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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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Microsoft Dynamics SL

For a small to mid-size business, MS Dynamics SL is effective. We are capable of managing our finances with a very low risk of error. We have worked with MS Dynamics for almost 15 years and have more than doubled the size of our business in that time with very few issues from the program. We have exponentially increased our revenue and reporting demands and have found SL to be very dependable and stable. The program does have the occasional glitch and those are sometimes outside of the realm of expertise of our IT department. SL support is excellent, but their timeliness is not as urgent as ours.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
7.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Report Versioning
Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
5.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
1.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Analytics

Anaplan
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
6.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
5.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Integration

Anaplan
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Excel data integration
Anaplan
6.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Payroll Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.5
Pay calculation
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.6
Direct deposit files
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.0
Reimbursement management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Customization

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
API for custom integration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Security

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.1
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.8
Dashboards
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.1
Standard reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
Custom reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.2

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.1
Accounts payable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
Accounts receivable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Global Financial Support
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
Intercompany Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Localizations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.7
Journals and Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.2
Enterprise Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
Centralized Rules Framework
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Standardized Processes
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.6

Inventory Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Inventory tracking
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Location management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
Manufacturing module
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Order Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
Pricing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Order entry
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Credit card processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
End-to-end order visibility
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Order exception Resolution
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Subledger and Financial Process

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Automated Invoice Processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
Shared Services Payments
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billings Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Customer Collections
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Revenue Recognition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.7
Cash Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.5
Asset Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.3
Travel & Expense Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.6
Period Close
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.1
Transactions Tax
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Project Financial Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Budgeting and Forecasting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.6
Project Costing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.8
Cost Capture
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
Capital Project Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Customer Invoicing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.7
Project Financials Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.7

Grants Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.3
Award Lifecycle Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Spending Control
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Manufacturing

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Production Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Supply Chain

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Inventory Planning
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

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 SL

  • Provides flexibility for complex project based cost accounting
  • Strong and flexible allocation processer for cost allocations, markups, and pricing
  • A "Flexible Billing" module under the project controller series that allows for multiple billing formats ranging from fixed price schedule of values, T&M or Cost Plus, and scheduled billing.
  • Flexible reporting with options using Crystal Reports, SSRS, a Quick Query tool, and ability to tie into MS Office tools such as MS Access and MS Excel
  • Tight integration with Financials, but also the ability to integrate with modules such as Sales Order, Inventory, and Field Service
  • Customization abilities ranging from a VBA (visual basic for application) foundation to allow customizing existing forms to the ability to use the SDK (Software Development Kit) to build more complex customizations that integrate with Dynamics SL.
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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 SL

  • Reporting in the Project module is lacking functionality. I understand that most companies have specific needs when it comes to tracking project information but the standard reports are not good.
  • I would recommend a product like Management Reporter that is for Projects only. Project Reporter should allow users to pull in all Project related data into reports.
  • Fixing suspended batches. Obviously all of us users have experienced this mess. SL knows what needs to be corrected and there could be some step by step fixes in a separate repair module to do the steps we do in Query Analyzer.
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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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 5.4
Based on 8 answers
Unfortunately, Dynamics' lack of ability to smoothly integrate with our CRM system is causing us to look at other solutions. The efficiencies that we gain by using Dynamics for our day to day accounting are lost in the constant headaches of getting sales quotes to import properly into the system for invoicing. Another major issue for us has been budgeting and reporting. We currently do all of our budgeting and board reporting in Excel, which is too time consuming and inefficient, especially when a system as robust as Dynamics should easily be able to handle this relatively simple task.
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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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 1.8
Based on 6 answers
I rate it a 10 because we have removed the fields we don't need so users can really crank the data into the system. The software was designed for the professional services firm in mind but does a tremendous job for construction firms and "blended" companies that are both distribution firms but project centric as well. Perhaps they drop ship inventory to a project where their employees or subs need to work on a project for example.
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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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.9
Based on 2 answers
We have had only one unplanned outage for 2 hours in the last 30 months. We shut down for 30 min to 1 hour once a month, but that is for Microsoft OS updates to the servers. Being a 24/7 world wide operation, the reliability is really important. We do get an 8 hour window on the weekend that we can be down for a short period to install Microsoft Dynamics SL updates, but we do not have many of those. On our last version upgrade, we shut the users out at 9:30 am and were fully operational in less than 6 hours. The upgrade was New SQL server, New SL server and 2 new Citrix servers.
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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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.5
Based on 4 answers
Support is only used when needed, so unfortunately ,they get all the odd issues. It's a difficult business, but Microsoft and our firm do a great job of meeting customer needs. We get routine feedback that our support services are very good.
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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 SL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Just to let it take its course. The implementation for me once I became a part of my former organization was pretty seamless. Just get to know the basics and call the support team to ask questions if you need help on an issue, should they arise. They are ready, willing, and able to help!
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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 SL

Of the comparable mid-range ERP systems, Dynamics SL competes at the lower end based on price, but also above the high-end based on flexibility, data, and reporting. Being able to stay with the same core accounting from a $100 million dollar company to a $3 billion dollar company shows the range of capabilities.
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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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 1.4
Based on 2 answers
Since the backbone of the database is MS SQLServer, the database can be easily scaled.
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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 SL

  • More time is spent on manipulating reports which can and should be automated.
  • Lack of electronic invoicing process and other green technology features creates more cost on printing and storage costs.
  • The lack of a user friendly interface requires more training and a bigger learning curve for staff.
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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 SL

General

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

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