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Score 7.6 out of 101

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 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

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
6.8
SAS Visual Analytics
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
6.8
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
6.4
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
7.0
SAS Visual Analytics
8.6
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
7.9
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4
Report Versioning
Anaplan
7.3
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
5.8
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Publish to Web
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
6.3
SAS Visual Analytics
9.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
6.3
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.7
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.1
SAS Visual Analytics
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
6.9
SAS Visual Analytics
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
SAS Visual Analytics
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
8.2
SAS Visual Analytics
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.3
SAS Visual Analytics
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.9
SAS Visual Analytics
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
SAS Visual Analytics
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.2
SAS Visual Analytics
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.8
SAS Visual Analytics

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
8.9
SAS Visual Analytics
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.9
SAS Visual Analytics
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
1.6
SAS Visual Analytics
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.7
SAS Visual Analytics

Analytics

Anaplan
6.3
SAS Visual Analytics
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
6.0
SAS Visual Analytics
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
5.7
SAS Visual Analytics
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
SAS Visual Analytics

Integration

Anaplan
7.8
SAS Visual Analytics
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
SAS Visual Analytics
Excel data integration
Anaplan
6.4
SAS Visual Analytics
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.6
SAS Visual Analytics

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
7.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4
REST API
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Javascript API
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.7
iFrames
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.7
Java API
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
8.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Anaplan
SAS Visual Analytics
9.7

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 Visual Analytics

  • Our staff are familiar with it as it is a common tool. Our training and implementation was short.
  • Installation was easy. Our staff was able to deploy to the receiving department relatively quickly. Though the download was a pretty good size.
  • Seems to crunch through large volumes of data (millions of records) pretty quickly as I've received no complaints on this front from staff.
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Cons

Anaplan

  • 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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SAS Visual Analytics

  • Customizing a report as per the user requirement.
  • Adding more color and font styles. Presenting data in a more colorful way.
  • The website has a lot of tutorials which is more inclined to the technical side. Maybe add more to the presentation side as well.
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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 Visual Analytics

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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 Visual Analytics

No score
No answers yet
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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 Visual Analytics

No score
No answers yet
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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 Visual Analytics

No score
No answers yet
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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 Visual Analytics

SAS Visual Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent and fast support
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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 Visual Analytics

No score
No answers yet
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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 Visual Analytics

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 12 answers
Agile methodology and breaking the work down into sprints was very helpful. Implementation required a deeper dive into our data than expected for the consultants to be able to construct the data model. But once it was in place, the focus on knowledge transfer enabled us to be able to use the product effectively after the team rolled off.
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SAS Visual Analytics

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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

Anaplan was an easy choice because two other divisions in our company used it in limited ways - either only sales ops or financial reporting. In addition, it was the hands down best choice given the complexity and size of our organization. We operate in a highly matrixed organization across the globe therefore, we needed a powerful and flexible platform; not all options allowed for this flexibility nor were they suited for large multi-national companies.
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SAS Visual Analytics

SAS Visual Analytics stuck against IBM SPSS Modeler and Tableau in the sense that, it is far more accurate and reliable in the aspect of data and statistical analyses than others. Also, it is not just globally recognized as the leader in the field of statistical and data analysis, but also the most used statistical software worldwide. In addition, it combines the functionality of both IBM SPSS Modeler and Tableau which implies, it is comprehensive and has the widest coverage.
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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 Visual Analytics

No score
No answers yet
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Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • 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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SAS Visual Analytics

  • SAS Visual Analytics licensing cost should be reduced to enable users to use it in mass scale.
  • More statistical and mathematical equations and theories should be converted into SAS functions for reusing.
  • Because of enriched ETL and reporting capabilities SAS Visual Analytics is most preferred by business users.
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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

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

Edition
SAS Visual Analytics for SAS Cloud1
  1. Annual By Users: 5, 10, 20
Additional Pricing Details
SAS Visual Statistics and SAS Office Analytics are also available as add-ons.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
7.6
SAS Visual Analytics
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
SAS Visual Analytics

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
SAS Visual Analytics

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
SAS Visual Analytics

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
SAS Visual Analytics

Support

Anaplan
8.1
SAS Visual Analytics
10.0

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
SAS Visual Analytics

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
SAS Visual Analytics

Implementation

Anaplan
6.7
SAS Visual Analytics

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
SAS Visual Analytics

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