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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 ERP

SAP is great for large organizations looking to streamline their business processes. To get the most out of SAP's capabilities you would ideally be a large company with over 200 regular users spread across multiple sites. Also SAP works very well when dealing across multiple countries and managing multiple currencies. SAP would be less appropriate for companies where the head count was much smaller, lets say 100 users, and a single or maybe two locations were present. Also a highly customized environment with specialty processes may not be a best fit for SAP. Large manufacturing operations, in my opinion, are the best fit customers for SAP, think FORD, BURTON, SYSCO and so on.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.2
SAP ERP
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.2
SAP ERP

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.0
SAP ERP
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.3
SAP ERP
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.3
SAP ERP
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.3
SAP ERP

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
6.9
SAP ERP
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
6.9
SAP ERP

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.4
SAP ERP
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.8
SAP ERP
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.7
SAP ERP
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.9
SAP ERP
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
8.3
SAP ERP
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP ERP

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.1
SAP ERP
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.6
SAP ERP
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.3
SAP ERP
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAP ERP
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
SAP ERP
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAP ERP
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.1
SAP ERP
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
SAP ERP

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.0
SAP ERP
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.2
SAP ERP
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.8
SAP ERP
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
5.3
SAP ERP
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.6
SAP ERP

Analytics

Anaplan
7.0
SAP ERP
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
6.6
SAP ERP
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
7.1
SAP ERP
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
SAP ERP
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
SAP ERP
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
6.9
SAP ERP
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
SAP ERP

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAP ERP
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.8
SAP ERP
Excel data integration
Anaplan
7.5
SAP ERP
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.7
SAP ERP

Payroll Management

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.6
Pay calculation
Anaplan
SAP ERP
5.0
Benefit plan administration
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.3
Direct deposit files
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.4
Salary revision and increment management
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.9
Reimbursement management
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.4

Customization

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8
API for custom integration
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.3
Plug-ins
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.3

Security

Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.9
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.9

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8
Dashboards
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.6
Standard reports
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.1
Custom reports
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.3
Accounts payable
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.1
Accounts receivable
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8

Inventory Management

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8
Inventory tracking
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.3
Automatic reordering
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.6
Location management
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.6
Manufacturing module
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.7

Order Management

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8
Pricing
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.0
Order entry
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.7
Credit card processing
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.3
Cost of goods sold
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.0

Pros

Anaplan

  • 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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SAP ERP

  • Integration of physical inventory movements and financial results
  • Financial planning reports
  • Product costing modules and analysis
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Cons

Anaplan

  • I believe user set up within Anaplan is one of the areas that could be improved greatly.
  • Workflow is another area that I believe could be improved. Currently, I do not believe, there is a way to create an action against workflow. This would be a great benefit rather than moving the item to complete or in progress if you could write an action for it.
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SAP ERP

  • Requires IT involvement to customize or edit reports
  • Not very intuitive - requires in-depth training to use properly
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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
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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 8.6
Based on 4 answers
The cost of SAP as an ERP is quite high and the switching costs associated with ERP systems are even higher. That being said moving from one ERP to another only happens once in a great while for large organizations. Those switching costs include retraining, IT hardware requirements, outside consultants and more
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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.
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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Once you learn how to use SAP ERP, it becomes a powerful tool for analysis and inventory management.
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Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 10.0
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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.0
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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SAP ERP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.1
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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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.
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SAP ERP

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/
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SAP ERP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

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 ERP

Oracle EBS, Oracle PeopleSoft, JDEdwards, Netsuite or Workday.
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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.
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SAP ERP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • 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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SAP ERP

  • I am not aware of SAP's ROI for my organization
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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 ERP

General

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

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