BudgetPak by XLerant Software

4.71 / 5 (21)

Our advisors have recommended this product 9 times in the last 30 days

About BudgetPak by XLerant


BudgetPak by XLerant is a cloud-based Accounting solution that offers stand-alone Budgeting and Forecasting, as well as integrated Financial Reporting. It’s suited for midsize to large organizations in a variety of industries including Property Management, Education, Insurance, and more.

XLerant’s Budgeting capabilities can be customized to an organization’s unique needs, and self-service reporting allows users to produce their own reports and send them to Excel, PDF, or directly to print. The Forecasting functionality allows finance teams to share high-level or detailed forecasts with their employees, and users can make adjustments based on constraints setup up by management. XLerant’s Financial Reporting tool offers real time, bi-directional linkage with Excel in order to exchange data. Dashboards can be customized using pre-defined charts and graphs, and guided what-if analysis gives users insight into the impact of variables on a completed budget.



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Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

21 Reviews of BudgetPak by XLerant

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.71 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.5

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5 stars

(15)

4 stars

(6)

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Showing 1-10 of 21 reviews

October 2018

Catherine from NJM Insurance Group

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2018

Cathy's review

We are a large property/casualty insurance company with 23 departments. Departments are more aware of what they are spending and are looking for ways to control their costs. End users have spoken very highly and favorably of the product. They are fully engaged and more accountable with their own budgets and feel more involved in the overall budgeting process for the company.

Pros

BudgetPak is a cloud based software, user friendly and easy to use for the non-financial user.

Cons

As Administrators, when you make changes in your company configuration, the Validation and Initialization process can take at least 1 hour or more to run. While this is happening, no other end users are able to see or work on their budgets since system is under maintenance.

February 2018

Clint from Oklahoma Christian University

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2018

Incredibly useful for establishing dynamic & inclusive ("bottom up" budgeting process

Inclusive budgeting process and much enhanced ability to forecast and deliver needed reports.

Pros

End user experience is easy and intuitive. I especially love the ability to establish monthly budgets which provides a much greater probability for accurate year-end forecasts. The numerous ad hoc reports and MyExcel features are also dynamic and incredibly useful.

Cons

While Xlerant offers wonderful and ready customer service, we still found the installation process very time consuming and quite challenging. Also, you need a person dedicated to the continued administration of this software.

July 2009

Ngoc from BAE Systems

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

July 2009

BudgetPak is easy to implement and is very user friendly.

Get rid of those Excel workbooks and macros you currently use for budgeting. BudgetPak makes it easy to budget and forecast for any users. We went through a realign of our HQ office in early 2009. BudgetPak made it easy to make those changes quickly and consolidation was a snap with great audit trails.

Pros

In 2008 our Company (at one of the Operating Group Headquarters location) was looking for a budgeting software tool to replace our Excel workbooks to prepare our annual budget and forecast. After considering 6 different budgeting software packages BudgetPak was the clear winner for the ease of implementation, but more importantly, how user friendly it is. You are not required to be a finance person to use it. During the initial demonstration I had various internal users (VP, Director, Manager) participate in addition to myself who is a Finance person with lots of software experience. I wanted my internal users to feel comfortable with BudgetPak and not to be intimidated. It was also their feedback that made the decision easy to select BudgetPak. For the features, performance, and robustness I am getting for BudgetPak and the price to implement and maintain it BudgetPak has the edge over its competitor.

Cons

The vanilla canned reports that came with BudgetPak are good, but I would like to see more custom reports or more ways for me to build custom reports. I plan to work with BudgetPak to enhance reports in future version releases.

February 2018

Jeremiah from Alliant International University

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2018

XLerant provides a fantastic software that has greatly improved our budgeting process.

Pros

The customer support. Any time there is a question or concern, the XLerant team quickly responds and assists. When there were areas that the software seemed to be lacking, the support team would troubleshoot and came up with working solutions that improved the software greatly.

Cons

From an administrator standpoint, the software is complicated. It has taken me a bit of time to learn all the options within it. In a way, this is a very positive thing as the system has many features useful to different clients. The only issue is that it becomes difficult to train new system administrators and to know that our institution is using the system to it's full effect.

October 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2018

Focused on the Budget Owner

Working with the XLerant team has been great. They were very patient with us in the decision process and have been very helpful in getting set up as well. Great team.

