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Anaplan

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Microsoft Dynamics AX

Top Rated
106 Ratings

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Microsoft Dynamics AX

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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for Sales Ops, FP&A, and basically anything that is heavy Excel-based. It's great at summarizing large amounts of data, like pivot tables. It's also great for crunching Salesforce data. I don't have a need for SQL, but I'm sure it would great for any kind of database summarization use case.
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Microsoft Dynamics AX

Great if you have a lot of interconnection between departments and need to break up invoices amoung several cost centers.

It's not helpful if you have multiple people on a team who track a budget because only one person can access the information.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.6
Microsoft Dynamics AX

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics AX

Analytics

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

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics AX

Payroll Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.9
Pay calculation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.8
Benefit plan administration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.6
Direct deposit files
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Salary revision and increment management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.4
Reimbursement management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.8

Customization

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
API for custom integration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.9
Plug-ins
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.1

Security

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.6
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.1

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.3
Dashboards
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.3
Standard reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.1
Custom reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Accounts payable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Accounts receivable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.8
Global Financial Support
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.6
Intercompany Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.5
Localizations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Journals and Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Enterprise Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Configurable Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Centralized Rules Framework
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6
Standardized Processes
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.3

Inventory Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.4
Inventory tracking
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.2
Automatic reordering
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Location management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.4
Manufacturing module
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.2

Order Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.3
Pricing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.8
Order entry
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
Credit card processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.1
Cost of goods sold
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.1
Order Orchestration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
End-to-end order visibility
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Order exception Resolution
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2

Subledger and Financial Process

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.3
Automated Invoice Processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.8
Shared Services Payments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Billings Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.6
Customer Receipt Applications
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Customer Collections
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.6
Revenue Recognition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.9
Cash Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Asset Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Travel & Expense Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.7
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.1
Period Close
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.9
Transactions Tax
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.3
Subledger Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.1
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7

Project Financial Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.9
Budgeting and Forecasting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Project Costing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Cost Capture
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.6
Capital Project Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Customer Invoicing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.1
Customer Contract Compliance
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.5
Project Revenue Recognition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.5
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.5
Project Financials Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.5
Real-time Financial Reporting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Embedded Business Intelligence
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.5
Project Planning Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.5

Project Execution Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6
Project Planning and Scheduling
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.1
Project Manager Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.9
Resource Manager Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.1
Task Insight for Project Managers
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Project Manager Mobile Functionality
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
Team Member Task Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.4
Team Member Mobile Functionality
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.1
Project Candidate Search
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Project Candidate Comparison and Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6
Defineable Resource Pools
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.9
Defineable Resource Pools
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.2
Talent Profiles
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.0
Real-Time Project Reporting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.5
Absence Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.0
Product Lifecycle Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.0

Grants Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.8
Award Lifecycle Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.5
Spending Control
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Indirect Cost Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
9.0
Billing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.5

Procurement

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.7
Sourcing Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Bids Analyzed and Compared
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.9
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6
Contract Authoring
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.0
Contract Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.8
Contract History
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.9
Contract Renewal Automation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Contract Repository
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
3.9
Contract Standardization and Enforcement
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.8
Electronic Signatures
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.3
Invoice Automated Matching
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.8
Spend Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.0
Supplier Assessment
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.3
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.2
Supplier Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
Supplier Portal
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
4.9

Risk Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.6
Risk Repository
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Control Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Control Mapping
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Control Efficiency Assessments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Automated Control Assessments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Assessment Capture
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Issue Detection
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Automatic Notification
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Remediation and Certification
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0

Logistics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.3
Transportation Planning and Optimization
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.3
Transportation Sourcing Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.3
Transportation Process Integration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.3
Transportation Execution Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
4.6
Freight Payment Automation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
4.6
Trade Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
5.3
Trade Regulatory Compliance Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.5
Customs Entry Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Customs Document Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Customs Document Collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Fulfillment Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Inventory Visibility
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Warehouse Workforce Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
4.9

Manufacturing

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
Production Process Design
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Supply Chain Business Flows
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Production Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Contracted Manufacturing Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.5
Configuration Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Work Definition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Work Execution
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Advanced Fulfillment
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.0
Manufacturing Costs
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0

Supply Chain

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9
Forecasting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Inventory Planning
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.2
Multi-tier Supply Chain Planning
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.6
Performance Monitoring
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
6.9

Product Lifecycle Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.7
Ideation Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
4.5
Requirements Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
4.5
Proposal Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
8.0
Innovation Portfolio Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
10.0
Product Master Data Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
7.0
Vendor Portal
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
10.0
Project Portfolio Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics AX
10.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Has an easy interface for users so training and learning is fast
  • The module organization allows an easy integration between processes
  • It's easy to be customized both on the interface and in adapting the processes to business needs
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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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  • Self-reporting for users - the available report seldom fits the users need and often needs to be customized
  • Definition of standard process workflows - this implies there is too much flexibility
  • The available documentation, manuals or instructions are very rare and not well designed
  • MRP run time is too high
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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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Microsoft Dynamics AX8.0
Based on 4 answers
Likely to renew use as we are in the process of upgrading.
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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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Microsoft Dynamics AX9.0
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

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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Microsoft Dynamics AX7.0
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

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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Microsoft Dynamics AX7.0
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

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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Microsoft Dynamics AX8.0
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

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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Microsoft Dynamics AX9.0
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

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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Microsoft Dynamics AX8.0
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

Anaplan6.8
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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Microsoft Dynamics AX7.3
Based on 2 answers
Users in some cases were busy and not engaged, so those areas went slower. Configuration by the consultants was good, but at time complicated.
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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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I found a smaller cost in AX and higher flexibility in process definition and in features customization
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

It has provided a means to forecast while testing scenarios within multiple versions. It engaged the home office directors and operational managers to see their forecast and assess the changes that should be made. It became the much needed centerpoint where forecasting and budgeting data lives and breathes. In the past, forecasting was done via multiple Excel sheets, not standardized, and prone to human error.
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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

  • 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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  • Improved supplier aging visibility
  • Improved financial and controlling visibility
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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/

Microsoft Dynamics AX

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