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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Well Suited
  • Any process that you expect to change frequently.
  • A process within a dynamic environment, such as high tech / the startup world, where you expect significant business process changes.
  • Any process that requires a significant number of collaborators.
  • Any process where you intend for users to update logic with Excel-like formulas.
  • Any process where using Google Docs has failed to accommodate your needs for data integrity.
Less Appropriate
  • Data visualization - Anaplan has capabilities here, but other tools are more focused on this.
  • Data storage - Anaplan is not a data warehouse and has limits on what you can store.
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Optymyze SPM Cloud

It depends on the complexity of your selling process, the sales crediting and the number of associates. Small or large organizations who have a simple selling to incentive process; sell something and get paid will find Optymyze to be too much for them. Organizations who have multiple selling organizations who overlay each other and have complex selling will see benefits from a platform such as Optymyze
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
9.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
9.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.8
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
9.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Report Versioning
Anaplan
9.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
8.2
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
5.5
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
5.5
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.6
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.8
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.3
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.3
Optymyze SPM Cloud

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.7
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.5
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Optymyze SPM Cloud
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
Optymyze SPM Cloud
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
Optymyze SPM Cloud

Pros

  • Version Control -- by having one cloud-based source for our primary data, there rarely are questions about which data points to use. Everyone understands this and can reference our single source of truth.
  • Flexibility -- Anaplan is great in maintaining a balance between being a formal system, but being flexible enough to update quickly. We adopted Anaplan shortly after our IPO, when our company was still changing rapidly, and have been able to incorporate all of our business process changes into the tool.
  • Collaboration -- Anaplan allows us to have hundreds of users logged into the tool, updating information all at the same time. This was particularly useful during our account based planning implementation, when we had a number of sales managers and reps contributing their forecasts all at once.
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  • Incentive Compensation - It is able to calculate complex plans with complex sales crediting rules
  • Quota Setting / Management - It provides the ability to properly tie quotas to performance and provide the visibility at the lowest level all the way through to executive leadership.
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Cons

  • The dashboard functionality is basic therefore, we have to bring in Tableau to provide a more professional view of the outputs as well as to allow management to more easily slice and dice data.
  • There is an Anaplan learning center however, I have not found it useful when I have questions. We are fortunate to have Aviana Global guiding us through the initial phases of our process. Without our consultants, learning Anaplan would be overwhelming.
  • The Anaplan Connect needs to be improved. We are considering a third party ETL, but we prefer that Anaplan have this capability built into its platform.
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  • The front-end reporting functions were supported by a third-party platform at the time. It made it challenging to create reports on your own and relied on Optymyze to provide that type of work.
  • The ability to map territories with similar function to a ZS Associates Territory Designer. Allowing to lasso areas and create "what-ifs"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan was selected by management without technical expertise. Now there is no way back.
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Optymyze is not the cheapest nor most expensive product out there. What I found with the firm was the ability to deliver on its promises and be able to adapt to the business without getting outside of their comfort zone. Other products have a box that is too rigid while others are so complex, and so open, you might as well develop a home grown system
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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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Return on Investment

  • I'm sure the impact is positive. We have streamlined many processes and created capacity for our finance team.
  • It's great to have "one source of truth" and know that everyone is looking at the same metrics.
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  • Reduced the number of resources supporting the sales compensation, territory and quota setting processes.
  • Reduced the time spent to finalize incentive payouts to associates at the close of each quarter by 25%.
  • Reduced overall expense related to the sales operations function,
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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/

Optymyze SPM Cloud

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details