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Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings

Solver BI360

2 Ratings

Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Solver BI360

2 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for modeling processes that are ongoing, and remain relatively the same over time. In other words, if you don't have a solid grasp of your process, or you know there are significant changes that change the way you do things on a not infrequent basis, you may want to wait to build the model in Anaplan until things are more stable or you have a better understanding of the business requirements of what you are trying to build. Wholesale changes to an Anaplan model can be cumbersome and time consuming - though that is not unlike modeling on any other platform. It's also probably not worth your time to build a model in Anaplan if you're only going to use it once - in this case, if it's not too complicated, Excel is probably a better choice
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Solver BI360

We have multiple departments where they use different sources and application to reports. Solver provided us with this solution in forms of Web portal reporting, which can be accessed across the Whole company, which reduces the number of reports significantly and uniformity. One reporting application through a single source.Our budgeting process is unique last year we had many account executives shuffled, which made very complex for us to reassign accounts and budget for their sales. with complex Budgeting templates, it was not easy anyway. We had to rework our template through 4 revisions
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.4
Solver BI360
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Solver BI360
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Solver BI360
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Solver BI360
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Solver BI360
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.6
Solver BI360

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
Solver BI360
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
Solver BI360
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.6
Solver BI360
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Solver BI360
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
Solver BI360
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Solver BI360
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.1
Solver BI360
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.1
Solver BI360

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
Solver BI360
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
Solver BI360
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Solver BI360
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Solver BI360
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.0
Solver BI360

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Solver BI360
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.3
Solver BI360
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Solver BI360
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Solver BI360
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
Solver BI360
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.4
Solver BI360
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.2
Solver BI360

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Solver BI360
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.3
Solver BI360
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
Solver BI360
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.2
Solver BI360

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.0
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.0
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.0
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
Solver BI360
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Solver BI360
9.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
Solver BI360
6.5
Publish to Web
Anaplan
Solver BI360
5.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
Solver BI360
8.0

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
Solver BI360
6.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Solver BI360
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
Solver BI360
7.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Solver BI360
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
Solver BI360
3.0

Pros

  • Modeling is next level in Anaplan. With a background deep in Excel modeling and the frustrations that come along with it, Anaplan is a breath of fresh air and is actually fun to build and model in.
  • Dashboarding and synchronization. The synchronization feature in Anaplan is one of the greatest things ever. As its core Anaplan models are built around hierarchical lists and dimensions and using similar dimensions in dashboards allows you to synchronize to different views of the same data with simple clicks around a dashboard. It makes reporting and BI extremely user friendly and flexible.
  • Its fast. If you had the same exact model in Excel and Anaplan. That model in Excel would be like riding and old bike with under-inflated tires, while Anaplan would be like driving a Tesla in Ludicrous mode. The ability to have your entire business modeled on a single platform, potentially across multiple models, where when you make a change the entire model updates within seconds, is invaluable in making decisions.
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  • Budgeting is one of the Best features they have in BI360.
  • Excel-based reporting gives all Excel-lovers more confident.
  • Data Warehouse holds data from different systems, so cross-platform reporting made easy.
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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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  • Real-time data for reporting is not available when you get it from the warehouse.
  • Not compatible with Google Chrome.
  • Lack of version and source control for reports on the Web portal.
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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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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 allowed us to manage alternate/substitute parts supply allocation better than any other tool. It was able to [perform] fast calculations in the cloud and did not make things difficult by slowing the process down.
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Flexibility in the creation of dashboard and more robust.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

We are early in our implementation therefore, Anaplan's impact is not fully measurable. It will cut one to two days off of our revenue forecasting by eliminating individual spreadsheets and through use of the data hub that feeds the spoke models. We have not yet measured the impact it has on our sales ops team, but we expect that it will cut at least a half day from central sales ops and hours of time across multiple regional sales ops teams each week.
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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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Solver BI3606.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not had chance to use this much.
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Data Integration

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Solver BI3606.0
Based on 1 answer
We use custom configured MIS. for which we don't have configurator we can use with Solver. I would love to get that feature, where I can connect my MIS and do reporting out of BI360.
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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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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/

Solver BI360

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details