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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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IBM BPM

Have your process first on paperIts important to first document the process before venturing into BPMS. It will save a lot of pain and heartaches. A BPM tool is nomagic bullet, it merely automates your process. Its upto you to put visibility and tracking on top of it. Provide monitoring so thatyou get a chance to improve your process continously.BPM is not an applicationIf you are trying to build an application with BPM, chances are that your are alraedy failing. BPM must be a strategic initiative for anorganization. Yes, you build Dashboards, Reports and other software in BPMS, however you do it at a process level not at an applicationlevel.http://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2011/05/bpm-initiative.htmlKnow the difference between process data and business datahttp://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2011/05/lombardi-best-practices.htmlhttp://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/bpm-system-architecture.html
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
9.1
IBM BPM
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
9.1
IBM BPM

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.8
IBM BPM
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
9.1
IBM BPM
Report Versioning
Anaplan
9.1
IBM BPM
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
8.2
IBM BPM

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
5.5
IBM BPM
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
5.5
IBM BPM

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

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

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.6
IBM BPM
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.8
IBM BPM
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
IBM BPM
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
IBM BPM
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
IBM BPM
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
IBM BPM
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.3
IBM BPM
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.3
IBM BPM

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.7
IBM BPM
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.1
IBM BPM
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
IBM BPM
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
IBM BPM
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
IBM BPM

Analytics

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

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
IBM BPM
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
IBM BPM
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
IBM BPM
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
IBM BPM

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
IBM BPM
2.0
Dashboards
Anaplan
IBM BPM
2.0
Standard reports
Anaplan
IBM BPM
2.0
Custom reports
Anaplan
IBM BPM
2.0

Process Engine

Anaplan
IBM BPM
8.0
Process designer
Anaplan
IBM BPM
9.0
Process simulation
Anaplan
IBM BPM
7.0
Business rules engine
Anaplan
IBM BPM
10.0
SOA support
Anaplan
IBM BPM
9.0
Process player
Anaplan
IBM BPM
8.0
Support for modeling languages
Anaplan
IBM BPM
8.0
Form builder
Anaplan
IBM BPM
8.0
Model execution
Anaplan
IBM BPM
5.0

Collaboration

Anaplan
IBM BPM
4.0
Social collaboration tools
Anaplan
IBM BPM
4.0

Content Management Capabilties

Anaplan
IBM BPM
8.0
Content management
Anaplan
IBM BPM
8.0

Pros

  • Allows non-technical business-oriented individuals create functionality in the system.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Excellent business partner from a people perspective. Very focused on customer success, not just the next PO.
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  • IBM BPM's biggest strength is process modeling. With blueworks its a cake walk to white board processes to stakeholders and chat around.
  • IBM BPM Coaches went through a significant improvement with a easy to customize views, rich Dashboards and REST API for building complex portals. This is a game changer when compared with Pega which is little rigid when it comes to displaying BPM tasks on external portals.
  • With IBM BPM Advanced there is a way to enforce a clean architecture. Long running system to system level processes can get into BPEL Process Server, short running system to system transactions on WESB and human interactions on the Lombardi Process Server. Basically IBM BPM supports SOA to the core. So bottom line is IBM BPM supports human centric, integration centric BPM methodologies. With CMIS support, document centric capabilities are well supported too. This is a another distinguishing feature from Pega which isn't too integration centric.
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Cons

