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Anaplan

Because it is flexible, Anaplan is well suited for complex global organizations. We are a multi-matrix organization therefore, having the ability to establish multiple hierarchies in data hub and use those to slice and dice in the spoke models improves efficiency and accuracy. We are in the early stages of our implementation therefore, we are yet to encounter scenarios where Anaplan is not appropriate. My guess would be that if you have a small company with little complexity, then you might consider a less powerful tool.
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SAS Visual Analytics

This software is well suited for developing predictive models that are based on the use of appropriate statistical algorithms, considered in relevance to the proposed predictive model. It is also well suited for conducting various statistical analyses which are based on business needs. It is also good for developing dashboards which is descriptive in nature, but useful in providing the management executive with instant opportunity to make decisive decisions.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
SAS Visual Analytics
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
SAS Visual Analytics
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
SAS Visual Analytics
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
SAS Visual Analytics
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
SAS Visual Analytics
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
SAS Visual Analytics

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
SAS Visual Analytics
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
SAS Visual Analytics
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.5
SAS Visual Analytics
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAS Visual Analytics
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
SAS Visual Analytics
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.2
SAS Visual Analytics
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
SAS Visual Analytics
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
SAS Visual Analytics
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics

Analytics

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

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
SAS Visual Analytics
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.0
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.0
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.1
Publish to Web
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.8
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7
Report Versioning
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.1
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.1
REST API
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
Javascript API
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
iFrames
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
Java API
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2

Pros

  • It is a very user-friendly platform that allows individuals without IT backgrounds to build models in simple syntax. If you know how to use Excel, you will be able to pick up model building in Anaplan with relative ease using the guided build methodology.
  • Anaplan is a blank slate that allows for multi-dimension models in which we determine the dimensions versus forcing us to adhere to predetermined dimensions.
  • Maintaining our company hierarchies in data hub allows us to change information there and have it automatically pushed out to all spoke models versus changing 10-20 spreadsheets.
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  • The risk team uses risk analysis reports created by team members for mitigating future risks and challenges.
  • Supply risk management uses SAS VA analytics dashboards on daily basis for their research and decision making. SAS VA has LASR analytics servers which are very fast and tuned for analytics queries.
  • SAS VA is used by the finance and marketing team to create their own reports out of SA LASR tables as per their need. SAS VA does have both ETL and analytics capability which makes it a complete analytics package.
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Cons

  • The reporting/dashboarding capability is adequate but could be enhanced.
  • Anaplan is somewhat intuitive ... but it DOES require an investment of time and energy to become proficient in it. The ability to use it for more and more use cases is limited by the number of personnel who truly understand the tool. The corollary is that unless that knowledge is spread to multiple people on the team, there can be substantial risk were a key resource to leave the group.
  • Building a new model does require a fair amount of up-front planning and construction. So there are some things we would rather do in Anaplan than Excel ... but unless they have continuing utility, we find ourselves unlikely to perform quick analyses in Anaplan.
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  • Sorting with values not used in a chart or table
  • Views built from a table instead of always creating a table
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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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SAS Visual Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent and fast support
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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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No score
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Implementation

Anaplan6.7
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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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan was selected by management without technical expertise. Now there is no way back.
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We were more SAS users so we wanted to stick with the tool suite.
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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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  • Expensive in dollars (but worth it)
  • Significant establishment effort but once set up easy to manage
  • good user feedback
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Pricing Details

Anaplan

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Anaplan Editions & Modules
Anaplan
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 Visual Analytics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
SAS Visual Analytics Editions & Modules
SAS Visual Analytics
Edition
SAS Visual Analytics for SAS Cloud
1
1. Annual By Users: 5, 10, 20
Additional Pricing Details
SAS Visual Statistics and SAS Office Analytics are also available as add-ons.