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205 Ratings

Anaplan

Top Rated
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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Score 6.6 out of 101

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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

Dynamics is definitely designed for a manufacturing or smaller companies who is looking to transition to all Microsoft products. There are project and allocation features that may work well with companies who have cost allocations. However, that also depends on the reporting needs and how robust of an allocation.The program is not very appropriate for non-profit accounting environment because it does allow for fund accounting very appropriately. Any organizations that require complex reporting structure should also look at other software that has more robust reporting features.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
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
7.6
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
6.6
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
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.1
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
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.3
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
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.3
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
5.2
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
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
6.9
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
4.4
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
4.0
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
5.0
Transactions Tax
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4

Project Financial Management

Anaplan
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.6
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

  • It is a very user-friendly platform that allows individuals without IT backgrounds to build models in simple syntax. If you know how to use Excel, you will be able to pick up model building in Anaplan with relative ease using the guided build methodology.
  • Anaplan is a blank slate that allows for multi-dimension models in which we determine the dimensions versus forcing us to adhere to predetermined dimensions.
  • Maintaining our company hierarchies in data hub allows us to change information there and have it automatically pushed out to all spoke models versus changing 10-20 spreadsheets.
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  • Project accounting is linked to the Financial modules - there is no need to duplicate data entry. Reporting in Project Modules is extensive.
  • Validation of fields for data entry and solid integrity of data.
  • Customizations of screens for data entry for users and addition of fields.
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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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  • Manufacturing. SL isn't a great product for discrete or process manufacturing.
  • Built-in Reporting. The built-in reporting options, Crystal Reports, FRx, and SQL Server Reporting Services, are inadequate. You'll find, eventually, that you'll need a better reporting tool (after you tire of struggling with your own custom solutions).
  • Planning. SL doesn't provide any built-in method for planning, budgeting, or forecasting. Thus, SL isn't great for Supply Chain Management either.
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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
At the organization I am working for now, we do not use Microsoft Dynamics SL.
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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

Anaplan8.0
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 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

Anaplan6.8
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 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

Anaplan requires less IT support and its calculation engine is far more powerful. Anaplan is also less expensive when total cost of ownership is considered. We also liked that you're able to use Anaplan for a variety of business planning functions rather than having a bespoke tool for budgets or commissions or demand planning etc.
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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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Lines of Business and Business Impact

In simplest terms, Anaplan has enabled us to make better, more informed decisions quickly. We have been able to reduce the cycle time of iterations requested by executive management, which in turn, has allowed us to explore more possibilities than we otherwise might have. It has also enhanced our confidence in the modeling we have done, improving the buy-in of leadership.
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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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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