  • The actions could be improved - make it obvious what the sources and targets of the are so we don't have to guess or put them in the action names. Also get a native scheduler! That's so simple and it's very frustrating and expensive to have to build/buy our own.
  • Reporting and UI still have a long way to go. Simple things like being able to alphabetize/order what you see on the screen, or add a rich color pallet to choose from.
  • User access management could improve. We need to have model level admins that don't have access to everything in the workspace. Also the tenant admin space doesn't work effectively. I can't remove a user from all models simultaneously. I also can't see all models a user has access to from the tenant admin space.
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  • IBM BPM should bring in the Agile methodology and enforce it as a way to build software. If its comes from IBM there is very little chance that vendors can mess around the SDLC, jeopardizing project implementations.
  • IBM BPM should enhance the traceability of implementation with requirements. Blueworks to Process Modeling works well for the first time implementation, however when a process needs enhancement or improvements, the modeling represetation gets blurred due to implementation details. This can be currently worked around with stricter goverance around process modeling, but would like IBM to come up with a solution
  • Merging of snapshots - something needs to be done on this aspect
  • A tool to peek into process data BLOB. Ability to change the process data at runtime - Nice to have.
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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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IBM BPM8.0
Based on 4 answers
This particular decision will be made by other people. Overall IBM BPM is the best BPM engine that I have worked with. It is implemented at our company and IT and business are already somewhat familiar with it. Therefore if asked I will recommend renewal as long as the price is reasonable.
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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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IBM BPM8.0
Based on 2 answers
• The system is easy enough to use but, by definition, is a complex tool. However, they have done a good job generally balancing tool complexity / capability with usability. When comparing to MS Biz Talk, for example, Biz Talk has less functionality but is actually harder to use.
• Software is very flexible. For somebody with the right technical background, it’s quite easy to write some Java code to overcome any hurdles or make the product do what is needed
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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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IBM BPM9.0
Based on 1 answer
• Always get a response to a support ticket in less than 2 hours
• Urgent tickets are usually responded to within 15 minutes
• Support staff generally are familiar with our setup and it’s not necessary to explain things multiple times – frequently talk to the same person who is very familiar with our setup
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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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IBM BPM9.0
Based on 1 answer
• Attended on premise sysadmin training for 4 days, 8 hours per day. Although further follow-up training was available, I never felt the need to go back. Training was very hands-on with real modeling (rather than just following a manual). Very effective.
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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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IBM BPM9.0
Based on 1 answer
• Very satisfied – not too difficult at all.
• We had a consultant available as part of our contract, but we didn’t really need to use (except for some advice on ActiveDirectory and single sign-on)
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan user case was easy to pull together on our own without consultants. The other tools were more complex to understand and set up.Cost-wise it stacked up nicely against other tools as well
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Pega Pega is a comprehensive suite which offers a unique theme of BPM development in the market. A no-coding approach based on rules with inheritance makes Pega a very powerful product. However Pega, falls short on integration centric capabilities and very rigid to customize. On the other hand IBM comes with array of products which suits needs of varying degree. Advanced integration is solved by BPEL Process Server which has support for state based patterns and mediation. Dynamic rules and event management can be solved with WODM, Cloud to on-premise connectivity with Cast Iron, Enterprise gateway and security usecases with DataPower, Social BPM with IBM BPM , WODM, mobify with Worklight.Pega has a little bit of eveything here and there. It solves the dynamic rule management, brings out the flavor of Social BPM and mobility with Antenna ( I guess) and predictive analytics as well in one single suite. There are certain usecases which needs to have a little bit of everything, however this little bits and pieces of functionality when its blows, Pega would have problems to scale. With IBM its a bit nightmare to maintain a variety of technologies, however you can wish to go for one without the other and go for something only when you truly need it.Pega vs IBMIts difficult to pick a winner. In nutshell when you want a full scale BPM with rich integration capabilities go for IBM BPM. On the other hand if you hava mature integration capability already, Pega can yield quick results for you as well. Pega's strength is its methodology. IBM BPM's strength is integration. Actually you can't go wrong with both in terms of implementation. My strong recommendation is to invest time to process analysis and pick a good vendor to support consulting and implementation.
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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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IBM BPM10.0
Based on 1 answer
It scales from small team interactions to business processes serving thousands of employees, as well as straight-through-processing needs that go well beyond. Of course, scale is always in the eye of the beholder, but IBM BPM does a good job of giving you all of the hooks, APIs, and data that you need to take on whatever scaling approaches you need to meet the load
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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 are documenting our business processes using BPMN.
  • We are forced to think deeply about our processes and optimize them as a result.
  • We are getting rid of manual processes such as mailing paper forms.
  • We can monitor our processes and improve them constantly.
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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/

IBM BPM

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