Host Analytics EPM Platform

4 / 5 18 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

The Host Analytics EPM platform helps enterprise CFOs and finance teams speed up the processes of Reporting & Analysis, consolidate data from across the organization and eliminate manual processes.


Average Ratings

18 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Host Analytics
  • www.hostanalytics.com
  • Founded 2000
  • United States

About Host Analytics EPM Platform

Finance is complex. Its also central to making a business run efficiently. We help you tackle the most complex challenges with a cloud-based platform that automates planning, consolidation, reporting and analytics. This makes your business more agile and accelerates insights and actions. The result is a business that adapts quickly, stays aligned and ahead of the competition.


Host Analytics EPM Platform Features

  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad Hoc Reports
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Consolidation / Roll-Up
  • Dashboard
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Scorecarding
  • Strategic Planning

Host Analytics EPM Platform Reviews Recently Reviewed!

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It's a life saver for reporting

Oct 14, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Ease of reporting and planning. The reports are fast to make and can very easily be taught to other users. Also since it is in the cloud, there are many tiers of security features for customization.

Cons: New features and cross browser supporting don't function the best. The new row sets are difficult to get to the exact detail and adjusting cold width can't be done in a cluster in chrome.

We had a quick implementation, and find that the environment is very flexible. All end users :-)

Oct 06, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: There are no limits to the types and volume of data that you interface within Host Analytics, as long as you maintain a common field. Implementation went well (with a consulting partner), and it enabled our budget manager to trim his reporting time from 3 days to 3 hours. The modeling module uses an Excel add-in, so the feel and use of Excel is still available, but the results are stored centralized, so when any end user retrieves data, there is one version of the truth. Customer service is second to none. In my 30+ years in planning and analysis, I have never found a team so dedicated to ensuring their customer's success. Feature updates are either monthly or quarterly, and are focused on what the customers have expressed are their needs or wishes.

Cons: It required that we use a partner consultant to implement. This may be due mostly to the fact that as a small company, we do not have the internal IT resources; the initial implementation without a partner stalled due to resource and communication issues.

Overall: Monthly operational reporting time reduced from 3 days to 3 hours. We built alternative hierarchies for our chart of accounts and entities, so that operations can see their relevant data in the format they prefer, whereas accounting can see it based on GAAP. Modeling transformed our budget process from Excel spreadsheets to a cloud-based solution accessible to all end users, so budget creation migrated from FP&A to the process owners. Budget consolidation process was reduced from 2 days to 2 minutes. We have also transformed to a rolling forecast using modeling, so that the annual budgets required by lenders comes from the forecasts, and is no longer a time-consuming annual task.

We have also since identified other uses for modeling, including complex calculations for our formula pricing that is based on external data imported into tables. We are also importing non-financial data to enhance our asset management deferred maintenance program.

Great experience for me. We have a dedicated business systems resource on our team who helps a lot.

Sep 25, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the flexibility and fluidity of working in the cloud so there is no more verison-ing of excel files and having to wait for input from others.

Cons: There is definitely some upfront legwork to get input templates/reports where you want them to be. But once you have something you like, it's much easier to work with from there.

Overall: Great experience for me. We have a dedicated business systems resource on our team who helps a lot.

Host took a lot of data and made it usable.

Sep 21, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

Overall: Better use of data, easier budgeting, easier financial statement processing.

Using Host has been much more user friendly than our previous reporting and planning software.

Sep 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that it is user friendly, drag and drop feature makes it easy to run ad hoc reports. Love the line item detail and notes feature in the templates.

Cons: I would love to be able to use the workforce reporting to run budget vs. actual HR data. I'd also love to see a dashboard available within the next year or so.

Host has helped reduce the amount of time previously spent manually keying into Excel.

Sep 15, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: My favorite thing about Host is it has eliminated manually keying excel spreadsheets. We are able to hook into our financial system and are able to upload the data that we need which has drastically reduced the amount of human error.

Cons: The interface is pretty dated. I also mainly use chrome as my browser and there seems to be a lag time when scrolling in a template which is a bit of a pain.

Good planning tool that integrates well with excel

Sep 13, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: We plan by detail and this tool allows us to do that. Modeling cloud is nice as it is more flexible.

