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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for collaborative planning and complex business models that require frequent updates and quick feedback. Ease of use, ease of development, deployment & maintenance accelerates business adoptionIt's not a great reporting or analytics tool. Limited model sizes limit the capability to capture large data sets and need for Data Warehouse for plan over plan & historic analysis and reporting
Rama Narravula | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

Personally, I was always very satisfied with the Budget Maestro product and platform. I used Hyperion Essbase in my prior company and felt Analytics Maestro had very similar capabilities and features which made learning the product very easy. The ongoing support has been tremendous and this is an area I find many competitors in the marketplace to have room for improvement.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Budget Maestro
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Budget Maestro

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Budget Maestro
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Budget Maestro
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
Budget Maestro
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
Budget Maestro

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Budget Maestro
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Budget Maestro

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.3
Budget Maestro
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Budget Maestro
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.7
Budget Maestro
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.3
Budget Maestro
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.8
Budget Maestro

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
Budget Maestro
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
Budget Maestro
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
Budget Maestro
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Budget Maestro
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
Budget Maestro
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
Budget Maestro

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
Budget Maestro
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
Budget Maestro
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
Budget Maestro
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Budget Maestro
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Budget Maestro
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Budget Maestro
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Budget Maestro
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
Budget Maestro

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
Budget Maestro
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Budget Maestro
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Budget Maestro
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
Budget Maestro
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Budget Maestro

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
Budget Maestro
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
Budget Maestro
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
Budget Maestro
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
Budget Maestro
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
Budget Maestro
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
Budget Maestro
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
Budget Maestro

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Budget Maestro
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
Budget Maestro
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
Budget Maestro
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
Budget Maestro

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
Budget Maestro
9.0
Dashboards
Anaplan
Budget Maestro
9.0
Standard reports
Anaplan
Budget Maestro
9.0
Custom reports
Anaplan
Budget Maestro
9.0

Pros

Anaplan

  • Allows the business to link different planning streams into one place
  • Gives users a single source to view data, no more comparing offline templates in excel
  • Intuitive new UX that allows us to be more customizable when tailoring to needs of end-users
Scott Eckman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

  • Analytics Maestro Platform adds tremendous value.
  • Newer version offering is cloud based which adds value on size constraints.
  • Customer support has always been extremely supportive and timely on responses.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Anaplan

  • Enablement -- Anaplan should invest more in both its training capability and training content. Anaplan is not the most difficult tool to learn, but having more foundation in this area would make the ramp-up process significantly easier
  • Storage -- Anaplan is not a data warehouse. This is understandable given data warehousing is not their primary value proposition, but many times we run close to the storage limits of Anaplan, and it would be great if Anaplan had different storage size options for its workspaces.
  • User Interface -- Anaplan's user interface could be streamlined and improved to become more intuitive and accommodate more shortcut keys.
Matthew Kuo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

  • Took some time to roll out the cloud-based solution.
  • The older version (not cloud-based) we used took about an hour to refresh after data load.
  • The older version did take some time learning how to use the product to its fullest capabilities.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.2
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
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.2
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.
Chris Friederich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
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Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
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Performance

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 5 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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
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In-Person Training

Anaplan

Anaplan 3.0
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

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Online Training

Anaplan

Anaplan 5.0
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/
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
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Implementation Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 24 answers
Agile methodology and breaking the work down into sprints was very helpful. Implementation required a deeper dive into our data than expected for the consultants to be able to construct the data model. But once it was in place, the focus on knowledge transfer enabled us to be able to use the product effectively after the team rolled off.
Steve Ridgley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

During the selection process at the end of 2012, we were thinking of Excel as the main tool, or an in-house software built by ourselves, however, this would have taken us ages, so we checked what is available on the market. Anaplan was a small start-up at that time, but it helped us to ensure we can customize the software to our needs.
Szilvia Havasreti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

Our company evaluated 6 product offerings in the market place a year ago and felt Budget Maestro and Vena offered the largest return on our investment at their price points. We have always been very satisfied with the product and its customer service. Since we have grown over 600% over 4 years, many of the new layers of management used other products in prior careers and we are currently at a point where the entire organization may be transitioning to an ERP solution to manage all finance and accounting functions. I would always recommend Budget Maestro as a great budgeting and analytical tool for FP&A teams as we were able to accomplish a high amount of monthly reports with a small team over the years.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Anaplan

Anaplan 7.0
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • Anaplan has been good to plan future fiscal years, by doing the planning in here and seeing the financial impact certain variables can produce it is easier to make decisions within the company such as hiring, eliminating certain costs etc., to achieve the financial results as set in the company goals.
  • Dashboards have been really helpful for the financial executives as very specific data can be analysed and presented in the dashboards focused to specific financial teams, so it is easier to see the actual results and forecasts.
  • On the negative side, since Anaplan is a complex tool to handle, it is better to have a dedicated resource or resources to the handling in Anplan. Regular business analysts could not handle their regular tasks and doing complex configurations in Anaplan without the help of well trained Anaplan resources, extra dedicated resources are needed to work with Anaplan.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Budget Maestro

  • We were a very small company growing by acquisition so it worked well during these phases of our company growth.
  • The return for our cost was tremendous especially in comparison to peers in the market.
  • Analytics Maestro allowed us to grow without adding headcount by building efficient reports that can easily be mass-produced for all branches within our organization.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Anaplan

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Budget Maestro

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.8
Budget Maestro
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Budget Maestro

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Budget Maestro

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Budget Maestro

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Budget Maestro

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
Budget Maestro

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Budget Maestro

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Budget Maestro

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
Budget Maestro

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Budget Maestro

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