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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for collaborative planning and complex business models that require frequent updates and quick feedback. Ease of use, ease of development, deployment & maintenance accelerates business adoptionIt's not a great reporting or analytics tool. Limited model sizes limit the capability to capture large data sets and need for Data Warehouse for plan over plan & historic analysis and reporting
Rama Narravula | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Any organization that has the same P&L for multiple business units would benefit greatly! Franchises, etc are a perfect fit.Any organization that has multiple shadow systems in Excel can all be brought together in Vena.Hotel management would be a great fit!Reits and other infrastructure companies would be a great fit!
Darrell Rooney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
7.7
Vena Solutions
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
7.7
Vena Solutions
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaplan
8.4
Vena Solutions
8.4
Publish to PDF
Anaplan
8.8
Vena Solutions
7.8
Report Versioning
Anaplan
8.5
Vena Solutions
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaplan
7.7
Vena Solutions
9.1
Publish to Web
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
7.8

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
9.1
Vena Solutions
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
9.1
Vena Solutions
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
9.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
9.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
7.2
Vena Solutions
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
8.3
Vena Solutions
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
6.6
Vena Solutions
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
7.1
Vena Solutions
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
6.7
Vena Solutions
7.8

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
8.7
Vena Solutions
8.1
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
8.3
Vena Solutions
8.2
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.9
Vena Solutions
8.3
Forecasting
Anaplan
8.8
Vena Solutions
8.2
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
9.0
Vena Solutions
7.8
Management reporting
Anaplan
8.6
Vena Solutions
8.1

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
7.2
Vena Solutions
8.1
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
8.4
Vena Solutions
8.0
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
7.9
Vena Solutions
7.1
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Vena Solutions
7.8
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
6.0
Vena Solutions
8.4
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Vena Solutions
7.6
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Vena Solutions
9.1
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
7.6
Vena Solutions
8.6

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
8.5
Vena Solutions
8.6
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Vena Solutions
8.4
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.7
Vena Solutions
8.8
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
7.4
Vena Solutions
9.0
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
9.0
Vena Solutions
9.5
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
7.6

Analytics

Anaplan
8.3
Vena Solutions
8.8
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
9.0
Vena Solutions
8.0
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
8.3
Vena Solutions
8.6
KPIs
Anaplan
8.0
Vena Solutions
9.5
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
8.6
Vena Solutions
9.6
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
8.7
Vena Solutions
9.2
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.0
Vena Solutions
8.0

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Vena Solutions
8.1
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.5
Vena Solutions
8.8
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.0
Vena Solutions
9.3
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.5
Vena Solutions
6.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
Vena Solutions
8.3

Pros

Anaplan

  • Allows the business to link different planning streams into one place
  • Gives users a single source to view data, no more comparing offline templates in excel
  • Intuitive new UX that allows us to be more customizable when tailoring to needs of end-users
Scott Eckman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • Vena provides all the customizable flexibility and advanced calculation that you can squeeze out of Excel because Excel is used as the front-end. You can tailor the reporting and budget templates to your exact needs and leverage your existing Excel skills.
  • Even though you work in Excel, the data is all controlled by a multi-dimensional cloud database. So your work is safe. Changes are auditable, and nobody has to rely on sharing Excel files between each other and tracking the latest version.
  • Vena's workflow system can be extremely simple if that's what you need. Or you can build some fairly complex process flows for any task.
Aaron Andersen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Anaplan

