to use! All the information you need with a few clicks. Great graphs and pie charts.

Recommendations to other buyers: Invest in it!

Great viewer for accessing data

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Overall, the Stratum Viewer has great versatility for digesting large amounts of data. The multi-dimensional nature of the software makes it an efficient tool.

Quick Response / Lacking Documentation

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We do receive a quick response on our submitted questions and request for help. Documentation is severely lacking. There should be some technical documentation that's easy to use and to help explain setup and basic functionality. How do the files relate to the tables you create, etc.

Stratum Review

Jan 30, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to dive in to the data

Cons: Require a strong knowledge of the data

Overall: Silvon was great with the setup and training of the software, only issue we have is it does take alot of training for end users to be able to use to its full potential.

Recommendations to other buyers: Offer an online training option

Empower Your Users

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Stratum Viewer is a web based Business Intelligence tool for users to easily slice and dice and analyze your companies data. Its a nice tool but lacks some of todays more common features like creating robust visual dashboards, creating data marts on the fly from multiple data sources, and providing full support on mobile devices.

Using Stratum for Numbers Review

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The program allows for me to utilize our sales tracings in order to effectively conduct calls and meetings. I can also track my progress and export to Excel in order to prepare for my upcoming days.

Cons: Difficult to get some of the more "funneled" reports and may take time to have the numbers needed but can be saved so work is not all lost. This saved report then can be used in the future.

Overall: Stratum is very effective in compiling data and sales numbers for my accounts. I can drill down in many different ways to effectively get the tracings needed to conduct my daily meetings and calls.

Sometimes it takes a bit of work to learn how to obtain the information that I am looking for but can always save my progress in order to utilize the report again in the future.

I regularly import to Excel in order to manipulate and run totals for my yearly budget.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do not be afraid to try different drill down activity as it may produce needed value that you were not expecting.

Sales Reporting at your fingertips!

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Doesn't have data visualization or an impact tool.

Overall: Stratum is a good sales reporting tool and very easy to use. The issue at year end when the tool has January data and you want previous months data, the filters have been corrected to display the data. Previously you would have to set up two reports and have the filters set by year and months. Thank you!

Recommendations to other buyers: Building an impact tool. So if I wanted to increase price on a certain product or customer what is the impact in gross sales and margins?

Great Business Tool

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Our sales staff loves the software and the reports they can generate. They use this day in and day out to run reports on sales data as well as running trends for determining input products to purchase.

A reasonably simple tool

Jan 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Stratum is a relatively easy to use database that helps slice and dice data. Many different ways to view data help with business decisions.