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Score 8.4 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Well Suited
  • Any process that you expect to change frequently.
  • A process within a dynamic environment, such as high tech / the startup world, where you expect significant business process changes.
  • Any process that requires a significant number of collaborators.
  • Any process where you intend for users to update logic with Excel-like formulas.
  • Any process where using Google Docs has failed to accommodate your needs for data integrity.
Less Appropriate
  • Data visualization - Anaplan has capabilities here, but other tools are more focused on this.
  • Data storage - Anaplan is not a data warehouse and has limits on what you can store.
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Kepion Planning

The solution works extremely well for companies in complicated operations or with the ambition to forecast their operations on a driver based way or wanting to have the ability to create different scenarios based on external or internal drivers. It is a perfect piece of an existing analytical infrastructure (DWH/BI) lacking a planning solution on top.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
9.1
Kepion Planning
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
9.1
Kepion Planning

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.8
Kepion Planning
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
9.1
Kepion Planning
Report Versioning
Anaplan
9.1
Kepion Planning
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
8.2
Kepion Planning

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
5.5
Kepion Planning
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
5.5
Kepion Planning

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
Kepion Planning
7.7
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Kepion Planning
8.7
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Kepion Planning
8.2
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Kepion Planning
8.2
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Kepion Planning
7.8
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
Kepion Planning
5.6

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.6
Kepion Planning
7.4
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.8
Kepion Planning
6.7
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
Kepion Planning
6.7
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Kepion Planning
8.3
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
Kepion Planning
7.3
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Kepion Planning
6.1
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.3
Kepion Planning
7.8
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.3
Kepion Planning
8.6

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.7
Kepion Planning
6.9
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.1
Kepion Planning
7.5
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Kepion Planning
5.6
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Kepion Planning
8.7
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Kepion Planning
6.9
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Anaplan
Kepion Planning
5.6

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Kepion Planning
6.4
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.5
Kepion Planning
5.6
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Kepion Planning
6.0
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Kepion Planning
6.0
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
Kepion Planning
8.2
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
Kepion Planning
6.0
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
Kepion Planning
6.7

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Kepion Planning
8.5
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
Kepion Planning
9.1
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
Kepion Planning
8.7
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
Kepion Planning
7.6

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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  • Customizable platform: Enables its users to handle just about any kind of budgeting scenarios tailored to each customer needs, whether based on drivers, allocations integrations with other systems (such as S&OP processes).
  • Easy integration with other systems: As data is stored within an MS SQL database it is very easy to integrate other applications with it for reporting, such as Tableau or PowerBI or from other downline systems such as S&OP.
  • Real-time: Enables the possibility to calculate bottom line results for all applications immediately allowing the possibility to calculate easily what-if scenarios.
  • Not stuck: within a single way of budgeting. as part of the beyond budgeting movement, companies have been creating a more driver-based high-level forecasting which is often a problem with specific budgeting systems that are locked within the P&L statement. Here you can make it as simple or as complicated as needed.
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Cons

  • Larger workspaces.
  • Ongoing support contracts based on LOE.
  • Better formula support and explanation within the model.
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  • Silverlight functionality is outdated which makes the front end solution a little bit old compared to latest UI. They will be tackling it in Q2 2018, but it leaves users wanting for more.
  • Reporting functionalities: Are not state of the art, we recommend users creating official reports within Kepion, but focusing on Tableau or PowerBI for reporting purposes as this is not and will never be Kepion strengths compared to the likes of Tableau.
  • Being customizable is great, however, the solution is not an out-of-the-box solution and does require a little integration to work. For smaller companies (under 5M USD) I would still recommend Excel.
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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

Anaplan8.1
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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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

Anaplan6.7
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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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan requires less IT support and its calculation engine is far more powerful. Anaplan is also less expensive when total cost of ownership is considered. We also liked that you're able to use Anaplan for a variety of business planning functions rather than having a bespoke tool for budgets or commissions or demand planning etc.
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We are a Microsoft gold analytics partner. As such, we were looking for a Microsoft friendly solution which would fit into our analytics stack with Tableau on top. Kepion is a lightweight easy to use solution which integrates perfectly with the Microsoft framework. It is much easier to use and intuitive than the heavy Cognos and SAP/BO systems. However, if my existing infrastructure is Cognos, SAP or Oracle I would consider using that technology. For Microsoft SQL companies this is a great choice.
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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

  • 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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Pricing Details

Anaplan

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Anaplan Editions & Modules
Anaplan
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/

Kepion Planning

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Kepion Planning Editions & Modules
Kepion Planning
On-premise Edition
On premise Install
$01
1. Contact Us
SaaS Edition
Cloud Planning
$01
1. Contact Us
Additional Pricing Details
Please contact us at sales@kepion.com for more details.