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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/hM/GE/XR6UW80OQAQ8.PNGAnaplan: Powerful Modeling CloudAnaplan is being used by the Finance Team of about 35 professionals for budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and visualizations. It's not yet being used by our Accounting, Investor Relations or any other team at the company. Its primary use case is a single-source-of-truth for budget, actuals and as a forecasting tool. It has really helped us get a handle on our financials.,Singe source of truth for actuals and forecast. Robust modeling capabilities. Flexible to change models. Connectivity to other tools/databases. Easy to add new accounts as needed.,Better/more intuitive security. Better branding to make the tool feel like your company. Better Excel integration! Self-help guides.,6,Reliable single source-of-truth for budgets and actuals. Improved forecast accuracy. Streamlined Finance Team processes such as close and budgeting. Faster reporting to stakeholders.,Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite, Adaptive Insights, a Workday company, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud and IBM Cognos,Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud, TidemarkUsing Anaplan at TableauAt Tableau, we use Anaplan for our Sales Planning function. For our company, this encompasses the functions of Workforce Planning, Territory Assignment, Compensation Plan Administration, and Quota Setting. Sales Planning was Tableau's first Anaplan use case, and since adopting the platform, we've also had use cases in Finance, Marketing, and IT. Anaplan helps us address both collaboration and version control issues. For some use cases, the key benefit is having a primary data source that can be iterated upon several times by a number of different stakeholders. For other use cases, the key benefit is having a significant number of collaborators, who can all rely on one single source of truth. Overall, Anaplan provides our company with the data integrity we need while still remaining flexible enough to update quickly to accommodate our rapidly changing environment.,Version Control -- by having one cloud-based source for our primary data, there rarely are questions about which data points to use. Everyone understands this and can reference our single source of truth. Flexibility -- Anaplan is great in maintaining a balance between being a formal system, but being flexible enough to update quickly. We adopted Anaplan shortly after our IPO, when our company was still changing rapidly, and have been able to incorporate all of our business process changes into the tool. Collaboration -- Anaplan allows us to have hundreds of users logged into the tool, updating information all at the same time. This was particularly useful during our account based planning implementation, when we had a number of sales managers and reps contributing their forecasts all at once.,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.,9,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales Anaplan for Marketing,Google Drive,Have a clear single source of truth for the data in our business critical process.Be able to update and make drastic changes to our business processes, as this is the environment we work in.Allow several users to collaborate at once, without any questions about who input which value and who has access to what.Be able to load and export data from the system quickly, efficiently, and transparently.7 Years with AnaplanWe use Anaplan for financial reporting, planning and customer reporting. Anaplan allows us to spend time on value added instead of spending time consolidating planning results in Excel. We can look at reviewing key trends. Forecasts are broken down into smaller tasks and distributed to the business resulting in less pressure on the FP&A team during forecast/budget rounds. The reporting timeline is shorter as dashboards can be used for users to login and see their areas results which means we dont have to send out manual reports. Anaplan allows very complex business modelling but without any of the complex language used in other tools and can be run by the users themselves. Results are recalculated on the fly with no wait time to run the recalc process.,Forecast consolidation and recalcuation Dashboards for entry and review Ease of modelling. Its like Excel but simpler to use.,Some of the charting is limited Some formatting options could be better Excel Add-in has only just been revamped,10,Anaplan for Finance,Great product for most, probably not for me though.We use Anaplan to set up our annual budget and do monthly projections. The model is used by 12 users in the department.,Anaplan does automatically what we had to do manually using Excel in the past. This saves both time and energy for the users.,Unless you're a technically-minded person, Anaplan doesn't logically make sense. It takes a lot of training and notes to learn how to use the system and can be incredibly frustrating. I often miss Excel and want to dump Anaplan for the archaic process.,3,Anaplan for Finance,,The budget set-up process has, in the past, taken several weeks or months to set up and often left the users confused, frustrated, and irritable because it was so involved. The worst part was it was only done once a year, so at the beginning of the process each year, a good day or two would be spent just trying to remember how to even do it. With Anaplan, the system basically remembers for us and will expedite the process for all of the users. When we do our monthly projections, it's the same thing. Everything is automatically exported in for us and broken down to the levels we need, which saves us time and prevents potential errors.Excel on steroids!Anaplan is used across the whole organization, at WW level. The key problem was to remove offline spreadsheets for sales quota planning, deployment, and ensure automatic, real-time coverage analysis for the sales teams.,Real - time - the cloud based technology allows all changes & its impact is visible in real time.,Performance - in the case of complex business cases, the size of Anaplan is increasing drastically, and even a simple click would take more than it should. UI - The User interface needs to be improved: group/expand hierarchy, "Ctrl " + select option to allow multi selection, Content page clean up, easier "Drag & drop" when customizing or building exports. Review & enhance the type of security user roles.,7,Time saving for business analysts - no need to spend time on collecting & crunching complex data, rather spending that time to provide meaningful business justifications,Anaplan for Sales,MS Excel,The time it takes for the sales letter to be prepared and given to the sales representatives reduced significantly, as a result, sales can truly focus on selling.The vision is to have a real cloud based quota and planning tool, with users as business managers & business planners, not operational users who are just importing & exporting to Anaplan.Anaplan as a strategic tool, that can provide meaningful analytics in real-time.Anaplan Review from a Finance Professional in TechAnaplan is still currently being used by Finance only but I can see how other departments like Sales Operations could benefit from the usage of Anaplan.,I think that Anaplan is good for workforce planning. The strength is that once you have the raw data of the personnel, one could upload the sheet for a more automated output.,It is at times difficult to trouble shoot. It would be nice to have better references to the source cells.,9,Anaplan for Finance,,I hope to reduce the frequency of manual entries I make. For example, I used to arrive at allocation percentages through Excel. I needed to assign percentages to allocate each department's expenses based on headcount. At times, we needed multiple sub levels for a department. At other times, we would allocate to just management level because I did not need that much granular detail. Rather than mapping manually, all I have to do is upload the entire list of people and the counts of each sub level is produced in a fraction of the time!Freaky FastWe use Anaplan to facilitate the management of our sales organization. From headcount to compensation planning.,Anaplan is very fast! Instantaneous updates to imported information.,Getting a blue-box error is the worst. If formula errors could not result in blocking other users out that would be an awesome improvement.,10,Anaplan for Sales,We hope to continue to get faster in our ability to analyze big sets of data .Anaplan, when in the right place/timeIt is being used by sales/sales ops and finance for various types of forecasting and cash flow analysis. With the sales portion, the part I worked on it was ideally for an automated forecast for global sales org. What was "fully automated" was really maybe 75-80% automated which lead to a number of data integrity issues,Manipulation of big data Viewing of live data across offices/the globe The Hub offers a good area for getting more information,Standardized training offering Lag times with large models Product adoption, there needs to be more of a push because it is fairly specialized so finding talent that has used it is tough,7,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales,Anaplan for Modeling of Sales IncentivesI purchased Anaplan to perform complex modeling of potential changes to our sales incentive programs. In addition to our usage, our finance team is beginning to explore the use of the tool for sales forecasting. With a sales organization in excess of 5000 people, it is critical to be able to adjust multiple variables across lines of business and understand the impact on each of our operating areas. Anaplan allows us to model multiple "what if" approaches