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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 SCM

For retail, logistics and manufacturing industry business cases, I think SAP Supply Chain Management is very well suited.GATP backorder processing, forecasting, scheduling, product availability check, rule based ATP checks are specific scenarios in which it is well suited.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
9.1
SAP SCM
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
9.1
SAP SCM

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.8
SAP SCM
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
9.1
SAP SCM
Report Versioning
Anaplan
9.1
SAP SCM
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
8.2
SAP SCM

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
5.5
SAP SCM
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
5.5
SAP SCM

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
SAP SCM
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAP SCM
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAP SCM
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP SCM
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAP SCM
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
SAP SCM

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.6
SAP SCM
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.8
SAP SCM
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
SAP SCM
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAP SCM
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
SAP SCM
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAP SCM
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.3
SAP SCM
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.3
SAP SCM

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.7
SAP SCM
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.1
SAP SCM
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP SCM
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
SAP SCM
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAP SCM

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
SAP SCM
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.5
SAP SCM
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
SAP SCM
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
SAP SCM
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
SAP SCM
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
SAP SCM
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
SAP SCM

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAP SCM
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
SAP SCM
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
SAP SCM
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
SAP SCM

Pros

  • 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 Supply Chain Management (APO) carries planning and scheduling functionalities very well.
  • Demand Planning (DP) helps in creating a statistical forecast for product lines based on past history, consumer trends and promotional events.
  • SAP EM of Supply Chain Management provides track and trace solution within supply chain network from different location. This provides theft and loss prevention solution for retail.
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Cons

  • 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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  • When moving from non-SAP to SAP solution for Supply Chain Management-APO, it may take some time for business users to get use to, as solution provided in user interface sometime seems complex.
  • For track and trace solution within SAP Supply Chain Management has scarcity of good resources especially when you want to track custom objects with complex use cases.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alternatives Considered

In my opinion, Anaplan is on a completely different level than any other CPM system. In looking at other systems, the ability to model doesn't even come close to what Anaplan can do. Reporting and BI is made better through synchronization. There is just really no comparison. If you want to have your planning really connected to your actual business, then Anaplan is the only way to go.
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SAP provides an extensive product suite with its SCM and has functionalities to cater to different industries. Supply chain planning is divided into several steps, some of which are executed by components in SAP ECC and others by components in SAP SCM. It is possible and advisable to integrate these two systems and to use them together for planning. System integration takes place using the Core Interface (CIF). Even though As/400 remains a critical part of the computing infrastructure for many of the global organizations, ease of scalability, integration with cloud, advanced planning and analytics functionality and availability of strong talents make SAP SCM a better choice.
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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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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 Supply Chain Management provided suitable solution for promotion planning, forecasting, life cycle planning, VMI replenishment etc. Business team started seeing benefits of those in no time.
  • For collaborative planning, business team had few dis-satisfactory points when compared with previous non-SAP solution.
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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 SCM

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