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SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

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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 BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC is well suited for complex planning and consolidations needs where the underlying transactional system is SAP ECC. It suits well if the organization has separate teams with BPC, ABAP, BW, Basis, Hana skillset. SAP BPC is less appropriate for organizations using Agile methodology. It is not suitable for organizations in a hyper-growth cycle as the installation and implementation is time-consuming. It will not work for organizations where the planning and budgeting needs keep changing frequently. The UI of SAP BPC is not very intuitive and very difficult to set up a dynamic dashboard for senior executives and officials of CxO.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.6
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.7
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.2
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.7
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.2
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.7
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.7
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.2
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
6.7
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
6.8
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.1
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.2
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.1
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
6.8

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.6
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.9

Pros

  • 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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  • BPC NW version can use the functionalities of SAP BW for ETL and data warehousing.
  • Complex business requirements and logic can be built using SAP ABAP.
  • Can be scaled and support huge volume of data using SAP HANA capabilities.
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Cons

  • Error handling can be annoying. A single formula error can lock up your model for 2-5 minutes while it reverts back to before you pressed enter, and while its improved a little in the year I've been using Anaplan, there are certain situations where I feel like it could be eliminated or made more efficient.
  • Time subsets would be really nice.
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  • SAP should focus on delivering one single product for planning, consolidation and budgeting needs rather than providing a large list of options to choose from.
  • The product is not very user-friendly compared to other cloud competitors. There is a heavy dependency on IT teams.
  • SAP BPC should come up a pure cloud option.
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Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan8.2
Based on 3 answers
We rely on it heavily. The only way we wouldn't renew is if the price got significantly higher.
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SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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 BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)7.0
Based on 1 answer
There is a heavy dependency on IT team. The system is not very flexible for Agile projects.
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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 BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)9.0
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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SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

Anaplan8.1
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 BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)7.0
Based on 1 answer
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
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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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SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP BPC training content and trainers are very good. The training is structured and provides a very good understanding of the product features and functionalities. I attended 6 separate training sessions of week-long or more. I had very good experience in all the sessions. The training is organized very well.
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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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SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
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Implementation

Anaplan6.7
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 BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)8.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation was carried out in two phases spread over a period of 4 years with 2 upgrades in between. We also had multiple upgrades to HANA.
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Alternatives Considered

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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This decision was made as we were previously Outlooksoft customers.
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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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SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)9.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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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  • Decrease the time takes to produce monthly actual reporting, monthly forecast, and annual financial budget.
  • Gained user acceptance for reporting models and standard reporting.
  • Allows users to analyze the business results, which produces better financial performance for the business.
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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 BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

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