Cascade Strategy software


17 reviews(5.0/5)
17 reviews(5.0/5)

Cascade Strategy is a cloud-based project management (PM) solution for businesses of a variety of sizes. The solution is a suite of integrated strategy modules with features such as strategy planning, goal and project management, dashboards and reports, surveys, performance management and human capital management.

Cascade Strategy comes with a strategy planning wizard and a variety of visualization templates that can be customized to fit the project. Users can create and customize a strategy framework and assign goals and projects to individuals. The solution is able to track various parts of a project such as goals, risks, issues and engagement.

Cascade Strategy can be purchased on a per-user, per-month basis. The solution comes with a free collection of training guides, ebooks and templates.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Linux , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 10

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    September 2018

    SUPPOSEDLY FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING BUT DOES A LOT MORE

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    Pros

    I have been using Cascade Strategy for some time now and I have been very accustomed to it. Cascade Strategy is easy to use and does more than just strategic planning. The simplicity of the software’s layout allows its users to learn it easily. The task management, collaboration, workforce management and project management features are a great plus. Overall, a lot can be done with a single software.

    Cons

    It might be better if the software can be used in different other languages since it can only be used in English, but, it is a small negativity of the software that can be greatly overlooked.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jim from Texecom Ltd.

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    World Class Customer Care

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    The customer service engagement was what really sets Cascade apart. The team are helpful and quick to reply. They have a very clear set of behaviors that align with their values.

    Pros

    The software is very powerful and flexible. I've not found a platform that consolidates such a wide range of strategy and talent alignment and management tools into one place.

    Cons

    The interface feels a bit dated perhaps.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Awesome strategy execution tool

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    I spent quite a while evaluating different strategy execution software options. My main issue was that hardly any seemed really designed at strategy, but rather project management. Since Cascade is built for strategy, you don't have to spend time building your own framework before implementing your strategy. It literary took me a few hours from signing up until I had implemented a five-level hierarchy from a business focus-area, down through sub-goals and into actionable steps. Including goal-tracking. I can honestly say that Cascade is the most promising software tool that I have seen in years.

    Pros

    Ease of use
    Seamless integration between higher level strategy and actionable steps
    Intuitive
    Price/value ratio
    Dashboards and status-snapshots

    Cons

    Very many options and variables, can make some things feel overwhelming.
    A little weak on the planning side, would like to see SWOT features that can convert into objectives/goals.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    May 2018

    Great Price with Tons of Training

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    Pros

    I love how easy and quick it was to implement, and with the available training, it made the process even simpler

    Cons

    Like to see expanded features like multilingual functionality, but I may have not spent enough time exploring it yet

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ross from Russell McLeod Limited

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    January 2018

    Simple yet comprehensive

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    Introduced significant efficiency gains in relation to performance management and reporting. tool agility enabled configuration to develop strategy for multiple circumstances (organisation strategy, channel management and joint venture partnership)

    Pros

    Supports engagement, establishes visibility and secures performance accountability, all of which combine to underpin workplace innovation and retain focus on strategy implementation. Reporting environments are agile and facilitate real-time understanding of performance status. Human capital management features enable creation of robust link between contribution and reward.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    November 2017

    Great for organisational visibility/ oversight

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    It is so easy to get started on cascade, set up is pain free - so different compared to the software I've implemented in the past. It immediately combines strategy, accountability, progress, reporting, risk and governance so that you get a quick holistic view of the current status. No other software I've seen does this as effectively.

    Cons

    I think it would benefit in having more 'wins' for the end user. I'm not sure I know what these would look like... but i think it is important to keep working on the end-users experience as well as improving the management view.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    November 2017

    An effective, easy to use tool that has brought business strategy into daily conversation

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    Pros

    The user interface is intuitive and allows for the creation instant, real-time outputs that can be used to assess/track/discuss business strategy without creating standalone PowerPoint slides.
    The tool allows for business strategy to be discussed and embraced by the organization, creating clear alignment of goals to strategic pillars and thus allowed for the broader business discuss, interrogate and contribute to the strategic direction rather than having it handed down.

    Cons

    The tool isn't something that can be used half-heartedly. To realize the benefit, it needs to be embraced by the entire organization where possible. This isn't a criticism of the tool itself, more an observation that it needs the buy-in of the organization to make it effective.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Zwanyanya from Mercedes-Benz South Africa

    November 2017

    It's a great platform to track the progress of projects.

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    Pros

    What I liked most about this software is that it can send notifications to everyone that is responsibility for actions and makes them accountable for deliverables.

    Cons

    It is not easy to navigate, especially if there are corrections and updates that need to be made on actions.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • will from Cook Medical Australia

    November 2017

    Its just so simple to keep monitor and track when you take an IDEA & turn it into ACTION = RESULT

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    as expressed previously... Anecdotally, I hear that there are so many great features and so much to learn and just NOT enough time to devote! I'm therefore keenly aware, via, a previous employee here at CMA who was instrumental during the initial rollout of cascade ... that I have a Ferrari at my disposal and I'm driving it like a Holden :)

    Pros

    Its very intuitive and allows the user to comfortably navigate many platforms without being anxious about making irreversible mistakes!

