Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Planful

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft Dynamics 365
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a CRM providing sales, marketing, and service functionality. It is offered as SaaS and on-premise. Dynamics 365 is part of the larger Dynamics suite of business intelligence and ERP products.
$44
per month
Planful
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Planful is a cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM) suite. It includes financial applications for modeling, planning, consolidation, reporting and analytics.N/A
Pricing
Microsoft Dynamics 365Planful
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Microsoft Dynamics 365Planful
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Microsoft Dynamics 365Planful
Considered Both Products
Microsoft Dynamics 365

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Planful
Chose Planful
Against other financial planning software systems, Planful allows the greatest financial visibility. While the same data may be housed in other financial planning software systems the functionality of the Planful reporting module and dashboard modules makes visualizing, …
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Features
Microsoft Dynamics 365Planful
Sales Force Automation
Comparison of Sales Force Automation features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.2
70 Ratings
4% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Customer data management / contact management7.969 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow management7.467 Ratings00 Ratings
Territory management8.251 Ratings00 Ratings
Opportunity management8.563 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)8.466 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract management8.552 Ratings00 Ratings
Quote & order management8.548 Ratings00 Ratings
Interaction tracking8.060 Ratings00 Ratings
Channel / partner relationship management8.251 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Service & Support
Comparison of Customer Service & Support features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.2
55 Ratings
7% below category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Case management7.351 Ratings00 Ratings
Call center management8.345 Ratings00 Ratings
Help desk management6.149 Ratings00 Ratings
Marketing Automation
Comparison of Marketing Automation features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
67 Ratings
2% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Lead management8.661 Ratings00 Ratings
Email marketing7.362 Ratings00 Ratings
CRM Project Management
Comparison of CRM Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.2
64 Ratings
6% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Task management7.859 Ratings00 Ratings
Billing and invoicing management8.244 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting8.553 Ratings00 Ratings
CRM Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of CRM Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.7
65 Ratings
12% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Forecasting8.755 Ratings00 Ratings
Pipeline visualization8.961 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable reports8.564 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.2
67 Ratings
5% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Custom fields8.466 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom objects8.161 Ratings00 Ratings
Scripting environment8.348 Ratings00 Ratings
API for custom integration8.052 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.3
62 Ratings
2% below category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Single sign-on capability8.756 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.057 Ratings00 Ratings
Social CRM
Comparison of Social CRM features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.3
37 Ratings
11% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Social data8.436 Ratings00 Ratings
Social engagement8.237 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrations with 3rd-party Software
Comparison of Integrations with 3rd-party Software features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
56 Ratings
8% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Marketing automation8.056 Ratings00 Ratings
Compensation management7.929 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform
Comparison of Platform features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.5
48 Ratings
11% above category average
Planful
-
Ratings
Mobile access8.548 Ratings00 Ratings
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
8.1
30 Ratings
1% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.114 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings7.626 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings8.524 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
8.1
53 Ratings
4% below category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings8.551 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings7.652 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings8.248 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
8.0
44 Ratings
3% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings7.211 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.440 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings7.325 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings9.328 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
7.5
18 Ratings
2% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings7.612 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings7.514 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
9.2
52 Ratings
5% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.546 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.944 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings9.045 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings9.939 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
7.7
25 Ratings
2% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.123 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings7.315 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
9.0
100 Ratings
6% above category average
Long-term financial planning00 Ratings8.987 Ratings
Financial budgeting00 Ratings9.399 Ratings
Forecasting00 Ratings9.092 Ratings
Scenario modeling00 Ratings8.379 Ratings
Management reporting00 Ratings9.496 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
8.7
74 Ratings
5% above category average
Financial data consolidation00 Ratings9.867 Ratings
Journal entries and reports00 Ratings9.051 Ratings
Multi-currency management00 Ratings9.244 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations00 Ratings8.843 Ratings
Minority Ownership00 Ratings7.123 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting00 Ratings8.655 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails00 Ratings8.653 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
8.4
100 Ratings
0% below category average
Financial Statement Reporting00 Ratings8.883 Ratings
Management Reporting00 Ratings9.593 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting00 Ratings8.593 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting00 Ratings8.267 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing00 Ratings7.13 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
7.2
57 Ratings
11% below category average
Personalized dashboards00 Ratings7.849 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards00 Ratings7.529 Ratings
KPIs00 Ratings8.437 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis00 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting00 Ratings7.729 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data00 Ratings3.18 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Dynamics 365
-
Ratings
Planful
8.3
92 Ratings
2% below category average
Flat file integration00 Ratings9.565 Ratings
Excel data integration00 Ratings8.584 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources00 Ratings6.959 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365Planful
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(89 ratings)
8.8
(109 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(20 ratings)
8.6
(16 ratings)
Usability
7.7
(19 ratings)
8.0
(15 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(13 ratings)
7.8
(21 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(2 ratings)
Online Training
7.5
(2 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.5
(8 ratings)
2.3
(12 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
4.9
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Professional Services
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft Dynamics 365Planful
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
1. Lead Management - Microsoft Dynamics 365 is well suited for lead management. It provides a streamlined process for capturing, tracking, and managing leads. It allows users to capture leads from a variety of sources, such as web forms, emails, and social media. It also provides a centralized view of all of the lead data, allowing users to quickly identify hot leads and take action.