simultaneously, perform side-by-side scenario analysis, and convey to our executive team what the specific tradeoffs are between options. Our responsiveness has been accelerated by orders of magnitude, and our conclusions are rooted in data.,I think the greatest strength of Anaplan is that the entire model is interconnected. The ability to update a single variable and have that change propagated through the entire model is unparalleled. Another strength is the ability to have multiple users working in a given model simultaneously. We have had the experience of actively modeling to meet a deadline and realizing that some of the underlying assumptions and/or layout needed to be changed to support a new approach. While our model-builder made the back-end adjustments in Florida, our analyst continued to work through a new set of variables. We ended up with a completely refreshed approach in less than a half hour. With only two hours before our deadline, we NEVER would have even entertained making the change in Excel. The thing that Anaplan does -- that I haven't seen elsewhere -- is the ability to get to data-driven analysis of the future. BI tools are great for reporting what has already happened, but fall short of predictive analytics and sensitivity analysis. Anaplan handles those with ease.,The reporting/dashboarding capability is adequate but could be enhanced. Anaplan is somewhat intuitive ... but it DOES require an investment of time and energy to become proficient in it. The ability to use it for more and more use cases is limited by the number of personnel who truly understand the tool. The corollary is that unless that knowledge is spread to multiple people on the team, there can be substantial risk were a key resource to leave the group. Building a new model does require a fair amount of up-front planning and construction. So there are some things we would rather do in Anaplan than Excel ... but unless they have continuing utility, we find ourselves unlikely to perform quick analyses in Anaplan.,10,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales,,Better decisions, faster.,9Seagate Anaplan ReviewThe corp FP&A team is using it for financial budgets. The revenue planning team is using it for revenue planning. One of our units is using it for demand planning. The customer service org is using it for returns modeling. It's primarily a finance footprint but that footprint is growing outside finance.,Hyperbloc architecture -- the ability to see changes to models instantly cascade through all the models. Function agnostic platform - the ability to adapt the platform to many different use cases and integrate those use cases into a connected planning environment. Cloud architecture. Security and product enhancements come automatically.,The actions could be improved - make it obvious what the sources and targets of the are so we don't have to guess or put them in the action names. Also get a native scheduler! That's so simple and it's very frustrating and expensive to have to build/buy our own. Reporting and UI still have a long way to go. Simple things like being able to alphabetize/order what you see on the screen, or add a rich color pallet to choose from. User access management could improve. We need to have model level admins that don't have access to everything in the workspace. Also the tenant admin space doesn't work effectively. I can't remove a user from all models simultaneously. I also can't see all models a user has access to from the tenant admin space.,8,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Supply Chain,Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management,We want to have enterprise wide integrated business planning. We want to dramatically reduce the planning cycle times across the business and have the ability to see how the business is shaping up on a much more frequent basis so that we can anticipate problems and address them rather than be reactive.,4SaaS FP&A ReviewWe have two Anaplan instances. Sales Ops uses it to manage headcount and for capacity planning. They have users and viewers of their headcount reporting. I manage the FP&A instance which is used to plan headcount, expenses, capex, and COGS. We also use it for reporting for various cuts of the P&L, headcount, and balance sheet. This instance is only being used by FP&A, but we hope to role it out to business partners later in the year.,Anaplan is great for headcount reporting. We have reports by dept, office location, and subsidiary that is great for planning and also for full company reporting. Although they can be complicated to set up, Anaplan is also great for setting up complex P&L views. For example, setting up a P&L with a combination of subs/depts., that still needs to consolidate to the total P&L. Systems-wise, I like that it's impossible to #REF the model! Anaplan shows you where everything is referenced, so it's very difficult to break anything. I also like that formulas copy across, so there is no chance of pointing to the wrong cell, like in Excel,I'd like to see a back button. While there is restore from backup, it is a long process that only Admins can perform. And all users lose changes of course. As an Admin, my #1 request is: why can't we select multiple list members with check boxes? For example, if I have a list of depts., and want to see HR + Recruiting (two list members). Yes, I can build a line item that does that. But every combination of list members must be custom built. Another one that I get asked for are hierarchies for line items. For example, if I have a List on pages, there will be "+" to group items. For example, I might have Finance, HR, and Recruiting, all in "G&A" which I could then open the "+" to expand and collapse (G&A) to show the detail. If I am pivoted on a Line Item on pages, this isn't possible. Another big one I get asked for, is "why can't I save views?!" Of course Admins can, but I think users would really appreciate it this one. Please consider it!,10,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales,,I'd eventually like to see business partners involved in the budgeting process with Anaplan (entering data) and HR managing headcount, instead of FP&A. I'd also like to see more integration with systems. I've used Anaplan at four different companies and have never seen a successful integration. I've seen it get close with Mulesoft or Anaplan Connect, but I have never seen one actually work. I've always used flat files, which does work well. Lastly, although the Dashboards have improved significantly over the years, I'd love to see them at a level where Anaplan could be used as a BI tool with analytics similar to Domo.Anaplan Review - GamingCurrently we are using Anaplan for Planning and Budgeting. We are looking to begin using it for a forecasting and consolidation of data (Data Hub) and performance reporting models. The main business problem it has helped us with is the consolidation and ability to report on multiple dynamic hierarchies across a wide range of businesses. It has also being the driving force for process change within our organization.,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.,I believe user set up within Anaplan is one of the areas that could be improved greatly. Workflow is another area that I believe could be improved. Currently, I do not believe, there is a way to create an action against workflow. This would be a great benefit rather than moving the item to complete or in progress if you could write an action for it.,9,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan - Platform,We really hope to have an integrated BI and IT data strategy in place within the next year. We feel Anaplan will be the main source of taking that data (whether it is financial data or operational data) and modeling it into a form that can be consumed within a reporting tool (Tableau or VizMosaic). Anaplan is at the center of what we want to do from a BI and Analytics standpoint moving forward.Doing it all with AnaplanWe currently use Anaplan for FP&A - essentially having modeled out entire business on the platform. We use it in most all planning and forecasting discussions. Because of its flexibility, ease of use and ability to scenario test, it allows us to quickly and accurately make decisions that have a financial impact that would otherwise take days or weeks to make. We are currently in the process of rolling out Anaplan for sales forecasting to increase accuracy and accountability in our sales forecasts. Lastly, we are in the early stages of planning to use Anaplan for our business intelligence reporting capabilities. It will be used as our one source of truth for business metrics and results - something we desperately need and that Anaplan will work perfectly for.,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.,Error handling can be annoying. A single formula error can lock up your model for 2-5 minutes while it reverts back to before you pressed enter, and while its improved a little in the year I've been using Anaplan, there are certain situations where I feel like it could be eliminated or made more efficient. Time subsets would be really nice.,10,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales,Adaptive Insights and Tagetik,BI - We are using Anaplan to help us drive more detailed insights into what is happening in our business. Because Anaplan makes integrating data from multiple systems so easy, we are on the path to using it as our go-to BI tool. Sales forecasting - we will use Anaplan to drive consistency and accountability in this process FP&A - we will continue to expand out competencies here to improve and streamline our planning and forecasting process. Commission planning - a potential future use case where we can see Anaplan greatly improving the process by providing consistency in plan construction