  • Enablement -- Anaplan should invest more in both its training capability and training content. Anaplan is not the most difficult tool to learn, but having more foundation in this area would make the ramp-up process significantly easier
  • Storage -- Anaplan is not a data warehouse. This is understandable given data warehousing is not their primary value proposition, but many times we run close to the storage limits of Anaplan, and it would be great if Anaplan had different storage size options for its workspaces.
  • User Interface -- Anaplan's user interface could be streamlined and improved to become more intuitive and accommodate more shortcut keys.
Matthew Kuo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • The tool uses at least four different query and data manipulation languages, once you get your data to the tool. All of which are proprietary, limited flavors of other languages (such as SQL and MDX).
  • The use of a MongoDB back end has resulted in the ongoing use of floats for numeric data storage. This works fine if you are budgeting at a high level. However, if you are leveraging their transaction-level features, you will see divergence due to the inherent issues of floating point being unable to precisely represent decimal values.
  • There is very little community documentation around the tool, and the documentation provided by the vendor is sparse, poorly written, and often out of date or just plain wrong. This extends to their sample code as well
  • There is currently no direct way to feed data from your source system databases. The primary method is dumping data to flat files and either executing the uploads manually through the web UI or wrapping a java-based CLI with Powershell or windows batch for local execution. There is also a preview of a logic app if you have Azure as part of your infrastructure
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 8.1
Based on 9 answers
We have been extremely satisfied with the Vena Solutions product and have been able to become more efficient in our budgeting, forecasting and salary planning processes, as well as adding functionality and accuracy that was not possible in the past. Administrators no longer have to keep track manually of each department's budgeted net, but can use a report created in Vena to report this information, as well as see which departments have not yet submitted information. Customer service has always been very responsive as well
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Chris Friederich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 7.3
Based on 16 answers
It is extremely easy to use the software right away because:- it is Excel-based, so there is little to no learning curve for creating templates and reports- the admin of the tool itself is very simple and intuitive (processes, workflows, etc)The downside to that flexibility is the increased risk of human error, which can be mitigated by additional control and check files.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Contact with Vena Solutions technical support is quick and experts in the field always respond. It is not necessary to go through a large form to explain the problems and then answer more questions to receive a direct answer, we simply send a message indicating the specific problem and they are immediately there to actively help us
Charlotte Byrne Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Vena Solutions pages load quickly and only a few times does it get a bit slow, only when there are many integrations and the reports are long. But in general it is always fast and honestly I am very satisfied with the speed in the generation of statistical reports and the pages
Jeremiah Adrian Howard Ross | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 5 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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 8.7
Based on 90 answers
From initiate setup to going live, Vena's customer representatives and technicians have proven to be responsive and enthusiastic in getting our company up and running. They have been patient with our questions and frustrations and worked to troubleshoot issues that have come up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

No score
No answers yet
The training was all at once. There needed to be more modules that could be broken up over time to allow users to handle their day job and the training
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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/
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 4.5
Based on 1 answer
I would like to see more modules and case study work through of techniques to master to excel within the software package. The current online information is stale and not representative of current software version. It could be much more interactive and informative. Much of the online help articles are stale.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 6.7
Based on 24 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.
Steve Ridgley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 6.4
Based on 4 answers
The Vena consultant had great knowledge of both the Vena solution and Excel and Excel functions. He was able to help suggest ways to build our templates that met our requirements using Excel functions we had not previously considered using. And we have been able to use the Excel information he provided in other ways outside of Vena. He was very patient and flexible as we learned the Vena tool and created templates
Lori Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Anaplan

During the selection process at the end of 2012, we were thinking of Excel as the main tool, or an in-house software built by ourselves, however, this would have taken us ages, so we checked what is available on the market. Anaplan was a small start-up at that time, but it helped us to ensure we can customize the software to our needs.
Szilvia Havasreti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

The only tools that are similar are more in the BI realm and Vena provides a much more robust way of interacting with data that the visualization that a BI solution provides. Again, the self-service model of the tool allows for the tool to grow with the individuals of the company, which is an element other tools struggle with.
Avo Koulakian | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joe Bradbury | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

Vena Solutions 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Vena solutios is a software that provides robust tools that help different departments in their statistics and we can visualize a lot of promising and visually attractive data. Vena Solutions' level of scalability is high and sustainable over time thanks to the fabulous technical support that is ready to help us at all times
Charlotte Byrne Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Anaplan

  • Anaplan has been good to plan future fiscal years, by doing the planning in here and seeing the financial impact certain variables can produce it is easier to make decisions within the company such as hiring, eliminating certain costs etc., to achieve the financial results as set in the company goals.
  • Dashboards have been really helpful for the financial executives as very specific data can be analysed and presented in the dashboards focused to specific financial teams, so it is easier to see the actual results and forecasts.
  • On the negative side, since Anaplan is a complex tool to handle, it is better to have a dedicated resource or resources to the handling in Anplan. Regular business analysts could not handle their regular tasks and doing complex configurations in Anaplan without the help of well trained Anaplan resources, extra dedicated resources are needed to work with Anaplan.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena Solutions

  • From my observation, we did get a return on investment. We have FP&A tool first and foremost.
  • We are dealing with 1 financial system to get data as suppose to several sources from before.
  • For sure, Vena Solutions helped many finance teams domestically within our company with financial reporting.
jamie Luangaphay | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Anaplan

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Vena Solutions

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$0*

* per user

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan
8.8
Vena Solutions
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan
8.2
Vena Solutions
8.1

Usability

Anaplan
8.2
Vena Solutions
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan
10.0
Vena Solutions
9.1

Performance

Anaplan
9.0
Vena Solutions
9.1

Support Rating

Anaplan
9.1
Vena Solutions
8.7

In-Person Training

Anaplan
3.0
Vena Solutions

Online Training

Anaplan
5.0
Vena Solutions
4.5

Implementation Rating

Anaplan
6.7
Vena Solutions
6.4

Scalability

Anaplan
7.0
Vena Solutions
9.1

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