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Executive SummaryUpdated on Jan 25, 2024
 

Categories and Ranking

Anaplan
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
24
Ranking in other categories
Business Performance Management (1st), Production Planning (6th), Predictive Analytics (4th)
SAP ERP
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
103
Ranking in other categories
ERP (1st)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Business Performance Management category, the mindshare of Anaplan is 15.0%, down from 18.0% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SAP ERP is 14.3%, up from 8.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Business Performance Management
Unique Categories:
Predictive Analytics
22.5%
ERP
18.1%
 

Q&A Highlights

NC
Nov 09, 2021
 

Featured Reviews

ST
Feb 27, 2023
Provides beneficial forecast models, good dashboards, and highly stable
Anaplan can be used for many types of planning, such as finance, supply chain, sales, and workforce My organization has benefited from the solution providing us with very good forecasting models. Additionally, there is a tool where users can go through different dashboards,  a feature called…
MV
Jan 13, 2023
Big business speciality, with excellent stability, and seasoned functionality
Everyone who uses SAP ERP has benefited from the functionality I think the most valuable feature is that we get live real-time reporting. I would like to see the customization of the reports become easier to work with instead of having technical support have to assist us. I would also like to…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It's simple to use with a lot of functions."
"You don't need to have a programming language to use Anaplan."
"The solution scales well."
"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."
"This product has a very good modeling feature, and its graphical representation of visualizations has also been valuable."
"The most valuable feature of Anaplan is machine learning. The solution is constantly evolving from feedback. Additionally, there is a wide range of training material online."
"Anaplan's strongest feature is that its GUI is very modern and user-friendly."
"The best thing is that it's very intuitive and user-friendly. You don't need coding skills to manipulate the platform."
"It's a good ERP system."
"It provides great visibility into the details of enterprise resource planning."
"There are many interfaces, so you really can build satellites around it like with other SAP stuff or even third-party stuff."
"I like SAP's premade workflows for various areas, such as supply chain, procurement, or finance."
"This is a robust solution with a lot of control measures."
"The solution has far more features, processes, and functionalities than we previously had."
"Everyone who uses SAP ERP has benefited from the functionality."
"The solution is very mature."
 

Cons

"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 could be improved with a stronger consolidation module."
"Anaplan is a relatively expensive piece of software."
"The integration technique should be a little bit easier."
"The cloud engine slows down when working with a large dataset. It still lacks a powerful engine."
"Automation needs to be built into this solution."
"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."
"Anaplan's workflow component is probably the biggest area for improvement. I'd also like to see Anaplan add an ad hoc reporting tool that allows users to query things. It's going to factor into how you design your data set and your models, but I'd like the ability to create ad hoc queries against the data that's in there."
"Presently, the solution's interface is not intuitive."
"I think we have not seen any tangible benefits from SAP ERP."
"I believe there's room for improvement in terms of user experience."
"Though SAP ERP's FICO module is a strong part of the product, its integration capabilities can be made stronger."
"It was not designed to service all industries."
"I think that implementation could be simplified."
"Lacks sufficient technical support with slow response times."
"The product can be a little slow when dealing with thousands of employee data."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"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."
"The tool’s pricing is reasonable and competitive with other solutions."
"The cost of Anaplan is a challenge for clients, especially if they don't have an ongoing long-term use case for it. It's a $50,000 licensing fee just to get started. Clients need a strong business case to switch from Excel to Anaplan. But if clients have used something similar in the past, such as Hyperion or other solutions, that's not a factor because they know what to expect."
"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."
"A value-for-money product and a very reasonable price compared to competitors like SAP or IBM."
"The price of the solution is expensive."
"The license is a yearly subscription. There are three licensing tiers: the model builder, planner, and the reporting."
"SAP ERP is an expensive tool."
"There are licensing costs."
"The pricing is based on the license per user, which I think makes the solution a bit costly...Basically, the prices of the solution are high, and we don't have that much revenue."
"I rate the product's price a seven on a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive. SAP ERP is a costly tool."
"This is a costly product."
"The product has high pricing."
"I am not sure. However, extensions cost approximately $100,000 or$200,000."
"My company makes early payments towards the licensing costs attached to the product. There are no additional costs apart from the charges paid toward the subscription-based license offered by SAP."
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Answers from the Community

