Who Uses This Software?

Mid-sized/large companies, government ministries, and international organisations e.g. identifying new opportunities in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, selecting robust decisions.


Average Ratings

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

Product Details

  • Pricing Details
    Only enterprise packages available. No single license sale. Apologies.
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Parmenides
  • www.parmenides-eidos.com
  • Founded 2001
  • Germany

About This Software

Parmenides EIDOS is an innovative, software-based approach to managing the entire decision-making process by visualizing complex situations, building alignment among decision makers and by supporting the identification of possible courses of action. This involves: Identifying new opportunities in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world Selecting superior decisions that are robust against uncertainty Developing dynamic strategies to enable successful implementation


EIDOS Features

  • Application Development
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Data Analysis
  • Decision Tree Analysis
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Performance Metrics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Thematic Mapping
  • Version Control

EIDOS Reviews

Perfect to structure complex interrelations, bring transparency and create ONE pict of understanding

Jul 07, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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5 / 5
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Pros: EIDOS "forces" the users (in a structured way) to be precise. It encourages to leave the abstract level of argumentation and discuss relevant details without loosing focus. Due to its visual structure, it immediately shows gaps in the discussions and processes. Hence, EIDOS supports to achieve a "complete" picutre in the strategy- and scenario processes. It helps to conduct a holistic analyses of internal and external situations (including the classical strategy tools of SWOT, Porter 5 Forces a.s.o); it clearly underpins the difference of strategy and goals.
In so doing, EIDOS helps to create joint understandings of the topic in scope and its constituting parameters.

Cons: Due to its complexity it definitely needs training! However, the Parmenides Foundation provides excellent 2-days trainings and is highly supportive in on-site Workshops.

Overall: EIDOS shortens long discussions and recursions based on misunderstandings, as this tool helps to clearly structure argumentations and makes thoughts re-thinkable. The visual layout makes gaps in the discussions obvious. Hence, the benefits for me where a) saving time in problem solving; b) achieving ONE joint picture of a topic without room for individual "interpretations"; c) solid documentation of discussion that can be used for further developments, even if not all participants were part of the initial phases of the process.

Very good tool. It supports the strategic, structured and analytic thinking.

Jul 04, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Visualization of complex topics. You can lead a meeting with this software. After long time you are able to recognize the agreed topics.

Cons: At the beginning, not everything is totally easy, but after you understand the tool, it works very well.

Overall: Great visualization. Very good tool to structure discussion and Meeting. Support in decicion making processes.

Best strategic thinking toolbox

Jul 02, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Is is really ease to get in it and learn how to integrate the strategic questions in the Software. You have also a very good overview about all Versions of your work and you can Review all changes if required.

Cons: The Scenario tool is the complexest one but also the most benifitial one. It helps to learn more about consistencies and develop mature Picture of the future,

Engagements with public sector clients are fascinating as outcomes always exceeded expectations.

Jun 30, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Development Bank of Southern Africa is the custodian of the Eidos licenses for the South African Government.

My engagement were as administrator and custodian for the engagements supporting state initiatives such as the training and support to the secretariat for the National Development Plan within the Presidency, Policy Development within Local Government, parastatals such as Eskom (public electricity utility) and public initiatives such as the application funding to the Global Aids Fund by the South African National Aids Council.

The set of tools supports decision processes both from a systemic helicopter as well as detail evaluation perspective while maintaining process and allowing unstructured and structured problem analysis.

This is unique in my experience with the tools over the last 12 years. One can use the tools in isolation although I would recommend a structured use of 4 to 5 of the tools that usefully combine in support of the strategy development and then refinement required to select and execute different options. In point solutions one can perform detailed analysis of scenarios and strategies provided by others in very short time periods. The rich content without fail has provided useful insights for executives and senior management alike. The computational engines behind the tools extend our thinking capacity enormously while supporting such with visual representation that make interpretation and engagement with the content possible.

Cons: One must ensure that the right people are in the room to support and engage with the content that the decision and strategy processes develop and build on. Groups of 10 to 12 participants are ideal, beyond which the skill of the facilitator will be even more important.

Preparation takes time and is key but is very worthwhile in my experience. The process does tend to show up possible gaps in participants understanding which have to be managed. Usually this is an opportunity for learning but it does require follow up within the organisation.

Overall: The software has supported difficult client engagements ensuring that one can deliver in their high expectations in unusually short timelines.

I have applied the tools in facilitations for mainly large public organisations but also for the NGO sector. Without fail it allows capture of content in a systematic fashion and when such content (actors and factors) are connected to provide a situational view that provides clarity to context of the problem statement to both the leadership and management of such organisations.