and the ability to connect it to sales forecasting and FP&A to get a better understanding of how plans will perform in specific situations.,Dashboarding is easy to learn and use. Construction of individual modules is relatively straight forward User interface is familiar and easy to navigate,Here is the deal with Anaplan...you have to want to learn it. If you are just going to have someone else build your model and not take the time to learn the system, you're probably not going to get the most out of it and may find it difficult to use. Anaplan requires a certain level of creativity in modeling - once you understand that and understand how to work within the dimensions you establish, Anaplan is a breeze to use. Error handling is annoying and takes too long. In Anaplan, you are often the creator of your own ails. Because there is nearly infinite flexibility, you can make models nearly infinitely complicated. This requires a lot of forethought before you start building.,Yes, but I don't use it,9Anaplan - a powerful flexible tool with nearly endless potentialOur road map is to implement Anaplan globally to connect all departments and all levels of the organization for end to end planning, management reporting and analysis. Our initial phases focused on seamlessly connecting orders reporting and forecasting to revenue and gross margin forecasting. Anaplan allows all levels of the organization to have one version of the data and was the catalyst for rolling out consistent forecasting processes across all regions and functions. Anaplan will bring efficiency to our organization by eliminating shadow finance activities, improving data integrity and allowing consistent on demand analytics.,It is a very user-friendly platform that allows individuals without IT backgrounds to build models in simple syntax. If you know how to use Excel, you will be able to pick up model building in Anaplan with relative ease using the guided build methodology. Anaplan is a blank slate that allows for multi-dimension models in which we determine the dimensions versus forcing us to adhere to predetermined dimensions. Maintaining our company hierarchies in data hub allows us to change information there and have it automatically pushed out to all spoke models versus changing 10-20 spreadsheets.,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.,9,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales Anaplan for Marketing Anaplan for HR Anaplan - Platform,,We hope to improve accuracy and efficiency in all levels of the organization by eliminating shadow activities and standardizing the collection and analysis of data. We see this platform as something that has endless possibilities given its flexibility and power. In addition, by giving us one version of the truth we see Anaplan as a tool in improving the reliability and accuracy of our reporting.Anaplan: The "do we still have an IT department?" toolWe currently use Anaplan as a quota and territory management tool focused around our yearly target process. As of right now we only use it for the US business unit. However we are looking to expand this use case to Canada as well. Our goal is to then add additional use cases such as Compensation and pipeline/forecasting.,Allows non-technical business-oriented individuals create functionality in the system. Highly customizable. Excellent business partner from a people perspective. Very focused on customer success, not just the next PO.,Larger workspaces. Ongoing support contracts based on LOE. Better formula support and explanation within the model.,10,Anaplan for Sales Anaplan for HR,The business outcomes we would like to see vary by the business problem we are solving with Anaplan. On a high level we would like to reduce the time it takes our analysts to conduct planning work such as target. Typically this was all done in Excel. We want to minimize the need for Excel to free our analysts up to contribute value in more impactful ways. In addition, we want to provide sales managers consolidated views of data that can help them make better business decisions.Anaplan Modeling on HRRight now, we are using Anaplan for workforce planning modeling. We use the historic attrition and internal movement data to forecast future hiring needs. It seems that other functions in my company are exploring Anaplan but as of now only HR has implemented two models using Anaplan.,Smart Import Features: When you have data in multiple dimensions, as long as you set up the corresponding fields correctly, it can be loaded into your Anaplan space fairly easily. Interactive Dashboard: As long as you set up hierarchy correctly, you can publish your numbers on the dashboard and just navigate to the level that you are interested in. Productivity: My favorite thing about Anaplan is that you can work on the formulas on a micro level (in my case, individual employee) and you only work on this once and it will apply to the whole and you can have the company view in no time. Doing the same thing in MS Excel could take much longer.,Graphical feature: Anaplan should explore more graphical features. In my case, I have to export my data to MS Visio to get an org chart. The conditional formatting options are still very limited right now. Formula for List Properties: It's only allowed to key in the formulas for these list properties. I'm not sure about the design philosophy. But I wish it could be similar to the formulas in modules to avoid mistakes. Training Documentation Version Control: Training documentations have some many mistakes. It seems no version control at all. Since using Anaplan requires to set up time properly, the training documentations need to be updated. Before you publish any document, can you let one of your employees (who are not authors of the documentation) to follow the documentation to see if he can complete tasks based on the directions on the documentation? All the modeler in my company had hard time to teach ourselves by using the documentation so none of us was able to complete the intermediate training.,6,Anaplan for HR,,We want to connect everything together in the enterprise so we can have an operational view of HR.,7Easier Territory PlanningCurrently we are using Anaplan for account ownership and territory planning. We are about to role out Anaplan for incentive compensation. Our current use saves us tons of time from our Excel planning and allows us to see the impact of proposed changes without trying to manipulate a large Excel file and worry about version control. An additional benefit from our implementation is quick and easy reporting on account ownership. Having incentive compensation in Anaplan will allow us to integrate the two instances and see the impact of account moves to compensation and vice versa see the impact to sales reps pay based on their books of potential compensation changes.,Calculate values based on data in other files; we use this for scoring accounts See the impact of new scenarios and potential changes; we do this with proposed territory changes Quick and easy reporting on your current setup,Logistics and relationships of data are complicated if you do not have a data background Formulas are difficult without a data background We need more storage, we have large data sets,9,Anaplan for Sales,Excel,We hope Anaplan allows us to better analyze data for better planning of our account coverage models. We hope to also better understand the potential impact of account moves through better analysis using the tool. Having incentive compensation in Anaplan will allow better collaboration between sales operations and sales incentive and see the mutual impact between both groups of account moves and compensation changes.,30,10,Territory alignment and planning Compensation analysis Capacity Planning,Forecasting Compensation modeling,Yes! We have saved so much time by moving from Excel to Anaplan. Anaplan also reduces the likelihood of human error that excel introduces,9,Yes,9,Anaplan is always willing to find us answers and they provide forums to get best practices from other clientsAnaplan - Beginning StagesWe use Anaplan to sync our data across demand and supply and then layer our financial assumptions to build out our financial forecast. Anaplan addresses business needs of synchronized, timely data tied to one source of truth, as well as scalability within the organization. Also relevant is the fact that it can refresh in seconds what would take Excel days or weeks to complete. The ability to build cube logic is great for financials requiring build outs of multiple SKUs, reorgs, etc.,Scalability - ability to build out financials with new SKUs spanning multiple financial assumptions Timely cross functional data access Ability to export data across systems SQL / Tableau,Difficulty training up users Hierarchy of units that are used cross functionally that aren't easily translated between orgs Ability to call back parts of models previously built up Elegance in design can be make or break between cost accretion and dilution Inconsistency of quality of consultants,7,Anaplan for Finance,none,We hope to eventually build out most all models, particularly those consumed by the business in Anaplan. For Opex, I've been active in seeing it be our source of truth and platform for dialogues with multiple stakeholders and the primary data storage and calculation hub. In time, as our demand model becomes more sophisticated, we could build out a full on revenue / long range plan to inform our goals for the horizon beyond the immediate annual period.Dish Network leading the way in Supply Chain PlanningIt is currently used by supply chain planning for planning repair parts. It helps in transparency and measuring performance which helps maintain desired inventory levels.,It allows users to set up complex algorithms which then leads to