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What is Cascade Strategy?

Cascade is a new way to run your organisation – providing a suite of seamlessly integrated strategy modules, all designed with one simple purpose in mind - to make your vision happen. By putting strategy at the heart of everything, Cascade helps you to build an aligned, cohesive, empowered and engaged workforce. Cascade is a strategic planning platform, strategic execution AND tracking, all in one!

Cascade Strategy Details
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Product Description

Cascade is a complete software solution that makes it easy to turn your strategy into reality. Helping you to create your plan, engage your people and track results.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

Cascade takes an existing framework/document that only a handful of people can access and understand, and turns it into a much more accessible and simple representation of a plan from top to bottom. It consolidates and centralizes communication, saving a ton of time that would otherwise be spent gathering information from people.

Cascade also takes care of organizing that information for presentation with Snapshots and Dashboards, etc...it lets you "take the pulse" of your strategic plan at any layer to help pinpoint where progress is lagging, and where team members might need extra support.


Seller Details
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Cascade Strategy
Year Founded
2012
HQ Location
Sydney, Australia
Twitter
@cascadestrategy
658 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
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28 employees on LinkedIn®
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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

What do I like best? It has to be the Cascade team of experts. They're good people, but they're also good people who have created an amazing strategy product that takes the mystery out of strategy. The elegant, efficient, and effective design of Cascade's strategy environment make the complex simple. We work with all types of organizations ranging from small non-profits to large multi-divisional multinational corporations... and Cascade can scale to accommodate the needs of them all! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There's not much to dislike. Cascade is growing and it is great to have a global community of users that are committed to making strategy available to all aspiring strategists. However, it would be great to be able to plug into that community even more regularly - virtually or in person! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just reach out to their team and schedule an initial discussion and intake interview - the value is immediately apparent! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

There are multiple challenges of strategy that Cascade makes easy and accessible to all organizational leaders. These include:

1) Strategy as Decision Support - that improves the quality of decision making;

2) Strategy as Coordination and Communication - that creates consistency and unity; and

3) Strategy as Target - that improves performance by setting high aspirations.

We've leveraged Cascade's intuitive framework to clarity an organization's strategy... then support successful strategy execution! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The flexibility you have to host the strategy and manage it. You can put together different reports of the strategies, projects and indicators in a way that facilitates their review. For example, you can put together a report in which you only want to see a specific area or a certain team, etc. I also like the alignment that is achieved with the management team, communication is improved Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would like it to be in other languages. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for software that allows you to manage your business strategy in a simple and agile way, this software is a good option. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Align the strategy with my colleagues. Be aware of the strategies process and the impact they are having on the results of my organization. Results review and decision-making meetings are more focused and agile. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Chief Operating Officer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Unified view of a strategic plan to whatever level of complexity you or your clients require.

Constant updates and new features added to the platform to improve UX.

Great support from the team and simple training.

Can really be leveraged to bring all involved parties into the strategic planning and executing process - supports organizational buy-in. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, have found it more intuitive and easier to drive strategic efforts than through other tools like PMW, Clarity and MSP. Like any tool, there is a learning curve and it takes time BUT so does communicating on various strategic initiatives and gathering reporting data. Cascade really lets you get it all in one place and a lot of the work is work you'd be doing anyway to support the roll-out of the strategic plan. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Helping bring a plan from the development to the execution stage while driving improved communication. Reporting just falls out of it. Enhances visibility and allows the leaderships time to be spent seeing actionable data rather than a "tick the box" update. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Since using Cascade, we’ve been able to streamline procedures, become more efficient and focused in our strategic thinking, and envision exactly what we're trying to achieve as a business both in the short and longterm.

We’ve always received a high level of support from the Cascade team, from fleshing out our initial plan, to a huge range of strategy planning resources and great ongoing customer service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We haven't encountered any downsides - if we ever have a problem or need help using the software, we reach out to the team and have always received great support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It’s really helped everyone within our team understand how they fit into our broader business strategy (and just how important their roles are!). This breeds job satisfaction for employees, and efficiency for the company as a whole. In short, it's made running our business simpler and easier! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

1. The tracking of the progress with dashboards. Previously my clients found it nearly impossible to understand what progress was being made in terms of executing the strategic plan, but with Cascade it is transparent and straight forward. For management that is a key factor in being able to organize their teams and focus on what is relevant.

2. Integrations. Cascade can collaborate with many of the systems my clients use to manage individual parts of the strategy and is helpful in setting them up.

