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Executive Summary
Updated on March 14, 2022

We performed a comparison between Anaplan and SAP ERP based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: For the most part, users of Anaplan felt that it was very easy to deploy. They felt that it was so straightforward and user-friendly that it could even be set up by someone who is not that technically adept. While some users of SAP ERP said that it was relatively easy to deploy, many users felt that it is extremely complex to set up.

  • Features: Anaplan has many valuable features, including an in-memory calculation engine, 130 GB of cloud storage, a modeling tool, and a graphical visualization tool. Users say that Anaplan could have more effective dashboards than it currently has. Additionally, it could improve the method by which it integrates with other products. Among SAP ERP’s most valuable features are the ability to integrate with other SAP functionalities, its control and governance software, and its high level of scalability. Reviewers of SAP ERP felt that its functionality could be improved. They also write that ERP’s current user interface is clumsy and complicated to use.

  • Pricing: Users of both solutions note that they are expensive to use.

  • Service and Support: Reviewers of Anaplan were all extremely pleased with the technical support and service that they received. On the other hand, users of SAP ERP were mixed as far as how capable they felt SAP ERP’s technical service and support were. Some users maintained that the technical service could be faster and more effective while others felt that it was very quick and effective.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Anaplan seems to be the superior solution. For the most part, our reviewers found SAP ERP to be difficult to deploy. Many also felt that it did not offer adequate customer support. Its functionality was another area in which it was lacking. Anaplan performed better overall in these three categories. Reviewers felt that in terms of pricing, both solutions were expensive.

To learn more, read our detailed Anaplan vs. SAP ERP report (Updated: July 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Is Anaplan better than SAP ERP?
Answer: 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.
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"It's real-time connected planning, so the calculations are pretty much seamless as far as your model is connected.""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.""Technical support has been good.""Anaplan is a three-dimensional cloud platform that is good for analyzing data, visualization, integration, terrific for visibility.""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.""This product has a very good modeling feature, and its graphical representation of visualizations has also been valuable.""Anaplan provides 130 GB of cloud storage for organizations to use as part of their license.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is web-based and easy to use."

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"The solution is very mature.""It is a comprehensive and robust solution. It can provide lots of functional features.""ERP is stable. The outcome is clear to us as far as the design goes.""The solution has a lot of good integrated modules.""The most valuable features of SAP ERP are the general operations. It has a good way to manage a business and do financial reporting. Overall we are happy with the robustness of the solution.""ERP can help manage all enterprise resources. It brings them together and provides some analytical data to inform management decisions.""It is an integrated application, and it has been working really well. Earlier, there were different companies for different applications for manufacturing, finance controlling, logistics, and quality. It probably was the first fully integrated application. Whenever somebody is entering any data, for example, invoice data or ordering data, everyone with a right to see this data can see it in the system.""SAP is a very process controlled application. It does not allow users to manage the data. Once the initial process is set, it works smoothly."

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"The visualization tools in the product are limited in comparison to other reporting tools.""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.""Anaplan could be improved with a stronger consolidation module.""The cloud engine slows down when working with a large dataset. It still lacks a powerful engine.""Anaplan should come up with flexible options to connect to a data warehouse rather than an Anaplan hub.""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.""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."

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"It is not flexible for the users. SAP works in a specific way, and the users and the processes have to adapt to the way it works. It is hard to customize it to the level that we need for our work. It is not easy to get new extensions for process functions, modules, or activities.""It would also help if it were more open, more flexible, with more standard products.""SAP ERP is scalable. We have some five to ten thousand SAP ERP users.""The user interface isn't as nice as SAP HANA's.""It's very difficult to find people who are well versed in it.""SAP ERP could improve by having better integration with other platforms.""It is a little difficult to use.""In previous generations, SAP was stable and the roadmap was very predictable, but currently it's very difficult."

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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."
  • "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 license is a yearly subscription. There are three licensing tiers: the model builder, planner, and the reporting."
  • "This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced then it would attract more customers."
  • "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."
  • "Anaplan is a bit pricier compared to its competitors - the license costs about $4,000 per user annually."
  • "A value-for-money product and a very reasonable price compared to competitors like SAP or IBM."
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  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "Some components are available at an additional cost, depending on the type of contract that you have."
  • "The licensing costs are slightly on the higher side. They need to make it more competitive."
  • "SAP is a bit on the costly side, but they also provide support and other things. We are paying for licenses and the use of the cloud."
  • "SAP ERP is expensive."
  • "When you have a solution that is stable, reliable, and has a high performance as this solution, the price is going to be expensive. However, when you evaluate the service you are paying for the cost is quite reasonable for this solution."
  • "We pay annually for the use of this solution."
  • "I don't know the price, but I know its licensing is on a yearly basis."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    James Myers - PeerSpot reviewerJames Myers
    Real User

    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.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:Anaplan's strongest feature is that its GUI is very modern and user-friendly.
    Top Answer:The features are very useful for finance.
    Top Answer:They frequently change their strategy with the product, which they didn't do before. There are too many versions. In previous generations, SAP was stable and the roadmap was very predictable, but… more »
    Top Answer:I use this solution for finance and procurement. The solution is deployed on-premises and on a private cloud, and it's running on the Azure platform.
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    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.

