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Anaplan is #1 ranked solution in top Business Performance Management tools. IT Central Station users give Anaplan an average rating of 8 out of 10. Anaplan is most commonly compared to SAP ERP:Anaplan vs SAP ERP. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Anaplan?

Anaplan is a cloud-based planning and performance management platform with documented use cases in finance, sales, supply chain, marketing, IT and HR. At the core of Anaplan's technology is a single hub where business users can build, deploy, maintain, and share models without coding or reliance on IT personnel.

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it_user653559
Manager Analytics at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Vendor
It allows you to do “what-if” analysis and provides collaboration across the organization.

What is most valuable?

  • Serves as a platform: You can design your solutions on top of it
  • Allows you to do “what-if” analysis on the go
  • Allows collaboration across the organization: This is most essential for security

How has it helped my organization?

We use Anaplan across multiple functional areas. I will elaborate a few features that have had the most impact on our organization:

  • The forecasting/planning cycles: This used to take months to collaborate. It now only takes a week to finish and be worked upon.
  • The commission payment systems: Have been automated in Anaplan. The commission payments are highly transparent and efficient now.
  • The Bookings and Revenue Forecasting model: Allows us to predict the Salesforce requirements and to budget for them beforehand.

What needs improvement?

  • A better presentation layer would certainly take it a notch higher.
  • As compared to other BI tools, such as QlikView, the presentation layer is not as user-friendly.
  • It still does a fairly good job on the look and feel of the dashboards. But this is the only area in which there is scope for improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for more than four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This product is super scalable and efficient.

How are customer service and technical support?

Mostly there is no need for any support. Anaplan is very supportive in case you need to contact the technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Being a business analyst, we use multiple tools.

We were the early adaptors of Anaplan. Because of the customizability that it offers and the ease of various “what-if” scenarios, you can build on this tool.

None of the other tools in the market offer that level of flexibility. Hence, it is pretty unique in that sense.

How was the initial setup?

There is no setup required. It is a cloud platform.

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

Go for a bigger deal initially. Once you start using it, you will certainly want more of it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had evaluated Tableau and QlikView. Even though a lot of the other tools do a good job, only Anaplan allows flexibility and customizability to design solutions and do real-time “what-if” analysis.

What other advice do I have?

Have a core team dedicated only to Anaplan and you will realize the true potential of this tool.

The tool is very good and customizable.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user652950
Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
The capacity projection helped to identify where the utilization is falling beyond a limit. I would like to see more flexible graphs.

What is most valuable?

  • Multi-dimensional
  • Easy to restructure
  • Cloud compatible

How has it helped my organization?

The capacity projection of certain lines helped to identify where the utilization is falling beyond a limit. It helped certain category planners to plan for long term investments (shift patterns).

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more flexible graphs. That is, more varieties of graphs, more customization (like choosing colors, gradients, etc.) and more conditional formatting options (format sharply or gradient).

Anaplan gave us some limitations in terms of these aspects. There might be scope for experimenting around the formatting, if not the types, of graphs!

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the product for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very rarely. The tool slows down around once every two months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 8/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used a different solution. I switched to expand my exposure to a budding tool in planning.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

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

It might cost more compared to some decent tools in the market. But one should be mindful about the capabilities of Anaplan, which justify the cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I haven't done this, as it was already selected by my organization. However, I did some market research to see how other options are flourishing, and found Anaplan to be a worthwhile option.

What other advice do I have?

There are fewer experts in the Indian market, but there seems to be a lot of scope in global markets. Anaplan is a worthwhile investment for a top performing planning solution in any sector, Finance, Capacity, or Budgeting, etc.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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it_user635439
Lead Solution Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
This product offers us easy integration with Salesforce and is felxible.

What is most valuable?

  • Ease of integration with Salesforce (Sales Cloud).
  • Flexibility - the ability to run several different sales forecasting models, but have those parts roll-up to a corporate model.
  • Extremely customizable (add fields, add dashboards/components, etc.)

How has it helped my organization?