3. The knowledge and professionalism of the Cascade staff. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can do so much and it is easy to get distracted with new features before the basics are in place. We often started to wide instead of going narrow and focused. If you start using the tool, make sure you don't Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Main one is inefficiency. Managing strategy through spreadsheets was very time consuming and there are countless limitations. Replacing it with Cascade made it so much easier for the staff to buy into and engage with the strategy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The way the platform is organized is very user friendly and the customer service is top-notch! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the details can be hard to find here and there, but since we joined in 2019, Cascade Strategy has gone above and beyond in taking our feedback and working diligently to make their system even more user-friendly and intuitive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

With Cascade Strategy, we are able to effectively manage/track our strategic plan, and the platform encourages our team to stay engaged. We truly would not be able to track our plan as efficiently as we are able to without Cascade Strategy! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Swift building and visualization of strategic objectives with links to goals, projects/initiatives, KPI's etc. The terminology and framework used being completely customizable from application's interface by a super user. A draft plan is then deployed to the organization where teams start adding their goals in alignment with the high level plan.

End user acceptance is very high due to intuitive interface. We have experienced users starting to enter their plans only after a few hours of training.

Once initiatives/goals are approved, tracking kicks in where you can define periodic update tasks and reminders to ensure projects/tasks and related risks are updated regularly.

Out of the box views and reports are great and still there is room for building custom dashboard and reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A feature linking tracking of goals to individual performance management workflow existed in previous version and it was removed from the new releases of software some time ago. This was so unique and made sense to us and it still exists in our deployment . We would love to see it back and improved in the new releases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Communication and alignment around key strategic objectives. Prioritization and focus together with engaging employees via clear goals and real time tracking and feedback. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
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What do you like best?

The Cascade platform is flexible, user-friendly, and truly multifunctional. It makes the work of building, tracking and managing a strategic plan fairly straightforward. These are important features for users in our client industries (higher education and non-profits). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can take some time to truly become proficient but the outcome is worth the investment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Spend time at the front end of the implementation process learning how best to make the platform work for you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Cascade helps our clients to visualize what their plans will look like and how goals, objectives, actions, and costs all align. Cascade also functions as a communications system as well as a tracking system, which allows users to let other users know when updates have been made to the plan. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The dashboard is fantastic, my team uses this for every Friday meeting. It allows us to know if we are meeting our targets for sales deadlines or are falling behind and specifies by how much on specific metrics that we set. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would be helpful when cloning goals to edit the dates and or targets for all clones. This would be a huge time saver for me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

No Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are able to track our lease-up timelines to ensure occupancy is achieved and adjust our strategy if we are falling short or ahead of timelines. This software also creates a healthy competitive sales atmosphere for our agents to compete with one another on sales goals. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Ability to collaborate with staff on the Strategy! Cascade software flows well, so most Strategic plans can be added without making major changes. I love how the Software makes you stop and think about the business actives and projects and how they align to an overall strategy. With more people working remote, offerings like Cascade can add a lot of value to the business with low cost of input. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much really, it's highly flexible tool. If rolled out to a lot of staff, it may need easier ways for Low level staff to engage, but the system is fast, reliable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You need to delete all the prompts from the demo and add your own data to get a real sense of how it works for your own requirements - Cascade seems happy to do this for me, send a Strategic plan and they will present it back in their software for you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Cascade has been instrumental in allowing our teams to collaborate while working remotely.

High Level Strategy is typically discussed within Face 2 Face meetings and planning sessions. Using Cascade we have been able to collaborate in real time with the planning team to update and realign the company strategy. Without Cascade I am not sure how this could be done. We use other tools like Office365 and Monday.com but these don't collaborate well when changes are required - they are more tracking tools for things you have already completed. The ability to group our KPI's and Projects into the different spheres of Strategy is probably the most unique feature that I have never seen before. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It is intuitive, easy to use, and considers every important aspect. It's flexibility to adapt to our plan was amazing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would be great to have a fully multilingual version Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

