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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 7.3 out of 101

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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics AX is well suited for medium to smaller branch offices or operations where SAP products are not suitable due to lack of resources. It interfaces well with SAP for data configuration to have seamless transactions with our main ERP and BI teams, yet still allow smaller branch and satellite offices to do their job. For larger facilities (500 or more employees) we find Microsoft Dynamics AX to be limiting in features and robust role assignments as well as granular workflow to cover the entire operations in manufacturing and refining.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
7.9
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Report Versioning
Anaplan
7.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
5.8
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
8.9
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.9
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
1.6
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Analytics

Anaplan
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
5.7
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Integration

Anaplan
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Excel data integration
Anaplan
6.4
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Payroll Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.7
Pay calculation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Benefit plan administration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.9
Direct deposit files
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Salary revision and increment management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.4
Reimbursement management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.1

Customization

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.8
API for custom integration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Plug-ins
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

Security

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.4
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.8

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.1
Dashboards
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.1
Standard reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.1
Custom reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.2

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Accounts payable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Accounts receivable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Global Financial Support
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.9
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.8
Intercompany Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.3
Localizations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.1
Journals and Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Enterprise Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.3
Configurable Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.2
Centralized Rules Framework
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.8
Standardized Processes
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.9

Inventory Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.9
Inventory tracking
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.4
Automatic reordering
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.2
Location management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Manufacturing module
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0

Order Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.2
Pricing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Order entry
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.1
Credit card processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.7
Order Orchestration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.1
End-to-end order visibility
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Order exception Resolution
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5

Subledger and Financial Process

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.1
Automated Invoice Processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.7
Shared Services Payments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.4
Billings Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Customer Receipt Applications
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.3
Customer Collections
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Revenue Recognition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.9
Cash Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.3
Asset Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Travel & Expense Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.1
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.9
Period Close
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.3
Transactions Tax
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.4
Subledger Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

Project Financial Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.9
Budgeting and Forecasting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Project Costing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Cost Capture
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.5
Capital Project Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Customer Invoicing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.5
Customer Contract Compliance
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Project Revenue Recognition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.5
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.5
Project Financials Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.5
Real-time Financial Reporting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Embedded Business Intelligence
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Project Planning Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5

Project Execution Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.4
Project Planning and Scheduling
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Project Manager Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Resource Manager Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.6
Task Insight for Project Managers
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Project Manager Mobile Functionality
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Team Member Task Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Team Member Mobile Functionality
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Project Candidate Search
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Project Candidate Comparison and Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Defineable Resource Pools
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.6
Defineable Resource Pools
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0
Talent Profiles
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.0
Real-Time Project Reporting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.5
Absence Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0
Product Lifecycle Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.0

Grants Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.8
Award Lifecycle Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Spending Control
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Indirect Cost Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
9.0
Billing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.5

Procurement

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.7
Sourcing Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Bids Analyzed and Compared
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.2
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Contract Authoring
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0
Contract Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.9
Contract History
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.6
Contract Renewal Automation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Contract Repository
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
3.5
Contract Standardization and Enforcement
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.1
Electronic Signatures
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
9.4
Invoice Automated Matching
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.7
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.7
Spend Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0
Supplier Assessment
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.1
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
5.3
Supplier Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.4
Supplier Portal
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.2

Risk Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Risk Repository
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Control Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Control Mapping
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Control Efficiency Assessments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Automated Control Assessments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Assessment Capture
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Issue Detection
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Automatic Notification
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Remediation and Certification
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

Logistics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0
Transportation Planning and Optimization
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.7
Transportation Sourcing Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.7
Transportation Process Integration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.7
Transportation Execution Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.2
Freight Payment Automation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.2
Trade Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.7
Trade Regulatory Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.9
Customs Entry Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Customs Document Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Customs Document Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Fulfillment Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Inventory Visibility
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.6
Warehouse Workforce Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.2

Manufacturing

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.2
Production Process Design
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Supply Chain Business Flows
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Production Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Contracted Manufacturing Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.5
Configuration Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Work Definition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Work Execution
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Advanced Fulfillment
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.0
Manufacturing Costs
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0

Supply Chain

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.4
Forecasting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.6
Inventory Planning
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.7
Multi-tier Supply Chain Planning
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.1
Performance Monitoring
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
6.2

