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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 Project Server

Microsoft Project Server I believe is best for any organization from small to large. As I mentioned, it is a little pricey so I would do research into alternative software and depending on your needs maybe look at all options, competing software. This is a tool with a learning curve and some may not be able to easily navigate this software. There isn't really great training, resources available for this tool however there are some free YouTube tutorial videos. This is great for cross company, department project management, sharing, managing of projects and timelines.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Project Server
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Project Server

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Microsoft Project Server
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Project Server
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
Microsoft Project Server
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
Microsoft Project Server

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft Project Server
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft Project Server

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.3
Microsoft Project Server
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Microsoft Project Server
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Project Server
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.3
Microsoft Project Server
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.8
Microsoft Project Server

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

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

Consolidation and Close

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

Financial Reporting and Compliance

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

Analytics

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

Integration

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

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 Project Server

  • Project planning: tasks assignments, resources allocation, progress and cost tracking. The Server version is the natural extension of the Microsoft Project standalone.
  • Provides one place to manage all projects, accessible by everyone in the team. This opens the plan updates to team members as well(on their tasks), as opposed to being done only by the project manager.
  • Reporting and visualization - resources utilization, timeline etc
  • The integration with the Microsoft Project standalone: if you don't like the web version, you can download the latest and work locally. When done just sync it back to the server.
Cristian Bodnarasec | 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 Project Server

  • Resource loading and leveling extremely complicated within the tool
  • Software makes incorrect assumptions and changes without user knowledge
  • Inconsistencies within the tool make it hard to predict & troubleshoot
Anonymous | 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 Project Server

No score
No answers yet
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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.
Chris Friederich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project Server

Microsoft Project Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We don't have to worry about maintenance, upgrades, or compatibility issues. All the capabilities we need are there, and are easily customizable.
Ross Ghiasi | 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 Project Server

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 Project Server

No score
No answers yet
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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 Project Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Project Server

No score
No answers yet
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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 Project Server

No score
No answers yet
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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 Project Server

Microsoft Project Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Per Microsoft, Project Online provides more value long-term by reducing infrastructure cost and increase feature release cycle time
Ross Ghiasi | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Project Server

One of the key advantages of Microsoft Project Server (MSPS) is its ecosystem. It gels very well with SharePoint, Office, Office 365. The support from Microsoft is also a key driver and they are very experienced and many ways to resolve issues. Also, Microsoft has bridged the gap of cloud offering from other competitors by providing Project Online. It is an offering through Office 365 which is very lean and low maintenance.
Ved Mishra | 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 Project Server

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 Project Server

  • We've been able to reduce the number of staff in our PMO by utilising the Project Server data in Power BI, reducing the need for manual reporting.
  • Being able to forecast utilization in the product allows us to accurately estimate resource needs to ensure optimum staff levels.
David Lean | 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

Microsoft Project Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.8
Microsoft Project Server
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Project Server

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Microsoft Project Server
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Microsoft Project Server

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Microsoft Project Server

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
Microsoft Project Server

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Microsoft Project Server

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Microsoft Project Server

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
Microsoft Project Server
10.0

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Microsoft Project Server

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