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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Score 8.4 out of 101

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 HANA

SAP HANA has been incredibly helpful in moving forward with real-time BW reporting. Users no longer need to wait for the analytics they need but are able to generate their reporting instantly. In addition, within the finance module, it has allowed our users to run multiple processes at once shortening the time to complete their business activities, especially during the close cycle.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
6.8
SAP HANA
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
6.8
SAP HANA

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
7.0
SAP HANA
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
7.9
SAP HANA
Report Versioning
Anaplan
7.3
SAP HANA
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
5.8
SAP HANA

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
6.3
SAP HANA
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
6.3
SAP HANA

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.1
SAP HANA
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
6.9
SAP HANA
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP HANA
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
SAP HANA
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
8.2
SAP HANA
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP HANA

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.0
SAP HANA
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.3
SAP HANA
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.9
SAP HANA
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAP HANA
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
SAP HANA
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAP HANA
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.2
SAP HANA
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.8
SAP HANA

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.0
SAP HANA
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
8.9
SAP HANA
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.9
SAP HANA
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
1.6
SAP HANA
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.7
SAP HANA

Analytics

Anaplan
6.3
SAP HANA
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
6.0
SAP HANA
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
SAP HANA
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
SAP HANA
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
6.0
SAP HANA
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
5.7
SAP HANA
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
SAP HANA

Integration

Anaplan
7.8
SAP HANA
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
SAP HANA
Excel data integration
Anaplan
6.4
SAP HANA
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.6
SAP HANA

Pros

Anaplan

  • Anaplan is great for headcount reporting. We have reports by dept, office location, and subsidiary that is great for planning and also for full company reporting.
  • Although they can be complicated to set up, Anaplan is also great for setting up complex P&L views. For example, setting up a P&L with a combination of subs/depts., that still needs to consolidate to the total P&L.
  • Systems-wise, I like that it's impossible to #REF the model! Anaplan shows you where everything is referenced, so it's very difficult to break anything.
  • I also like that formulas copy across, so there is no chance of pointing to the wrong cell, like in Excel
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SAP HANA

  • In-memory computation - resolve all slow performance issues to great extent.
  • Column storage - reduce memory footprint and cost of hardware.
  • Agile and quick development reduced development efforts significantly.
  • Connectivity with SAP and non-SAP systems - helped to get all data under one umbrella for consolidated reporting.
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Cons

Anaplan

  • Performance - in the case of complex business cases, the size of Anaplan is increasing drastically, and even a simple click would take more than it should.
  • UI - The User interface needs to be improved: group/expand hierarchy, "Ctrl " + select option to allow multi selection, Content page clean up, easier "Drag & drop" when customizing or building exports.
  • Review & enhance the type of security user roles.
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SAP HANA

  • Personally I believe the UI could be much more compact and I see improvement areas.
  • Mobile application and desktop are very different.
  • Sometimes you need type-in help on mouse hover for faster input and selection.
  • Now HANA is going cloud where data and security becomes a concern for larger companies. We want to see a benchmark company in manufacturing domain with such a large retail presence. I see there are areas for improvement in that.
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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 HANA

SAP HANA 5.3
Based on 6 answers
At this moment we are not focusing on SAP, however would love to in the future. This is primarily because of our limited ability to generate more revenue to fund for SAP partnerships and products. Our initial tryst with SAP Partneredge open ecosystem didn't go as planned and we have shelved that for now. Hope we can revive in the future
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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 HANA

SAP HANA 7.6
Based on 3 answers
It needs more work.
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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 HANA

SAP HANA 3.6
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 HANA

SAP HANA 3.6
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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 HANA

SAP HANA 8.3
Based on 89 answers
The support portal is fairly easy to navigate and always available. Sometimes I can find what I need by just reading the documentation or SAP community blog posts. If I have to open a ticket I have always had good quality service and the issue was eventually resolved. The support could be improved by providing faster responses.
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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 HANA

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 HANA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 12 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.
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SAP HANA

SAP HANA 4.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

Anaplan was an easy choice because two other divisions in our company used it in limited ways - either only sales ops or financial reporting. In addition, it was the hands down best choice given the complexity and size of our organization. We operate in a highly matrixed organization across the globe therefore, we needed a powerful and flexible platform; not all options allowed for this flexibility nor were they suited for large multi-national companies.
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SAP HANA

I have used Teradata which is a row-level storage database. It was slow in reporting data from the table. Then we moved to HP Vertica which was a columnar storage but it doesn't support procedure. Now we are using SAP HANA, which is excellent as it has in-memory data storage and returns the results fast.
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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 HANA

SAP HANA 4.5
Based on 1 answer
Limitation of training deliverable by organization
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Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • I'm sure the impact is positive. We have streamlined many processes and created capacity for our finance team.
  • It's great to have "one source of truth" and know that everyone is looking at the same metrics.
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SAP HANA

  • Since implementing HANA we have been able to save several million dollars a year in operating room supplies ($9 million last fiscal year).
  • It has allowed us to improve our processes to save $1 million dollars in our Laboratory Services
  • We have used it as part of our month end close to save over 20 hours every month of manual reporting.
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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 HANA

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
7.6
SAP HANA
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
SAP HANA
5.3

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
SAP HANA
7.6

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
SAP HANA
3.6

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
SAP HANA
3.6

Support

Anaplan
8.1
SAP HANA
8.3

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
SAP HANA

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
SAP HANA

Implementation

Anaplan
6.7
SAP HANA
4.5

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
SAP HANA
4.5

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