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Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings

Visier

10 Ratings

Anaplan

Top Rated
205 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Visier

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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

Anaplan is great for Sales Ops, FP&A, and basically anything that is heavy Excel-based. It's great at summarizing large amounts of data, like pivot tables. It's also great for crunching Salesforce data. I don't have a need for SQL, but I'm sure it would great for any kind of database summarization use case.
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Visier

Best suited: Clearly, it is the best workforce analytics solution on the market for self-service or on-demand analytics delivery. Why anyone would seek to build an "in-house" solution (we did this, only to scuttle a year's work because we would never be able to build something with the combination of simplicity and sophistication Visier provides). Second, it is the superior cost-based workforce planning solution on the market. The ability to generate multiple plans, build complex scenarios, and model different dynamics make it a powerful solution for planning. Less appropriate: Their capabilities - as a predictive or inferential solution - are relatively new. For organizations seeking to leverage predictive analytics with data other than "conventional" workforce analytics data, I would not look to use Visier. However, this is not a "fault", but rather it's not an area where - historically - they have focused
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

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

Consolidation and Close

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

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

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

Analytics

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

Integration

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

Workforce Analytics

Anaplan
Visier
8.0
Automated data collection
Anaplan
Visier
8.0
Data analysis
Anaplan
Visier
9.1
Data integration
Anaplan
Visier
8.7
Predictive analytics
Anaplan
Visier
5.9
Benchmarking
Anaplan
Visier
6.3
Report designer
Anaplan
Visier
8.2
Pre-built content
Anaplan
Visier
8.2
Data management
Anaplan
Visier
8.8
Self-service insights
Anaplan
Visier
8.9

Pros

  • We really like the Data Hub concept. We are working on multiple projects with regards to aggregating data from multiple sources, and Data Hub has worked well for us thus far.
  • Agility is key for our businesses and we feel that Anaplan gives us the ability to remain flexible and reactive to the changes throughout our businesses.
  • As a administrator I really like the resources provided by Anaplan such as Anapedia. It makes it really simple to ask questions and find answers if we are having difficulty with certain items.
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  • Allows organizations to easily access, aggregate, and analyze disparate information. HR data often resides in multiple systems. Visier's service model & technology enables their clients to more easily gain access to this data, aggregate it efficiently, and analyze it effectively.
  • Visier provides the means for HR organizations to bypass the reporting "bottlenecks" common in most organizations and "democratize" the data for anyone who has need to have access.
  • Visier provides a truly superior visualization tool for data exploration and analysis. Their workforce analytics solution provides users with a variety of different ways to visualize data as well as allowing customization in configuration to parse data in highly detailed ways not common with most analytics solutions of its type.
  • Visier's service model - with clients paying an annual fee for service based on headcount - ensures that organizations face what they experience with many vendors, the dreaded, "We can do that (make a necessary change or modification), but it will cost you an additional $_____". Because of this, as organizations increase in their level of analytics sophistication, they have assurance that they will be able to adapt Visier's solution to meet new use cases without incurring additional incremental costs.
  • Visier's customer support team is truly exceptional. In both organizations where I led analytics, they were our "shadow partner" - virtual members of our team who worked closely with us, crafting innovative solutions to unique data or analysis issues.
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Cons

  • Larger workspaces.
  • Ongoing support contracts based on LOE.
  • Better formula support and explanation within the model.
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  • I don't know what it would be - except to give their services away! I've been a customer twice because I'm very satisfied with their solution.
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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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Visier9.1
Based on 1 answer
It is an indispensable tool for our organization. We see no comparable substitute.
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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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Visier9.0
Based on 1 answer
Visier can move as quickly or as slowly as the client needs. The topic-by-topic approach separates the project in clear phases and allows for focus on specific data. Depending on the size of the implementation team, implementation could move more rapidly if the subject matter experts are responsible for the individual topic data sets.
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Alternatives Considered

Anaplan provided a whiteboard that allowed us to set up our unique business as we saw fit. Other programs had built-in forecasting modules that we needed to adapt to. Our company is retail but also collections so flexibility was the key when making the final decision. Plus, Anaplan seemed more cutting edge, new school, in comparison to the other competitors.
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As a SaaS solution focused specifically on human capital analytics, Visier has allowed us to rapidly deploy our key metrics and analytics in a shorter amount of time than would have been possible with another vendor. Additionally, as Visier owns the infrastructure, this solution was cheaper from both an infrastructure and staffing perspective than the alternatives.
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Lines of Business and Business Impact

It has provided a means to forecast while testing scenarios within multiple versions. It engaged the home office directors and operational managers to see their forecast and assess the changes that should be made. It became the much needed centerpoint where forecasting and budgeting data lives and breathes. In the past, forecasting was done via multiple Excel sheets, not standardized, and prone to human error.
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Selection Process

Adaptive and Host Analytics
More flexible and able to handle more data.
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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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  • Professional HR: moving away from data collector / data cleaner to strategic consultant over data with the business.
  • Professional People Management: moving away from people/organizational decisions based on 'gut feeling' to data-driven decisions.
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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/

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Visier

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

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