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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for modeling processes that are ongoing, and remain relatively the same over time. In other words, if you don't have a solid grasp of your process, or you know there are significant changes that change the way you do things on a not infrequent basis, you may want to wait to build the model in Anaplan until things are more stable or you have a better understanding of the business requirements of what you are trying to build. Wholesale changes to an Anaplan model can be cumbersome and time consuming - though that is not unlike modeling on any other platform. It's also probably not worth your time to build a model in Anaplan if you're only going to use it once - in this case, if it's not too complicated, Excel is probably a better choice
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SAP ERP

Well suitable for large organizations with complex business processes. It provides best practices and built-in processes for a wide range of industries – from manufacturing and distribution to professional services and retail.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
SAP ERP
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAP ERP
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAP ERP
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP ERP
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAP ERP
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.6
SAP ERP

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
SAP ERP
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
SAP ERP
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
SAP ERP
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAP ERP
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
SAP ERP
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAP ERP
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.1
SAP ERP
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.1
SAP ERP

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

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

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
SAP ERP
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.3
SAP ERP
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
SAP ERP
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
SAP ERP
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
SAP ERP
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.4
SAP ERP
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.2
SAP ERP

Integration

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

Payroll Management

Anaplan
SAP ERP
6.8
Pay calculation
Anaplan
SAP ERP
5.0
Benefit plan administration
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.8
Direct deposit files
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.1
Salary revision and increment management
Anaplan
SAP ERP
6.3
Reimbursement management
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.7

Customization

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.5
API for custom integration
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.2
Plug-ins
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.9

Security

Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.4
Single sign-on capability
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.6

Reporting & Analytics

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.2
Dashboards
Anaplan
SAP ERP
6.8
Standard reports
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.5
Custom reports
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.3

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.3
Accounts payable
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.7
Accounts receivable
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.4

Inventory Management

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.7
Inventory tracking
Anaplan
SAP ERP
8.3
Automatic reordering
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.3
Location management
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.5
Manufacturing module
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.5

Order Management

Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.3
Pricing
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.9
Order entry
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.4
Credit card processing
Anaplan
SAP ERP
6.2
Cost of goods sold
Anaplan
SAP ERP
7.9

Pros

  • It is a very user-friendly platform that allows individuals without IT backgrounds to build models in simple syntax. If you know how to use Excel, you will be able to pick up model building in Anaplan with relative ease using the guided build methodology.
  • Anaplan is a blank slate that allows for multi-dimension models in which we determine the dimensions versus forcing us to adhere to predetermined dimensions.
  • Maintaining our company hierarchies in data hub allows us to change information there and have it automatically pushed out to all spoke models versus changing 10-20 spreadsheets.
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  • One of my favorite things about SAP was the data integrity. Because of how easily the various modules tied together there was much less room for error.
  • Integration. The various modules that SAP has work seamlessly when configured correctly. SAP has a module for what seems like everything from manufacturing processes to Maintenance to Sales Forecasting and more.
  • Change Migration. Moving changes from a development, to testing, to production is very easy via SAP transports. Also refreshing DEV and QA environments from production can be accomplished easily.
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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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  • Customization inside of SAP requires rigorous testing and specialty knowledge of ABAP to perform unique functions.
  • SAP is not cheap. The cost of SAP can be prohibitive to smaller companies looking for an ERP solution.
  • Almost all of the table names and abbreviations inside of the SAP database structure are in German which makes BI reporting and data analysis difficult for non-German programmers and analysts.
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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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SAP ERP8.6
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

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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SAP ERP8.0
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

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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SAP ERP10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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SAP ERP3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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SAP ERP3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Modeling and what I call the "brains" is much better in Anaplan. You can create several different model types that can all feed into a single budget or plan.What Anaplan really lacks is the ad-hoc ability that is in Hyperion. You can't identify your dimensions and find the data sitting in that spot, the data just isn't setup that way in Anaplan. This makes answering some detail questions more difficult than it would be in Hyperion. for that reason, we are using Anaplan for the modeling, and Hyperion for the data storage. It would be nice to be able to sunset Hyperion though....
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Industry reputation; History and relationship with SAP implementation team
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

We are early in our implementation therefore, Anaplan's impact is not fully measurable. It will cut one to two days off of our revenue forecasting by eliminating individual spreadsheets and through use of the data hub that feeds the spoke models. We have not yet measured the impact it has on our sales ops team, but we expect that it will cut at least a half day from central sales ops and hours of time across multiple regional sales ops teams each week.
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No answers on this topic

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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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  • SAP allows us to run a multi-national operation with overseas shipping and receiving
  • SAP allows us to consolidate financials across the globe to see a full picture of operational performance
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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