macs

macs Software is a German vendor founded in 1999 and headquartered in Zimmern ob Rottweil, Germany. The group of companies also has offices in Rosenheim, Cape Town and Alpharetta, Georgia (USA). macs Software is a rather small vendor with approximately 35 employees.

macs Software is a single-product company offering macs complete, a planning and performance management platform for fully integrated, detailed business planning. The vendor has a somewhat different outlook to its competitors, focusing on integrated corporate planning scenarios including the cross-linking of driver-based sub-budgets for sales/revenues/conditions, procurement, capacity and overhead costs. Initially this results in a transparent profit and loss statement and planning based on multi-step contribution margin accounting, which is transferred to an integrated financial plan (P & L, balance sheet, cash flow) that can be consolidated if required in a group environment. The transfer of bills of materials and work plans from ERP systems for procurement and capacity planning is a particular strength of macs complete, helping to improve the accuracy of planning results. macs complete supports all kinds of planning approaches (top-down, bottom-up and combinations of both).

macs complete targets mid-sized manufacturing companies with more than 100 employees. The product is aimed at power users in business departments. However, tasks such as integrating data with the vendor’s rather technical SQL-based ETL tool typically require IT support, particularly in the implementation phase. Trained business users can later take on responsibility for the administration and further development of macs complete applications. Around 250 companies currently use it, mainly in the DACH region but also in South Africa for example. Across its entire customer base, macs complete is used by an average of 10-20 users per installation, yet it also supports installations with significantly larger numbers of users.

Besides providing software, macs Software consultants also possess strong business know-how, supporting customers by advising them how best to implement the software according to their particular business needs.

User & Use Cases

Besides planning, customers mainly use macs complete for ad hoc query and reporting (97 percent), standard/enterprise reporting (88 percent) and basic data analysis (71 percent). 42 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis and 38 percent for dashboards/scorecards in the future. macs complete targets mid-sized companies across all industries. 81 percent of our sample of macs complete customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 15 users (with 9 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 33 users (28 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations. 78 percent of macs complete users are planning users – well above the survey average of 63 percent – reflecting the fact that macs complete is essentially a planning tool rather than a BI tool.

Current vs. planned use (besides planning)

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Percentage of employees using macs complete

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Planning users (as a percentage of all users)

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Total number of users per company

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Planning users per company

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Company size (number of employees)

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Summary of macs highlights

With 27 top ranks and 20 leading ranks in two different peer groups, macs complete once again achieves a very good set of results in this year’s Planning Survey. Convincing ratings in
numerous important KPIs help to consolidate its position as a rather small but effective planning and CPM vendor in the DACH region. Companies can benefit from using macs complete in terms of more precise/detailed planning, improved integration of planning with reporting/analysis and reduced resource requirements for planning. All the respondents to this survey
claim to be ‘somewhat satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with macs complete, a major reason behind its perfect recommendation rate of 100 percent. macs Software offers a comprehensive planning and performance management platform for fully integrated, detailed business planning and customers are largely satisfied with it.

Data integration – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Functionality – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Price-to-value – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Project success – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Vendor support – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

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Planning Survey 19 Awards

macs

Peer Groups European vendors, Solution-focused planning products
Vendormacs Software
Number of responses32
Productmacs complete
Offices4 offices in Germany (HQ), the United States and South Africa
Employees35
Customers250
Revenues (2018)Not available
Websitewww.macscontrolling.com

Quotes from the Planning Survey 19

The vendor has a different outlook to many of its competitors, focusing on integrated corporate planning scenarios including the cross-linking of driver-based sub-budgets for sales/revenues/conditions, procurement, capacity and overhead costs. Initially this results in a transparent profit and loss statement and planning based on multi-step contribution margin accounting, which is transferred to an integrated financial plan (P & L, balance sheet, cash flow) that can be consolidated if required in a group environment.
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Sehr benutzerfreundliche Anwendung, bei der jederzeit auf die Wünsche der Anwender eingegangen wird. Sämtliche Probleme lassen sich beheben, bspw. über Imports, Regeln etc. Support ist jederzeit erreichbar und Termine werden eingehalten.
Line of business employee, manufacturing, more than 2,500 employees
Overall, a high proportion of customers confirm that the product creates real business value for their organizations and they are satisfied with both the vendor and its planning product. Vendor support, implementation project support and product satisfaction are all highly valued. macs Software consultants possess strong business know-how, supporting customers by advising them how best to implement the software according to their particular business needs.
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Sehr flexible Software und ein pragmatisches, serviceorientiertes macs-Team für smarte, individuelle Lösungen im Sinne des Kunden.
Person responsible/Project manager for departmental BI, manufacturing, 101-2,500 employees
According to customers, projects with macs complete are often successful. The level of implementation satisfaction and the frequency of projects completed on time and on budget with macs complete are high.
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