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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Sales performance management, various finance scenarios - Anaplan is good for automating calculations. It is less appropriate for very complex business cases.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL

In the service series, there is a weakness in applying revenue recognition concepts which are a strong point of the project series. It is difficult to get a period sensitive WIP that could be recreated at any time for a point in time (fiscal period).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
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
7.3
API for custom integration
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.6

Security

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.1
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.3

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9
Dashboards
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Standard reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Custom reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
Accounts payable
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.4
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
4.3
Localizations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.4
Journals and Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Enterprise Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Standardized Processes
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0

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
4.9
Automated Invoice Processing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
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
4.4
Cash Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Asset Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Travel & Expense Management
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Period Close
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Transactions Tax
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3

Project Financial Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.5
Budgeting and Forecasting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Costing
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Cost Capture
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
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
4.4
Project Financials Dashboard
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

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

  • Allows non-technical business-oriented individuals create functionality in the system.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Excellent business partner from a people perspective. Very focused on customer success, not just the next PO.
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  • SL Dynamics has a deep background in project costing. For over 15 years, the product has focused on this type of business and added deep functionality. We have many government contractor and other professional services firms that run their business a project at a time and SL is a great fit.
  • SL also has strong multi company accounting capability. One of our customers has 52 entities. Due to and Due From accounting is automatically managed. Cost allocations to entities is quite strong. Users can work in more than one company at a time.
  • SL also has deep functionality for distributors. Inventory, Sales order and purchasing are quite strong. For firms that have inventory and also are project oriented, it is one of the few products that manage both functions in a single system.
  • Core financial accounting is also strong and there are many add on products that enhance the capability of the product.
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Cons

  • The actions could be improved - make it obvious what the sources and targets of the are so we don't have to guess or put them in the action names. Also get a native scheduler! That's so simple and it's very frustrating and expensive to have to build/buy our own.
  • Reporting and UI still have a long way to go. Simple things like being able to alphabetize/order what you see on the screen, or add a rich color pallet to choose from.
  • User access management could improve. We need to have model level admins that don't have access to everything in the workspace. Also the tenant admin space doesn't work effectively. I can't remove a user from all models simultaneously. I also can't see all models a user has access to from the tenant admin space.
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  • When we have a lot of invoices rather than just a few large invoices, we can be frustrated by how long it takes Flexible Billings to generate a lot of invoices
  • It would be nice if Dynamics SL had an easy integration to some of the nicer salestax tools such as Avalara and CCH.
  • It would be nice if the fixed assets module and electronic banking were not third party.
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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 SL5.4
Based on 8 answers
The cost - benefit ratio is weak. And when I way benefit, I mean not just money, but time. We waste a lot of time dealing with SL's issues.
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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 SL1.8
Based on 6 answers
It takes some getting used to, especially if you aren't very technologically savvy. But I promise, it is definitely easy to manage once you've gotten used to it.
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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 SL9.9
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

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 SL1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

Anaplan8.1
Based on 2 answers
I feel like the support team is a little lacking in product knowledge. Several times I have contacted them to get help, and ended up finding a solution to my own problem before the team could get back to me with anything useful. I have also submitted a few bugs, and never got updates to when they were fixed in later releases.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.5
Based on 4 answers
They give you the answers to your questions quickly. Extremely supportive support team.
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In-Person Training

Anaplan3.0
Based on 1 answer
The in-person training is simply not worth the cost. After a few weeks of playing in Anaplan, I went to the basic training and knew more than the person teaching it. a year down the road, I was the first person to complete the advance training, and again could have been teaching the class better than the person running the session. Spend some time on your own trying out different things and you will get all the understanding you need to be successful.
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Online Training

Anaplan5.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm giving this a 5 simply for the anapedia outline of calculations. The online videos and trainings leave a lot to be desired, but having anapedia around to help you understand calculations has been helpful. The drawback to anapedia is the depth they go into for calculations, it is lackluster at times. Because of that, I have been working through a much more in-depth look at each calculation on my website for users to reference: http://www.anaplanguru.com/formulas/
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

Anaplan6.7
Based on 12 answers
Implementation using Anaplan's internal customer success team left much to be desired. We've found much better success with outside consultants
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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.0
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

Honestly, having implemented Anaplan at another company, I knew it would suit our needs here and convinced management to get the tool on that basis. We already use a mix of Cognos BI, Tableau, and Excel ... but our need was something apart from what those can provide.
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They were both pretty easy to use, but I started using Microsoft Dynamics SL so it was a matter of knowing and becoming familiar with this program first. I became very accustomed to the modules and how to navigate the program.
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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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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.4
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

  • 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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  • SL helps us to be an agile business. It can handle upturns and downturns without affecting staffing.
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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 SL

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