    With Anaplan You Can:

    • Accelerate revenue growth
    • Convert data into market opportunity
    • Drive higher sales performance
    • Gain market share
    • Improve customer satisfaction
    • See edge-to-edge across your company
    • Achieve business and technology goals
    • Become agile and resilient with continuous models and forecasts

    The Anaplan Platform Is:

    • Flexible
    • Scalable
    • Collaborative
    • Secure
    • Multi-dimensional
    • Built to help businesses think ahead and rapidly adapt to change

    Anaplan Benefits:

    • Illuminate blind spots and hidden opportunities.
    • Easily create a shareable, living representation of how your business actually works.
    • Dynamic planning allows you to continuously adapt to market changes and other changing circumstances effectively.
    • Information is always readily available and can be easily shared with all teams across your enterprise.
    • Anaplan provides intelligent decision-making. The platform gives you all the information you need to make business decisions and also gives you the ability to run several “what if” scenarios to determine which decision is best based on a large range of variables - at record speed, instead of it taking days or weeks to complete.
    • By using Anaplan, you can adapt to changes very quickly. You can consider all of the possible options before responding in real time.
    • Anaplan can be used remotely from wherever you are.
    • Anaplan will help your organization stay focused and on target. You can stay in control with the ability to run scenario calculations quickly and use the information to make adjustments as needed.
    • Anaplan provides accurate, real-time data so you don’t have to worry about the risk of bad data. In turn, this boosts shareholder confidence because Anaplan’s platform mitigates the risks associated with incorrect data.
    • Anaplan’s Connected Planning helps you meet regulatory requirements. All the relevant business data is held in one place, therefore making adjustments easier to implement quickly. With Connected Planning, results also have a full audit trail.

    Anaplan Features:

    • Hyperscale computing: Anaplan eliminates the “messy middle” caused by out-of-date, siloed signals.
    • Integrated and dynamic signal set: This feature incorporates internal and external factors, relationships, and market context across functions which can all be seamlessly integrated.
    • Responsive unified system: Anaplan’s high-fidelity, responsive, and unified system for execution and accountability is reliable, accurate, and traceable.
    • Real-time insights: Detect signals hidden in your systems and gain insight into every asset, resource, risk, and change to help provide decision clarity.
    • Unlimited multi-dimensional scenarios: Anaplan helps your organization run unlimited multi-dimensional scenarios to identify ideal plans of action.
    • Synchronization: Using Anaplan, you can synchronize execution and readiness. Anaplan enables autonomous and coordinated in-market action by connecting headquarters to your most remote outposts.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    "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.” - Sandeep A., Lead Analyst at a retailer

    "This product has a very good modeling feature, and its graphical representation of visualizations has also been valuable.” - Raghavendra K., Lead Consultant at a tech services company

    "Anaplan is a three-dimensional cloud platform that is good for analyzing data, visualization, integration, terrific for visibility.” - Anaplan model builder at a tech services company

    SAP ERP addresses the core business software requirements of midsize and large organizations in all industries and sectors. SAP ERP includes four individual solutions that support key areas of enterprise resource planning: human capital management, financials, operations, corporate services.
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    Sample Customers
    HP, ForeScout, DocuSign, EAT, Pandora, Aviva, Intel Security, Zalora
    B&G Manufacturing, Unilever, Life is good Inc., Joy Global Inc., City of Cape Town, Bhopal Municipal, Corporation (BMC), adidas Group, Butcher & Packer Supply Company, Franklin Valve L.P., Evoshield, Prime Meats, a Norsan Group company, EMC Corporation, Varian Medical Systems Inc., FC Bayern Mªnchen AG, AkzoNobel Chemicals B.V., T¾V Rheinland, Pacific Drilling S.A., Fire & Rescue New South Wales, University of Amsterdam, Pa_alon S.A.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Anaplan is ranked 1st in Business Performance Management with 16 reviews while SAP ERP is ranked 1st in ERP with 46 reviews. Anaplan is rated 8.2, while SAP ERP 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 ERP writes "This is the best solution of this kind but has weakness in budget planning for certain user groups". Anaplan is most compared with Oracle Hyperion, Board, NetSuite ERP, SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP S4HANA, whereas SAP ERP is most compared with SAP Business One, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Infor M3, Oracle E-Business Suite and Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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