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Anaplan

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205 Ratings

SAP BW

78 Ratings

Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

SAP BW

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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Sales performance management, various finance scenarios - Anaplan is good for automating calculations. It is less appropriate for very complex business cases.
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SAP BW

SAP Business Warehouse is well suited for large size corporations (more than 5,000 employees) with SAP ERP deployment and with multiple SAP modules (Finance, Materials Management, and Human Resources) deployment. SAP Business Warehouse needs to be supported by highly trained staff to take advantage its full functionalities. SAP Business Warehouse is less appropriate for small and medium-size corporations (less than 5,000 employees) as full SAP Business Warehouse support might become too expensive. SAP Business Warehouse is also less appropriate for an organization where SAP ERP is not used.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
SAP BW
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAP BW
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAP BW
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.6
SAP BW
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAP BW
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.6
SAP BW

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
SAP BW
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
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
7.1
SAP BW
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.1
SAP BW

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.5
SAP BW
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
SAP BW
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BW
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
SAP BW
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.0
SAP BW

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
SAP BW
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.3
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
7.4
SAP BW
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.2
SAP BW

Integration

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

Pros

  • Modeling is next level in Anaplan. With a background deep in Excel modeling and the frustrations that come along with it, Anaplan is a breath of fresh air and is actually fun to build and model in.
  • Dashboarding and synchronization. The synchronization feature in Anaplan is one of the greatest things ever. As its core Anaplan models are built around hierarchical lists and dimensions and using similar dimensions in dashboards allows you to synchronize to different views of the same data with simple clicks around a dashboard. It makes reporting and BI extremely user friendly and flexible.
  • Its fast. If you had the same exact model in Excel and Anaplan. That model in Excel would be like riding and old bike with under-inflated tires, while Anaplan would be like driving a Tesla in Ludicrous mode. The ability to have your entire business modeled on a single platform, potentially across multiple models, where when you make a change the entire model updates within seconds, is invaluable in making decisions.
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  • Data replication from SAP ERP or other SAP systems (like SAP CRM, SAP APO).
  • Data transformation from SAP ERP.
  • Data warehousing capabilities.
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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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  • Long cycle time from data preparation to reporting.
  • Below par standard reporting user interface when using Business Explorer (BEx) reporting tool.
  • Additional SAP products required for self-service capability and dashboarding.
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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

Anaplan8.0
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

Anaplan6.8
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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SAP Business Warehouse scores higher in data warehouse functionalities for integration to SAP ERP and other SAP solutions such as SAP CRM, SAP APO, and SAP SRM. Standard SAP data source extractors which are available in SAP ERP can be used immediately for full or delta replication into SAP Business Warehouse. System governance in SAP Business Warehouse is top-notch with change management support for migration between system landscape from the development system to production system.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

By now forecast accuracy did only fall after the implementation of ANaplan, because implementing such a solution had many problems. The integration IT team was unexperienced and the initial models that were used for planning were facing teething problems. Unfortunately putting Anaplan models in order is really time consuming process, so there is still much to be done.
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Selection Process

Adaptive and Host Analytics
More flexible and able to handle more data.
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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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  • Exporting of data and reports to Excel is very easy for the end user to interpret and manipulate.
  • Negatively, the speed at which BW retrieves data and reports is very slow and out of date.
  • Addition of daughter application HANA has helped this aging application stay afloat for a few more years. Overall it has been a great tool but it's showing its age very fast.
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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