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Anaplan

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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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

I think Planful has a lot potential and the Planful team is actively working on improving it. We use it just for overhead forecasting and reporting. It was a perfect tool to move us from a spreadsheet process with errors and single sources for the truth. We had a well defined process, so it was easy adapt into the Planful system
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
5.0
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.9
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.0
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
Publish to Web
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.1

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.1
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.8
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.7

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.6
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.3
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.7
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.1

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.8
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.7
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.3
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.2
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
3.1
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.1
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.9
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.4

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.9
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.7
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.7
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.9
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.0
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.1
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.2
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
9.1
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
3.1

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.1
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.9
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
8.7
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.4
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.8
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
6.7
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
7.0

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

  • I often hear from my users, "the best thing about Host Analytics is the export to Excel feature so we can do our work there."
  • I'm struggling to come up with things it does "particularly well," so I think it would be a disservice to readers to make up something
Joshua Henke | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

  • Minor application quirks in the use functionality.
  • Updates are pushed to your application during specified maintenance windows, allowing for immediate use of the new functionality whether you were prepared or understood the changes or not. Any significant changes are clearly communicated ahead of time.
Lauren Bissell, CPA | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 8.6
Based on 12 answers
We are in our 5th year using HA and have renewed our contract already. We went through a major ERP conversion last fiscal year and at that time reevaluated whether or now we would stay with Host or move to another system. Host is meeting our needs for forecast/budget/report/etc and does so at a reasonable price so we saw no need to move to another system.
Shane Riddle | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 7.7
Based on 10 answers
For the most part, the system is extremely usable. The consolidation and reporting modules are straight-forward and easy to use as long as everything is set-up properly during implementation. The one module that can be somewhat difficult to use is the Workforce Planning module of Structured Planning. Additionally, the reports that come from Workforce Planning aren't as robust as we need them to be
Anonymous | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 6.5
Based on 16 answers
Everyone is very responsive and is willing to jump on a call to help. We set up weekly calls with our CFL representative during the first month of Go-Live. This really helped us solve problems before they got out of hand. When using the Community, I also see representatives on there answering questions
Lee Starr | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) 9.1
Based on 10 answers
After going through the initial implementation with Host Analytics and a re-implementation with Cervello (due to an ERP change, not due to a poor initial implementation), I've learned that you really must rely on your internal staff to bear most of the implementation burden. Use the vendor or partners for ideas and best-practice suggestions, and some of the easy-but-time-consuming work. Since you will ultimately be using and maintaining the application, you should be able to do most of it yourself.
Jarrod Lemon | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

I have evaluated many other CPM systems, although it has been several years. The ones I looked at back then were Anaplan, Adaptive Insight, Longview, Prophix and Tagetik. My personal opinion was that Planful [(formerly Host Analytics)] was the best due to it's user interface and ease of use. It also checked all of the boxes as far as security, etc.
Mike Petrauskas | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

  • Implementing the Consolidation supported our acquisitions on disparate ERP systems and allowed us to drill-down to the source data from their system we didn't have access to.
  • We hadn't completed a budget cycle in 5 years due to the number of new acquisitions we brought on. Now we are in the midst of a fully realized consolidated budget plan.
  • We utilized Dynamic Planning for our Sales Analytics and ended contracts with several other BI companies in other divisions. We now have visibility into all companies.
Lauraleigh Gould | 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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

General

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

Planful (formerly Host Analytics) Editions & Modules

Modules
Host Analytics Planning
Host Analytics Consolidation
Host Analytics Modeling
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Anaplan
    8.8
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
    7.5

    Likelihood to Renew

    Anaplan
    8.2
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
    8.6

    Usability

    Anaplan
    8.2
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
    7.7

    Reliability and Availability

    Anaplan
    10.0
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
    8.2

    Performance

    Anaplan
    9.0
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

    Support Rating

    Anaplan
    9.1
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
    6.5

    In-Person Training

    Anaplan
    3.0
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

    Online Training

    Anaplan
    5.0
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

    Implementation Rating

    Anaplan
    6.7
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)
    9.1

    Scalability

    Anaplan
    7.0
    Planful (formerly Host Analytics)

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