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FAQ

General

What can I use ValQ for?

ValQ is a multi-purpose product that can support use cases across the enterprise. In general, you can leverage ValQ for any decision-making scenario. Specifically, you can use it for dynamic what-if simulations, scenario analysis, variance analysis, business modeling, sales / financial / operations, forecasting, budgeting, intra-period re-forecasting, sensitivity analysis and more.

What is the difference between ValQ Collaborate and ValQ PBI Certified editions?

ValQ Collaborate edition is the all-inclusive edition of the product.

ValQ PBI Certified edition is the Microsoft-certified version of the product.

A pre-requisite for Microsoft certification is that the visuals do not access external resources. Unfortunately, the certification process does not distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ resource access – due to which even integration with Microsoft Azure is disallowed. Without this, features like collaboration & audit trail are not possible. As a result, we decided to release two editions of ValQ to give our users a choice. You may either go with the full-featured Collaborate edition or with the PBI-Certified edition – based on your comfort & convenience.

Is ValQ customizable?
ValQ allows a high degree of customization, without the need to write code. The tree structure of KPIs, the hierarchy, calculations involved at each level that defines the relationship between KPIs, conditional formatting, number formatting, scaling, etc. – all are customizable.
Does ValQ require any coding knowledge?

No. You do not need to write any single line of code while using ValQ. Everything is configurable in the product.

How can I try out ValQ?

ValQ for Microsoft Power BI is available as a visual from the Power BI marketplace. You can also download it from our website. A best place to get started is here.

When was ValQ first launched?

ValQ is a mature product that has been in existence for 4+ years. Earlier known as ‘Value Driver Tree’ for SAP Lumira designer, the product was adopted by several enterprise customers to build value driver planning with 1400+ KPIs. Since then, ValQ has evolved to a next-generation product for Power BI with a lot of additional self-service capabilities.

Does ValQ have a documented User manual?

You can download the User Manual for ValQ for Power BI here and ValQ for SAP Lumira here

Can I compare & save scenarios?

Absolutely. You can compare and save the scenarios to your database using one of several options available.

Can I collaborate with other users?

Yes. Several features such as commenting, audit trail, etc. are available as part of collaboration.

How fast is the runtime performance of ValQ?

ValQ comes with an embedded calculation engine that handles all calculations locally (front-end) on-the-fly. Once data is loaded into the tree for the first time, all further interactions & what-if analyses are handled locally without any requests going back to the server or the data source. As a result any changes due to simulations are updated in a fraction of a second.

How complex is the installation process?

Installation takes less than a minute. In Microsoft Power BI, it is as simple as adding the custom visual from the Power BI marketplace.

Pricing & Licensing

How does the pricing work for ValQ for multiple domains?

ValQ can be used by unlimited users in a single Power BI Tenant. All the clauses defined for Power BI tenant pricing is applicable for ValQ as well.

Features & Capabilities

Can all Math (JS) methods be still used in formula like log(x) exp(x) in the Power BI version?
All mathematical JS methods will work in Power BI ValQ formulas.
What types of formulae can be used in ValQ?

ValQ supports many traditional user-friendly functions that allow you to create complex models. You may recognize many of these from your experience with Microsoft Excel. Listed below are a few examples,

  • Logical functions such as IF, SWITCH, AND, OR
  • Math functions such as POW, SQRT, EXP, LOG
  • Finance functions such as IRR, NPV, PMT, RATE

An ability to refer to individual or combination of period values of nodes has also been introduced with the Range functions such as RANGE, FOREACH, GET and LastNPeriods.

Technical Support

Can ValQ be used with the onPrem version of Power BI?

Yes. On Prem Power BI is basically Power BI Optimized for Report Server. ValQ works with latest version of Power BI Desktop optimized for Power BI report server (Jan 2019 release).

What is the maximum number of driver nodes that can be created and consumed with the Enterprise Subscription?
For optimal performance, we suggest that you have a maximum of 10,000 driver nodes in a model. We also have a built-in restriction to ensure that a parent node does not have more than 250 child driver nodes immediately under it (it could, however, have more than 250 descendants – children of children nodes).

If you would like to exceed these limits, reach out to us for a custom build.

Is there any ongoing support for ValQ?

Yes. Visual BI offers global enterprise-class support for customers supported by a valid support and maintenance agreement. There is a dedicated helpdesk with a support portal that customers can access.

How to add or change the Microsoft account which is linked to my ValQ Account?
If a customer registers for a trial or purchases ValQ by using the email which is not the Office 365 email, then he/she won’t be able to log in from the Power BI ValQ custom visual or by using the Microsoft account. In this case, the customer needs to login to the ValQ member console (https://app.valq.com) by using the username and password. If the customer doesn’t remember his / her password, he/she can reset it by using the forgot password option.

1. After login into the member console of ValQ, please click your profile icon in the top-right menu bar and click profile settings.

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2. Then delete the already linked Microsoft account by pressing the delete icon in the Microsoft account section.

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3. Now click the sign in with Microsoft button. It will popup the new window which will require one to log in to the Microsoft account and completing that process, your Microsoft account would be linked to your account correctly. After this, you would be able to login with Microsoft or from the Power BI ValQ correctly.

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ValQ vs. Other Planning Software

How is ValQ different from commercially available planning software?

ValQ is designed to be self-service planning solution. It helps you model, plan, simulate on the fly. Most of the other commercial planning software usually follow bottom-up planning approach vs ValQ which follows top-down and Value driver planning approach.

 

  1. You can model business scenarios on-the-fly – in a matter of few hours to a few days – something that would take weeks or months with best-in-class bottom-up planning software
  2. Highly visual and intuitive user experience means executive and operational management alike can analyze and simulate on their own completely changing the use of models
  3. You have a high-performance experience as ALL calculations happen on the front-end
Is ValQ intended to replace commercially available planning software?

Yes and No. It depends on the size of your business and whether you have prior investments with other planning software or not. For large enterprises that already have a planning software in place, ValQ can complement existing bottom-up planning processes by helping you build interactive & dynamic top down planning models. This delivers time & cost savings through faster planning cycle & reduced number of iterations. However, for small and medium business where there are no prior investments with planning software – ValQ can act us an independent planning and simulation software

We have an in-house, advanced software that we use for planning and budgeting. Why would we need ValQ?

With ValQ, you can model scenarios on the fly, and your executives can directly play around & interact with the models with minimal reliance on a IT analyst or consultant.

After a few initial iterations, discussions & feedback, you can subsequently leverage your planning software for a more detailed fine-tuning, configuration and validation. This saves a lot of time & effort. Your business meetings would also be more effective using ValQ as executives can receive instantaneous feedback on changes to scenarios.

For pricing and demo enquiries please write to sales@valq.com

For technical and support enquiries please write to support@valq.com

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