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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Analytics

It depends on extensibility, set-up, access & style. Actuate performs fairly well, but has performance issues because it sits on top of eclipse, which sits on top of Java. Extensibility usually comes at that price. Set-up is fairly straightforward and it can be secured.
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Anaplan

Well Suited
  • Any process that you expect to change frequently.
  • A process within a dynamic environment, such as high tech / the startup world, where you expect significant business process changes.
  • Any process that requires a significant number of collaborators.
  • Any process where you intend for users to update logic with Excel-like formulas.
  • Any process where using Google Docs has failed to accommodate your needs for data integrity.
Less Appropriate
  • Data visualization - Anaplan has capabilities here, but other tools are more focused on this.
  • Data storage - Anaplan is not a data warehouse and has limits on what you can store.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Anaplan
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Anaplan
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Anaplan

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
9.1
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
9.1

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.8
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
9.1
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
9.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
5.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
5.5

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.6
Long-term financial planning
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.4
Financial budgeting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.2
Forecasting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.8
Scenario modeling
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.6
Management reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.8

Consolidation and Close

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.6
Financial data consolidation
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.9
Journal entries and reports
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.6
Multi-currency management
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.2
Intercompany Eliminations
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.0
Minority Ownership
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.0
Local and consolidated reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.4
Detailed Audit Trails
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.4

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.7
Financial Statement Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.0
Management Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.4
Excel-based Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.9
Automated board and financial reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.5

Analytics

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.7
Personalized dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
5.7
Color-coded scorecards
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.0
KPIs
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.0
Cost and profitability analysis
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.0
Key Performance Indicator setting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.7
Benchmarking with external data
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.1

Integration

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.3
Flat file integration
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.5
Excel data integration
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.3
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.3

Pros

  • The report outputs can vary across different types such as HTML, PDF, and Excel
  • Their open source offering is very sufficient
  • There are great boards and blogs for developers and engineers to expand and use their features.
  • The people from the company that I've worked with are professional and courteous.
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  • It is a very user-friendly platform that allows individuals without IT backgrounds to build models in simple syntax. If you know how to use Excel, you will be able to pick up model building in Anaplan with relative ease using the guided build methodology.
  • Anaplan is a blank slate that allows for multi-dimension models in which we determine the dimensions versus forcing us to adhere to predetermined dimensions.
  • Maintaining our company hierarchies in data hub allows us to change information there and have it automatically pushed out to all spoke models versus changing 10-20 spreadsheets.
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Cons

  • Limited report writing ability unless you implant the iServer applications
  • End users have little or no control over data displays
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  • The dashboard functionality is basic therefore, we have to bring in Tableau to provide a more professional view of the outputs as well as to allow management to more easily slice and dice data.
  • There is an Anaplan learning center however, I have not found it useful when I have questions. We are fortunate to have Aviana Global guiding us through the initial phases of our process. Without our consultants, learning Anaplan would be overwhelming.
  • The Anaplan Connect needs to be improved. We are considering a third party ETL, but we prefer that Anaplan have this capability built into its platform.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
I am no longer working for the company that was using Actuate but I believe they would continue to use it because the stitching costs would be to high. It would require a complete rewrite of the reports and the never version of Actuate (BIRT) even required an almost complete report rewrite
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Anaplan8.2
Based on 3 answers
I don't think we could function without the collaboration capabilities built into Anaplan that replaced disparate Excel files in the workforce planning model
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Anaplan8.2
Based on 2 answers
There is a dependency in this rating - in that I find Anaplan extremely easy to use, but I've spent the necessary time developing a strong understanding of the platform. Once you understand how to use it, the platform is flexible, easy to use, and fun to use.
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Reliability and Availability

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Anaplan10.0
Based on 1 answer
In nearly 3 years, I have only had 1 issue of being unable to access my model for an unplanned maintenance. Even planned maintenance windows are handled during low traffic hours on the weekend.
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Performance

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Anaplan9.0
Based on 1 answer
Everything is calculated in memory in the cloud. It's nearly instantaneous updates when you make changes. The only time things get a little slow is when you have a massive model with very intricate calculations...but "slow" for Anaplan is not what I would call "slow" for something like Hyperion. We used to have Hyperion calcs that ran for 60 mins before you could use data. The equivalent would be 60 seconds in Anaplan.
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Support

OpenText Analytics9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always there on the front and backend for us and the client.
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Anaplan8.1
Based on 2 answers
I feel like the support team is a little lacking in product knowledge. Several times I have contacted them to get help, and ended up finding a solution to my own problem before the team could get back to me with anything useful. I have also submitted a few bugs, and never got updates to when they were fixed in later releases.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Anaplan3.0
Based on 1 answer
The in-person training is simply not worth the cost. After a few weeks of playing in Anaplan, I went to the basic training and knew more than the person teaching it. a year down the road, I was the first person to complete the advance training, and again could have been teaching the class better than the person running the session. Spend some time on your own trying out different things and you will get all the understanding you need to be successful.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Anaplan5.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm giving this a 5 simply for the anapedia outline of calculations. The online videos and trainings leave a lot to be desired, but having anapedia around to help you understand calculations has been helpful. The drawback to anapedia is the depth they go into for calculations, it is lackluster at times. Because of that, I have been working through a much more in-depth look at each calculation on my website for users to reference: http://www.anaplanguru.com/formulas/
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Implementation

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Anaplan6.7
Based on 12 answers
Implementation using Anaplan's internal customer success team left much to be desired. We've found much better success with outside consultants
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Alternatives Considered

Actuate has a HUGE number of features that can tie nicely into almost any ERP but it takes some time to learn and the development community was relatively small compared to the Crystal Reports alternative. Crystal was far easier to learn and had a massive support base. Probably because it is now owned by SAP.
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Honestly, having implemented Anaplan at another company, I knew it would suit our needs here and convinced management to get the tool on that basis. We already use a mix of Cognos BI, Tableau, and Excel ... but our need was something apart from what those can provide.
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Scalability

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No answers yet
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Anaplan7.0
Based on 1 answer
It's going to handle most of what you can throw at it. The problem lies in the sparsity of some datasets. When you have over 5ish dimensions of sparse data, the size of the model gets bloated for not much value. In several cases, I have had to adapt my model to account for sparsity in a way that minimized use of space, but also made interacting with the data more cumbersome.
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Return on Investment

  • Actuate can handle 50 to 60 sub reports inside a report very well.
  • Dynamically creating the datasource, chart, graph, reports are the main advantages. We can do any level of drilling, and can create a performance matrix dashboard efficiently.
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  • I'm sure the impact is positive. We have streamlined many processes and created capacity for our finance team.
  • It's great to have "one source of truth" and know that everyone is looking at the same metrics.
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Pricing Details

OpenText Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Anaplan

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details
Request a personal demo: https://www.anaplan.com/request-demo/ Free trial for existing customers for any app in the App Hub: https://apphub.anaplan.com/