IBM Planning Analytics Review

A stable solution for budgeting, but it isn't user-friendly with Excel and needs to have inbuilt reporting


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is our budgeting tool, and actuals reporting.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is able to slice and dice the data.

What needs improvement?

It's wonky, and not super user-friendly with Excel. 

The use case is only by fiance, but It should be able to be used by the end-user of the business. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using an older version of IBM Planning Analytics in our company for a year and three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and we have not experienced any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable to the finance team and with the growth of the team, but not for the entire company.

There are two users. This includes myself, and I am an FP&A manager, and I have an analyst on my team.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have a support agreement with a third party. We have not worked directly with technical support through IBM.

How was the initial setup?

I wasn't a part of the initial setup, but I know that it is complex.

It takes months to deploy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing cost is approximately $50,000.00 per year.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that if you are going to be using IBM Planning Analytics, make sure that you get your data structure correct ahead of time. You will need to add a separate reporting tool.

In the next release, I would like to see reporting joined in with the tool.

I would rate this solution a four out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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