2. Automating Sales Processes - Microsoft Dynamics 365 is also well suited for automating sales processes. It allows users to create custom workflows and assign tasks to team members. This helps increase efficiency and streamline sales processes. It also allows users to track and analyze customer data, allowing sales teams to better understand their customer's needs and provide tailored solutions.

3. Customer Service and Support - Microsoft Dynamics 365 is also well suited for customer service and support. It provides a central platform for tracking customer inquiries and requests. It also allows users to create custom dashboards and reports, helping to easily identify customer trends and issues. This helps customer service teams to quickly address customer needs and provide a better level of service.
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Planful
Scenarios where it would be well-suited: - Creating actual versus planned dashboards for budgetary and FP&A purposes - Exporting or creating reports to examine vendor details, KPIs by a certain parameter, etc. Scenarios where it is less appropriate: - Creating very very intricate charts and graphs - I use Tableau for this if I want to easily interact with charts and tables - Linking it to a database and making it more "alive" - for instance, in Tableau, I connect that to a database. I can't tell you how many times I've wished that I could do this with Planful.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Some useful out-of-the-box features, like mass uploads of Leads from trade shows or when qualifying a Lead, CRM automatically creates the Opportunity, Contact, and Account for you, etc.
  • Really powerful customizations through the user interface to improve user experience. Things like Business Rules, for example, if Field A = 1, then Field B = 2 and Field C = 2, if Field A = 2, then Field B and Field C don't apply, so automatically hide them.
  • Or other functionality that improves user experience, like Business Process Flows. These walk users step by step through our business process, helping them know when certain actions should take place, and at what point other data is now required. We've used this extensively with our Lead to Opportunity to Quote to Order process, helping users understand the business process each step of the way.
  • Customizations built on top of the platform now called model-driven PowerApps. You can have connections to "typical" data, like Accounts, Contacts, or Opportunities, for example, but then connect that data to custom entities, records that only apply to your specific business. This is all done through the user interface and allows you to customize and automate specific line-of-business applications for your specific needs.
  • Behind the scenes, D365 CE is built on SQL. So the data conforms to industry standards and makes it much easier to interact with. Your developers and IT team will thank you.
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Planful
  • Support: They assign a technical expert to your team, which we have used extensively. They are always very responsive.
  • The spotlight XL add-in is a great tool and has made reporting extremely efficient. So easy to update with changes in your data.
  • Continued enhancements in leading-edge technology - Ex. AI
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 storage & license cost can prohibit some large deployments or even cost-sensitive small projects from using the platform (although I'm certain most deployments would realize a positive ROI if implemented correctly with process automation).
  • The cost and licensing document for Dynamics 365 is 61 pages and will take a rocket scientist to understand it. It's better to just have your Microsoft help estimate the cost if they are willing to help you that.
