Host Analytics offers various methods for generating, interacting with, and delivering reporting and analytics for Budgeting, Forecasting, and Modeling. The ability to customize the Excel-based Spotlight reports is fantastic - the time saved helps us do what we're best at: telling the story and advising on strategy. As well, it integrates seamlessly with powerpoint for BOD presentations and dashboarding. I also like the security features and customizations for publishing results to certain business owners - - all tied to their login (no more sending out documents in email everytime there is an update). The scenarios are great for "version control" of reporting, too
It's not intuitive enough, yet. There are too many 'clicks' required to get to a task/function and when you're building a report or template, you have to go to several area to complete it. I would appreciate if I'm building a template that I click on one point and then I'm lead through the entire process and presented all the possible tools and options that are involved in building a template. The set-up, choosing scenarios, seeding, formatting, etc. should all be in the same One View. It's a bit of a navigation issue, really.
As well (I understand this could be an integration partner issue), I would like a workbook for my team. Every Company regardless of data, industry, etc...goes through the same steps to set-up a template, create a report, assign work/tasks. Where is the quick-guide workbook? The owners manual, if you will. My car, fridge, TV, laptop, phone, etc...all have quick-start guides and owners manuals. Help us out, here. Because the way it is today, I have to spend my time writing a workbook for my team to reference (for cross-functional backup when folks are on vacation and for new hires to use.).
We were doing everything in Excel. So, this is solving accuracy issues, allowing us to be more flexible in how we design our reporting and what granularity of data we present, and giving us back time to focus on analysis. We've reduced our Monthly Close from 6 days to 4 days. So, that free time can be used on projects and strategic initiatives