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Anaplan

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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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst works well, when it works and is very well suited for an ABA environment. But the app development process and the continual list of bug fixes that are never-ending makes this product very hard to recommend.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.8
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Consolidation and Close

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

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
Catalyst, by EBM Software
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Catalyst, by EBM Software
8.0

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

  • The GUI is easy to navigate on the iPad mini, which we use for charting.
  • The options are simple so there is very little room for mistakes.
  • Charting is easy and the setup allows for necessary fields that must be completed so charting stays uniform.
Anonymous | 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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

  • Technical support very rarely has solid fixes for Catalyst problems. Expect to walk through several hoops before being told it's a known issue.
  • The App development process does not weed out problems before deployment. The last round of updates for Catalyst has left several key features broken with no workarounds.
  • New features are being rolled out over the next several weeks/months leaving the staff frustrated that what worked yesterday has either changed or no longer works today.
Anonymous | 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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst, by EBM Software 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Well.... when it works... it's good. When it doesn't it is very frustrating for our staff.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

Catalyst, by EBM Software 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Very rarely has support had something insightful to share as a solution. Maybe that is because the system is so simplistic there are no settings to go wrong. Tech support conversations frequently go like this: What are the OS, Catalyst version, and device that you are using it on? Have you turned it off and back on again? Uhh...we will get back to you in a few days.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

No answers on this topic

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

  • Catalyst is better than pencil and paper data analysis. But the app can be very frustrating when it's not working the way it did last week.
  • The GUI is very simple. Sometimes too simple, like there is no way to go back in and edit SOAP note options.
  • New feature roll-outs are mandatory. I understand that no one would opt in to being the guinea pig, but it would be nice if you weren't the first user to try it.
  • The integration with billing software has streamlined the billing notes and saved us money over having two separate systems.
Anonymous | 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

Catalyst, by EBM Software

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.8
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Catalyst, by EBM Software
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
Catalyst, by EBM Software
5.0

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
Catalyst, by EBM Software

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Catalyst, by EBM Software

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