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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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics excels with projects that have at least 3 parts. The first part is the ability to address and compare different modeling types. Suppose you are an analyst interested in predicting home prices or whether an individual will reapply for unemployment insurance. There are lots of model types that could work for these two situations. SAS Advanced Analytics makes it easy (although not as easy as SAS Enterprise Miner) to compare the performance of different modeling types, such as comparing support vector machines with random forest models. A second scenario that SAS Advanced Analytics does a good job at is making the analysis reproducible. By showing the lineage of analyses, another analyst is able to follow the work of the previous analyst. This is a huge advantage for individuals working in corporations or governments. The third area SAS Advanced Analytics is useful is in text analytics. The field is huge now, and I haven't come across a software that makes text analytics as easy as SAS Advanced Analytics.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.2
SAS Advanced Analytics

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
6.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
6.9
SAS Advanced Analytics

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
5.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.6
SAS Advanced Analytics

Analytics

Anaplan
7.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
6.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
7.1
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
6.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Excel data integration
Anaplan
7.5
SAS Advanced Analytics
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.7
SAS Advanced Analytics

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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SAS Advanced Analytics

  • Complex Survey Analysis- SAS is a great resource if you need to analyze complex survey data. One can easily write code for this by inserting (survey) in front of the procedure with the weight, cluster, and strata variables. (ex: surveyfreq)
  • Modeling/ Graphing- SAS creates clean and easy to understand graphs and models which take visual data to the next level.
  • Support- There is a large SAS Advanced analytics online support in place. It is easy to find help on many procedures that you will use in this software.
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Cons

Anaplan

  • 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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SAS Advanced Analytics

  • SAS requires a lot of coding compared to other software like STATA or SPSS. However most of the code is repetitive , an easy copy/paste.
  • SAS Advanced Analytics is not always easily learned, most people would need some training before getting comfortable with the software.
  • The layout of the modeling system may get confusing when too many different windows are open, may need to look at different graphs and models one at a time.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 4.5
Based on 5 answers
More cost effective options out there - WPS, Revolution Analytics (R), etc.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 6.1
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

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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 10.0
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

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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
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

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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 10.0
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

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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
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

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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 8.0
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

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 12 answers
I won't rate this low due to the 3rd party consultant, because overall the implementation with Anaplan went great. We had working models in our first month of having Anaplan, and have been able to branch out into multiple facets of the business in the 3 years since our first implementation.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
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

Anaplan was selected by management without technical expertise. Now there is no way back.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS allows the user a wider range of capabilities to cleanse and manipulate the data. Not only can the data be pulled directly into SAS, but before it is finalized it can be transposed, graphed, or altered in any way imaginable which puts it a step above the Business Objects and Crystal Reports. Not only that, but full reports can be created in SAS allowing the user to expand on the presentation of the data using charts, graphs, or lists. In addition, all SAS projects can be automated to update at a time chosen by the user which allows them to focus on other projects rather than on manually running projects repeatedly.
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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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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
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

Anaplan

  • 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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SAS Advanced Analytics

  • Increased understanding of how customers purchase
  • Ability to understand new product adoption
  • Ability to look at partner performance by factors other than top line revenue
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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

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