It’s been a long wait, but Spring has finally arrived! Along with that comes Host Analytics World and the Spring feature release of our cloud enterprise performance management (EPM) platform.
The Spring17 release offers a number of new capabilities that will be attractive for both existing and new customers. This includes new features to help address more complex planning and consolidation requirements, further user experience improvements, enhancements to reporting, and improved integration with NetSuite ERP.
Improved User Experience
With the extension of cross-browser support to Dynamic Report Sets, Initiative Planning, and Template-Based HR, with this release, 100% of Host Analytics’ end-user functionality is now supported on modern web browsers. Now users can access all Host Analytics functionality via supported modern browsers including Microsoft IE 11, Edge, Firefox or Chrome on Windows PC’s, or Chrome, Firefox and Safari on macOS platforms. This provides improved flexibility and more options for users.
New, Advanced Features
The Spring17 release includes a number of new features designed to support more complex planning, consolidation, and reporting requirements.
The big news for users of Host Analytics Consolidation is enhanced “Organizations by Period” functionality, which was initially introduced in the Winter17 release. The Spring17 release adds the ability to change the parent organization of an entity, which eliminates the need to add new subsidiaries to handle ownership changes over time.
The main benefits are the removal of redundancy, more automated data consolidations, and a simplified process to manage changes to organizational structures and generate reports comparing financial results based on different structures over time. This makes life easier for organizations that are actively acquiring or disposing of companies, or have frequent reorganizations, so that they can analyze the impact of these changes on their financial results.
Enhancements to Host Analytics Modeling include “breakback allocations,” a powerful feature that enables users to quickly and easily make top-down adjustments to forecasts and models, allocating changes across multiple dimensions. This release also includes change data tracking capabilities that improve data aggregation speed as well as enhancements to the data load API. It also includes enhanced Excel reporting – which allows users to take full advantage of the formatting capabilities of MS Excel when creating Excel-based reports accessing Modeling data.
The Spring17 release includes several enhancements in Host Analytics Reporting. A big improvement is an enhanced user experience for Dynamic Report Sets across all modern web browsers. This includes advanced formatting capabilities, such as font types, font size, and color, additional border types and color, header formatting, granular data formatting, improved grid features, and improved rules builder. The main benefit here is modernization, improved usability, and flexibility in reporting.
This release also includes enhanced cash flow reporting – which allows companies to report cash flow in local currencies and gives them more flexibility to pull opening balances from different historic scenarios.
Improved Integration with NetSuite
The Spring17 release includes great news for NetSuite ERP customers. Host Analytics can now be integrated with NetSuite as a selectable item under the EPM tab within the NetSuite application window, with single sign-on (SSO) capabilities. In this release, we're also offering a native NetSuite data connector that makes it easier for users to integrate, map, and load NetSuite ERP data into Host Analytics.
As I mentioned earlier, the Spring17 release offers many new capabilities that will benefit both existing and new users. And this release will be especially attractive to NetSuite ERP customers who may be struggling with spreadsheets and manual processes, or have outgrown their existing solutions for planning, consolidation, and reporting.
Those of you attending Host Analytics World this week will have many opportunities to learn more and see demonstrations of our new capabilities.
If you’re an existing customer and want to find out more, you can view the full release notes in our online help and discuss these new enhancements via our Customer Community. You can also view the Spring17 new feature release training webcast to get more information. If you're a prospective customer and want to learn more, sign up for a Host Analytics Live Demo.