We are a small company; the founders also have wide experience working with strategic planning. We were looking for something to meet our needs, and literally loooked everywhere; we compared about a dozen options. Cascade was, by far, the best choice, offering everything we were looking for, at an affordable price, and with great flexibility of use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Having a place to host our company strategy, use it as a basis for our strategic followup meetings, keeping everyone aligned. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Country Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The software is very customizable and user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The platform tends to load very slowly at times and the demo button oftentimes does not work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The software is extremely customizable. Do not panic because it does not come with features you are looking for out of the box. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Helping clients to become aware that there is an alternative to the ad-hoc way they are currently doing strategy execution and helping them get there. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The tool helps me to easily create my objectives, measures, and initiatives. I can also create parent and child relationships. The reporting engine is fantastic. The dashboards are beautiful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The weighting system needs to be more user friendly as it is confusing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It has a little learning curve but awesome once you master it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The monitoring of our corporate strategy is now automated thanks to Cascade. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Human Resources Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The support is incredible. They took me from no clue to really getting a solid understanding of how much Cascade can do in a really short time. Plus, they also provided plenty of nuggets around the strategic planning process! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much at all, really! there's a bit of a learning curve at the start, but as I mentioned... Brandon and the team are solid right through from kick-off. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're even slightly curious, jump in and let the team take you through the process. Well worth it, even to help you evaluate your current situation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Planning from a HR perspective for a group of about 100. Being able to build a visual hierarchy of the team, then align goals and KPIs individually has been a game changer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I am capable of effectively tracking the progress of an initiative, which is able to guide the decision-making process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some improvement is needed in the capacity of the software in conducting statistical analysis, without having to export to Microsoft Excel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Being able to more effectively monitor and evaluate major initiatives and able to make comparisons across various organizations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Great software makes complex tasks simple and does so intuitively - that's Cascade. Successful strategies require engagement across an organization. Cascade shows individuals how their contributions align to the organization's strategy while managers and executives have top-level leading indicators with actionable supporting data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Overall, very satisfied with the tool and appreciate it is always improving. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Organizations committed to their strategies must have their teams engaged in the outcomes. Using Cascade, we've seen engagement and enthusiasm increase which has actually accelerated reaching many of our goals. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Commercial & Strategy Partner
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Its modern and easy to use, everybody understands it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes i need to click 2 times to actually open a window. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Hosting and managing my strategic plan and KPIs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Once set up, it's very easy to use and update. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

This isn't necessarily a dislike but I'd say I found the most difficulty setting up new goals. This has more to do with learning a new system, I think, more than anything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We're solving the problem of thinking as an organization, as opposed to isolated departments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Deputy Editor
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

An easy to use and quality system for everyday use. Support team are always willing to go the extra mile and make sure any issues are resolved swiftly and with great customer service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A learning curve at the outset but with the help of the knowledgeable staff, eventually it becomes a breeze to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Management of projects and prioritising daily work that helps meet our company goals Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Chief Executive Officer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Easy to use, capabilities, and support that is provided. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not being able to export in Word document although there are PDF and CVS files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Develop the capability to be able to export reports in Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. Develop more focused and attractive marketing materials. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Fragmented and manual strategic planning process as well as low engagement with the strategy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Cascade is customizable to how we do strategy, it is easy to measure KPIs and track progress, and it is effective in communicating progress to the full organization. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have no dislikes to add! Cascade is the best strategy tool on the market. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The ability to manage and track strategy using a dynamic, accessible and easy to use tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Ease of use of the software and management features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have yet to find anything I dislike about Cascade. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great customer service and pricing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Implementation of Departmental/Division/Program strategic initiative. the managing of actions is something that has lacked before Cascade. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

This is a product that provides an intuitive solution to one of the biggest issues businesses face - having alignment on vision, goals and execution. It's an all-in-one suite to help the end-to-end of planning down to execution and management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't have issues or anything to dislike Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great tool to use if you want a tangible way of executing on a vision or strategy and building a culture around that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It stitches together company or project/product vision to the execution of it. It makes sure people are on the same page, they know their objectives and how they're tracking towards achieving their objectives. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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EM
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The cascading relationship of strategic objectives, goals and activities. The ability to link goals and/or activities to multiple objectives. Easy tools to track progress and produce reports. Keeps our senior team focused on the "big picture."

Interactive links between PDF reports and the Cascade system for easy corrections and updates. Very responsive support from the Cascade team. Good user documentation and videos. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cumbersome to use for detailed work planning and project management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Easy, common platform for planning and tracking strategy implementation -- which has upped our management team's game and facilitated collaboration. Monitoring and reporting is now easy -- which has improved accountability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Cascade provides the flexibility to use our own terminology and framework while providing structure to improve our strategy management processes. It has been very intuitive to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The dashboard feature isn't as robust as I would like. I can get all of the information I need from the other reporting features, though. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Cascade is improving the transparency of our plans, simplifying our reporting process, and helping show the connection and alignment of the work we do. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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