recommendations made by the tool for the planners to make a decision. Helps in collaboration across multiple users within our department but across Dish and potentially externally with our suppliers in the future. The software is extremely fast and can calculate scenarios fast.,Partnership with data visualization software such as Tableau is needed. More supply chain apps to allow users to see the different applications within supply chain.,9,Anaplan for Supply Chain,Kinaxis RapidResponse,Increase working capital for Dish Reduce waste in terms of resources (time savings) and inventoryGet your Forecast out of EXCEL!We use Anaplan within our FP&A oOrganization. The goal is to get to make this a robust tool and also have our deal desk be linked into the system to help with synergies. Currently, FP&A is the only team using the tool in the organization. The problem that Anaplan helps us address is getting out of Excel and being able to have a single place for our forecast to be held.,It allows for us to lock our forecast, which is extremely important for a public company. It's an extremely collaborative tool, allowing multiple users on a team to update the forecast, without fear of breaking the system. It is easy for a finance person to understand the formulas and update them as the business changes.,Error Messages. When updating a formula, you may have missed a bracket. Doing something like this can lock up the system for an extensive amount of time, also locking out your peers. Suppressing Zero. Space becomes a real issue as you get more involved in the tool. A lot of times you want to use the system to its full capability, however, run into problems, because of space. It would be great if zero balances did not count against your space. Open source: Because the tool is so open, you can change something in on module, however effect many other things that you never intended too. I would love to see a feature that shows me by changing something a clear picture of all thing i am updating.,8,Anaplan for Finance,Adaptive and Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite,The main goal is to get an accurate forecast. Once the team is able to able to complete an accurate forecast, the next steps is to be able to do a robust analysis. I still use Excel when I want to provide analysis, and know that anaplan's goal is to get FP&A out of that mode, however I think when you want to do one time things it's still not as easy as I would like.First-Time User's Pros and ConsAnaplan is used primarily within finance and strategy for financial planning and analytical purposes. It provides the team with the capability to merge and work with operational data sourced from multiple systems into one world. Thus, not only are we able to dissect data with greater dexterity, we are able to utilize multi-disciplinary data in conjunction with Anaplan's forecasting models to plan with greater precision.,Personnel Forecasting models allow more in-depth & precise forecasting. Flexibility allows the creation and use of custom, better focused analytical and planning models. The tool is geared towards mass usability within an organization, thus can be used collaboratively between finance and business partners.,Size and pricing limitations inhibit full potential of the tool. Empty cells/cells with 0 value are counted and take up space in models. Models often require sophistication that can be a challenge to implement.,8,Anaplan for Finance,Smartview and Essbase,I hope Anaplan will allow me to move away from having to play systems admin more than I should have to. I hope that it will work for me, so to speak, and allow me the capability to focus more on analyzing data and be of strategic value-add to my business partners. Often times, as we adopt more technology, it can be easy for the technology to become a full time responsibility on top of the work we are using it to do. Thus, I look forward to being able to rely on Anaplan to fully power and drive our monthly processes.Make your life easier - but have to put in the hard work upfrontI've implemented Anaplan for two different departments in our company: 1. Sales Finance - Anaplan was used for weekly forecast process and I was part of the team that implemented Anaplan. 2. Business Strategy and Marketing Team - I implemented Anaplan for this team for our annual target setting. Both experiences had positive outcomes and each model was implemented and currently being used.,If the model in Anaplan is built well, it allows the user to make one change as part of an input and that one change will be reflected through out the model. Unlike Excel, there is no need for a formula check - it's a very useful feature for a large model for multiple variable and drivers. The key to a successful model is to keep your model simple, don't overcomplicate things.,So far, I've been pleased with Anaplan. Where Anaplan, as a company can improve, is the consultants. Different consultants have different styles and Anaplan Consultants should be teaching their customers how to use the tool rather than doing the work on their behalf. Also, most of the consultants I interacted with were from LA so it would be nice to have some local consultants (Bay Area) or at least have some face to face time with our consultants.,8,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Sales,QlikView and Microsoft Access,Save time and prevent mistakes. Be able to build on top of the existence model and expand on the model that's been built. For example, our Sales Finance team does their own Target Setting Model, and our Business Strategy and Marketing team does their own Target Setting Model, so there is a lot of man hours being used to set these targets, to me it makes sense to have One Master Target model in Anaplan and each team has their own Sub target model in Anaplan which they can tweak per their business needs.Anaplan is Changing businessCurrently, Anaplan is being used to calculate incentive compensation and workforce management. It is being used to replace slow legacy and Excel systems. It is also being used as a data hub for current and future use cases.,It is in the cloud. it is a powerful calculation engine. It allows you to analyze data instead of [just] prepare it.,Saving of different user views of dashboards. I wish it would handle custom time frames better.,10,Anaplan for Finance Anaplan for Supply Chain,vital sign and ssrs,We expect a system that is stable, scalable, and give us the ability to view it in many different ways.Anaplanning with confidenceAnaplan is currently used as our annual budgeting and monthly forecasting tool. The budget owners are given access to view their respective department budget. We also use the Anaplan Excel add-in function to help with the reporting aspects. Anaplan has reduced the planning/forecasting turn around time; increased efficiency, and most importantly data integrity (vs. previously done in Excel). It also provides visibility of the detail behind the budget/forecast.,Flexibility Efficiency Integrated forecast tool with internal systems Excel add-in ... could definitely be improved to be more robust,Excel Add Ins ... it needs to be further developed to increase efficiency,9,Anaplan for Finance,Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite,Expand the use of Anaplan. Integrate to other areas in the companyAnaplan beats Excel for complex modelingWe use Anaplan as a free-form modeling platform. It is an alternative to our old Excel based models. We are leveraging its ability to calculate massive amounts of data in a highly structured yet flexible model. It is currently being used to forecast future medical and drug claims to arrive at the total monthly premiums charged to our customers for the Retail ACA lines of business. We are currently building prototypes internally and looking to expand to other use cases.,Cloud based modeling platform that can be accessed from anywhere with leading industry-standard encryption and security. Speed and Power of Hyperblock calculation engine. It can calculate an enormous amount of data, an amount that excel would have no chance at processing. History/Audit Trails/Restore Points - every single change to the model is logged and a restore point created User-access controls,Large up front cost compared to using an existing platform like Excel Learning curve for model builders,10,Anaplan - Platform,Excel,We hope to achieve more of an enterprise approach to a wide variety of our modeling and analysis. In the current environment, there are a lot of disparate models with differing methodology, data, and assumptions and it is difficult to connect the lines between them. Anaplan has the structure, computing power, and collaboration features to create larger and more functional enterprise tools.
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Score 6 out of 10
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Anaplan is being used by the Finance Team of about 35 professionals for budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and visualizations. It's not yet being used by our Accounting, Investor Relations or any other team at the company. Its primary use case is a single-source-of-truth for budget, actuals and as a forecasting tool. It has really helped us get a handle on our financials.
  • Singe source of truth for actuals and forecast.
  • Robust modeling capabilities.
  • Flexible to change models.
  • Connectivity to other tools/databases.
  • Easy to add new accounts as needed.
  • Better/more intuitive security.
  • Better branding to make the tool feel like your company.
  • Better Excel integration!
  • Self-help guides.
Well suited: forecasting, single source-of-truth, and scenario management. Less suited: Excel plug-ins and visualizations.
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February 22, 2019

