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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Analytics

If you do not have a large budget and are a large organization, I would steer clear of Actuate. If you are looking to do very complex washboarding, I would not use them. Your developers have to be very skilled to work with this. Plan to bring in consultants if necessary to help your process. Adhoc reporting is weak. If your pricing is user based and you expand, this could be very expensive.
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Anaplan

Sales performance management, various finance scenarios - Anaplan is good for automating calculations. It is less appropriate for very complex business cases.
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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

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.5
Long-term financial planning
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.4
Financial budgeting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.1
Forecasting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.7
Scenario modeling
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.5
Management reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.7

Consolidation and Close

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.5
Financial data consolidation
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.7
Journal entries and reports
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.5
Multi-currency management
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.2
Intercompany Eliminations
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
5.9
Minority Ownership
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.0
Local and consolidated reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.1
Detailed Audit Trails
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.1

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.6
Financial Statement Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.0
Management Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.3
Excel-based Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.9
Automated board and financial reporting
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.2

Analytics

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
6.7
Personalized dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
5.4
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
7.5
Benchmarking with external data
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
7.2

Integration

OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.3
Flat file integration
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.4
Excel data integration
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.3
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
OpenText Analytics
Anaplan
8.2

Pros

  • Actuate has permitted us to create stronger visualizations of data and customer data for our clients so they can make better decisions about the course of their businesses.
  • Birt Analytics integrates with Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, Xcel in a short period of time and permits stronger massaging of data and integration with better "what if"scenarios.
  • The ROI on this product is remarkable.
  • Employees who visualize the data and other components who have been questioning the direction of management change their focus upon what they can do to improve the company. Managers who are "micro-managers of data" actually begin to visualize where some of the sub-strata they have wasted time is impairing company results.
  • Customer support for their products is excellent. If you need support on site they are there when you need them.
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  • Allows non-technical business-oriented individuals create functionality in the system.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Excellent business partner from a people perspective. Very focused on customer success, not just the next PO.
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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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  • Errors handling. If you make a mistake in formula, the model might freeze for all users for several minutes.
  • Multistage calculations may cause the app to work slowly.
  • Too few functions are yet available. Tons of simple actions are really hard to implement in some cases including PRODUCT, VLOOKUP and CASE SELECT.
  • Bugs that were reported months ago are not fixed.
  • Really poor technical support. There are only 5 or so tech support guys globally and you have to wait for their answer sometimes for too long. Mostly they only give you temporary workarounds because of the bugs that won't be fixed in the nearest future.
  • No Android app.
  • End users have no interface settings at all. Only administrators may save export views and all the useful tune-ups.
  • No friendly interface to edit user rights. When their quantity exceeds 30 or more changing the rights becomes a disaster.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
Upper management looking for big data solutions
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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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Anaplan6.8
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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Breadth of Deployment

We have about 2300 licensed users, but probably less than 1/3 actually log in during a quarter time. Less than 10% would be considered proficient users.
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Alternatives Considered

I've used JReports and Actuate is very similar but seems to have a lot more customization features for the end user of BIRT reports.
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Anaplan provided a whiteboard that allowed us to set up our unique business as we saw fit. Other programs had built-in forecasting modules that we needed to adapt to. Our company is retail but also collections so flexibility was the key when making the final decision. Plus, Anaplan seemed more cutting edge, new school, in comparison to the other competitors.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

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Anaplan has transformed the way we operate our finance department. We have slashed the amount of time it takes to build manual reports and instead can focus our energy on providing greater detail and insight for our budget managers. We've reduced our processing time from 3 days down to 15-30 minutes per month. We also can provide data to our end users that they never have had access to before
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Selection Process

No answers on this topic
Adaptive and Host Analytics
More flexible and able to handle more data.
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Collaboration and Sharing

OpenText Analytics6.1
Based on 7 answers
As a developer, the report code itself cannot be diffed and the merged from one version of a report to another. If you have 2 developers working on the same report, the last developer's changes have to be manually implemented into the first developer's version of the report. You cannot use a tool such as WinMerge to merge differences from one report design into another. Or rather, you could but there's no guaruntee that it would work. This is a real bottleneck. You have to implement changes in the design tool
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
They support plenty of major databases and we can connect to several different data sources.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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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  • Workforce Planning efficiency - so much easier than excel to maintain sensitive information planning
  • Long range plan lead time - the old excel model took weeks to update. The Anaplan model takes hours
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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/