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Anaplan

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Anaplan

Top Rated
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Score 8.3 out of 101

SAS Visual Analytics

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Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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SAS Visual Analytics

It is particularly well suited to big data collections that have good structure. It is not really designed for unstructured datasets (documents, etc). Its strength is the processing speed (particularly when implemented on Hadoop). It is not cheap but it is worth it!
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
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
7.6
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
6.6
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
7.1
SAS Visual Analytics
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.1
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
8.0
SAS Visual Analytics

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
SAS Visual Analytics
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.3
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
7.4
SAS Visual Analytics
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.2
SAS Visual Analytics

Integration

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

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.3
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.0
Publish to Web
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.6
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.5
Report Versioning
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.3
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
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.5

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
9.4

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
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2

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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  • Stock market analysis.
  • Resource utilization and optimization.
  • Pivot table analysis.
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Cons

  • The actions could be improved - make it obvious what the sources and targets of the are so we don't have to guess or put them in the action names. Also get a native scheduler! That's so simple and it's very frustrating and expensive to have to build/buy our own.
  • Reporting and UI still have a long way to go. Simple things like being able to alphabetize/order what you see on the screen, or add a rich color pallet to choose from.
  • User access management could improve. We need to have model level admins that don't have access to everything in the workspace. Also the tenant admin space doesn't work effectively. I can't remove a user from all models simultaneously. I also can't see all models a user has access to from the tenant admin space.
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  • More advanced dashboard features like multiple tabs creation.
  • Should have option to export dashboard reports to multiple formats with original format intact.
  • Latency time of reports and response should be increased.
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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

Anaplan8.0
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 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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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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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan requires less IT support and its calculation engine is far more powerful. Anaplan is also less expensive when total cost of ownership is considered. We also liked that you're able to use Anaplan for a variety of business planning functions rather than having a bespoke tool for budgets or commissions or demand planning etc.
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We were more SAS users so we wanted to stick with the tool suite.
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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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Collaboration and Sharing

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SAS Visual Analytics8.0
Based on 7 answers
SAS Visual Analytics has the capability to connect with the existing facilities. It prevents the corporation from embarking on another journey of purchasing new infrastructural components that would it aid it performance. Because it has the capacity to be compatible with various data sources, It therefore helps with the scalability and flexibility of the present operational process.
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Data Integration

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SAS Visual Analytics8.9
Based on 7 answers
SAS Visual Analytics has the capability to connect with the existing facilities. It prevents the corporation from embarking on another journey of purchasing new infrastructural components that would it aid it performance. Because it has the capacity to be compatible with various data sources, It therefore helps with the scalability and flexibility of the present operational process.
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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

  • I'm sure the impact is positive. We have streamlined many processes and created capacity for our finance team.
  • It's great to have "one source of truth" and know that everyone is looking at the same metrics.
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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.