    Please be aware that, "these are my personal views and not those of Cook Medical"

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Carlos from Quifatex

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    November 2017

    Excellent tool, great design and user friendly

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    Pros

    The alignment between strategy and projects, its very easy to understand how the strategic objetives align with the projects.

    Cons

    Only 1 language, its a great tool, I think its very important to expand to languages like spanish or french.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    November 2017

    Cascade has transformed the way we manage our business goals and company strategy.

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    Transparency of goals, and alignment of priority. It also enables better accountability for all staff.

    Pros

    The Cascade program aligned strongly with the needs of our business. We needed a tool to help us manage our business strategy across 20 different functional departments. We chose Cascade as the concept of cascading goals matched the way our business performed strategic planning. The system allows each of the areas to manage their own strategic plan, whilst enabling visibility and accountability of alignment with the high level business strategy. The transparency of the system is one of it's biggest benefits. At the click of a button you are able to assess the health of the organisation according to its strategic objectives and associated goals. It is very user friendly and easy to customise. In a matter of minutes, anyone can set up team dashboards to use in meetings or as a general communication tool. The snapshot reports are great for sharing with others outside of the system and provide an up to date gantt chart of project status. I would highly recommend this tool to anyone.

    Cons

    Occasionally you will stumble across features that don't exist in the system which would be useful. The chat function allows you to communicate directly with the Cascade team and get a real time response to any issues you might have or any ideas for improvement. This is really great for efficiency, as you can just continue working through any challenges with the help of the Cascade team. They take the feedback on-board, and we have already experienced a number of system optimisations which have been rolled out as a result of our company's suggestions. It is empowering for the team to have that kind of influence on the software, and really aids in employee engagement.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Matthew from C Smart International

    November 2017

    A terrific product and some great professional advice to support strategic planning and execution

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    Pros

    Cascade is easy to use, applicable to all staff and allows each staff member to see and track how they contribute to the company strategic goals.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • David from The Mac Credit Union

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2017

    Cascade delivers on its promise - is very easy to use and provides fantastic functionality

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    All my staff have access to see our plan, goals and projects. That has greatly assisted their knowledge of the bigger picture and how they can contribute. The reporting functionality is excellent for Board reports, management meetings through to controlling my own tasks or that of my reports.

    Pros

    easy to use, provides capacity to view projects at high level or to drill down to the weeds, very flexible with reporting options, allows various User permissions, brilliant support service and priced in the sweet spot

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Greg from Reisa

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2017

    This thing is powerful and we at only just starting to appreciate the strength of it now...

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    Simple

    Pros

    Ease of use and with the training videos released more recently it is even easier to understand. The power to change the culture to one of accountability is simply sensational

    Cons

    Worth every minute to set it up. Play around with it and don't be too scared to stuff it up at the beginning. The training videos and webinars are an absolute must to view. It really does to a-z and the biggest challenge is seeing how the a-z works together

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jason from JDGray Group LLC

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    June 2017

    Serious Strategy Execution Software

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    Mainly, we use Cascade Strategy with our clients that don't want their strategic plans to become BOTS (Books On The Shelf). Cascade allows for constant updating, new goals & initiatives, real-time reporting, etc. It provides an easy-to-use platform to keep the plan alive and active throughout the life-cycle of the plan.

    Pros

    Cascade Strategy Execution SaaS takes the complex area of generating accountability around strategic initiatives and makes it clear, concise, and transparent. The thought that has been put into the structure of getting it set up essentially forces you to consider the alignment of your goals, objectives, focus areas and ultimately vision. Cascade is one of the few that gets that the fundamental unit of strategy implementation is NOT individual goals or tasks - it is people, and Cascade re-emphasizes this point subtly throughout the platform.

    Cons

    The platform is quite elegant on the screen, but Cascade still has some work to do around the printed reports. Its a bit of a conundrum as showing the sometimes complex and always multi-layered relationships between people, tasks, goals, vision, etc is likely impossible given the static format of the printed page - but I do feel like it could still probably be a bit better than it is. Most importantly, if you go down the path of using strategy management software, just realize that the dynamic connections that you are able to create with the platform will not always easily translate to the printed page.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeff from Santa Fe Way

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    November 2016

    I've been looking for this app for 20 years.

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    What do you like best? Finally, an app that takes the big picture seriously. I've been looking for a project portfolio management app for a management-by-projects approach that begins with strategic planning. Cascade is a holistic strategy app, integrating strategy planning and strategy execution, two aspects or dimensions of strategy that should not be dissociated or bifurcated into separate apps to begin with. What do you dislike? Nothing to dislike so far. Although it offers Zapier integration with other apps, a must in today's web app world, I do wish it offered native integration with Google Apps, especially Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and Gmail, perhaps through a Chrome Extension. Recommendations to others considering the product Try it, you'll like it. I liked it so much I subscribed two days into the trial. What business problems are you solving? What benefits have you realized? Holistic closed-loop strategic planning & execution.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Tom from Sustaina Solution

    September 2016

    Changed how we run our business

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    We implemented Cascade because we are a remote team and found it hard to stay focused on a common goal. We found it pretty easy to create our strategic plan and then use the software to report on progress each month. The support team are great.

    Review Source: Capterra
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