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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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

It works great for our purposes. I highly recommend hiring a consultant to set it up for you though. I don't think we would have gotten very far had we tried to setup the reports and views ourselves. We're very happy with the results we've seen so far. We've been using it for about 3-4 months.
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Publish to Web
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
REST API
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3
Javascript API
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
iFrames
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Java API
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Anaplan
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI.
  • I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training.
  • I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to.
  • Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so.
  • Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI.
  • Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free.
  • Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.
Jason Leidig | 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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • The race to perfect gathering of Non-Traditional datasets is on-going; with Microsoft arguably not the leader of the pack in this category.
  • Licensing options for PowerBI visualizations may be a factor. I.e. if you need to implement B2C PowerBI visualizations, the cost is considerably high especially for startups.
  • Some clients are still resistant putting their data on the cloud, which restricts lots of functionality to Power BI.
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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
Lee Cullom | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
Sean Warren | 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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.5
Based on 4 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 7.0
Based on 4 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.7
Based on 15 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
Jacob Saunders | 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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.6
Based on 14 answers
We are a consulting firm and as such our best resources are always billing on client projects. Our internal implementation has weaknesses, but that's true for any company like ours. My rating is based on the product's ease of implementation.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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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

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • As a SaaS provider we see being able to provide self-service BI to our client users as a competitive advantage. In fact the MSSQL enabled BI is a contributing factor to many winning RFPs we have done for prospective client organisations.
  • However MSSQL BI requires extensive knowledge and skills to design and develop data warehouses & data models as a foundation to support business analysts and users to interrogate data effectively and efficiently. Often times we find having strong in-house MSSQL expertise is a bless.
Haibo Yang | 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

Anaplan Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro9.991
Power BI Premium$4,9952
  1. per user/per month
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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