We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Anaplan's in-memory calculation engine is super-fast compared to the old tools we previously used. You enter the data and everything shows up in one go."
"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."
"The solution scales well."
"It's real-time connected planning, so the calculations are pretty much seamless as far as your model is connected."
"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."
"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."
"You don't need to have a programming language to use Anaplan."
"Anaplan is a three-dimensional cloud platform that is good for analyzing data, visualization, integration, terrific for visibility."
"The tool selection is really robust and scalable for multiple scenarios."
"The solution links everything and allows us to integrate into our entire supply chain."
"It is stable and scalable. In the S4HANA plain version, they have new dashboards and things like that."
"The guidance SAP offers for implementing the product is clear and the online resources are great."
"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."
"There are workspace issues, like the limitation on model sizes."
"Anaplan is a relatively expensive piece of software."
"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."
"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."
"The visualization tools in the product are limited in comparison to other reporting tools."
"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."
"They can improve the interface. It has a client-server kind of interface, which is kind of old."
"There have been some pain points in moving from SAP to S/4HANA, but the company seems to be staying on top of those issues."
"The initial setup can be complex, depending on the environment."
"When it comes to the SAP PM material's module, it would be nice to see the inclusion of predictive analytics."
"This is a yearly subscription. So a customer initially buys a workspace and specifies how much GB they want. The minimum starts at around 30 GB. You can buy multiple workspaces."
"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."
"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 license is a yearly subscription. There are three licensing tiers: the model builder, planner, and the reporting."
"I feel the solution is expensive when it comes to what can be obtained with open source software."
"The pricing is competitive with other products at that level in that category."
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. 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 10 reviews while SAP S4HANA Cloud is ranked 3rd in Cloud ERP with 4 reviews. Anaplan is rated 8.4, while SAP S4HANA Cloud 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 Cloud writes "This complete cloud-based business suite solution competes for the top spot among similar products". Anaplan is most compared with SAP ERP, Oracle Hyperion, OneStream XF, SAP S4HANA and Adaptive Insights, whereas SAP S4HANA Cloud is most compared with SAP Business ByDesign, SAP Business One, NetSuite ERP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Ramco ERP.
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