Spotlight Reporting vs. Dryrun

Posted 03 June by Barb Easter in Accounting, Budget, Cash Flow, Entrepreneur, School for SaaS Tools, Small Business

Up this month in our School for SaaS tools article series is Spotlight Reporting. Spotlight has a loyal following of business owners who find the features efficient in reporting and data visualization for businesses.

We started this series of posts to compare and contrast the features of various tools like Spotlight with our favourite – Dryrun – to make sure that users can find the cloud tools that are the best fit for their business structures and processes. New to learning about what cloud tools and their integrations can do for your business or non-profit organization? Our SaaS tool articles pick apart questions like: how can this software tool help my business profit and grow? Which cloud tool is right for us? For more info check out our other articles for assessments of the best financial software that the industry has to offer.

We still think that Dryrun is tops in the cash flow industry, and let’s face it – managing your cash flow is one of the foundations of your business…so the more attention these types of cloud tools receive from business people and accountants, the better! Therefore, reading more about what other apps offer is never a bad thing – it’s important that users stay apprised of which software might meet their needs.

Here we are: Spotlight Reporting vs. Dryrun!

Spotlight vs. Dryrun

This series of articles has really helped us articulate how each cloud app we review is as unique as its developers. Spotlight Reporting is similar to Fathom as users can create highly visual reports that can summarize or ‘spotlight’ data. Suitable for businesses that prefer bespoke reporting options beyond what accounting software provides.

Spotlight App Overview

Built for businesses that require numerous visualizations on financial data and to a lesser degree, cash flow, Spotlight Reporting users can build and customize reports in a variety of ways. Spotlight makes data entry easy by integrating with QuickBooks Online and Xero to get live data into the reporting framework.

Dryrun App Overview

The core of Dryrun is the speedy compilation – either manually or imported – of a flexible budget that is easy to understand and that continues forever with no additional effort. Once established, build unlimited cash flow and sales forecasts to help you understand what the future might look like and how you should strategize.

Business owners with highly variable cash flow in industries such as creative/IT, manufacturing, ag, and service firms find Dryrun extremely useful – as do their accountants and bookkeepers. Easy to use, Dryrun is a powerful way to forecast and visualize operational decisions. Users on your account can enter or import their data to create, manipulate and visualize different future ‘what-ifs’ on Dryrun’s platform, easily comparing and contrasting scenarios. Dryrun integrates with both Xero and QuickBooks Online, and day-to-day imports are easy and quick.

Dryrun also integrates with Pipedrive to aid sales teams and management in creating highly realistic sales forecasts for viewing alongside your budget and cash flow.



Founded in 2011

Head office in Wellington, NZ

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Founded in 2012

Head office in Canada

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Strength: Builds reports from historical and current financial data; focus on KPIs
Strength: Allows users to build flexible forecasts by comparing multiple scenarios; focus on cashflow
Forecast: KPI and financial consolidation

Budget: Imported or create your own

Entry price of $25 USD/month

Premier Plan: Gold Plan is $250 USD/month; Enquire for enterprise solutions

28-day Free Trial

Forecast: Cash flow, sales and growth projections

Budget: Auto built, ‘set it and forget it’ budget, complete editing control

Individual: $59 USD/month

Business: $99 USD/month

Advanced: $199 USD/month

14-Day Free Trial



QuickBooks Online




Recorded webinars

Knowledge base

Account advisor (certain packages only)

Live online support during extended business hours

Knowledge base, Training docs, 1:1 training

Phone and email contact during business hours

Features: Customizable reports and charts, KPIs, analysis, data import, integrations, trend analysis, org consolidation, multi-currency, executive summary, dashboard, exception reports, sharing flexibility
Features: Powerful and flexible “What If” scenarios, cash flow management and forecasting, ability to map strategic next-moves, build easy recurring budgets, track expenses, automatic data imports, bank reconciliation, billing and invoicing, multi-company, multi-project, prospectives and hypotheticals, business intelligence, version control, PDF/Excel export, easy team collaboration.

At a glance you can see how Spotlight Reporting and Dryrun approach the role of business intel differently, and how the right data can be used as strategic leverage for your business. Viewing an ‘apples to apples’ comparison of each’s strengths should make it a lot easier to decide which piece of software is a great fit for you.

If your business needs a combination of historical reports and has time and human resources to spend creating bespoke visuals, Spotlight might be the best choice. Need a way to visualize operational next steps? Try Dryrun! We built it to visually forecast unlimited scenarios, then gave you the ability to toggle them for comparison.

In terms of sales forecasting, Dryrun is a game-changer – built to help you model out exactly how each sale can impact your cash flow. The powerful manual control and data entry features work well with its Xero integration, QuickBooks Online (QBO) integration and Pipedrive integration.

Interested? We offer a no-hassle free trial.

Want to read other articles in our School for SaaS Tools Comparison Series? Find them here:

Float vs. Dryrun

Futrli vs. Dryrun

Fathom vs. Dryrun

Next up in our series:

Adaptive Insights vs. Dryrun

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