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Likelihood to Recommend

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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BOARD

  1. BOARD is amazing for Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting.
  2. Implementing and managing scenario based calculations.
  3. Quick and easy to manage dashboards.
  4. Web and mobile capabilities.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
BOARD
9.0
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
BOARD
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
BOARD
9.0
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
BOARD
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
BOARD
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
BOARD
9.0

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
BOARD
8.4
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
BOARD
9.0
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.5
BOARD
9.0
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
BOARD
9.0
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
BOARD
9.0
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
BOARD
9.0
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.2
BOARD
7.0
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.0
BOARD
7.0

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
BOARD
8.8
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
BOARD
9.0
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
BOARD
9.0
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
BOARD
9.0
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
BOARD
8.0
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Anaplan
BOARD
9.0

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
BOARD
8.5
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.5
BOARD
8.0
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
BOARD
8.0
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
BOARD
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
BOARD
9.0
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
BOARD
9.0
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
BOARD

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
BOARD
8.3
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
BOARD
9.0
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
BOARD
9.0
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.3
BOARD
7.0

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
BOARD
7.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
BOARD
6.9
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
BOARD
7.7
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
BOARD
6.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
BOARD
7.1
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
BOARD
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
BOARD
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
BOARD
5.8
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
BOARD
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
BOARD
7.2
Publish to Web
Anaplan
BOARD
7.1
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
BOARD
7.2
Report Versioning
Anaplan
BOARD
7.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
BOARD
7.1

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
BOARD
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
BOARD
6.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
BOARD
5.8
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
BOARD
5.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
BOARD
6.6

Pros

  • Modeling is next level in Anaplan. With a background deep in Excel modeling and the frustrations that come along with it, Anaplan is a breath of fresh air and is actually fun to build and model in.
  • Dashboarding and synchronization. The synchronization feature in Anaplan is one of the greatest things ever. As its core Anaplan models are built around hierarchical lists and dimensions and using similar dimensions in dashboards allows you to synchronize to different views of the same data with simple clicks around a dashboard. It makes reporting and BI extremely user friendly and flexible.
  • Its fast. If you had the same exact model in Excel and Anaplan. That model in Excel would be like riding and old bike with under-inflated tires, while Anaplan would be like driving a Tesla in Ludicrous mode. The ability to have your entire business modeled on a single platform, potentially across multiple models, where when you make a change the entire model updates within seconds, is invaluable in making decisions.
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  • Board has some nice visuals and has an interesting way of working with its data model
  • The CPM portion where Board allows you to enter data and store it is particularly useful
  • Board also has a nice online web based user interface
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Cons

  • Larger workspaces.
  • Ongoing support contracts based on LOE.
  • Better formula support and explanation within the model.
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  • Board's data readers and data model are somewhat more complex than advertised as "out of the box" to implement. You need more training than other tools such as PowerBI and Tableau
  • Board's training materials (on demand video) are well put together but costly and don't address all the details you'd like them to. The social blogs also address some topics but don't cover materials particularly well.
  • The look and current feel for Board on the desktop version looks a bit outdated (Office 2007 themed). I'm aware this will change in the coming months.
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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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BOARD10.0
Based on 1 answer
Board Business Intelligence is an integral part of our process.
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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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BOARD10.0
Based on 1 answer
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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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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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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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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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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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Implementation

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

It made sense to use Anaplan as it had already been built up by our sales and supply chain teams.
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Again, we chose Board ultimately for the BI and CPM functionality. PowerBI and Tableau lack the CPM capability. PowerBI has better features from a dashboard standpoint (data load model, formatting distribution) while PowerBI is a lot easier to use. Tableau stacks in third due to its complexity to design dashboards and the fact that you need to manipulate the information before it loads to make it work properly
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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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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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  • We've been able to provide and update our sales numbers with ease and enhance overall operational efficiency
  • We will have sizeable time cost savings once our P&L and BS are standardized and fully automated.
  • Due to the complexity of implementation, we are currently still facing an uphill learning curve.
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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/

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BOARD

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

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