Valsight

Valsight was founded in 2015 as a spin-off of the Hasso Plattner Institute and is now headquartered in Berlin with 18 employees. As a German SaaS company, Valsight enables enterprises to maximize their financial performance. The solution creates valuable insights based on data, supporting better and faster management decisions.

Valsight provides companies with functionality to flexibly simulate financial plans, forecasts, or any scenario on the fly. The product does not require programming skills to be set up, integrates in existing infrastructures and can be implemented in a short timeframe. Global leaders such as Siemens, AIDA Cruises (part of Carnival Cruises) and Volkswagen rely on Valsight.

Valsight is a web-based solution that can be used with all major browsers (HTML5). The tool can be deployed either in a public cloud environment (AWS, Microsoft Azure, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud) or on-premises in a company’s own data center. Data storage is relational in Microsoft SQL Server, SAP HANA, Oracle or PostgreSQL with multidimensional presentation of data for the user. Valsight provides its own functionality for data integration. Basic data for planning or forecasting is loaded via interfaces from ERP, BI systems, databases and Microsoft Excel. Data is validated during import and checked for inconsistencies. A combination of different data sources is possible. The core of the product is a self-developed in-memory engine, which allows for fast calculations of financial scenarios based on multidimensional data and interactive analyses of simulation results.

Valsight supports value-driver-based planning and forecasting as well as simulations and the interactive analysis of results. Driver models describe the essential business contexts of a business model and are the basis for flexible, transparent simulations of effects. The creation of driver models can be done by business users in a graphical drag-and-drop user interface, which requires no knowledge of scripting. To model more complex cause-and-effect relationships, an integrated formula language is also available. Users can create different “what-if” scenarios. With the scenario manager, users can directly enter new insights – either derived from a company’s business environment or regarding the development of certain drivers – and then immediately include them in the respective scenario. Driver-based forecasts can be created using automated updates of actual values and also including statistical functions (e.g., ARIMA). To adjust forecast values, driver-based actions can be entered. With the possibility of quickly and flexibly creating new scenarios, a larger spectrum of values can be calculated and analyzed for each KPI. Planning and simulation results can be analyzed ad hoc and interactively via multiple diagrams, dashboards and an integrated presentation mode. Integrated collaboration features and commenting capabilities support data-related discussions of results. Workflow functionality is available as standard to control planning, forecasting and simulation processes.

User & Use Cases

Besides planning, customers mainly use Valsight for ad hoc query and reporting (77 percent), dashboards/scorecards (50 percent) and basic data analysis (48 percent). 37 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. Valsight targets large and mid-sized companies across all industries. 67 percent of our sample of Valsight customers come from large companies (more than 2,500 employees) with a median of 14 users (including 11 using planning functionality), but the mean of 24 users (23 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations. 90 percent of Valsight users are planning users – significantly above the survey average of 65 percent – reflecting the fact that Valsight is essentially a planning and simulation tool rather than an analytics and BI tool.

Current vs. planned use (besides planning)

N=30

Percentage of employees using Valsight

N=36

Planning users (as a percentage of all users)

N=36

Total number of users per company

N=36

Planning users per company

N=36

Company size (number of employees)

N=29

Summary of Valsight highlights

With 20 top ranks and 17 leading positions in two different peer groups, Valsight achieves an outstanding set of results in this year’s Planning Survey. Impressive ratings in the majority of its KPIs help to consolidate its position as an effective planning, forecasting and simulation product in the DACH region that is delivering considerable benefits to its customers. Companies
can benefit from using Valsight in terms of improved integration of strategic and operational planning, increased transparency of planning and increased planning frequency.

53 percent of Valsight users say they would definitely recommend their planning product to other organizations. This result is a great indicator of customer satisfaction with the vendor and its product. Valsight offers a comprehensive and flexible value-driver-based planning, forecasting and simulation platform, which customers appear to be very satisfied with.

Customer experience – Top-ranked

Peer Group: Flexible Planning Platforms

Driver-based planning – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Forecasting – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Project success – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

Simulation – Top-ranked

Peer Group: European Vendors

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Planning Survey 20 Awards

Valsight

Peer Groups European vendors, Flexible planning platforms
VendorValsight
Number of responses36
ProductValsight
OfficesGermany (HQ)
Employees18
Customers22
Revenues (2019)Undisclosed
Websitewww.valsight.com

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Quotes from the Planning Survey 20

Super tool for simulating scenarios and mapping driver logic.
Consultant, consultancy, less than 100 employees
An innovative very easy to use planning and forecasting tool for driver-based planning. We have received excellent support and are very happy about the use.
Person responsible/Project manager for departmental BI, IT, 100-2,500 employees
Great system, easy to understand, super flexible; great and very helpful personal support.
Line of business employee, services, more than 2,500 employees