NC
Nov 9, 2021
Nov 9, 2021
There are different aspects of both Anaplan and SAP ERP that I like and dislike. Anaplan improves forecast accuracy and drives up the quality of analytics. Rather than spending all of their time consolidating numbers into one space, employees can reshift their focus to deep-diving into the numbers, which is a huge advantage because it frees them up to do more value-added work instead. I also li...
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JM
Oct 13, 2021
SAP ERP and Anaplan serve different purposes and actually work well together.   Think of SAP ERP focused on the Actuals, while Anaplan models the future. The reason why I’ve seen clients use Anaplan for planning vs. SAP BPC is Anaplan is more flexible and can easily keep up with constant changes in business planning.  While BPC is more of a consolidation tool, with Anaplan you can also have your driver-based models in a system vs. running them offline and only putting the answer into a system.   Therefore, my recommendation is to use both.
Janet Staver - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 9, 2021
There are different aspects of both Anaplan and SAP ERP that I like and dislike. Anaplan improves forecast accuracy and drives up the quality of analytics. Rather than spending all of their time consolidating numbers into one space, employees can reshift their focus to deep-diving into the numbers, which is a huge advantage because it frees them up to do more value-added work instead. I also like that Analplan is a collaborative solution - it makes building out forecasts and modeling data much easier than just using Excel because it is in the cloud and is more structured. Anaplan is also very well connected. For example, data from one use case can be used in other models. Moreso, if a change is made to one model, it will be changed in all other models as well. Although Anaplan requires a slight learning curve and some training, initial setup is fairly easy. And for the times where you have technical questions, I have found that support is adequate. However, Anaplan is quite expensive. Nevertheless, I am very impressed with the stability of the solution and its performance. Not only that, but I am impressed by its ability to scale phenomenally. SAP ERP has been recognized as the best solution in the class of ERP products. In addition, it provides excellent visibility into the details of enterprise resource planning. Like Anaplan, it is very scalable. I think one of the best features SAP ERP has to offer is the claim management. One disadvantage is that you cannot easily create customizations. Also, outside of the SAP for RPA it is required for you to use an additional solution on a platform as a service if you want to extend the solutions. Another downside is that the initial setup is not straightforward and can be quite complex, so you have to be prepared to handle that. Conclusion: Overall, I would give Anaplan a 9 out of 10 rating. Anaplan has many more advantages for me than SAP ERP and since both options are very pricey, Anaplan takes the win because I like that it has so much more to offer.
 

Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Educational Organization
27%
Computer Software Company
11%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Manufacturing Company
13%
Computer Software Company
12%
Retailer
6%
Educational Organization
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What are your main use cases for Anaplan?
Anaplan is an industry-leading cloud-based corporate performance management (CPM) platform that combines business planning and analytics in a single solution. It is designed to assist organizations...
Is Board better than Anaplan as a Business Intelligence (BI) solution?
We've had several FP&A departments include Anaplan in their analytics discussions, and while BI information IS generated, the focus is generally on compiling input from various sources and simu...
Is Anaplan better than SAP ERP?
There are different aspects of both Anaplan and SAP ERP that I like and dislike. Anaplan improves forecast accuracy and drives up the quality of analytics. Rather than spending all of their time co...
What do you like most about SAP ERP?
The solution has made the most significant impact on our human resources function, specifically in HR operations and HR analytics. One feature of SAP ERP that I found most valuable is its use of co...
What needs improvement with SAP ERP?
The solution's graphical user interface (GUI) is outdated and could be improved.
What is your primary use case for SAP ERP?
Our business is completely integrated into SAP ERP, including all our machines and processes, such as vendor sales, customer support, production, and quality management. We currently use a bunch of...
 

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