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Anaplan

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Vena

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Feature Set Ratings

  • Anaplan ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities
  • Vena ranks higher in 7 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Consolidation and Close, Financial Reporting and Compliance, Analytics and Reporting, Integration
  • Anaplan and Vena are tied in 1 feature set: Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

BI Standard Reporting

7.6

Anaplan

76%
8.4

Vena

84%
Vena ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

6.4
64%
1 Rating
8.3
83%
34 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.7
87%
105 Ratings
8.5
85%
56 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
60 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.4

Anaplan

84%
8.6

Vena

86%
Vena ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.6
86%
2 Ratings
8.9
89%
110 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
9.1
91%
108 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
97 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
37 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.5

Anaplan

85%
9.0

Vena

90%
Vena ranks higher in 3/4 features

Publish to Web

9.1
91%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
45 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.2
82%
107 Ratings
9.6
96%
70 Ratings

Report Versioning

8.5
85%
93 Ratings
8.9
89%
76 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
9.4
94%
70 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.0

Anaplan

80%
7.9

Vena

79%
Anaplan ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

8.6
86%
2 Ratings
7.4
74%
54 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
7.8
78%
40 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.2
72%
2 Ratings
8.4
84%
45 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.2

Anaplan

92%
8.8

Vena

88%
Anaplan ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.1
91%
2 Ratings
9.4
94%
102 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.4
94%
108 Ratings
8.8
88%
104 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
2 Ratings
8.3
83%
104 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.1
91%
2 Ratings
8.9
89%
73 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

