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MGI 360 Ratings - Financialforce in Automated Revenue Management

MGI 360 LogoSUMMARY: Initiating coverage of Financialforce in the Automated Revenue Management (ARM) market with an MGI 360 Rating of 48 and a NEUTRAL outlook.
 
OPINION: The core strength of Financialforce (“FF”) lies in its native use of the Salesforce platform. The ARM functionality and broader monetization capabilities have shown improvement over the past 24 months. FF ARM customers highlight the ease of use and ability for a small finance team to stand the system up quickly. However, in our view, the investment into the overall financials solution has not kept pace with the market, in part due to the far greater success of FF’s PSA product. Among the integrated financials and ARM products, FF is one of the only ARM products that can be run stand-alone (i.e., without the financials being used). This is attractive to business units of larger entities that are heavy Salesforce users and require ARM functionality to connect into a global finance infrastructure. 
 
USE CASE: Lower mid-market enterprises ($25Mil - $250Mil) seeking an integrated financials and ARM solution running natively on the Salesforce.com platform.
 
COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Founded as the only financials package native to the Force.com platform, Financialforce primarily develops and sells two distinct solutions: financials and professional services automation. The financials product targets small to midsize enterprises: the PSA product fits mid to very large size services organizations. Originally a division of Netherlands-based Unit4, the company has raised close to $200 Million in funding from investors including Advent International, Technology Crossover Ventures and Salesforce Ventures
 
COMPETITORS: Billing software suppliers with ARM functionality like BillingPlatform, Gotransverse, Just.On, as well as ARM suppliers such as Oracle-NetSuite, SaaS Optics, Sage Intacct, Softrax, Zuora
 
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