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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

We are really excited and looking forward to exploring the forecasting, and "What If" scenarios. Our current business structure makes it very difficult to forecast and project at any level, and I think Anaplan will be a great solution for us.I think for any business that has multiple, or dynamic, hierarchies Anaplan is a great solution. We have reduced the time spent on these dynamic views by using subsets and properties with in the models.I am looking forward to the increased the communication/connected planning aspect that Anaplan brings to our company. In the past we had thousands of Excel workbooks, some that were too large to email or open. We have seen improved interaction and clear lines of communication for our end users by using Anaplan for our budget process.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS is useful where you have special coding skills available on a team for this language and thus makes it a very useful tool in visual analytics as well as forecasting and data mining. While the software costs are really high, there are tools that are open source which can be useful for medium level tasks.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAS Advanced Analytics
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.5
SAS Advanced Analytics
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics

Analytics

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

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
SAS Advanced Analytics

Pros

  • Allows non-technical business-oriented individuals create functionality in the system.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Excellent business partner from a people perspective. Very focused on customer success, not just the next PO.
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  • Extremely versatile combination of available functions
  • Includes all critical analytical capabilities
  • Includes and interface to R for the few, newer approaches, that haven't yet been incorporated
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Cons

  • Larger workspaces.
  • Ongoing support contracts based on LOE.
  • Better formula support and explanation within the model.
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  • No big complaints, pretty robust functionality
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics4.5
Based on 5 answers
More cost effective options out there - WPS, Revolution Analytics (R), etc.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics6.1
Based on 2 answers
If SAS Enterprise Guide is utilized any beginning user will be able to shorten the learning curve. This is allow the user a plethora of basic capabilities until they can utilize coding to expand their needs in manipulating and presenting data. SAS is also dedicated to expanding this environment so it is ever growing.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
SAS probably has the most market saturation out of all of the analytics software worldwide. They are in every industry and they are knowledgable about every industry. They are always available to take questions, solve issues, and discuss a company's needs. A company that buys SAS software has a dedicated representative that is there for all of their needs.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics9.0
Based on 1 answer
Although nothing is perfect, SAS is almost there. The software can handle billions of rows of data without a glitch and runs at a quick pace regardless of what the user wants to perform. SAS products are made to handle data so performance is of their utmost important. The software is created to run things as efficiently as SAS software can to maximize performance.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics10.0
Based on 2 answers
Simple. Their knowledge and accessibility. Support can be reached via email, text, chat, or phone. They can also utilize WebEx to tap into your machine and see what the user is seeing. SAS is dedicated to helping their users maximize their software.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAS has regional and national conferences that are dedicated to expanding users' knowledge of the software and showing them what changes and additions they are making to the software. There are user groups in most of the major cities that also provide multi-day seminars that focus on specific topics for education. If online training isn't the best way for the user, there is ample in-person training available.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics8.0
Based on 1 answer
There are online videos, live classes, and resource material which makes training very easy to access. However, nothing is circumstantial so applying your training can get tricky if the user is performing complex tasks. When purchasing software, SAS will also allocate education credits so the user(s) can access classes and material online to help expand their knowledge.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics9.0
Based on 1 answer
Ask as many questions you can before the install to understand the process. Since a third party does the installation your company is sort of a passanger and it is easy to get lost in the process. It also helps to have all users and IT support involved in the install to help increase the knowledge as to how SAS runs and what it needs to perform correctly.
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan provided a whiteboard that allowed us to set up our unique business as we saw fit. Other programs had built-in forecasting modules that we needed to adapt to. Our company is retail but also collections so flexibility was the key when making the final decision. Plus, Anaplan seemed more cutting edge, new school, in comparison to the other competitors.
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SAS was the incumbent tool, and what the team knew. We did look into using Revolution Analytics enterprise version of R, but the learning curve on that caused us to stick with SAS. In my current position, I've opted for WPS over SAS. I can still leverage my SAS experience, but the price is about 15% of what SAS charges, with extra functionality, such as direct database access. I can supplement WPS with free software, such R for anything that it might be missing.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

It has provided a means to forecast while testing scenarios within multiple versions. It engaged the home office directors and operational managers to see their forecast and assess the changes that should be made. It became the much needed centerpoint where forecasting and budgeting data lives and breathes. In the past, forecasting was done via multiple Excel sheets, not standardized, and prone to human error.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics9.0
Based on 1 answer
It all depends on the type of SAS product the user has. Scaleability differs from product to product, and if the user has SAS Office Analytics the scaleability is quite robust. This software will satisfy the majority of the company's analytic needs for years to come. In addition, if SAS is not meeting the users needs the company can easily find SAS solutions that will.
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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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  • Increase return on investment on marketing campaigns.
  • Understand the customer segments in better way.
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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/

SAS Advanced Analytics

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