7.7

Anaplan

77%
7.4

Vena

74%
Anaplan ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

8.6
86%
98 Ratings
7.8
78%
54 Ratings

Mobile Application

7.4
74%
81 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

7.6
76%
91 Ratings
7.0
70%
49 Ratings

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

8.9

Anaplan

89%
8.9

Vena

89%
Anaplan ranks higher in 4/5 features

Long-term financial planning

9.1
91%
185 Ratings
8.9
89%
129 Ratings

Financial budgeting

9.3
93%
189 Ratings
9.0
90%
137 Ratings

Forecasting

9.3
93%
200 Ratings
9.0
90%
133 Ratings

Scenario modeling

9.1
91%
201 Ratings
8.8
88%
122 Ratings

Management reporting

7.8
78%
199 Ratings
9.0
90%
135 Ratings

Consolidation and Close

7.0

Anaplan

70%
8.6

Vena

86%
Vena ranks higher in 7/7 features

Financial data consolidation

8.2
82%
150 Ratings
8.8
88%
106 Ratings

Journal entries and reports

7.2
72%
116 Ratings
7.7
77%
80 Ratings

Multi-currency management

6.2
62%
11 Ratings
8.9
89%
76 Ratings

Intercompany Eliminations

6.0
60%
8 Ratings
8.8
88%
76 Ratings

Minority Ownership

6.0
60%
7 Ratings
8.4
84%
50 Ratings

Local and consolidated reporting

8.1
81%
140 Ratings
9.1
91%
90 Ratings

Detailed Audit Trails

7.4
74%
148 Ratings
8.4
84%
116 Ratings

Financial Reporting and Compliance

8.3

Anaplan

83%
8.7

Vena

87%
Vena ranks higher in 4/5 features

Financial Statement Reporting

8.1
81%
162 Ratings
8.8
88%
122 Ratings

Management Reporting

8.2
82%
173 Ratings
8.9
89%
125 Ratings

Excel-based Reporting

7.9
79%
159 Ratings
9.3
93%
132 Ratings

Automated board and financial reporting

9.0
90%
13 Ratings
8.4
84%
97 Ratings

XBRL support for regulatory filing

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
35 Ratings

Analytics and Reporting

8.7

Anaplan

87%
9.2

Vena

92%
Vena ranks higher in 6/6 features

Personalized dashboards

8.9
89%
199 Ratings
9.1
91%
89 Ratings

Color-coded scorecards

8.6
86%
183 Ratings
9.3
93%
66 Ratings

KPIs

8.1
81%
19 Ratings
9.8
98%
75 Ratings

Cost and profitability analysis

8.6
86%
162 Ratings
9.1
91%
82 Ratings

Key Performance Indicator setting

9.0
90%
172 Ratings
9.0
90%
78 Ratings

Benchmarking with external data

8.7
87%
13 Ratings
8.7
87%
59 Ratings

Integration

8.8

Anaplan

88%
8.9

Vena

89%
Anaplan ranks higher in 2/3 features

Flat file integration

9.3
93%
198 Ratings
9.2
92%
109 Ratings

Excel data integration

8.7
87%
184 Ratings
9.1
91%
122 Ratings

Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

8.4
84%
163 Ratings
8.4
84%
102 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Anaplan is rated higher in 9 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability
  • Vena is rated higher in 1 area: In-Person Training

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Anaplan

91%
214 Ratings
8.8

Vena

88%
147 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.8

Anaplan

88%
6 Ratings
8.4

Vena

84%
10 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Anaplan

90%
4 Ratings
7.7

Vena

77%
18 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Anaplan

91%
3 Ratings
8.7

Vena

87%
4 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Anaplan

91%
3 Ratings
8.4

Vena

84%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Anaplan

91%
6 Ratings
8.5

Vena

85%
91 Ratings

In-Person Training

3.0

Anaplan

30%
1 Rating
8.6

Vena

86%
2 Ratings

Online Training

9.1

Anaplan

91%
2 Ratings
8.2

Vena

82%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Anaplan

91%
25 Ratings
8.5

Vena

85%
5 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Anaplan

91%
2 Ratings
8.7

Vena

87%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Depending on the specific requirements there are areas in which some tools perform better than others or are more adequate than others. For example, Anaplan doesn’t offer the on-premises solution being a natively cloud SaaS; instead, Anaplan allows real-time calculations and refresh of the entire model with the possibility to fully drill down the results. Therefore, a preliminary software selection would be desirable to select the software that best fits the requirements. Anaplan is capable to support and connect very well any planning process, instead, it is not the most appropriate tool for use cases like detailed transactions storage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

Vena has shortened month-end processing time by half the time. We required a lot of long days of training for months to implement this process. The implementation and cross-training could benefit from more training materials for the primary user to share with new contributors. Typical integration times for other systems have been 6 months. I would say both for the good and bad, Vena has so many different processes to offer the integration time for our company on this system is still ongoing a year later.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Anaplan

  • Flexibility - the tool can be built the suite the company's needs. It allows for maximum customization for even the most complex business models.
  • Data Integrations - the tool has the ability to connect to many different data sources so that data can be passed seamlessly.
  • Connected Planning - the tool allows for teams across the organization to pass information and data back and forth between models, enhancing the ability to do connected planning
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

  • Vena is easily adoptable by new users because it is Excel based. Staff are not intimidated by the software.
  • It's easy to distribute monthly reports to the staff with Vena's workflows and Report Books. Once those are set up, distributing monthly financials to individual departments is an easy process.
  • It's easy for us to upload data from our accounting system - at the transaction level - to Vena. We simply download a file from our accounting system and upload it into Vena. Whatever manipulation of the data that's required is done by Vena. We don't have to do anything.
  • Vena's customer service is excellent. Their customer service reps. are pretty good and I will say they are fair-minded during contract renewals. I never feel like they're gouging me. They are decent people to work with.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Anaplan

  • Considering a collaborative platform, workflow features need to be more sophisticated to handle event-based triggers.
  • ALM governance is tedious in multiple developers set up, as it does not allow to migrate changes by each developer rather forces to migrate at a model level that includes all changes by all developers.
  • Reporting ability is still limited, many times dependency on other reporting tools is unavoidable.
  • Time referencing (e.g. default today's date) is not possible without engaging an integration interface.
  • NUX pages are rich in features but building pages for DEV/UAT and PROD are not straightforward.
Bikash R Shil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