  • The documentation on how to first fully understand the Out of the Box default solution and settings is lacking or even non-existing. This has the potential to derail Dynamic 365 launches and implementations from the gitgo. Want to use an out of the box entity?.. well it's probably related to 5 other entities that require configuration and full understanding of it to successful implement. And you ask where is the laymen guide or instructions?... User groups and forums. In Summary, Microsoft can up its game in deployment training and supporting documentation.
  • Microsoft needs to incentivize more external platforms to build app connectors for easy integration, such as ZenDesk, Slack, Tableau, etc. Even the current connector apps such as Salesforce, MailChimp, Docusign are useless or don't work at all.
  • Several limitations inhibit successful Dynamics 365 deployments such as: limited number of Rollup field calculations (summarizing fields on child/related records), limited number rows that can exported to Excel via advanced find, Dynamics 365 files, log and database storage size limit is extremely small and will always require purchasing additional storage (for Online deployments).
  • New user buy-in or acceptance or system platform changes can be difficult if a solid change management plan isn't enacted.
  • Don't expect much help from Microsoft on implementation or solutions unless it's a technical flaw with the platform. Microsoft relies on their MVP partner network to consult for implementations at a hefty cost. Hiring a knowledgeable and savvy Dynamics 365 System Administrator can reduce the need for consultant support; of course, this is dependant upon many many variables.
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Planful
  • User security control could be more centralized on the platform, where you may need to navigate to multiple screens to ensure the access granted is what it should be, depending on your system setup.
  • Dynamic planning (while certainly powerful and can help fulfill special use cases) does have more of a learning curve vs. other areas of Planful, especially if you are not using it frequently. That being said, Planful does have training and resources to help acquire that knowledge.
  • Out-of-the-box intercompany reporting in the consolidation module can be tricky depending on how balances are booked in local source systems. Building reports using the intercompany dimension can be challenging depending on your specific company (entity) structure, but it can be done with some testing and validation.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
CRM has allowed us to keep all of our data in one place that is easy for all users within the company to view. I came into the company after they had been using CRM for about 4 years. They have all said that since we have used this it has helped us control work processes better, it has allowed us to be able to track things so much better, and has been something that has helped unite many processes that used to be all over the place. We are currently using CRM 4.0 and are planning on upgrading in the next 18 months to the 2011 version. Support for 4.0 is almost all but dried up. Understandably so. Some of the customization we have done, and a plugins we use, are now contained within the 2011 version so we are looking forward to that upgrade. We use an email marketing company as well, and they primarily support the 2011 version, but their product connects and is integrated within CRM. This is a great benefit as well so that all of our marketing information can be contained in one location.
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Planful
Our new Comptroller understands the value of Planful, and we plan to utilize it further in the organization to enhance external reporting. Strangely enough, Planful had not previously been embraced by the former CFO, who argued that we were running two sets of books (of course, we were not). Fortunately, the before mentioned reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income demonstrated that to the banks.
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Usability
Microsoft
My review can help others to choose the correct CRM like Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM. I see lots of great things in Microsoft Dynamics 365 that make your business easy and smooth also MS allows users to customize the software according to their needs. So Thought I should share my experience with others.
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Planful
Planful is very easy to use for end users. The budget templates can be customized to meet the business needs. They just released business user experience functionality which you to take a complicated budget template and filter it down to meet departmental needs to avoid sending more lines than needed
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
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Planful
I only give a 9 rating rather than a 10 rating because it seems that every day around 2pm we see a slowdown in the use of Planful. I have requested our internal IT department verify that it is not an internal issue and have been assured it is the tool. We have not yet reached out to Planful to do extensive research to solve this issue.
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Performance
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Planful
Again, the system is very reliable and, for the most part, runs very quick and smooth. When running larger queries, it does take some time, and during budgeting season our users experienced slower loading times, but nothing that raises concerns outside of normal network issues. Occasionally, as with any software we use, it will crash and you have to restart, but that does not happen very often.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Our partner, Ledgeview Partners has been FANTASTIC to work with. They are always timely in their response and have taken time to understand our business and our specific needs. We've made a lot of advanced customizations and they have been a great help in making those updates.