In times when the environment keeps changing and within such the industries have to continually evolve, the tools support quick updates of context and scenarios while keeping in tact outcomes from previous engagements as useful baselines.

After the workshops I have found that executives and management are able to consistently communicate the knowledge gained and strategies formulated i.e. the process supports participants obtaining a deeper understanding of the situation, scenarios and selected strategies which the process forces to be very clearly articulated and evaluated. At the same time the common language and understanding gained by participants supports consistent communication crucial to execution of selected strategies.

EIDOS offers a great support in strategy (and other) development processes with a variety of tools

Jun 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: - EIDOS contributes a perfect toolkit for strategy development processes
- it gives a transparent overview about ideas, options, scenarios
- it helps a lot to get coherent decisions
- since EIDOS stimulates lateral thinking, a lot of new ideas and perspectives emerge during the working process
- it offers easy to use possibilities for documentation and presentation, especially to management board, these results give impression
- EIDOS HUB creates a lot of energy and fun working with larger groups

Cons: - since EIDOS is a powerful toolkit, it takes some time and experience to get familiar with it
- since EIDOS is very structured, it needs quite a lot of discipline of all persons involved in the working process
- perfect fit for organizations, unfortunately not for individuals

Great tool with a lot of features, helping to structure the "vague" strategy finding process

Jun 29, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: - multiple features to break strategy down on more detailed objectives
- prioritization of objectives
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Cons: - weighting of objectives, assessment of scenarios etc. is random/subjective, which has an impact on overall strategy choice
- no mac compatibility

Overall: understanding and reflecting the strategy finding and objective setting process

EIDOS provides the most comprehensive and easy to use strategic thinking support,

Jun 29, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I like the way that EIDOS captures strategic thinking processes always with the benefit of picking up the strategic thinking process (also in a group of people) at the stage that was already achieved in previous meetings. This really creates clarity and avoids double work and endless iterations. EIDOS comes with a range of strategic thinking tools that jointly applied really add value. It also comes with many templates that use state-of-the-art strategic frameworks.

Cons: Like with many tools the groups that should use them need to be convinced that the tool really adds value. This also has to be considered when implementing EIDOS in your organization.

Overall: Clarity on strategic objectives, external scenarios, strategic options and strategic direction as well as clarity on implementation planning and progress.

I had an introduction into Eidos for strategic planning.

Jun 28, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The design of the analysis - it is very easy to understand
the overall functions - you can plan and connect your strategies in the "big picture"
ease of analysis

Cons: It takes a while until you understand all of the features
Sometimes you have to plan in very little details

I am using this software to develop a strategic plan for my start-up company

Jun 28, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The variety of displaying options: graphs, linked boxes, charts, diagrams ... you name it! This software makes numbers comprehensible.

Cons: At the beginning in doesn't seem easy to use the software but it comes with a good manual and the company offers courses .

Strong support to jointly develop strategies

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The richness of the software, the enormous variety of possibilities and possible usages. The ability to include the different models into the clients methodology.

Cons: The functionality is somehow overwhelming but might lead to loose focus. Thus, some discipline is required.

I've moderated several workshops in different countries and business units using Eidos.

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: 1. Handling of the software is easy and intuitive.
2. Enables you to tackle complex questions in a structured, step-by-step manner. Greatly diminishes the danger of jumping to premature conclusions.
3. Allows you to "re-visit" and change every assumption at any point in time.
4. Great visualization of results as "eye-opener"

Cons: Moderation is as important as the tool itself. Just using Eidos won't guarantee you good results - you need a skilled and trained moderator to avoid discussions on a level which is too abstract (with no practical use for your business decisions) or too detailed (neglecting the fundamental questions).

Overall: Great, structured way to moderate strategy sessions. Gives you a clear roadmap for such workshops which, in my experience, greatly reduces the time of the workshop itself by focusing the discussions.

Szenario based strategy development. Visualized reasoning and development of strategic options.

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Advanced systemic Analysis of cause and effects relevant for strategic decisions. Helps to handle complexity rather than simplify. Avoiding managerial bias within the crafting of different strategic initiatives. Comprehensive toolset to support different Business Tasks. Help to evaluate robustness of strategies within different external Szenarios and effectiveness of Strategies to Support internal Goals. Integration of existing knowledge in and interlink with other programs / documents like Office, Acrobat. Exchanging and recordind knowledge in workshops interactively in a resuable way, with the benefit of effectively identifying main issues of un-/certainty or non-/conformaty.