Using Anaplan at Tableau

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At Tableau, we use Anaplan for our Sales Planning function. For our company, this encompasses the functions of Workforce Planning, Territory Assignment, Compensation Plan Administration, and Quota Setting. Sales Planning was Tableau's first Anaplan use case, and since adopting the platform, we've also had use cases in Finance, Marketing, and IT. Anaplan helps us address both collaboration and version control issues. For some use cases, the key benefit is having a primary data source that can be iterated upon several times by a number of different stakeholders. For other use cases, the key benefit is having a significant number of collaborators, who can all rely on one single source of truth. Overall, Anaplan provides our company with the data integrity we need while still remaining flexible enough to update quickly to accommodate our rapidly changing environment.
  • Version Control -- by having one cloud-based source for our primary data, there rarely are questions about which data points to use. Everyone understands this and can reference our single source of truth.
  • Flexibility -- Anaplan is great in maintaining a balance between being a formal system, but being flexible enough to update quickly. We adopted Anaplan shortly after our IPO, when our company was still changing rapidly, and have been able to incorporate all of our business process changes into the tool.
  • Collaboration -- Anaplan allows us to have hundreds of users logged into the tool, updating information all at the same time. This was particularly useful during our account based planning implementation, when we had a number of sales managers and reps contributing their forecasts all at once.
  • 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.
Well Suited
  • Any process that you expect to change frequently.
  • A process within a dynamic environment, such as high tech / the startup world, where you expect significant business process changes.
  • Any process that requires a significant number of collaborators.
  • Any process where you intend for users to update logic with Excel-like formulas.
  • Any process where using Google Docs has failed to accommodate your needs for data integrity.
Less Appropriate
  • Data visualization - Anaplan has capabilities here, but other tools are more focused on this.
  • Data storage - Anaplan is not a data warehouse and has limits on what you can store.
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September 05, 2018

7 Years with Anaplan

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We use Anaplan for financial reporting, planning and customer reporting.

Anaplan allows us to spend time on value added instead of spending time consolidating planning results in Excel. We can look at reviewing key trends. Forecasts are broken down into smaller tasks and distributed to the business resulting in less pressure on the FP&A team during forecast/budget rounds.

The reporting timeline is shorter as dashboards can be used for users to login and see their areas results which means we dont have to send out manual reports.

Anaplan allows very complex business modelling but without any of the complex language used in other tools and can be run by the users themselves. Results are recalculated on the fly with no wait time to run the recalc process.
  • Forecast consolidation and recalcuation
  • Dashboards for entry and review
  • Ease of modelling. Its like Excel but simpler to use.
  • Some of the charting is limited
  • Some formatting options could be better
  • Excel Add-in has only just been revamped
Complex business or business with multi dimensional products or services, geographic locations or channels
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Score 3 out of 10
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We use Anaplan to set up our annual budget and do monthly projections. The model is used by 12 users in the department.
  • Anaplan does automatically what we had to do manually using Excel in the past. This saves both time and energy for the users.
  • Unless you're a technically-minded person, Anaplan doesn't logically make sense. It takes a lot of training and notes to learn how to use the system and can be incredibly frustrating. I often miss Excel and want to dump Anaplan for the archaic process.
Anaplan seems to be geared towards the typical business with revenue and expenses, inventory, employees, etc to be tracked. Though we found a way to basically jury-rig the system to kind of work for us, it's not ideal and feels like a waste of money. However, in meeting with other users of Anaplan from non-government based businesses, they all seem to love it and it has made a world of a difference in their companies.
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November 10, 2017

Excel on steroids!

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Anaplan is used across the whole organization, at WW level. The key problem was to remove offline spreadsheets for sales quota planning, deployment, and ensure automatic, real-time coverage analysis for the sales teams.
  • Real - time - the cloud based technology allows all changes & its impact is visible in real time.
  • Performance - in the case of complex business cases, the size of Anaplan is increasing drastically, and even a simple click would take more than it should.
  • UI - The User interface needs to be improved: group/expand hierarchy, "Ctrl " + select option to allow multi selection, Content page clean up, easier "Drag & drop" when customizing or building exports.
  • Review & enhance the type of security user roles.
Sales performance management, various finance scenarios - Anaplan is good for automating calculations. It is less appropriate for very complex business cases.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Anaplan is still currently being used by Finance only but I can see how other departments like Sales Operations could benefit from the usage of Anaplan.
  • I think that Anaplan is good for workforce planning. The strength is that once you have the raw data of the personnel, one could upload the sheet for a more automated output.
  • It is at times difficult to trouble shoot. It would be nice to have better references to the source cells.
Anaplan would be great if you have a plugin to your data source. For example, if you wanted booking information sourced directly from Salesforce. As long as the raw data is correct, there is far less maintenance to arrive at the output.
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November 14, 2017

Freaky Fast

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We use Anaplan to facilitate the management of our sales organization. From headcount to compensation planning.
  • Anaplan is very fast! Instantaneous updates to imported information.
  • Getting a blue-box error is the worst. If formula errors could not result in blocking other users out that would be an awesome improvement.
Suited very well for planning organizations.
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Score 7 out of 10
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It is being used by sales/sales ops and finance for various types of forecasting and cash flow analysis. With the sales portion, the part I worked on it was ideally for an automated forecast for global sales org. What was "fully automated" was really maybe 75-80% automated which lead to a number of data integrity issues
  • Manipulation of big data
  • Viewing of live data across offices/the globe
  • The Hub offers a good area for getting more information
  • Standardized training offering
  • Lag times with large models
  • Product adoption, there needs to be more of a push because it is fairly specialized so finding talent that has used it is tough
Appropriate: financial modeling, long range planning, sales forecasting (dependent on org structure). Less appropriate: when there is no IT management support at high levels and a tight budget for going live.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I purchased Anaplan to perform complex modeling of potential changes to our sales incentive programs. In addition to our usage, our finance team is beginning to explore the use of the tool for sales forecasting. With a sales organization in excess of 5000 people, it is critical to be able to adjust multiple variables across lines of business and understand the impact on each of our operating areas. Anaplan allows us to model multiple "what if" approaches simultaneously, perform side-by-side scenario analysis, and convey to our executive team what the specific tradeoffs are between options. Our responsiveness has been accelerated by orders of magnitude, and our conclusions are rooted in data.
  • I think the greatest strength of Anaplan is that the entire model is interconnected. The ability to update a single variable and have that change propagated through the entire model is unparalleled.
  • Another strength is the ability to have multiple users working in a given model simultaneously. We have had the experience of actively modeling to meet a deadline and realizing that some of the underlying assumptions and/or layout needed to be changed to support a new approach. While our model-builder made the back-end adjustments in Florida, our analyst continued to work through a new set of variables. We ended up with a completely refreshed approach in less than a half hour. With only two hours before our deadline, we NEVER would have even entertained making the change in Excel.
  • The thing that Anaplan does -- that I haven't seen elsewhere -- is the ability to get to data-driven analysis of the future. BI tools are great for reporting what has already happened, but fall short of predictive analytics and sensitivity analysis. Anaplan handles those with ease.
  • The reporting/dashboarding capability is adequate but could be enhanced.
  • Anaplan is somewhat intuitive ... but it DOES require an investment of time and energy to become proficient in it. The ability to use it for more and more use cases is limited by the number of personnel who truly understand the tool. The corollary is that unless that knowledge is spread to multiple people on the team, there can be substantial risk were a key resource to leave the group.
  • Building a new model does require a fair amount of up-front planning and construction. So there are some things we would rather do in Anaplan than Excel ... but unless they have continuing utility, we find ourselves unlikely to perform quick analyses in Anaplan.
To date, I have used Anaplan for sales comp modeling, territory and quota planning, and sales forecasting. It has been well-suited to all three.
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Score 8 out of 10
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The corp FP&A team is using it for financial budgets. The revenue planning team is using it for revenue planning. One of our units is using it for demand planning. The customer service org is using it for returns modeling. It's primarily a finance footprint but that footprint is growing outside finance.
  • Hyperbloc architecture -- the ability to see changes to models instantly cascade through all the models.
  • Function agnostic platform - the ability to adapt the platform to many different use cases and integrate those use cases into a connected planning environment.
  • Cloud architecture. Security and product enhancements come automatically.
  • The actions could be improved - make it obvious what the sources and targets of the are so we don't have to guess or put them in the action names. Also get a native scheduler! That's so simple and it's very frustrating and expensive to have to build/buy our own.
  • Reporting and UI still have a long way to go. Simple things like being able to alphabetize/order what you see on the screen, or add a rich color pallet to choose from.
  • User access management could improve. We need to have model level admins that don't have access to everything in the workspace. Also the tenant admin space doesn't work effectively. I can't remove a user from all models simultaneously. I also can't see all models a user has access to from the tenant admin space.
It's great for complex models that require frequent updates and instant feedback. That describes most planning situations I know of. It's great for organizations that want to change plans and models independent of IT support or programming. It's not a great reporting or analytics tool. Ad-hoc analysis is a non-starter in the platform--you have to be a model builder and the process of generating a report is very cumbersome compared with something like Tableau.
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May 24, 2017

