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Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings

Sisense

Top Rated
88 Ratings

Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Sisense

Top Rated
88 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Sisense

I believe Sisense is perfectly suited for any organization of any size that have access to the proper resources, as the tool is very expensive. The data connectors come in all shapes and sizes out of the box, which allows a great deal of data control within the ElastiCubes. Additionally, while the platform only runs on Windows platforms, the web application can be accessed on any client: mobile, Apple, Windows, etc. This allows a much more flexible user experience, resulting in data and dashboards reaching further than any other tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

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

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

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

Analytics

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

Integration

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

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
Sisense
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
Sisense
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
Sisense
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Sisense
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Sisense
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Sisense
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Sisense
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
Sisense
8.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Sisense
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
Sisense
8.7
Publish to Web
Anaplan
Sisense
9.0
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
Sisense
9.0
Report Versioning
Anaplan
Sisense
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
Sisense
8.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
Sisense
9.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
Sisense
9.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
Sisense
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
Sisense
8.8

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
Sisense
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Sisense
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
Sisense
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Sisense
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
Sisense
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
Sisense
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
Sisense
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
Sisense
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
Sisense
7.8

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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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Service
  • Visualization
  • Customizability - SQL/CSS, iFRAME/JS
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Cons

  • The dashboard functionality is basic therefore, we have to bring in Tableau to provide a more professional view of the outputs as well as to allow management to more easily slice and dice data.
  • There is an Anaplan learning center however, I have not found it useful when I have questions. We are fortunate to have Aviana Global guiding us through the initial phases of our process. Without our consultants, learning Anaplan would be overwhelming.
  • The Anaplan Connect needs to be improved. We are considering a third party ETL, but we prefer that Anaplan have this capability built into its platform.
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  • The development and maintenance of complex and generic analytic cubes could be improved.
  • Export of data and visualisations to pdf and csv is possible. However the functionality is basic and limited.
  • No time format/datatype available. This requires JavaScript code to make it work.
  • JavaScript add-ons for bucket analysis and Gantt charts are limited and not supported.
  • Very limited trellis functionality
  • Cube field names cannot be changed without impacting the dashboards. Impact analysis is not available in standard software package.
  • Cannot rebuild cubes without making cube inaccessible during rebuild period.
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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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Sisense8.9
Based on 14 answers
SiSense will continue being a great solution for BI / Data delivery in my company
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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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Sisense7.3
Based on 4 answers
New V5 is ground floor of an exciting collection of possibilities. Weekly Sisense developers come up with new functionality that they share with us in their forums. The move to HTML5 has been pleasing in that widgets auto size themselves into appropriate forms in the board but everyone of them can be popped out to full page size to be looked at in more detail
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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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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
There are very few situations when there is unexpected downtime. Mostly during development, new dashboard implementation and during upgrades. other then that there were very few crashes.
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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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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
SiSense is usually performing better then other solutions even if going for complex reports/dashboards(of course within reasonable frames). I haven't noticed any bad influence on other systems, usually if something happens it stays within SiSense.
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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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Sisense10.0
Based on 5 answers
This team is one of the few companies where I can literally Skype them for help and they respond immediately. Most don't realize how rare that actually is in the industry. Expanding their presence to the eastern time zone of the United States has made them more accessible as a result
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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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Sisense7.3
Based on 1 answer
Easy and free training that allowed us quickly understand basics in SiSense and start using them. More advanced features requires some browsing through SiSense forums, but there is always support to help, and SiSense support is one of the best whith which I worked so far.
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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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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
Many examples, videos and scenarios which you try on your own right away. This combined with in-person training gives you enough to utilize most of SiSense's power.
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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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Sisense7.1
Based on 3 answers
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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Breadth of Deployment

No answers on this topic
We currently have 50 users using Sisense. These users are spread across all departments in the corporate office. It is also being used by general managers and franchise owners across 40 offices around the world.
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Alternatives Considered

Honestly, having implemented Anaplan at another company, I knew it would suit our needs here and convinced management to get the tool on that basis. We already use a mix of Cognos BI, Tableau, and Excel ... but our need was something apart from what those can provide.
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We chose Sisense due to pricing structures as well as its speed and ability to connect to more robust data sources. Ultimately, the differences were minimal in regards to abilities and functionality; we just felt that Sisense provided the most reliable and consistent results among our test trials.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

In simplest terms, Anaplan has enabled us to make better, more informed decisions quickly. We have been able to reduce the cycle time of iterations requested by executive management, which in turn, has allowed us to explore more possibilities than we otherwise might have. It has also enhanced our confidence in the modeling we have done, improving the buy-in of leadership.
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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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Sisense8.6
Based on 40 answers
We were pulling in data from 3 different departments to demo how well each would be able to not only utilize the tool for their own purposes but also to test how well the system worked with disparate data sources. We were pleasantly surprised when the system was able to pull in data from these different sources without jeopardizing speed or reliability.
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Data Integration

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Sisense8.9
Based on 40 answers
Easy to use, quick mashup of data from different data sources, easy deployment, mobile support, integration with other tools, easy to distribute reports, excellent visualizations, pdf reports, excellent analytics, pixel perfect reports, open source BI platform, ability to modify reports, low hardware cost, support for multiple users, role based support. These are the reasons for a strong rating.
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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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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
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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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  • Report development time is reduced from 2~3 days to 2~3 hours.
  • Report querying time is improved from 0.5~10 mins to 2~30 seconds.
  • A 2-staff team delivers 10 times the BI output that we did on the old system.
  • We were able to deliver BI and data analysis for all business functions instead of a very limited group of 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
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/

Sisense

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Sisense Editions & Modules
Sisense
Modules
SAP Connector
1
1. Per User per Month
Additional Pricing Details