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2021-08-06T22:04:11Z

What advice do you have for others considering Anaplan?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Anaplan, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Real User

I would advise potential users to have a good model builder and a solutions architect to transform their business complexity into an Anaplan module or dashboard that fits and works for them. They need to have a great solutions architect, a finder, and the end model builder, which will convert this complexity in Excel and to an equivalent Anaplan report. The biggest lesson I learned using the Anaplan is that everyone can learn to use the Anaplan tool if they have the perseverance to learn. Everything is in Google, and you can Google the logic that you need to apply to a given bug or issue with the module within the system. It's continuous learning, and you have to keep learning and using the Anaplan system every day to be more familiar with the tool. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Anaplan a nine.

2021-08-16T13:34:14Z
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Top 20Real User

I rate Anaplan a ten out of ten.

2021-08-06T22:04:11Z
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I would personally recommend Anaplan, especially for anyone who is having issues dealing with bulk loads of Excel data or is experiencing pain in allocation or planning. Anaplan is a one-stop solution and does not require knowledge of a programming language - if you're familiar with Excel functions, that will be sufficient. I would rate this product as eight out of ten.

2021-11-02T18:33:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution 8 out of 10. There is still room for improvement because of the integration issues. If your strategies are more toward driver-based solutions and if you have a very lean implementation approach, Anaplan is the best solution you can get. If you're okay with spending lots of money and aren't SAP-bound, Anaplan is the best in the market right now.

2021-11-02T18:29:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Overall things are moving into the cloud. Of course, COVID taught us a great lesson. We used to go to the office and work because the servers are everything. The whole IT setup was required to work on something. But now the business is easier. You sit here and log into Anaplan and run a supply chain model and see how the whole inventory is optimized. Everything is here in the system. Probably in maybe another five to 10 years, more players will come into this field because of the pandemic. I think Anaplan predicted it a long time ago. That's why everybody's moving into Anaplan, thinking it's safe to run a business on. If you're considering Anaplan, you should assess the tool first in terms of capability. We have seen some use cases where we're not exactly certain Anaplan is the right fit in terms of the procurement area. Some use cases might not really fit into Anaplan. Another feedback is that Anaplan might require a clean dataset to be fed in in order to get the whole thing working. There are some ups and downs when it comes to the capability of other engines with Anaplan, but what Anaplan makes simpler is the ease of use. It's simple and gets the job done.

2021-09-20T15:11:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would strongly recommend this solution to others. I rate Anaplan an eight out of ten.

2021-08-25T09:27:19Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Currently, we are working on a partnership agreement with Anaplan. It's one of the areas that I probably haven't explored enough at the moment, however, they have added integration into machine learning as well. The idea of that is you can build out a model and then you can push it through a machine learning model and then you can get an answer out of that. That's an area that I haven't probably spent enough time exploring, however, we're definitely working towards that. If you've only got one person that's going to be building, then you probably want to go with something else, however, if you've got a complex modeling problem, and you've got a lot of people that are interacting with it, your typical kind of forecast and where you want to collect data from loads of different people, and you're just finding that Excel isn't doing it for you, this solution is worth considering. I'd rate the solution a nine out of ten. If there'd be any reason why not a ten, it is just it is that much more expensive. It's a lot more difficult to get more clients onto it. You need to be a certain size to get it, to use it, however, from a stability point of view, from delivering value, et cetera, it's well worth it.

2021-08-24T21:38:53Z
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Top 20Real User

I'm using the latest version. I am not using the beta, however, I am using the live version. I am a consultant and a partner, so I am working on the cloud deployment. I would advise new users to not try to create something too complex in the first year. Keep it simple. It's so powerful. You can do so many incredible things with Anaplan, however, if you try to go there in the first year, you will lose yourself. Anaplan is the type of software that requires collaboration between people, more than ever. You cannot have an Anaplan project if you are not a team and a collaborative team. Previously, with IBM Cognos, this was not the case. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten.

2021-08-17T03:02:13Z
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