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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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We need to create/open reports every month. The manual way would be to download data manually from SAP BW and then paste in Excel to start formatting/cleaning. With SAP Analysis Office, we create a report once. Next month when we open it, we just need to change the time frame and refresh the data. It takes 5 mins to open and update data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Publish to Web
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
REST API
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Javascript API
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
iFrames
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Java API
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Anaplan
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
Anonymous | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.4
Based on 22 answers
The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
Robert Scrimshaw | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 5 answers
From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 4 answers
When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
Dariusz Zyskowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 8 answers
The overall support package is very good. The online knowledge base provides wealth of information including step by step details on how to resolve known issues on a per release basis. When required software and/or code is included as a download or cut and paste option. It is also highly recommended to have well trained personnel as your system administrators. Do not relay on support alone to resolve all of your issues
Anonymous | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 3 answers
SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
Priyanka Musale | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We selected SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) based on price. It can stack up against others in terms of price and honestly, that's about it. Salesforce Commerce does a hell of a better job at handling it. However, in the space of Business Intelligence, SAP can do more, and that's why at the end we went with it
Michael Diaz-Suarez | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration.People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
Anonymous | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

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