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Planful
Sometimes we get great help when using Planful's support team and other times we don't. In particular, there is one person that often responds to our support tickets who is less than helpful, hence the reason for the 5 out of 10 rating. As a result, most of the time we reach out to our Planful consulting group as they provide faster and better support
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In-Person Training
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Planful
I have made a point to attend the Planful Perform conference and it, by far, offers so much more information than "other conferences". Planful does an amazing job including their customers (other users) in their conference to ensure their customers are getting the most out of the information provided. It is truly a wonderful LEARNING experience for their customers!
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Online Training
Microsoft
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Planful
A few years ago I participated in a lot of their online learning. Their references have grown over the years and continue to get better and better. We use it throughout the year to update the information we hold internally for documentation and to educate ourselves on all of the new release notes and features within Planful.
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
We used a data warehouse to house our data, and our IT team and implementation vendor worked diligently ahead of time to construct idea implementation plans. Out of millions of records- we had less than a dozen errors, which is remarkable. My major insight is simply having a group of completely devoted individuals working towards your goal who fully understand the desired outcome. Focused resources for implementation season are critical to success.
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Planful
After going through the initial implementation with Host Analytics and a re-implementation with Cervello (due to an ERP change, not due to a poor initial implementation), I've learned that you really must rely on your internal staff to bear most of the implementation burden. Use the vendor or partners for ideas and best-practice suggestions, and some of the easy-but-time-consuming work. Since you will ultimately be using and maintaining the application, you should be able to do most of it yourself.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Microsoft Dynamics was part of a system overhaul for a local school, and we looked at many products. If we had used it for a company with low turnover, then it might have been more feasible. They needed something a new person could learn quickly, someone who might also be learning marketing terms at the same time - especially if there is nobody to train the individual now expected to know the system. Similar issues occurred with all of these programs (we called it being too big for their britches), and one of the bigger things we liked was that it is more compatible with MS Office products in both technical and visual appeal. If you have a steady employees who use a CRM consistently, low turnover, and those who are very familiar with Office products, Dynamics would be the smartest option for you. Unfortunately, this was just not true for the school environment
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Planful
Planful is nice for the reporting option. SAP Concur doesn't so much have an option where you can see physical reports. You can easily report on the tool and send reimbursement requests and such, but you have to use multiple tools if you use Concur and want to see any sort of account history and/or detailed report information.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Microsoft
On our purchase, I'd been interrogated about our usage. Our needs are met by Microsoft Dynamics 365, which is simple to use. With so much data and information available, we must ensure that it is presented correctly to managers. Due to a lack of use, we don't have to spend as much money on Salesforce.
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Planful
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Scalability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Planful
I give this rating simply because I have first-hand knowledge of the scalability of Planful when working across departments in our company that use different financial systems. We have one team on InEight and another using SAP. When we implemented it, we only customized the system to accommodate one of these financial platforms, but when we considered expanding the use of Planful to other departments, we were able to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate our needs.
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Professional Services
Microsoft
My company's preferred program right now is Microsoft Dynamics 365. We use it to keep track of customers and important sales metrics in a streamlined manner. Anyone familiar with CRMs will find the tool extremely useful. Considering that we have a good turnover, this product will be used for its basic segments. As a result, there are few chances of error with Microsoft dynamics because it is so easy to use. Many options for recording data on these leads are available. It meets our needs and pays off.
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Planful
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • For those without a centralized, all in one solution for major HR, Finance and other departments, Microsoft Dynamics 365 has vastly improved employee time utilization and profit.
  • Migrating clients from on-premise to the cloud has reaped benefits including better security, no unscheduled downtime and frequent updates to functionality.
  • Those transferring from cheaper solutions have lost money in the aim to be better integrated with other Microsoft products and AI they don't really utilize.
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Planful
  • We have saved a large amount of time on reports that we previously manually compiled in Excel via MS Dynamics. Planful was linked to Dynamics through automatically scheduled DLR's, reports were created, and now our manual processes are as simple as accessing and refreshing a report.
  • Dashboards have improved our budgeting process specifically with our production leaders as they can visualize their P&L's, their current actuals, current budget, and see where they are forecasting with their proposed budget for the next year
  • With the use of templates, structured planning, and the Simulation Engine, it has added a lot of value and automation to our annual budget process, allowing for plug-and-play type data loading and viewing various scenarios easily
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