SaaS FP&A Review

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We have two Anaplan instances. Sales Ops uses it to manage headcount and for capacity planning. They have users and viewers of their headcount reporting.

I manage the FP&A instance which is used to plan headcount, expenses, capex, and COGS. We also use it for reporting for various cuts of the P&L, headcount, and balance sheet. This instance is only being used by FP&A, but we hope to role it out to business partners later in the year.
  • Anaplan is great for headcount reporting. We have reports by dept, office location, and subsidiary that is great for planning and also for full company reporting.
  • Although they can be complicated to set up, Anaplan is also great for setting up complex P&L views. For example, setting up a P&L with a combination of subs/depts., that still needs to consolidate to the total P&L.
  • Systems-wise, I like that it's impossible to #REF the model! Anaplan shows you where everything is referenced, so it's very difficult to break anything.
  • I also like that formulas copy across, so there is no chance of pointing to the wrong cell, like in Excel
  • I'd like to see a back button. While there is restore from backup, it is a long process that only Admins can perform. And all users lose changes of course.
  • As an Admin, my #1 request is: why can't we select multiple list members with check boxes? For example, if I have a list of depts., and want to see HR + Recruiting (two list members). Yes, I can build a line item that does that. But every combination of list members must be custom built.
  • Another one that I get asked for are hierarchies for line items. For example, if I have a List on pages, there will be "+" to group items. For example, I might have Finance, HR, and Recruiting, all in "G&A" which I could then open the "+" to expand and collapse (G&A) to show the detail. If I am pivoted on a Line Item on pages, this isn't possible.
  • Another big one I get asked for, is "why can't I save views?!" Of course Admins can, but I think users would really appreciate it this one. Please consider it!
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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Score 9 out of 10
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Currently we are using Anaplan for Planning and Budgeting. We are looking to begin using it for a forecasting and consolidation of data (Data Hub) and performance reporting models. The main business problem it has helped us with is the consolidation and ability to report on multiple dynamic hierarchies across a wide range of businesses. It has also being the driving force for process change within our organization.
  • 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.
  • I believe user set up within Anaplan is one of the areas that could be improved greatly.
  • Workflow is another area that I believe could be improved. Currently, I do not believe, there is a way to create an action against workflow. This would be a great benefit rather than moving the item to complete or in progress if you could write an action for it.

We are really excited and looking forward to exploring the forecasting, and "What If" scenarios. Our current business structure makes it very difficult to forecast and project at any level, and I think Anaplan will be a great solution for us.

I think for any business that has multiple, or dynamic, hierarchies Anaplan is a great solution. We have reduced the time spent on these dynamic views by using subsets and properties with in the models.

I am looking forward to the increased the communication/connected planning aspect that Anaplan brings to our company. In the past we had thousands of Excel workbooks, some that were too large to email or open. We have seen improved interaction and clear lines of communication for our end users by using Anaplan for our budget process.

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Score 10 out of 10
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We currently use Anaplan for FP&A - essentially having modeled out entire business on the platform. We use it in most all planning and forecasting discussions. Because of its flexibility, ease of use and ability to scenario test, it allows us to quickly and accurately make decisions that have a financial impact that would otherwise take days or weeks to make.

We are currently in the process of rolling out Anaplan for sales forecasting to increase accuracy and accountability in our sales forecasts.

Lastly, we are in the early stages of planning to use Anaplan for our business intelligence reporting capabilities. It will be used as our one source of truth for business metrics and results - something we desperately need and that Anaplan will work perfectly for.
  • 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.
  • Error handling can be annoying. A single formula error can lock up your model for 2-5 minutes while it reverts back to before you pressed enter, and while its improved a little in the year I've been using Anaplan, there are certain situations where I feel like it could be eliminated or made more efficient.
  • Time subsets would be really nice.
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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Score 9 out of 10
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Our road map is to implement Anaplan globally to connect all departments and all levels of the organization for end to end planning, management reporting and analysis. Our initial phases focused on seamlessly connecting orders reporting and forecasting to revenue and gross margin forecasting. Anaplan allows all levels of the organization to have one version of the data and was the catalyst for rolling out consistent forecasting processes across all regions and functions. Anaplan will bring efficiency to our organization by eliminating shadow finance activities, improving data integrity and allowing consistent on demand analytics.
  • It is a very user-friendly platform that allows individuals without IT backgrounds to build models in simple syntax. If you know how to use Excel, you will be able to pick up model building in Anaplan with relative ease using the guided build methodology.
  • Anaplan is a blank slate that allows for multi-dimension models in which we determine the dimensions versus forcing us to adhere to predetermined dimensions.
  • Maintaining our company hierarchies in data hub allows us to change information there and have it automatically pushed out to all spoke models versus changing 10-20 spreadsheets.
  • 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.
Because it is flexible, Anaplan is well suited for complex global organizations. We are a multi-matrix organization therefore, having the ability to establish multiple hierarchies in data hub and use those to slice and dice in the spoke models improves efficiency and accuracy. We are in the early stages of our implementation therefore, we are yet to encounter scenarios where Anaplan is not appropriate. My guess would be that if you have a small company with little complexity, then you might consider a less powerful tool.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We currently use Anaplan as a quota and territory management tool focused around our yearly target process. As of right now we only use it for the US business unit. However we are looking to expand this use case to Canada as well. Our goal is to then add additional use cases such as Compensation and pipeline/forecasting.
  • Allows non-technical business-oriented individuals create functionality in the system.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Excellent business partner from a people perspective. Very focused on customer success, not just the next PO.
  • Larger workspaces.
  • Ongoing support contracts based on LOE.
  • Better formula support and explanation within the model.
Anaplan continues to provide us a platform to solve business problems that would otherwise get overlooked. The ability to create a data hub that can easily integrate with legacy systems and act as a staging ground for manipulating the data for multiple business problems is invaluable. Couple this with the ease of access and decreased reliance on IT makes this a very nimble and effective tool.
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August 01, 2017

