Make decisions with the future in mind.

5Cast and 5Cast Plus are budget planning software solutions designed to help public sector organizations create budget projections and instant scenario comparisons to support data-informed decisions. Analyze your financial data, develop your budget, create multiyear or monthly financial budgets and projections based on historical trend analysis, print your reports — and then share them on your website.

Spend your time decision making, not data gathering


5Cast budgeting software is designed to accelerate the financial planning process by eliminating time-consuming data gathering and model building. Populated directly from your accounting system, 5Cast's powerful hybrid database engine integrates historical perspective, trend analysis, and scenario comparisons, generating reports instantly to support decision making.

  • Develop a multilayer budget plan
  • Simulate collective bargaining budget impacts
  • Analyze results by fund, function, object, or location
  • Compare "what-if" scenarios
  • Generate visual and tabular information for stakeholders
  • And more


5Cast Plus automates operational forecasting to enable you to better manage the current year budgets. Upload monthly transactions from your financial system and produce an immediate analysis of current year actuals compared to projected monthly trend amounts, projected year-end position, and a view of your current financial health. 

  • Intra-year budget performance analysis
  • Create Board-ready monthly reports
  • Upload monthly general ledger data for detailed revenue and expense analysis
  • Project and analyze current year financial data based on monthly historical trends
  • And more



Compare "what-if" scenarios

One of the most powerful features of 5Cast is its capability to run and view results of different financial scenarios, side-by-side, in a single table or report.  Scenario modeling is somewhat complex, but 5Cast allows you to break down the process of creating, running and comparing results with saved assumption layouts, custom queries, and comparative report templates.  Recognizing results of scenario assumptions with comparative measurements, including Actuals, Cumulative, and Year-Over-Year, present a powerful projection picture for decision-makers.


Develop a multiyear budget plan

The process of effectively communicating and executing a multiyear budget projection plan is essential for improved financial vision and decision-making support for every administrative and policy making level of governance.  With 5Cast, the ability to strategically incorporate assumptions and variables to future revenues and expenses, at any level of granularity, are crucial for gaining insight and understanding to the impact of potential variances in key assumptions, and communicating results with comprehensive reporting options.


Simulate compensation and bargaining impact

Linking your 5-year financial forecast to the negotiations process is essential for advancing overall programmatic initiatives, achieving key economic agreement terms for salaries and benefits, while faced with ongoing restricted revenues.  5Cast can effectively be utilized for collective bargaining and negotiations planning and scenario development; cost out summaries based on various proposals; data shaping of scenario results; and custom groupings of account detail bound to related bargained line items for cost analysis.

"Sauk Prairie School District implemented 5Cast Plus this school year to assist with budget planning.  A bonus to 5Cast Plus is the built-in ESSA template that reports spending per pupil for each school building. Countless hours were saved when preparing and sharing data with ease to the Department of Public Instruction and our local administrative team.  The data provided in the ESSA template now assists me with allocating resources more equitably in next year's budget.  5Cast Plus is simply the best!"

Luke Francois, Ed.D, Executive Director of Business Services, Sauk Prairie School District 

Key Product Features



Model data uploadable from 5Sight™ or your accounting system



Easily publish information on your organization's website for transparency initiatives



Cloud-based access and optimized for tablets



With new 5Cast™ Plus, add transaction-level detail, intrayear budget views and much more



Flexible charting and report writing; supports multiple models



Export results to Excel


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