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Score 8.9 out of 100

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Anaplan ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Report Output and Scheduling, Access Control and Security
  • Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Data Discovery and Visualization, Mobile Capabilities
  • Anaplan and Microsoft Power BI are tied in 1 feature set: Ad-hoc Reporting

BI Standard Reporting

7.6

Anaplan

76%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

6.4
64%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
119 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.7
87%
105 Ratings
8.9
89%
138 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
127 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.4

Anaplan

84%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.6
86%
2 Ratings
8.7
87%
138 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
137 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
8.6
86%
135 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
103 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.5

Anaplan

85%
8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/5 features

Publish to Web

9.1
91%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
128 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.2
82%
107 Ratings
8.9
89%
120 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.5
85%
93 Ratings
7.8
78%
100 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
8.5
85%
103 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

N/A
0 Ratings
7.4
74%
75 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.0

Anaplan

80%
8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

8.6
86%
2 Ratings
8.4
84%
130 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
8.5
85%
121 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.3
73%
2 Ratings
7.9
79%
102 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.2

Anaplan

92%
8.8

Microsoft Power BI

88%
Anaplan ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.1
91%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
120 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.4
94%
108 Ratings
8.7
87%
103 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
2 Ratings
8.6
86%
111 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.1
91%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
94 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.7

Anaplan

77%
8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

8.6
86%
98 Ratings
8.7
87%
112 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.4
74%
81 Ratings
8.3
83%
94 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.6
76%
91 Ratings
8.4
84%
113 Ratings

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

8.9

Anaplan

89%

Microsoft Power BI

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Anaplan ranks higher in 5/5 features

Long-term financial planning

9.1
91%
185 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Financial budgeting

9.3
93%
189 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Forecasting

9.3
93%
200 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Scenario modeling

9.1
91%
201 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Management reporting

7.8
78%
199 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Consolidation and Close

7.0

Anaplan

70%

Microsoft Power BI

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Anaplan ranks higher in 7/7 features

Financial data consolidation

8.2
82%
150 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Journal entries and reports

7.2
72%
116 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multi-currency management

6.2
62%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Intercompany Eliminations

6.0
60%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Minority Ownership

6.0
60%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Local and consolidated reporting

8.1
81%
140 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Detailed Audit Trails

7.4
74%
148 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Financial Reporting and Compliance

8.3

Anaplan

83%

Microsoft Power BI

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Anaplan ranks higher in 4/4 features

Financial Statement Reporting

8.1
81%
162 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Management Reporting

8.2
82%
173 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Excel-based Reporting

7.9
79%
159 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Automated board and financial reporting

9.0
90%
13 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Analytics and Reporting

8.7

Anaplan

87%

Microsoft Power BI

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Anaplan ranks higher in 6/6 features

Personalized dashboards

8.9
89%
199 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Color-coded scorecards

8.6
86%
183 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

KPIs

8.1
81%
19 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Cost and profitability analysis

8.6
86%
162 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Key Performance Indicator setting

9.0
90%
172 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benchmarking with external data

8.7
87%
13 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integration

8.8

Anaplan

88%

Microsoft Power BI

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Anaplan ranks higher in 3/3 features

Flat file integration

9.3
93%
198 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Excel data integration

8.7
87%
184 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

8.4
84%
163 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Anaplan

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.0

Microsoft Power BI

80%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
72 Ratings

Javascript API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
57 Ratings

iFrames

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
56 Ratings

Java API

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
47 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
63 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
46 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Anaplan is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Microsoft Power BI is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Anaplan

91%
214 Ratings
8.7

Microsoft Power BI

87%
140 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.8

Anaplan

88%
6 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Power BI

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

Anaplan

90%
4 Ratings
8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
56 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Anaplan

91%
3 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Anaplan

91%
3 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Anaplan

91%
6 Ratings
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
52 Ratings

In-Person Training

3.0

Anaplan

30%
1 Rating

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

9.1

Anaplan

91%
2 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Anaplan

91%
25 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Anaplan

91%
2 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Depending on the specific requirements there are areas in which some tools perform better than others or are more adequate than others. For example, Anaplan doesn’t offer the on-premises solution being a natively cloud SaaS; instead, Anaplan allows real-time calculations and refresh of the entire model with the possibility to fully drill down the results. Therefore, a preliminary software selection would be desirable to select the software that best fits the requirements. Anaplan is capable to support and connect very well any planning process, instead, it is not the most appropriate tool for use cases like detailed transactions storage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews.We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand.Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
Jose-Angel Mangas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Anaplan

  • Flexibility - the tool can be built the suite the company's needs. It allows for maximum customization for even the most complex business models.
  • Data Integrations - the tool has the ability to connect to many different data sources so that data can be passed seamlessly.
  • Connected Planning - the tool allows for teams across the organization to pass information and data back and forth between models, enhancing the ability to do connected planning
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
  • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
  • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Anaplan

  • Considering a collaborative platform, workflow features need to be more sophisticated to handle event-based triggers.
  • ALM governance is tedious in multiple developers set up, as it does not allow to migrate changes by each developer rather forces to migrate at a model level that includes all changes by all developers.
  • Reporting ability is still limited, many times dependency on other reporting tools is unavoidable.
  • Time referencing (e.g. default today's date) is not possible without engaging an integration interface.
  • NUX pages are rich in features but building pages for DEV/UAT and PROD are not straightforward.
Bikash R Shil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Anaplan

General

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

Starting Price

Anaplan Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Starting Price

$9.99 per month

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.001
Power BI Premium$4,995.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per Capacity/Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.8
Based on 6 answers
In any line of work, a tool that is flexible and would allow different departments of your company to easily interact and exchange valuable insights, is highly anticipated and needed. For me, what Anaplan provides to a business, be it a smaller one or an enterprise customer, is an easily scaling, agile planning and modeling platform that can meet almost any need and give a high-end solution to the problems any company faces on a daily basis.
Alexander Denchev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.0
Based on 4 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.
Chris Friederich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 56 answers
At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 6 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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.4
Based on 52 answers
I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Learning made easy . One of the best trainings i have attended. Training was very detailed training by the trainer, which helped me understand the basics of the model building. Level 1 training was easy and instructor was most helpful here. Level 2 training was challenging but was able to go thru due to understanding of the basics.
Sai Bandaru | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 25 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.
Steve Ridgley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

Anaplan works well where you have a requirement for complete flexibility, such as in business structure, or in calculation methodology that is bespoke. You can tailor the system to your exact requirements, whereas some products come with pre-built modules that you might struggle to do certain things with. All in all [it] depends on the business requirements as there is a different tool for a different job. Anaplan succeeds in being a very strong all [arounder].
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • The agile implementation methodology used to deploy the system has helped our clients to use and realize the benefits of the system right from the early stages of the implementation.
  • The system can be easily managed and maintained by the end users reducing dependency on IT teams and making business more self-sufficient.
Pavan Kiran Bellamkonda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
  • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
  • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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