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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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SAP BW

We use it to track parts in the warehouse. This includes leaving and coming. If you have parts that come in and have to leave multiple times to have other work performed, it does get a little tricky. A lot of the times, part numbers have to be changed for coming and going and after they are worked on. I don't feel like it is the best in this scenario, but I don't know if any other software is either.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
9.1
SAP BW
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
9.1
SAP BW

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.8
SAP BW
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
9.1
SAP BW
Report Versioning
Anaplan
9.1
SAP BW
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
8.2
SAP BW

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
5.5
SAP BW
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
5.5
SAP BW

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
SAP BW
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAP BW
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAP BW
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BW
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAP BW
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BW

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.7
SAP BW
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.1
SAP BW
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BW
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
SAP BW
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BW

Analytics

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

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAP BW
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
SAP BW
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BW
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
SAP BW

Pros

  • We really like the Data Hub concept. We are working on multiple projects with regards to aggregating data from multiple sources, and Data Hub has worked well for us thus far.
  • Agility is key for our businesses and we feel that Anaplan gives us the ability to remain flexible and reactive to the changes throughout our businesses.
  • As a administrator I really like the resources provided by Anaplan such as Anapedia. It makes it really simple to ask questions and find answers if we are having difficulty with certain items.
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  • It tracks bin locations for parts which can be really helpful.
  • SAP Business Warehouse tells you who has a part checked out so you can find it.
  • It shows current parts shortages so buyers are flagged to get parts on order based on current demand.
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Cons

  • Larger workspaces.
  • Ongoing support contracts based on LOE.
  • Better formula support and explanation within the model.
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  • I wish it could hold a part where even though it is not in use yet, but you know you will need it, it won't allow it to be checked it rather than put on backorder.
  • Some of the menu paths can be a little difficult to remember or follow.
  • It is not easy for a novice user to go in and create a report quickly.
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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
I won't rate this low due to the 3rd party consultant, because overall the implementation with Anaplan went great. We had working models in our first month of having Anaplan, and have been able to branch out into multiple facets of the business in the 3 years since our first implementation.
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Alternatives Considered

Honestly, having implemented Anaplan at another company, I knew it would suit our needs here and convinced management to get the tool on that basis. We already use a mix of Cognos BI, Tableau, and Excel ... but our need was something apart from what those can provide.
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SAP Business Warehouse just has better visibility on warehouse flows than some of the other SAP software. I think it is easier to use, and it makes some really great reports that are able to export to excel without much effort. This makes it easy to send customers as well as suppliers a list that they can work with and use with software that they are operating. It seems really easy to use with other systems that people have.
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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

  • Workforce Planning efficiency - so much easier than excel to maintain sensitive information planning
  • Long range plan lead time - the old excel model took weeks to update. The Anaplan model takes hours
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  • Ability to import decades of data
  • Requires a lot of training and not easy to customize
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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/

SAP BW

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