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Anaplan

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205 Ratings

Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Infor Lawson SCM

13 Ratings
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Score 4.9 out of 101

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Anaplan

To date, I have used Anaplan for sales comp modeling, territory and quota planning, and sales forecasting. It has been well-suited to all three.
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Infor Lawson SCM

For any company that creates purchase orders to receive parts, inventory, or any type of order, Lawson Supply Chain Management is a great tool to help automate the ability to approve and reject orders and allows users to be able to track orders much quicker. Typical types of customers that can benefit are hospitals, retail, and the public sector to name a few.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

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

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

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

Analytics

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

Integration

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

Pros

  • I think the greatest strength of Anaplan is that the entire model is interconnected. The ability to update a single variable and have that change propagated through the entire model is unparalleled.
  • Another strength is the ability to have multiple users working in a given model simultaneously. We have had the experience of actively modeling to meet a deadline and realizing that some of the underlying assumptions and/or layout needed to be changed to support a new approach. While our model-builder made the back-end adjustments in Florida, our analyst continued to work through a new set of variables. We ended up with a completely refreshed approach in less than a half hour. With only two hours before our deadline, we NEVER would have even entertained making the change in Excel.
  • The thing that Anaplan does -- that I haven't seen elsewhere -- is the ability to get to data-driven analysis of the future. BI tools are great for reporting what has already happened, but fall short of predictive analytics and sensitivity analysis. Anaplan handles those with ease.
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  • Automation approval flow is by far the best feature as it allows a user to set their own checkpoints and users to approve and reject orders.
  • Being able to track and find orders in the system makes it a robust application to allow for quicker delivery and receipt of POs. At the same time it helps vendors get paid quicker since everything can be tracked quicker.
  • User interface built for end users who do not go into Lawson everyday. This interface shows only what a requester would require to place an order similar to Amazon.
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Cons

  • The charts. It has been a battle for years to have Anaplan add little nuaces here and there. For example, you can't change the font on tables on a dashboard. The little things do matter. Most of the time I just export my data and create a graph in Excel.
  • If I want to add an available column to my view, I have to show all on everything and then dig through ALL the rows/columns on the screen. It's like having to create the (original carefully constructed) view from scratch.
  • Desktop Support is weak. When we first acquired it was one of the strengths of anaplan. Gurus were always available and you could solve a problem at first contact via a GoToMeeting. Nowadays guru availability is spotty and it usually takes several conversations where someone has to ask someone else how to solve the issue. By the time I finally get an answer I've already found an alternative and have moved on to something else.
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  • The User Interface that everyday SCM users access is out of date and needs updating. Luckily in version XI the entire user experience is being enhanced to fix this issue.
  • Tracking of POs and Receipts and invoices are difficult for end users to research. They usually would require lawson access and/or need to get a buyer involved. Luckily there are third party companies that built add-ons for lawson to allow end users to track this info.
  • Out of the box reporting doesn't have a great look to it. Many folks from finance do not like the appearance of the reports. Again Lawson has finally listened and now allows users to customize the look of those reports.
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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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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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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

Anaplan6.8
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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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan provided a whiteboard that allowed us to set up our unique business as we saw fit. Other programs had built-in forecasting modules that we needed to adapt to. Our company is retail but also collections so flexibility was the key when making the final decision. Plus, Anaplan seemed more cutting edge, new school, in comparison to the other competitors.
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Lawson SCM has been the leader in the space for a while. All of the new competitors don't have enough experience or enough customers to fully understand the needs of our company. Lawson continues to work with their customers for ideas on new enhancements and is evident in the latest offering with a redesign of how SCM makes it easier to track and automate the SCM part of the business
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

Anaplan has transformed the way we operate our finance department. We have slashed the amount of time it takes to build manual reports and instead can focus our energy on providing greater detail and insight for our budget managers. We've reduced our processing time from 3 days down to 15-30 minutes per month. We also can provide data to our end users that they never have had access to before
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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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  • As a customer of the tool it allowed for quicker responses when issues came up. It allowed for quick feedback and issue resolution since everything could be tracked.
  • The ability to add images into the application allows for better use of the tool as both buyers, vendors, and the AP Department can gain advantages from the built in imaging allowed for users.
  • Approval flows allows for custom tailoring for what kind of expense goes to which people for approval. This makes getting orders approved easier and more concise.
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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/

Infor Lawson SCM

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