Cons: Licencing Modell is focused on Enterprises models. Stand alone licences not offered. Drag and Drop / Copy & Paste between Eidos and PPT could be more anhanced. The power and manifold of the Software somestimes leads to hesistant initial user Feedback. The gap between the minimalism of visualisation Features in Eidos tools to support the effective reasoning process and usual variety or used visuals in ppt sometimes hampered involvement of different stakeholders.

Overall: With this coherent methodological framework you'll be enabled to craft and develop scenarios and strategies. Enhancement of decision making processes with tools that enable a rigorous analysis and synthetic integration through effective visualization and efficient computation. Highly effective interaction between tools addressing endogenous factors (PESTLE) in strategic frameworks, and those enabling assessments of external drivers and trends through scenarios. Eidos also captures knowledge generated in strategic planning exercises. The highly dynamic and integrated formats, are reuseable and easily support modifications and expansions later on. Enabling effective strategic management of issues and challenges in highly volatil, uncertain, complex and ambigue environments.

With EIDOS I've gained outstanding results in transparent reasoning and decision making.

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: This tool has the potential to reshape your thinking in how to achieve best results in a most efficient manner.
In some way it is the ethereum (block-chain approach) for thinkers.

Cons: That it is not used by everyone, yet. Howevr; it takes some time and effort to fully cope with all features offered.

Overall: Good Results, Savings, Fun.

We significantly improved our decision making process as well as our meeting efficiency

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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Pros: EIDOS helps people and teams to create a common understanding of complex situations. It allows avoiding misunderstandings between people with different backgrounds (cultural, professional, social, intellectual). In addition it supports to understand the most important levers for solving a problem, to transparently show options how to act, to clearly understand which risks have to be managed. It offers different ways to visualize complex data or information landscapes in a comprehensive and intuitive way. The tool box of EIDOS is based on latest research how people could become stronger in communication, problem solving and decision making.

Cons: The tool box of EIDOS comprehends besides easy to use tools other applications which need a profound training. Following the recommended rules and processes requires a high degree of discipline as well as sufficient time for discussions. Most business people are not highly motivated to create transparency regarding their decision making or their risk management approach. Such complex problem solving workshops need top management support. Usually results created with EIDOS need to be transferred into a classical Power Point format for presentations towards management councils.

Best in class software tool-kit to support strategic thinking and reduction of high complexity!

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I apply Eidos for 10 years with much joy and success. It is a great help for me and for my customers in reducing high complexity . During the last 10 years, Eidos was continuously improved into a very user-friendly tool kit. The help- and explanation-functions are best-in-class! And the different software components and tools are very well integrated.
Today I see no better software for supporting an efficient and effective strategy process!!

Cons: It's not a real "con": At the beginning, it is necessary to discipline yourselves. My customers very often have to learn step by step new strategic thinking. But it's worth the initial discipline. At least they very often share a common view on how to develop a real strategy. On that "journey" the examples stored in Eidos are very helpful for them .

Overall: Effective & efficient strategy meetings, significant reduction of costs for strategic- and verbal reasoning, very positive team-building effects by joint Eidos sessions, good integration into the existing software landscapes of my clients (MS Office, SAP)focussed discussions, massive reduction of complexity, very satisfied customers

Eidos helped formulate problem solving and supports us with better decision making as a result

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: The Suite of tools assists with a wide range of perspectives regarding how to consider the issue at hand and then supports options and means to address it appropriately.

Cons: Some tools require a lot of practice. Using them correctly often means that several approaches may be needed before one gets the knack of the thinking process behind the specific tool. What is great about that though, is that users get trained to think in new ways!

Overall: Supports thinking processes and better decision making
Supports sense making and can be used effectively with other tools
Supports critical thinking

I've used Eidos for strategic planning since v.1.6 , and cannot imagine operating without it.

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: A coherent methodological framework; well-designed tools enabling rigorous analysis and synthetic integration through effective visualization and efficient computation; highly effective interfaces between tools addressing endogenous factors in strategic frameworks, and those enabling exploration of exogenous circumstances through scenarios; and a well-integrated reporting system ideal for board and executive management presentations. The suite also captures knowledge generated in strategic planning exercises, in dynamic integrated formats, allowing it to be used, modified, and expanded at any time thereafter, enabling effective strategic management of issues and organizations.

Cons: It requires disciplined thinking and brutally exposes reasoning and planning weaknesses! This is a great advantage for organizations, but can be embarrassing for individuals.

Overall: Clarity of thought; greatly improved scenario practice; additional rigor in strategic process; significantly improved management and review capability.