  • It has supported a global process change to sales forecasting and created a single method for this.
  • It has created a global standard in corporate dashboards that all regions agreed to run the business from.
  • It has simplified the sales forecasting process.
  • It has increased visibility at a corporate & global sales leadership level where previously it was not possible in MS Excel.
  • It has helped speed up business and reduced the time it took to report on and view the sales forecast.

What needs improvement?

Anaplan needs to place more limits on builders/developers in some cases because we found that if we continued to customize a given sales forecast model it would degrade performance slightly as we continued to add dimensions to our forecasting model.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used the solution for more than two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For the most part Anaplan had reliable up-time and stability so this was not an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Small changes could create massive amounts of data without the Anaplan Builder knowing that they did that. This could push us over space/storage limits quickly.

After going live in August 2015 we had to double storage capacity and rebuild the entire forecasting model six months after go-live in Spring 2016 due to a poor initial design that led to wasted storage and less optimal performance.

How are customer service and technical support?

Anaplan provided us with some great resources and Professional Services resources to get our initial sales forecasting model off the ground.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we used MS Excel. We switched because we needed global visibility, forecasting accuracy and a cloud/SaaS/online solution for our sales organization.

The organization & forecasting solution in Excel had gotten so complex, took too long to aggregate and was giving Sales Leadership false forecasts (based on bad data).

How was the initial setup?

Initially we thought it was straightforward, but it ended up being complex, but not because of Anaplan. The challenge was getting a Global Sales organization to agree on a single way to do sales forecasting. That took almost eight months to nail down. Once that was done, it only took six weeks to get the Anaplan sales forecating model setup and rolled out to our users.

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

Be mindful about storage limits initially. Also, make sure you decide how many Administrator licenses you need. If I recall, the Admin/Developer license costs ten times more than a standard user license so make sure you know how many of those you really need at your company to make cost effective decisions for your organization.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Salesforce (native forecasting solution), Adaptive Insights and an IBM solution.

What other advice do I have?

Get Anaplan Professional Services to start, make sure to pay for additional Anaplan training sessions and continue to invest in training for your organization. These skills are not easy to pick up so getting help to start your project is highly recommended.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Harish Bysani
Manager Cloud EPM at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
It is stable, and the dashboards and Model Map are valuable.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the dashboards and Model Map, as they speak to the business and they are the backbone of the modelling.

How has it helped my organization?

It’s very agile and we can do changes in minutes, rather than waiting for consultants and change requests. So, it’s as dynamic as the business.

What needs improvement?

  • The sizing can be improved.
  • Need more subsets for Versions and Time.
  • Reporting can be vastly improved.

Right now, if we build a module using 3 versions, 100 GL Accounts, 25 Cost Centers, and 13 periods (12 months + 1 Year), the sizing of the model calculated would be 3*100*25*13 = 97500, irrespective of the data present in the module. I mean, even if you have only 1000 cells with data out of those 97500 cells, and the remaining cells are null, still the sizing is calculated for all the 97500 cells.

Further, we do not have an option of having only a few months or a few versions (Actual Forecast in module). We should either use them or not use them; if we can get a subset for the version and time, then we can reduce the sizing to some extent.

In the above example, if the module was only for forecasting purposes, then the sizing could be reduced to 65000 instead 97500 by reducing the number of versions to 2 from 3.

Sizing is the biggest challenge in providing solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it for 2+ years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The projects I have worked on were of medium scale and had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The projects were of medium scale and had no issues with scalability, but sizing of the cloud server directly affects scalability and thus affects the cost.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 8 out of 10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we had a built-in and Excel-based solution. We switched for more agility, data control and transparency.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was complex to design due to the diversified planning methods used by different operating companies within the organization.

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

The sizing is the biggest culprit, so please get your sizing done properly by giving all the details before you decide on going with Anaplan.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated TM1, along with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation.

What other advice do I have?

Please keep in mind the sizing; the way sizing includes even empty cells is big disadvantage. The reporting for now is not up to mark if you do not use dashboards intelligently.

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