Host Analytics, the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), along with Radius Global Market Research, a leader in independent market research, today announced findings from an annual survey that captures the satisfaction levels of current users of financial solutions. Last year, a similar survey discovered that 20-30 percent of companies using legacy on-premises EPM solutions intended to make a switch to a new solution. That trend continued for a second consecutive year, as 28 percent of respondents said they plan to switch within the next 12 months. The research was commissioned by Host Analytics. Additional highlights from the survey include:
- 65 percent of those currently using legacy on-premises EPM solutions plan to migrate away from the solution at some point.
- Legacy on-premises EPM solutions were below the category average on satisfaction and Net Promoter, and well below the cloud alternatives.
- The legacy on-premises EPM solutions scored below the category average for value, ease of use, and customer service.
The research was completed by over 450 executives in the accounting and finance field, randomly recruited by Radius Research from a large pool representative of the market. 60 percent of the executives surveyed for the study are the final decision maker of finance tools for their organizations and the remainder all have some level of influence. Participants came from a wide range of industries including services, manufacturing, retail, technology, healthcare, non-profit, and education with 40 percent of the respondents working at companies of $1 billion or more of revenue.
Forrester on EPM Movement to the Cloud
Recent research by analyst firm Forrester highlights the growing trend among financial leaders toward the use of cloud-based EPM solutions. In that report, entitled “The EPM Market Landscape Responds To The Growth Agenda And Digital Disruption,” analyst Paul D. Hamerman wrote:
“As SaaS broadly gains momentum in many business application areas, the appetite for EPM delivered as SaaS is increasing rapidly. While SaaS alone is a major disruptive force that is driving EPM replacements and net new adoption, several other significant technologies enrich EPM platforms and drive product innovation in this software category.”
“As we see in the other technology market research studies that we conduct, companies continue to migrate away from on-premises, legacy software to cloud-based solutions such as that offered by Host Analytics,” said Michael Patterson, senior vice president at Radius Research. “We have every reason to believe that this trend will continue in the EPM category as more companies become aware of the benefits offered by cloud-based solutions like Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite.”
“The research by Radius Research highlights why the move to cloud-based EPM by finance is inevitable,” said Andre Lafayette, senior director, strategic marketing for Host Analytics. “Outdated on-premises software cannot deliver on the core EPM requirements with the speed and agility of cloud EPM applications. The legacy EPM vendors have responded to this trend by hosting the same legacy software products in the cloud. However, this approach also falls short and fails to meet the needs of today’s fast-growing organizations. ”
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Host Analytics is the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), offering a suite of financial applications for modeling, planning, consolidation, reporting and analytics. World-class companies like NEC, Burlington Coat Factory and Sanmina trust Host Analytics to power their strategic financial systems. Host Analytics is a fast-growing, private company backed by leading venture capitalists and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with customers in over 90 countries.
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