Anaplan Modeling on HR

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Right now, we are using Anaplan for workforce planning modeling. We use the historic attrition and internal movement data to forecast future hiring needs. It seems that other functions in my company are exploring Anaplan but as of now only HR has implemented two models using Anaplan.
  • Smart Import Features: When you have data in multiple dimensions, as long as you set up the corresponding fields correctly, it can be loaded into your Anaplan space fairly easily.
  • Interactive Dashboard: As long as you set up hierarchy correctly, you can publish your numbers on the dashboard and just navigate to the level that you are interested in.
  • Productivity: My favorite thing about Anaplan is that you can work on the formulas on a micro level (in my case, individual employee) and you only work on this once and it will apply to the whole and you can have the company view in no time. Doing the same thing in MS Excel could take much longer.
  • Graphical feature: Anaplan should explore more graphical features. In my case, I have to export my data to MS Visio to get an org chart. The conditional formatting options are still very limited right now.
  • Formula for List Properties: It's only allowed to key in the formulas for these list properties. I'm not sure about the design philosophy. But I wish it could be similar to the formulas in modules to avoid mistakes.
  • Training Documentation Version Control: Training documentations have some many mistakes. It seems no version control at all. Since using Anaplan requires to set up time properly, the training documentations need to be updated. Before you publish any document, can you let one of your employees (who are not authors of the documentation) to follow the documentation to see if he can complete tasks based on the directions on the documentation? All the modeler in my company had hard time to teach ourselves by using the documentation so none of us was able to complete the intermediate training.
It makes sense for HR to use Anaplan to adapt to the ever-changing org structures.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Currently we are using Anaplan for account ownership and territory planning. We are about to role out Anaplan for incentive compensation. Our current use saves us tons of time from our Excel planning and allows us to see the impact of proposed changes without trying to manipulate a large Excel file and worry about version control. An additional benefit from our implementation is quick and easy reporting on account ownership. Having incentive compensation in Anaplan will allow us to integrate the two instances and see the impact of account moves to compensation and vice versa see the impact to sales reps pay based on their books of potential compensation changes.
  • Calculate values based on data in other files; we use this for scoring accounts
  • See the impact of new scenarios and potential changes; we do this with proposed territory changes
  • Quick and easy reporting on your current setup
  • Logistics and relationships of data are complicated if you do not have a data background
  • Formulas are difficult without a data background
  • We need more storage, we have large data sets
Anaplan is great for moving large data sets out of Excel for analysis. It is great for scenario planning.
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We use Anaplan to sync our data across demand and supply and then layer our financial assumptions to build out our financial forecast. Anaplan addresses business needs of synchronized, timely data tied to one source of truth, as well as scalability within the organization. Also relevant is the fact that it can refresh in seconds what would take Excel days or weeks to complete. The ability to build cube logic is great for financials requiring build outs of multiple SKUs, reorgs, etc.
  • Scalability - ability to build out financials with new SKUs spanning multiple financial assumptions
  • Timely cross functional data access
  • Ability to export data across systems SQL / Tableau
  • Difficulty training up users
  • Hierarchy of units that are used cross functionally that aren't easily translated between orgs
  • Ability to call back parts of models previously built up
  • Elegance in design can be make or break between cost accretion and dilution
  • Inconsistency of quality of consultants
Anaplan is great if you are building out models reliant on large, complex data sets that are refreshed constantly and that expand or contract often.

Oftentimes I've also seen it being used as a place to build out long range planning or similar exercises based on complex functions -- in that case I'd actually recommend Excel. Anaplan is truly used best when scaling large, inconsistently sized data sets across organizations.
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Score 9 out of 10
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It is currently used by supply chain planning for planning repair parts. It helps in transparency and measuring performance which helps maintain desired inventory levels.
  • It allows users to set up complex algorithms which then leads to recommendations made by the tool for the planners to make a decision.
  • Helps in collaboration across multiple users within our department but across Dish and potentially externally with our suppliers in the future.
  • The software is extremely fast and can calculate scenarios fast.
  • Partnership with data visualization software such as Tableau is needed.
  • More supply chain apps to allow users to see the different applications within supply chain.
Anaplan is a useful in aggregating data but powerful as it can use complex calculations to help the user make decisions for multiple variables. It is not a data visualization tool - dashboards are clunky as such users should try to use Anaplan with another tool to dashboard data.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use Anaplan within our FP&A oOrganization. The goal is to get to make this a robust tool and also have our deal desk be linked into the system to help with synergies. Currently, FP&A is the only team using the tool in the organization. The problem that Anaplan helps us address is getting out of Excel and being able to have a single place for our forecast to be held.
  • It allows for us to lock our forecast, which is extremely important for a public company.
  • It's an extremely collaborative tool, allowing multiple users on a team to update the forecast, without fear of breaking the system.
  • It is easy for a finance person to understand the formulas and update them as the business changes.
  • Error Messages. When updating a formula, you may have missed a bracket. Doing something like this can lock up the system for an extensive amount of time, also locking out your peers.
  • Suppressing Zero. Space becomes a real issue as you get more involved in the tool. A lot of times you want to use the system to its full capability, however, run into problems, because of space. It would be great if zero balances did not count against your space.
  • Open source: Because the tool is so open, you can change something in on module, however effect many other things that you never intended too. I would love to see a feature that shows me by changing something a clear picture of all thing i am updating.
I think the tool is well suited for any organization that wants better insight into their finances. I think compared to any other SaaS tool out on the market the clear leader is Anaplan. I have used and implemented Adaptive in prior companies and while the tool is functional, you can see its limitations.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Anaplan is used primarily within finance and strategy for financial planning and analytical purposes. It provides the team with the capability to merge and work with operational data sourced from multiple systems into one world. Thus, not only are we able to dissect data with greater dexterity, we are able to utilize multi-disciplinary data in conjunction with Anaplan's forecasting models to plan with greater precision.
  • Personnel Forecasting models allow more in-depth & precise forecasting.
  • Flexibility allows the creation and use of custom, better focused analytical and planning models.
  • The tool is geared towards mass usability within an organization, thus can be used collaboratively between finance and business partners.
  • Size and pricing limitations inhibit full potential of the tool.
  • Empty cells/cells with 0 value are counted and take up space in models.
  • Models often require sophistication that can be a challenge to implement.
Forecasting with the tool is particularly well-suited if the appropriate model is built and available (i.e. personnel). Scenarios where it is less suited might be those that require custom, sophisticated models. Although flexibility is a key advantage of Anaplan, capitalizing on this advantage isn't always pragmatic. Often, building a model requires the investment of time to build, test, and fine-tune a solution. That time requirement might not be as affordable for a smaller team.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I've implemented Anaplan for two different departments in our company:

1. Sales Finance - Anaplan was used for weekly forecast process and I was part of the team that implemented Anaplan.
2. Business Strategy and Marketing Team - I implemented Anaplan for this team for our annual target setting.

