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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for collaborative planning and complex business models that require frequent updates and quick feedback. Ease of use, ease of development, deployment & maintenance accelerates business adoptionIt's not a great reporting or analytics tool. Limited model sizes limit the capability to capture large data sets and need for Data Warehouse for plan over plan & historic analysis and reporting
Rama Narravula | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

In case of information that is being generated and used by different departments in organizations who might not be working closely with each other but still see and use the information, being able to put together all the information in an understandable and easy to interpret format is important so that everybody is making decisions based on the same information and its easy to digest the information. I believe here the powerbi dashboards and reports are really very valuable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Publish to Web
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.6

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
Microsoft Power BI
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Power BI
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft Power BI

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Microsoft Power BI
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Power BI
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Microsoft Power BI
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
Microsoft Power BI

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
Microsoft Power BI
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Power BI

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
REST API
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Javascript API
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
iFrames
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Java API
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Anaplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Pros

Anaplan

  • Allows the business to link different planning streams into one place
  • Gives users a single source to view data, no more comparing offline templates in excel
  • Intuitive new UX that allows us to be more customizable when tailoring to needs of end-users
Scott Eckman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Using features like Power Query, which is in itself like a tool like Excel, you can clean and preview data before using it for analysis purposes. If you have used Excel in the past, Power Query will, for the most part, be a cakewalk for you.
  • The predominant feature one comes to Power BI is the ability to create automated formidable dashboards that everyone refers to before or during meetings to encourage and substantiate decision-making.
  • If required, based on specific data points, reports are triggered automatically to certain people as well.
Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Anaplan

  • Enablement -- Anaplan should invest more in both its training capability and training content. Anaplan is not the most difficult tool to learn, but having more foundation in this area would make the ramp-up process significantly easier
  • Storage -- Anaplan is not a data warehouse. This is understandable given data warehousing is not their primary value proposition, but many times we run close to the storage limits of Anaplan, and it would be great if Anaplan had different storage size options for its workspaces.
  • User Interface -- Anaplan's user interface could be streamlined and improved to become more intuitive and accommodate more shortcut keys.
Matthew Kuo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Since it's a complex system, need a technical team or administrator to manage.
  • I don't like being locked out. Make it easier to stay log[ged] in and not fill in password.
  • SSO login would be huge! This would save a lot of time and improve security.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Joe Bradbury | 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 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.
Chris Friederich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.4
Based on 52 answers
It is a great product, but unless you already have a lot of experience with similar software it can be a little difficult to really get going in using the software. Once you get the hang of the UI and the data importing/sync, it is pretty simple to build the reports you need and to manage and update those reports.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 10.0
Based on 2 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 9.0
Based on 2 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 5 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 8.3
Based on 48 answers
Microsoft's support is standard, and typically the difficulties that arise when using Power BI correspond to managing Azure. Regarding the use of Power BI to do reports and analysis, the support of Microsoft is regular; However, the Power BI Users Community is active and frequently publishes manuals and tutorials on YouTube, with which practically all doubts regarding the basic and intermediate use of the tool can be resolved.
Dustin Ghia | 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 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/
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 24 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

During the selection process at the end of 2012, we were thinking of Excel as the main tool, or an in-house software built by ourselves, however, this would have taken us ages, so we checked what is available on the market. Anaplan was a small start-up at that time, but it helped us to ensure we can customize the software to our needs.
Szilvia Havasreti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Again, I would say [Microsoft] Power BI stacks up right in the middle against their competitors. It gets the job done in terms of data aggregation and visualization, but it lacks user experience and ease of building. Most sales reps I spoke with didn't like the tool because it wasn't easy to look at or pretty. And most developers didn't prefer building on it because it was clunky and we had a lot of bugs. At the end of the day it was usable and not the worst, so we dealt with it as we were a Microsoft company.
Alex Brielmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • Anaplan has been good to plan future fiscal years, by doing the planning in here and seeing the financial impact certain variables can produce it is easier to make decisions within the company such as hiring, eliminating certain costs etc., to achieve the financial results as set in the company goals.
  • Dashboards have been really helpful for the financial executives as very specific data can be analysed and presented in the dashboards focused to specific financial teams, so it is easier to see the actual results and forecasts.
  • On the negative side, since Anaplan is a complex tool to handle, it is better to have a dedicated resource or resources to the handling in Anplan. Regular business analysts could not handle their regular tasks and doing complex configurations in Anaplan without the help of well trained Anaplan resources, extra dedicated resources are needed to work with Anaplan.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Positive - Allowing users to migrate from Excel to a more modern platform saving hundreds of man hours from dealing with poor data practices and VBA related shenanigans.
  • Positive - Good and inexpensive entry point to serve as a starting point on educating developers and end users on data visualization best/worst practices.
  • Negative - Another barrier to hiring, as users are expected to have Power BI experience which lowers the number of potential candidates.
David Shi | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Anaplan

General

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

Anaplan Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$9.991
  1. Per Month
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
10.0

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Microsoft Power BI

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Microsoft Power BI

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Microsoft Power BI

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Power BI

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