Product Lifecycle Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.7
Ideation Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.6
Requirements Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
4.6
Proposal Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0
Innovation Portfolio Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
10.0
Product Master Data Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0
Vendor Portal
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
10.0
Project Portfolio Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
10.0

Pros

Anaplan

  • Anaplan is great for headcount reporting. We have reports by dept, office location, and subsidiary that is great for planning and also for full company reporting.
  • Although they can be complicated to set up, Anaplan is also great for setting up complex P&L views. For example, setting up a P&L with a combination of subs/depts., that still needs to consolidate to the total P&L.
  • Systems-wise, I like that it's impossible to #REF the model! Anaplan shows you where everything is referenced, so it's very difficult to break anything.
  • I also like that formulas copy across, so there is no chance of pointing to the wrong cell, like in Excel
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

  • Pricing: Microsoft Dynamics AX gives us good flexibility in how we price our products.
  • UX: Microsoft Dynamics AX has a good user interface to put valuable information on the screen for users.
  • Inventory Management: Microsoft Dynamics AX does a great job at giving us insight into our inventory.
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Cons

Anaplan

  • Performance - in the case of complex business cases, the size of Anaplan is increasing drastically, and even a simple click would take more than it should.
  • UI - The User interface needs to be improved: group/expand hierarchy, "Ctrl " + select option to allow multi selection, Content page clean up, easier "Drag & drop" when customizing or building exports.
  • Review & enhance the type of security user roles.
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

  • MRP can be slow to adapt to changes in actual production or supply chain transactions.
  • Setting up number sequences seems a trivial matter, but these numbers ID transactions once they are in the ledger and are key--easy to miss this point in the implementation process.
  • Bank rec being easily automated and able to quickly plug into a bank back end to get data is not the best.
  • Payment processing can be 'clunky' based on checks, ACH, Wires...as some of these items are not triggered out of the box in AX, bur are easily added --talking ACH and Wires specifically.
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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
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Microsoft Dynamics continues to evolve by bringing more functionality to the customer. Also there are several independent software providers that offer a wide range of solutions for vertical markets.
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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.
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Dynamics AX MES is a good product, once deployed and stable, much easier to manage for the operationally than legacy systems.
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Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 10.0
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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Some integration and high volume ramping challenges, particularly with BizTalk and SQL Server, but getting sorted out. Outages over time appeared to be more dependent on integration complexity than AX MES.
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Performance

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.0
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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Some integration and high volume ramping challenges, particularly with BizTalk and SQL Server, but getting sorted out. Outages over time appeared to be more dependent on integration complexity than AX MES.
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Support

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.1
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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Microsoft did a reasonably good job supporting the deployment efforts to multiple factories and ongoing stabilization. I don't think that MES was intended for the large enterprise volume and complexity levels our operations required.
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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.
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It took a lot of work, but Microsoft ultimately did a good job with in-person training, including being onsite in multiple global locations for extended periods.
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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/
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Our solution deviated from a number of key out-of-the-box standards that were included in Online training. We just used that for introduction to the general functionality.
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Implementation

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 12 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.
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Some rough spots, but ultimately worked out. The contract didn't appear to be structured to support the level of overlapping facility deployments required to meet timeline commitments. Merging cultures on the program was also challenging. Overall, not an easy implementation by any stretch. Everyone did the best they could.
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

Anaplan was an easy choice because two other divisions in our company used it in limited ways - either only sales ops or financial reporting. In addition, it was the hands down best choice given the complexity and size of our organization. We operate in a highly matrixed organization across the globe therefore, we needed a powerful and flexible platform; not all options allowed for this flexibility nor were they suited for large multi-national companies.
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics AX is more user friendly compared to our old ERP system.With the growth of the company, the old way to generate from the old ERP system is too slow and not competent enough.We need to get the data as fast as possible.We need to get the consolidated data in an easier way.That is why we switched to Microsoft Dynamics AX.
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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.
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

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Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • 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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

  • Automated art approvals - We were able to save the company thousands of dollars a year by eliminating an employee to send art approvals out. Not only eliminate an employee but are now able to send thousands more emails at a time.
  • With AX our agents are able to see exactly where an order is in the building. Our process flow is extremely strong with AX on our side.
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Pricing Details

Anaplan

General

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

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
7.6
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.0

Support

Anaplan
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
9.0

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
8.0

Implementation

Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)
7.3

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)

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