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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Because it is flexible, Anaplan is well suited for complex global organizations. We are a multi-matrix organization therefore, having the ability to establish multiple hierarchies in data hub and use those to slice and dice in the spoke models improves efficiency and accuracy. We are in the early stages of our implementation therefore, we are yet to encounter scenarios where Anaplan is not appropriate. My guess would be that if you have a small company with little complexity, then you might consider a less powerful tool.
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APS

They are more suited to growing, nimble companies. They are soon adding employee approval to time cards and checkin by facial recognition. Additions and changes to improve functionality might not work for a very large company like GE.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
9.1
APS
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
9.1
APS

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.8
APS
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
9.1
APS
Report Versioning
Anaplan
9.1
APS
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
8.2
APS

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
5.5
APS
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
5.5
APS

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

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

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

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

Analytics

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

Integration

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

Human Resource Management

Anaplan
APS
8.5
Employee demographic data
Anaplan
APS
9.4
Employment history
Anaplan
APS
8.7
Job profiles and administration
Anaplan
APS
8.3
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Anaplan
APS
8.2
Organizational charting
Anaplan
APS
7.9
Organization and location management
Anaplan
APS
8.4
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Anaplan
APS
8.4

Payroll Management

Anaplan
APS
8.5
Pay calculation
Anaplan
APS
9.2
Support for external payroll vendors
Anaplan
APS
5.7
Benefit plan administration
Anaplan
APS
8.2
Direct deposit files
Anaplan
APS
9.9
Salary revision and increment management
Anaplan
APS
9.0
Reimbursement management
Anaplan
APS
9.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Anaplan
APS
8.7
Approval workflow
Anaplan
APS
9.4
Balance details
Anaplan
APS
8.2
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Anaplan
APS
8.3

Employee Self Service

Anaplan
APS
8.6
View and generate pay and benefit information
Anaplan
APS
9.4
Update personal information
Anaplan
APS
9.5
View company policy documentation
Anaplan
APS
8.1
Employee recognition
Anaplan
APS
7.6
View job history
Anaplan
APS
8.6

Asset Management

Anaplan
APS
8.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Anaplan
APS
8.0

HR Reporting

Anaplan
APS
8.4
Report builder
Anaplan
APS
9.2
Pre-built reports
Anaplan
APS
8.6
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Anaplan
APS
7.4

Onboarding

Anaplan
APS
9.0
New hire portal
Anaplan
APS
9.3
Manager tracking tools
Anaplan
APS
8.7

Performance and Goals

Anaplan
APS
7.8
Corporate goal setting
Anaplan
APS
8.1
Individual goal setting
Anaplan
APS
8.2
Line-of sight-visibility
Anaplan
APS
8.2
Performance tracking
Anaplan
APS
6.9

Performance Management

Anaplan
APS
8.0
Performance plans
Anaplan
APS
7.9
Performance improvement plans
Anaplan
APS
7.0
Review status tracking
Anaplan
APS
8.4
Review reminders
Anaplan
APS
8.3
Multiple review frequency
Anaplan
APS
8.5

Succession Planning

Anaplan
APS
5.0
Create succession plans/pools
Anaplan
APS
5.0
Candidate ranking
Anaplan
APS
5.0

Recruiting / ATS

Anaplan
APS
8.8
Job Requisition Management
Anaplan
APS
9.2
Company Website Posting
Anaplan
APS
9.2
Publish to Social Media
Anaplan
APS
9.2
Job Search Site Posting
Anaplan
APS
8.8
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Anaplan
APS
7.6
Applicant Tracking
Anaplan
APS
8.4
Notifications and Alerts
Anaplan
APS
9.2

Pros

  • Hyperbloc architecture -- the ability to see changes to models instantly cascade through all the models.
  • Function agnostic platform - the ability to adapt the platform to many different use cases and integrate those use cases into a connected planning environment.
  • Cloud architecture. Security and product enhancements come automatically.
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  • APS OnLine is a great end user product and very easy for our employees. They have quick access to all their information, their accrual balances, hours worked, etc. They are able to enter their time off requests in the system. Although our prior system had these capabilities, employees had difficulty accessing system. If they couldn't get in, they couldn't use it. More employees logged on to APS in the first two weeks of use than in the prior three years with former system.
  • Integration - Data is real-time. When you enter information in one area of the software, it is immediately present in the rest of the system. No waiting for overnight interface. Change log provides backup for any changes that have been made as well as safeguards in the approval process.
  • Administrative ease - The system is very straight forward, logical, and easy to operate from the administrative end. [There is a] designated representative to address questions as they arise. No sitting on hold.
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Cons

  • As models get larger, there is definitely some lag in the calculation. This can get annoying for end users when they are using dashboards.
  • Sometimes there is too much flexibility -- can lead to wanting to use Anaplan for things that it wasn't explicitly designed for.
  • Reporting is still limited in some ways, more color options for example would be nice.
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  • State by state rules - In a few states that we work in they have very strict rules on overtime, sick leave, etc and APS didn't have the time and attendance pre-configured correctly for these. Their development team has really worked with us to handle it but it just took a bit longer. Overall though they have been very upfront about it and have been able to make the necessary changes.
  • No scheduling - I think this is something in development right now but I know that other larger companies do have this capability. It would be great to have but it truly hasn't "hurt" our ability to do payroll.
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Likelihood to Renew

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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APS9.7
Based on 6 answers
Without a doubt, we will stay with APS Online
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Usability

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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APS9.5
Based on 4 answers
In general, it's a great system to use. We were looking for simplicity and ease of use and have received raves from our employees in their ability to access and make use of the system. There is still so much more that we have yet to gain as we continue working through each of the modules.
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Reliability and Availability

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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APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
I haven't had any outages
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Performance

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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APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
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Support

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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APS9.9
Based on 3 answers
There is one primary account representative that we contact on a regular basis. If she is unavailable, there are others on her team. It does seem that our implementation was more complex than others that have been installed, so fixes are not as easily remedied.
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In-Person Training

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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APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
Even if it wasn't in-person on location, we felt like we had our trainer in the room with us.
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Online Training

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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APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
We had great webinars.
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Implementation

Anaplan6.7
Based on 12 answers
I won't rate this low due to the 3rd party consultant, because overall the implementation with Anaplan went great. We had working models in our first month of having Anaplan, and have been able to branch out into multiple facets of the business in the 3 years since our first implementation.
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APS8.7
Based on 4 answers
It would have been helpful to understand the phases of the implementation up front so I could have prepared differently for enrollments, billing, and transfer of information to payroll. At the end of the day, I'm happy with the selection and the system and anticipate I will like it better as we go along. We have done a number of other system implementations in the past few years, and this has been pretty painless, however, I've had a few surprises.
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan has a much more powerful modelling engine compared to Adaptive Insights. Adaptive might have prettier dashboards, but their product is inferior at it's core. We were impressed by everything Anaplan could do and are glad that we chose it over the competition. We also are very impressed by Anaplan's customer success team and their knowledge
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Better functionality. Not as slick looking.
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Scalability

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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APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had a problem with the system nor in finding the right information.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • The change to APS Online will decrease the time spent preparing and processing payroll. The most important improvement will be the integration with the payroll and HR modules - this will save a tremendous amount of redundant work.
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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/

APS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Our Payroll solution is offered as a standalone service, but additional solutions must be used in conjunction with our Payroll solution. This ensures the best possible user experience for our customers.