  • Template automation encountering issues due to certain excel functions used.
  • Mac users often have issues.
  • There should be a built-in option to automatically overwrite actual periods with actual data in forecast scenarios.
  • Users must be proficient in Excel to use Vena to its full potential.
Choy Chu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Anaplan

General

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

Starting Price

Vena

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan

Anaplan 8.8
Based on 6 answers
In any line of work, a tool that is flexible and would allow different departments of your company to easily interact and exchange valuable insights, is highly anticipated and needed. For me, what Anaplan provides to a business, be it a smaller one or an enterprise customer, is an easily scaling, agile planning and modeling platform that can meet almost any need and give a high-end solution to the problems any company faces on a daily basis.
Alexander Denchev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

Vena 8.4
Based on 10 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 9.0
Based on 4 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

Vena 7.7
Based on 18 answers
This is split between usability from an end-user perspective and administrative. Administrative - The tool is lacking in a cohesive way to administer the tool, both from more of a back-end perspective (ETL/Integrations, scripting, etc.) as well as from a business administrative (Processes, Models, etc.). On the more back-end IT related aspects, the tool is a mishmash of modules that were clearly developed in stovepipe fashion. Basic feature/functionality aspects such as version control, auto vs manual save, etc. differ between the code preparation components. It is also lacking in any sort of coherent version control. Not all pages display the context information, so extreme caution must be used. There is also no coherent migration strategy. The process and model navigation has been somewhat challenging for our business administrators, often requiring assistance from Vena when creating or altering templates. 2 of 10End User - This is better. The Excel add-in generally functions well. Creating basic templates is straightforward, and there is a large degree of flexibility when creating reporting templates. Being part of Excel puts many users into a comfort zone. The toggle switch between template and data mode is not well conceived, and the add-in pop-ups occasionally have issues on multi-monitor displays. 6 of 10
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 3 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

Vena 8.7
Based on 4 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 9.1
Based on 3 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

Vena 8.4
Based on 4 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 6 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

Vena 8.5
Based on 91 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

Vena 8.6
Based on 2 answers
The original training was onsite and over two weeks. Since our original onboarding the company has come out with a training website to aid in user self directed needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Learning made easy . One of the best trainings i have attended. Training was very detailed training by the trainer, which helped me understand the basics of the model building. Level 1 training was easy and instructor was most helpful here. Level 2 training was challenging but was able to go thru due to understanding of the basics.
Sai Bandaru | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

Vena 8.2
Based on 2 answers
The online training was effective, it would be nice to see a more personalized solution. I understand the training is tailored for all industries, but it would be nice to see industry-specific use cases.
Steve Vosburg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 25 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

Vena 8.5
Based on 5 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

Anaplan works well where you have a requirement for complete flexibility, such as in business structure, or in calculation methodology that is bespoke. You can tailor the system to your exact requirements, whereas some products come with pre-built modules that you might struggle to do certain things with. All in all [it] depends on the business requirements as there is a different tool for a different job. Anaplan succeeds in being a very strong all [arounder].
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

Vena's interface and software felt more intuitive to use than the other companies that our company had considered using. In addition, the community that supports and backs up Vena is immense and extremely friendly. To me, this seems like a good indicator that Vena is used around the world and has something to offer to everyone.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Anaplan

Anaplan 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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

Vena 8.7
Based on 4 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

  • The agile implementation methodology used to deploy the system has helped our clients to use and realize the benefits of the system right from the early stages of the implementation.
  • The system can be easily managed and maintained by the end users reducing dependency on IT teams and making business more self-sufficient.
Pavan Kiran Bellamkonda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vena

  • Through the roof! Time savings were never quantified but when you save weeks of time, not much more needs to be said.
  • We are way more efficient in our budgeting and forecasting processes as a result of utilizing the Vena workflow processes.
  • Just having information at our fingertips to perform our duties is priceless!
Darrell Rooney | TrustRadius Reviewer

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