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Anaplan

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205 Ratings

Demandbase

33 Ratings

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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for modeling processes that are ongoing, and remain relatively the same over time. In other words, if you don't have a solid grasp of your process, or you know there are significant changes that change the way you do things on a not infrequent basis, you may want to wait to build the model in Anaplan until things are more stable or you have a better understanding of the business requirements of what you are trying to build. Wholesale changes to an Anaplan model can be cumbersome and time consuming - though that is not unlike modeling on any other platform. It's also probably not worth your time to build a model in Anaplan if you're only going to use it once - in this case, if it's not too complicated, Excel is probably a better choice
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Demandbase

Demandbase is definitely a great product for companies that are looking to capitalize in general sales, website traffic, etc... but it's not great for companies that already have very effective research and marketing. Demandbase provides a very good base layer for assistance in sales, but for the companies that are looking to increase their effeciency from 95% to 97%, a different, less "oversimplified" consultant would be better.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
Demandbase
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Demandbase
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Demandbase
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Demandbase
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Demandbase
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.6
Demandbase

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
Demandbase
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
Demandbase
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
Demandbase
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Demandbase
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
Demandbase
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Demandbase
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.1
Demandbase
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.1
Demandbase

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
Demandbase
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
Demandbase
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Demandbase
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Demandbase
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.0
Demandbase

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Demandbase
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.3
Demandbase
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Demandbase
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Demandbase
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
Demandbase
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.4
Demandbase
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.2
Demandbase

Integration

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

Pros

  • 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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  • Provides firmographic data that we can infuse into our analytics system.
  • Provides firmographic data that we can infuse into our marketing automation system.
  • Allows us to dynamically shorten our lead gen forms with firmagraphic data such as industry, company revenue and employee range.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Dynamic forms integration requires expert JS knowledge.
  • Analytics integration requires expert JS knowledge.
  • API integration requires developer resources thus this isn't a plug and play integration.
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Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan8.2
Based on 3 answers
We rely on it heavily. The only way we wouldn't renew is if the price got significantly higher.
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Demandbase9.3
Based on 10 answers
We plan to continue integrating and testing Demandbase across all areas of our website and marketing campaigns
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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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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

Anaplan8.0
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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Demandbase9.5
Based on 4 answers
I send all of my questions to our rep and I get quick responses and she is great about also following up with the support team to make sure my questions were answered.
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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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Demandbase9.0
Based on 1 answer
We were able to implement quickly.
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Implementation

Anaplan6.8
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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Demandbase10.0
Based on 3 answers
The consultant did a fantastic job in integrating Demandbase with Adobe Insight so we could leverage it to full potential. We also customized the industry groups specific to our company.
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan was selected by management without technical expertise. Now there is no way back.
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DB was the only company we considered for reverse IP lookup.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

We are early in our implementation therefore, Anaplan's impact is not fully measurable. It will cut one to two days off of our revenue forecasting by eliminating individual spreadsheets and through use of the data hub that feeds the spoke models. We have not yet measured the impact it has on our sales ops team, but we expect that it will cut at least a half day from central sales ops and hours of time across multiple regional sales ops teams each week.
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Selection Process

Adaptive and Host Analytics
More flexible and able to handle more data.
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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

  • 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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  • Enabled us to do account based targeting that is expected to have good ROI
  • Enabled us to do industry based targeting that is expected to be a big deal
  • Provided us better insights about visitors to our site, allowing us to analyse their behaviors better.
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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/

Demandbase

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