Both experiences had positive outcomes and each model was implemented and currently being used.
  • If the model in Anaplan is built well, it allows the user to make one change as part of an input and that one change will be reflected through out the model.
  • Unlike Excel, there is no need for a formula check - it's a very useful feature for a large model for multiple variable and drivers.
  • The key to a successful model is to keep your model simple, don't overcomplicate things.
  • So far, I've been pleased with Anaplan. Where Anaplan, as a company can improve, is the consultants. Different consultants have different styles and Anaplan Consultants should be teaching their customers how to use the tool rather than doing the work on their behalf.
  • Also, most of the consultants I interacted with were from LA so it would be nice to have some local consultants (Bay Area) or at least have some face to face time with our consultants.

For our purposes of weekly forecasts and target setting, Anaplan is well suited.

I took a target setting Excel model, that is about 20 tabs or more, and converted it into Anaplan model. It usually took the team about 2 or 3 days to make a few simple adjustments to the target setting Excel model, whereas I made the same adjustments in Anaplan and it took me about an hour or two. So there is tremendous time saving, but that's if the model has been built well in Anaplan.

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Score 10 out of 10
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Currently, Anaplan is being used to calculate incentive compensation and workforce management. It is being used to replace slow legacy and Excel systems. It is also being used as a data hub for current and future use cases.
  • It is in the cloud.
  • it is a powerful calculation engine.
  • It allows you to analyze data instead of [just] prepare it.
  • Saving of different user views of dashboards.
  • I wish it would handle custom time frames better.
I think anaplan is perfect for forecasting financial scenarios.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Anaplan is currently used as our annual budgeting and monthly forecasting tool. The budget owners are given access to view their respective department budget. We also use the Anaplan Excel add-in function to help with the reporting aspects. Anaplan has reduced the planning/forecasting turn around time; increased efficiency, and most importantly data integrity (vs. previously done in Excel). It also provides visibility of the detail behind the budget/forecast.
  • Flexibility
  • Efficiency
  • Integrated forecast tool with internal systems
  • Excel add-in ... could definitely be improved to be more robust
  • Excel Add Ins ... it needs to be further developed to increase efficiency
  • For FP&A - Anaplan helped streamline the budget and forecast process.
  • Build robust financial model and improve efficiency, accuracy, and reliability.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Anaplan as a free-form modeling platform. It is an alternative to our old Excel based models. We are leveraging its ability to calculate massive amounts of data in a highly structured yet flexible model. It is currently being used to forecast future medical and drug claims to arrive at the total monthly premiums charged to our customers for the Retail ACA lines of business. We are currently building prototypes internally and looking to expand to other use cases.
  • Cloud based modeling platform that can be accessed from anywhere with leading industry-standard encryption and security.
  • Speed and Power of Hyperblock calculation engine. It can calculate an enormous amount of data, an amount that excel would have no chance at processing.
  • History/Audit Trails/Restore Points - every single change to the model is logged and a restore point created
  • User-access controls
  • Large up front cost compared to using an existing platform like Excel
  • Learning curve for model builders

I typically ask the following 3 questions to determine if Anaplan is the right platform for a particular solution:

  1. Does the model have a very large number of calculations or massive amounts of data? A quantity that would be difficult to process in Excel or its current platform?
  2. Does the project require collaboration or input from many different users?
  3. Is the problem complex enough to require a more sophisticated and highly structured modeling tool?

If the answer if yes to all of the above then Anaplan is likely a good choice.

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Feature Scorecard Summary

Customizable dashboards (2)
6.8
Publish to PDF (2)
7.9
Report Versioning (2)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (2)
5.8
Responsive Design for Web Access (2)
6.3
Long-term financial planning (75)
6.9
Financial budgeting (78)
8.3
Forecasting (89)
8.7
Scenario modeling (91)
8.0
Management reporting (94)
8.2
Financial data consolidation (55)
8.2
Journal entries and reports (31)
6.8
Multi-currency management (11)
6.2
Intercompany Eliminations (8)
6.0
Minority Ownership (7)
6.0
Local and consolidated reporting (47)
8.0
Detailed Audit Trails (50)
7.4
Financial Statement Reporting (59)
8.8
Management Reporting (69)
8.8
Excel-based Reporting (64)
1.9
Automated board and financial reporting (13)
8.7
Personalized dashboards (89)
6.0
Color-coded scorecards (76)
6.0
KPIs (17)
7.0
Cost and profitability analysis (60)
6.1
Key Performance Indicator setting (67)
5.8
Benchmarking with external data (12)
7.1
Flat file integration (90)
8.4
Excel data integration (80)
6.6
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources (62)
8.6

About Anaplan

Anaplan aims to be the leader in Connected Planning. According to the vendor, the software—powered by their patented Hyperblock engine—enables dynamic, collaborative, and intelligent planning. Large and fast-growing companies worldwide use Anaplan to connect the people and data required for trusted plans and accelerated decisions essential to leading in their markets. The company is based in San Francisco, and is privately held with 20 offices, 175 expert partners, and more than 850 customers worldwide.

Anaplan Features

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting Features
Has featureLong-term financial planning
Has featureFinancial budgeting
Has featureForecasting
Has featureScenario modeling
Has featureManagement reporting
Consolidation and Close Features
Has featureFinancial data consolidation
Has featureJournal entries and reports
Does not have featureMulti-currency management
Does not have featureIntercompany Eliminations
Does not have featureMinority Ownership
Has featureLocal and consolidated reporting
Has featureDetailed Audit Trails
FInancial Reporting and Compliance Features
Has featureFinancial Statement Reporting
Has featureManagement Reporting
Has featureExcel-based Reporting
Does not have featureAutomated board and financial reporting
Does not have featureXBRL support for regulatory filing
Analytics Features
Has featurePersonalized dashboards
Has featureColor-coded scorecards
Does not have featureKPIs
Has featureCost and profitability analysis
Has featureKey Performance Indicator setting
Does not have featureBenchmarking with external data
Integration Features
Has featureFlat file integration
Has featureExcel data integration
Has featureDirect links to 3rd-party data sources
BI Standard Reporting Features
Does not have featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Does not have featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Does not have featureDrill-down analysis
Does not have featureFormatting capabilities
Does not have featurePredictive modeling
Does not have featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Does not have featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Does not have featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Does not have featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Does not have featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Does not have featurePredictive Analytics
Does not have featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Does not have featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Does not have featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Does not have featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Does not have featureRole-Based Security Model
Does not have featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Does not have featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Does not have featureDedicated iOS Application
Does not have featureDedicated Android Application
Does not have featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Additional Features
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureSalesforce
Has featurePixel-perfect reports
Has featureOutput raw supporting data
Has featureMultiple pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots, etc.)
Has featureMultiple access permission levels (Create/Read/Delete)
Has featureDashboard/Report/Visualization mobile interactivity
Has featureMicrosoft Office integration
Has featureUser defined modeling/configuration
Has featureOut of the box data integration

Anaplan Screenshots

Anaplan Integrations

Salesforce

Anaplan Competitors

Pricing

Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?Optional

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Anaplan Customer Size Distribution

Consumers
0%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
0%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
10%
Enterprises (> 500 employees)
90%

Anaplan Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Phone
Live Chat
Email
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase

Anaplan Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No
Supported Countries:All countries
Supported Languages: Multi-lingual support