Pros

BudgetPak was built with the end user (Budget Holder) in mind. The budget process is a simple step by step process made so that "non-finance" people can easily put their annual plan together. Then, as the finance team, you can use that data to run forecasts and long term projections as often as you need. There are also easy Excel integrations for the finance team to use to pull data or upload data directly to the cloud database.

Cons

I haven't used the software for very long, but I am concerned about the "refresh" or initialization times. But it isn't something that would've pushed me away from the product per se as most other options I saw would require the same thing.

October 2018

Karen from NJM Insurance Group

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2018

BudgetPak

BudgetPak has made our process more collaborative. It has centralized all the data in one place with easy access.

Pros

We have been able to keep all data in a centralized place and not in Excel. The ease of use for our end users.

Cons

The standard reporting available. We have employed the Excel add-on to facilitate in what we need.

February 2014

Donna from Union County College

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

4.0

February 2014

Meeting Goals with BudgetPak

The College takes a bottom up approach to developing the annual budget. Budget Managers are expected to develop a plan that establishes their Strategic Planning Goals and Objectives for the department that is linked to the College's plan then determine the expenses (and for some departments) revenue associated with achieving their plan. Excel and paper worksheets were unable to satisfy this basic requirement or our other long term goals of monthly budget details, periodic forecasting updates, and 5-year planning. BudgetPak has allowed us to document the line item requests and link them to department plans as well as establishing monthly budgets by line item. Budget Managers were surprised and delighted by the ease with which they were able to create, document and review their budgets as well as run reports which quickly compared their newest requests to prior budget or actual periods. The executives and I now spend our time making decisions based on quickly summarized data which is fully owned and supported by the Budget Managers.

July 2009

Michael from SMSC

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

July 2009

Budgetpak is a powerful and easy to use budgeting tool

Strongly recommended. Provides us the functionality we require, coupled with a user experience that requires virtaully no training. A very solid product.

Pros

Real-time rollups, version control, auditability, integrated headcount and capital budgeting. Simple and straightforward from an end-user standpoint, but the real benefit will be to your company's finance team responsible for the overall budgeting process. Easy to configure to your company's needs and powerful in that it always enables you to know where your end-users are in their process and provide real-time updates and snapshots to senior management.

Cons

On-the-fly configuration changes often require a system "reinitialization" which requires the software be taken offline for a short period of time. Can be done off-hours, but in an international company with users all over the world, this can be inconvenient.

July 2009

Jill from Baptist General Convention of Texas

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

July 2009

User friendly budgeting

This is an excellent product. We compared several budgeting software packages before selecting BudgetPak. We have 40 cost centers and almost 100 users. This software has made our budget process more transparent & more efficient. We could not be happier.

Pros

BudgetPak is an easy to use, robust budgeting tool for organizations.
*Budget users love it
*Provides transparent payroll budgeting for the budgeting manager
*Security provides different levels of access for users
*Organization wide reports are easy to produce
*Excellent visibility of comparative data - both budgets and actuals
*Ability to spread budget based on several easy to use methodologies

Cons

Wish they made more software products!

July 2009

Dave from Baptist General Convention of Texas

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

July 2009

BudgetPak is robust AND easy to use

Very useful for all sizes of organizations. We examined all of the top Gartner-recommended products, and this was by far the easiest for our staff to understand and be proficient with.

Pros

Even users challenged to use Excel understand BudgetPak
Very easy from IT's perspective to install, maintain, and load updates
Great for what-if scenarios
Robust headcount management
Multiple ways to budget - by month, by headcount, by monthly spreading, by percent increase or decrease, etc.
Very useful and intuitive reporting
Smooth interfaces to external sources and our GL system

Cons

BudgetPak is unavailable when Accounting performs maintenance. Not any real problems!

July 2009

Dee from Baptist General Convention of Teaxs

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

July 2009

Outstanding Product!!

Excellent product - you will not regret the purchase.

Pros

BudgetPak is amazing, our organization with over 50 centers and 275 employees finds it "user friendly" and very intuitive. The reporting is versatile and exportable. The tech support area is prompt, helpful and answers even the smallest of questions with courtesy and professionalism. All tuitorials are detailed with screenshots and great directions. One of the best software purchases!!!

Cons

Nothing comes to mind - any problems we have encountered have been dealt with promptly with detailed instructions.

February 2012

Jeff from Bunker HIll Community College

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0