Cons: This tool is good but we did a lot of customization for CAPEX, BS, cash flow forecasting which requires a lot of time.

Overall: Scale for team!

Great for automating reporting and forecasting

Sep 13, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like that Host is on the cloud, is very customizable by letting us have numerous templates and allows for multiple users at once

Cons: The software is a bit clunky at times which can lead to it running slowly. Also there are certain nuances that you have to learn which is expected

Overall: Helps to avoid human error while providing a flexible platform in which to plan and report

Closest cloud experience to excel

Sep 13, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Closest experience to excel functionalities in Cloud. Native and intuitive approach to solving traditional budgeting and forecasting. Does not require on premises dev support.

Cons: Initial time to set up environment and templates. If we re did the process again, I would definitely be positioned better to execute faster and more efficient.

As a first timer with any EPM system it was easy to configure and learn.

Sep 13, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: There seem to be minimal limitations as to what it can do. With coming from nothing what I appreciate most is HA's reporting capabilities.

Cons: i don't really like the set up of the new currency exchange rate page. i like to be able to seem them all as we could prior to that release.

OVerall is a great tool for the ease of standardizing and managing our reports.

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The application made reporting a piece of cake with automated distribution. The planning tool helped us standardize our budgeting process and we're very impressed with the workforce planning module that helped us easily managing our headcount and compensation estimate.

Cons: Not the most user friendly application for budgeting purpose. The access was made easy with SSO solution, but the timeout issue causing customers to complain.

Overall: Our reporting process became easier for end users. The Support and CFL team from Host also helped us tremendously for our users from day to day basis!!

Easy to use, customer service has not been the greatest in terms of solving our issues

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The ability to customize the reporting to pull the data needed, the ability to automatically send reports to other users

Cons: No complaints of the software based on the limited usage for my role. Only complaint is that the customer service was not the most responsive to our needs in terms of correcting an issue we were having with the software (we ended up correcting the issue internally).

The software was in place when I got here, so I have never had any formal education on it. Good!

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and access! I use my mobile application and access on line from home, office, hotel and other office when traveling abroad with ease.

Cons: New account and entity set up is only somewhat intuitive. I do this so rarely, i really have to go back and read to set up new accounts and other entities.

Overall: Visibility to all of our entities around the world in a timely manner!

User friendly product. Great customer support

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: How easy it is to create basic reporting and customize and scheduled distribution. Interface that is scheduled nightly to automatically populate Host with data from our G/L. Consolidation of our plan is more efficient and timely so changes aren't such a nightmare to make.

Cons: Quarterly releases are great, but they don't give you enough time to test them before they are automatically put into production.

Overall: We generate our reporting package quicker and with less errors. Our planning process runs more smoothly and efficiently again with less errors. We are able to consolidate our plans quicker.

Host Analytics has decreased our dependency on excel and has allowed us to forecast concurrently.

Sep 12, 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: We love the ease and flexibility of the tool. The monthly releases mean that the product is constantly making improvements. Administration of the core app and spotlight is straightforward and not time consuming.

We can now complete a forecast in 4 hours versus a week+ that it look using excel.

Cons: We would love to see more data visualization features added to the core app along with a Mac compatible spotlight extension.

I like the functionality of the program and ease of use.

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I like being able to quickly and easily navigate to what I need. I like the user interface and options given upon login.

Cons: I do not like the lag time when clicking something. Sometimes when I click on a report the screen takes time to get to where I want to go. When opening it takes a few extra minutes.

Overall: Being able to budget appropriately

Host Analytics has greatly improved our team's capability to quickly consolidate & close each month.

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: This software can be maintained within the finance department and without the assistance of IT. It's extremely user friendly, easy to use, and allows our team to quickly consolidate, close and provide detailed financial reports each month.

Cons: There's not a whole lot not to like, however it would be great if the Spotlight Add-In for reporting was somewhat easier to maintain.

Financial Planning tool with great reporting!

Aug 29, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Great reporting tool Fully customizable to your business Able to assign different users with different permissions/access

Cons: Not self-serve initial setup, but most financial planning software falls under this category Initially it can seem a bit daunting to remember everything, but it gets better