PlanGuru Software


 

With an unrivaled price point and robust reporting and budgeting features, PlanGuru is a powerful tool for prospective financial analysis, whether that involves a high level bank budget or a detailed operating budget for 100 or more departments. PlanGuru's simple, intuitive interface and solid integration with Quickbooks and Excel make implementation and utilization simple for businesses of all sizes and shapes. PlanGuru is flexible enough for any industry, including retail, hospitality, insurance, engineering and banking.

Set up is made easy with integration with a company's existing accounting program. Any historical data or a chart of accounts that you have can in Excel or Quickbooks can be pulled into PlanGuru in minutes. PlanGuru uses Excel as a conduit between its functions and almost any accounting program. Data from Quickbooks can be imported even more quickly for multi-department or locational budgeting.

We really like the extensive, flexible modeling capabilities. PlanGuru provides more than twenty different types of forecasting methods, available throughout the income statement and balance sheet and sorted by Subclass. There's also a debt modeling tool that allows you to easily model the implications of a line of credit or loan simply by entering the terms.

Once you've reconciled all the numbers, reporting is made simple with flexible financial statements that can show statement of cash flow and retained earnings, balance sheet and income statement and a variety of Budget vs. Actual reporting formats, all of which can be exported to Excel or PDF.

PlanGuru is an affordable, more efficient alternative to spreadsheets that provides comprehensive, reliable budgeting and forecasting in a simple, powerful, scalable solution.

 

 

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

16 Reviews of PlanGuru

 
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from stonz
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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it is very easy to use, very flexible.
it saves my time and it generate results fast for planning.
the platform is easy for the eyes, help links are awesome.
lots of videos, articles, webinars!
awesome supports i.e. friendly and knowledgeable.

Pros

friendly flexible fast

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they really need to have monthly for current year plus next 3 years
many businesses are seasonal

Advice to Others

try it!!

 
 

from Rhizoma Ventures, Inc
Specialty: Real Estate
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Good product but far from the ideal Forecasting software

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Plan Guru is an excellent product, specially considering that there are no products out there with this many features at this price level. If you want to have the best products you will have to pay tens of thousands every year, ie. Budget Maestro. However I think PG has some room for improvement, such as

1.- More flexibility in the automatization for the recording of Historical and actual values. Not even copy and paste is possible.
2.- Make it more friendly. PG can only be mastered by someone with a strong background in Finance
3.- Expand reporting capabilities and allow to export reports to excel with up the 36 months instead of only 12 mo.
4.- Develop a Mac version or a web version
5.- Develop Inventory module and allow for supporting schedule on the Balance sheet
6.- Flexibility in putting some values ( ie. interest expense) in the balance sheet for capitalization purposes

Pros

-Once you have all the numbers, projections are very fast and exact.
-Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash flow integration
-Links to excel files

Cons

- The link process is very long and tedious
- No possibility of using formulas in the actual and historical data
- Need an inventory module
- Need Supporting schedule for the Balance sheet

Advice to Others

If you work mostly by yourself and need a good integration when dealing with financial forecasts, this is the product.
If you need a company product with colaboration, tPG is not very friendly

 
 

from Rex
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Don't like it it faults out alot.it was very easy to use but it just doesn't wo4k sometimes.

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Really easy to use

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Just stops working

Advice to Others

Consider a different program

 
 

from Raptim Humanitarian Travel
Specialty: Hospitality / Travel
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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We purchased this software after reviewing many company options. Our funds to purchase budget/forecast software was minimal. We came across PlanGuru, whose price point was within our budget. I can tell you the software performs just like any other budget/forecast software. It is compatible with QuickBooks, so you can import your G/L into the software at will. Once the data is imported, you can begin forecasting by month, year, etc. You can also save unlimited number of files for historical review. The software is very user-friendly and customer service is very responsive. I would highly recommend this software for those companies with minimal money to spend on forecasting software.

 
 

from MRZ
Specialty: Accounting / CPA

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Likes Best

Able to send portions of the budget to other people in the firm to fill out and return to me.

Likes Least

Took a little time to get the hang of, but a good product.

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It is cheaper than other software (prophix), and seems to do the same thing.

 
 

from McIntosh Capital Advisory Services Inc.
Specialty: Consulting

Required a forecasting software to present high quality reports

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Anytime I have had a problem they were able to resolve it quicky

Likes Least

Software has a bit of a learning curve to become proficient rapidly. However support provided compensates.

Recommendations

Take the courses offered so you can get up to speed quickly.

 
 

from Summit cpa group
Specialty: Accounting / CPA

Great product. A must have for all forward thinking companies.

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It is easy to use. It is the only product in the market that I am aware of that focuses on the balance sheet and in particular cash.

Likes Least

Reporting features could be enhanced. Would like to be able to hide accounts that are no longer in use. When reporting condense some categories while expanding others.

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It is nice that you can make small changes to the assumptions that don't take hours to see the results.

 
 

from Acuant
Specialty: Software / Technology

Good for small businesses

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The reporting exports are nice and clean. It is easy to upload information for historical data. The use of the overall product seems good. Although, the RE and NI seems to be calculating opposite of what I would expect to see. The program can be self taught and that is always good.

Likes Least

You can't seem to see Prior year over Current year, only Actual to Budget.

Recommendations

Beware that it does have limitations. However, it is a good product for small businesses.

 
 

from McBride Enterprises, Inc.
Specialty: Real Estate

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It has saved a lot of time building reports.

Likes Least

It was a little difficult getting in contact with someone for help after the initial setup and training.

Recommendations

You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get a good program. Don't disregard a product because it seems too cheap.

 
 

from Floris London
Specialty: Retail

Excellent Budgeting Product

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I like its simplicity. The support is quick. The product has all of the functionality to produce a consolidate the P&L and balance sheet.

Likes Least

Consolidating takes a while and needs to be organised.

Recommendations

Try the free download. You will see how easy it is to use.

 
 

from Kinova Inc.
Specialty: Engineering

PlanGuru - Software for small business

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PlanGuru is good software. One of its key advantages is you can import all your data from any accounting system, and it is really user-friendly software. Support was really helpful at the beginning, and it made my experience with PlanGuru better. It's good software for the price. It was one of the cheapest when I bought it.

Likes Least

My version of PlanGuru still has some bugs. When I import my data, the software notes the import date in the right account. It seems it doesn't recognize the information. Between each import, the description of some accounts are changed, so I have always to re-link the account or manually enter some accounts. I think using only a description as common information for the import is inefficient. People should use the account number.

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Solve the problem with the data import. Cash-flow isn't user-friendly.

 
 

from Phytel, Inc.
Specialty: Software / Technology

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I like the product's flexibility. Most companies can handle the forecasting of a P&L fairly well using Excel. PlanGuru excels in that not only does it forecast the P&L well, but it also has the flexibility of computing the balance sheet and cash flow, using our calculation method. This enables us to perform "What if" analyses with various revenue numbers that will simultaneously create a P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow that all work together.

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Nothing. I think this is a great product for the dollar.

Recommendations

Be prepared. Have a clear idea of the supporting data and calculations in building your P&L and Balance Sheet. This will enable you to be most efficient in your implementation.

 
 
 
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