Anonymous UserLead Consultant at a retailer
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Anaplan is a three-dimensional cloud platform that is good for analyzing data, visualization, integration, terrific for visibility."
"You don't need to have a programming language to use Anaplan."
"The solution scales well."
"I believe Anaplan is a new cloud tool, and from time to time, there's a lot of improvement that the Anaplan company deploys with the system. So, with that improvement, we need to really adapt and know the new system trends."
"Where we're seeing the opportunity in the market is at the Fortune 100 companies that have far more complex modeling type scenarios where you need to be able to have a lot of people collaborating together, and you need a lot of information all at everyone's fingertips. This is where you see the big advantage of a solution like Anaplan."
"Anaplan provides 130 GB of cloud storage for organizations to use as part of their license."
"It's highly flexible. If you've got a complex environment with complex calculations, you can build that out. So that's a really good positive."
"Responsive, comprehensive and optimized solution."
"It is a very powerful, highly customizable tool."
"In terms of its most valuable feature, I would say the finance module."
"The performance of the solution is excellent."
"The processes have been reduced from almost 10 steps to four or five steps. It's really been simplified."
"From a technology standpoint, the theory and analytics are fascinating."
"The key modules that I find most valuable are material management (MM), financial accounting and controlling (FICO), and human resources (HR)."
"The scalability is excellent, especially on cloud deployment models."
"The solution could improve by better dashboards and while entering the form loss and project implementation the ability to use graphical shapes more effectively."
"It would be nice if the solution offered better extensions."
"There are so many business rules to set up in the system that as a business user it's hard to gauge what they're doing and it's possible to get lost."
"The dashboard could be better. Because within a dashboard or report, you have to do a lot of scrolling. You need to scroll down because the table doesn't fit in a single view. That's why even the users aren't happy with that kind of user experience. They need to scroll to see all the data, and it could be better if it fits in just one page. That way, you can see everything. In the next release, I want automation that's connected to Anaplan. For example, to load master data from SAP to Anaplan. I don't know if this already exists, but a log where you can see the progress and see if there's an error will also help. It would be better to give you the error message, for example, if there is an error within the automated process importing to Anaplan."
"Anaplan is a relatively expensive piece of software."
"The solution can improve by providing an easier form of integration to different platforms, such as receiving data from different Salesforce. There is a process to do it through the use of some APIs but it could be made much easier. This would be a large help to us."
"The negative is that the higher the flexibility, the higher is the complexity. That can act against you as a negative because it does require a model builder or a coder/developer."
"Lacking in some customizations."
"It requires a lot of planning to implement the product correctly."
"The common issues being raised right now by the end users are mostly related to the usability."
"The cost of the solution is quite high. It needs to be adjusted."
"The theory-side of the solution needs to be improved."
"Every year, when a new version is released, it comes with a very thick booklet of 300 or 400 pages and it is a little difficult to comprehend."
"The two things that need to be improved are price and customization."
"Technical support has been declining. They aren't as responsive as they used to be."
"We are currently using a free workspace license for 90 days. We are satisfied with the price of the solution. There are additional costs if you want more storage, the default limit is 250 GB."
"The entry-level is anywhere from about $30,000 to $50,000 a year, however, it does go up significantly after that depending on the complexity and how much space you're using."
"It is an expensive solution."
"The price of this product is an issue for some customers."
"I have found the price of the solution is on the medium to the expensive side of the scale. There is a license for this solution and there are additional maintenance fees."
"The solution is expensive."
"We're not sure yet. I think it was six figures a year, over 100,000. It has straight-up licensing fees."
"Licensing works on a subscription model for the cloud version and it's a one-time fee for the on-premises version."
"The price of the solution is reasonable but some modules can be expensive. When comparing SAP S4HANA to other solutions, such as Oracle, it is not expensive."
"The price of the solution is expensive."
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.
SAP S/4HANA stands for SAP Suite 4 HANA. It is a next-generation integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that is designed for businesses of all sizes, in all industries, that require deep and broad functionality combined with a high degree of flexibility. SAP S/4HANA was launched in 2015 and been adopted by more than 3,200 customers over a period of sixteen months. SAP S/4HANA is materially different from anything SAP has done before and represents the company’s biggest innovation since SAP R/3.
SAP S/4HANA is intended to provide a digital core for an organization. It is fully architected for the most advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and is designed on the most modern design principles with the SAP Fiori user experience to create a personalized and simple feel on users’ device of choice (tablet, laptop, mobile). SAP S/4HANA aims to simplify an organizations’ system landscape and reduce total cost of ownership by shrinking the data footprint while at the same time improving productivity levels in the form of higher throughput. S/4HANA can be deployed either on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid combination for quick time-to-value. Timelines for cloud deployments average around six months.
SAP S/4HANA is designed to drive business innovation by connecting people, devices, and business networks in real time to support the development of new business models. It will also help accelerate the adoption of, and connection to, the Internet of Things and Big Data. SAP S/4HANA can analyze big data at unprecedented speed allowing users to access real-time information from anywhere, any way they’d like and thus help managers make truly insightful decisions. The simplified data model allows customers to reimagine their IT, helping to drive lower costs and deliver IT efficiency. This, coupled with the SAP S/4HANA prediction and simulation capabilities allow it to anticipate the impact of business outcomes. By doing all the above, SAP S/4HANA aims to provide ultimate sophistication in the simplest possible manner.
To learn more about SAP S/4HANA, visit http://go.sap.com/product/enterprise-management/s4hana-erp.html
Anaplan is ranked 2nd in Business Performance Management with 7 reviews while SAP S4HANA is ranked 3rd in ERP with 20 reviews. Anaplan is rated 8.8, while SAP S4HANA is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Anaplan writes "Great for large-scale modelling, easy to learn, and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S4HANA writes "Complicated and robust, this suite delivers a total solution with rigorous and exhaustive planning ". Anaplan is most compared with SAP ERP, Oracle Hyperion, OneStream XF, NetSuite ERP and Oracle HFM, whereas SAP S4HANA is most compared with SAP Business One, Oracle ERP Cloud, NetSuite ERP, Microsoft Dynamics AX and SAP ERP.
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