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Pros
"All the different platforms are well integrated.""The most valuable feature is that it is able to slice and dice the data.""Navigating through the data to make analysis is really quick.""A lot of the platform is in-memory, so Planning Analytics can run calculations quite fast. It also offers several user interfaces. And in the newest version of Planning Analytics, there is a new one called the Planning Analytics Workspace. Maybe it could be useful for the business side."

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"The dashboard features and functionalities that come through the MicroStrategy Suite are the most valuable. It can be used by end users with minimum knowledge of the product. They can run a report or create a dashboard on their phones, which is kind of cool.""The solution is ideal for enterprise-level companies or corporations.""The product is very mature. It's quite robust and an excellent enterprise-level solution.""The solution has excellent features available on mobile.""I haven't come across any bugs.""This solution is the most scalable BI platform in the world.""It is scalable and integration-friendly.""It is very stable."

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Cons
"Extracting data is a little slow.""It's highly competitive right now, and all the vendors are in a race to put out new versions with additional features. IBM comes out with new versions too often, and it has an impact on quality.""It would have been better if the solution was not just a tool kit.""It's wonky, and not super user-friendly with Excel."

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"The solution's reports are not very flexible.""We've found the scalability to be very good. However, it depends on the environment. In general, it could be much better.""I would like to see the enterprise version available in a demo or as a trial version.""The solution lacks good visualization. They should work on the user interface to make it more slick and modern.""They need to do a better job In its ability to allow end users to produce their own reports, metrics, and self-service business intelligence.""They should provide more tutorials and include some project files.""They should give proper industry-based tutorials so that one can learn it easily and implement it based on the requirements. They should give more MMP files so that we can import a whole project altogether and learn from that project.""MicroStrategy should become more user friendly. It should behave more like Tableau."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Our licensing cost is approximately $50,000.00 per year."
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  • "We have a license with packages, and there are additional costs for extra components."
  • "We have one of the best pricing available, but we can't disclose that information."
  • "The pricing is fair."
  • "They can improve its licensing. It is a bit expensive as compared to Microsoft and other tools."
  • "They offer yearly as well as perpetual licenses."
  • "It is expensive. We would like to extend it to many users, but we are currently restricting that because the cost is a constraint. If we are given a chance, we would love to expand it."
  • "All BI software vendors' list prices are high. It's about a price that fits the customer's needs. And I think MicroStrategy has some flexibility in its pricing model where we can easily demonstrate a total cost of ownership comparison against any of the other players."
  • "There is no subscription, I am using the free version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    A lot of the platform is in-memory, so Planning Analytics can run calculations quite fast. It also offers several user interfaces. And in the newest version of Planning Analytics, there is a new one… more »
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    It's highly competitive right now, and all the vendors are in a race to put out new versions with additional features. IBM comes out with new versions too often, and it has an impact on quality.
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    It varies from client to client, but IBM Planning Analytics is used for budgeting processes in every case. In addition, some clients use it for reporting as a data source.
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    MicroStrategy has what they call the Semantic Graph — an enterprise-grade semantic graph — and I think the technology is fantastic.
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    All BI software vendors' list prices are high. It's about a price that fits the customer's needs. And I think MicroStrategy has some flexibility in its pricing model where we can easily demonstrate a… more »
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    MicroStrategy needs to do some more development to make the platform easier to use. It's a complicated platform that requires a lot of skill to effectively utilize. So they could work on reducing the… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cognos TM1, IBM Cognos TM1
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    Overview

    IBM Planning Analytics is an integrated planning solution that uses AI to automate planning, budgeting, and forecasting and drive more intelligent workflows.

    Built on TM1, IBM’s powerful calculation engine, this enterprise performance management tool allows you to transcend the limits of manual planning and become the Analytics Hero your business needs. Quickly and easily drive faster, more accurate plans for FP&A, sales, supply chain and beyond.

    Company: Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. With direct operations in 26 countries worldwide and approximately 2,000 employees, our mission is to provide enterprise analytics, mobility, and security platforms that are flexible, powerful, scalable and user-friendly. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Product portfoilio:

    MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise™ empowers leading organizations to analyze vast amounts of data and distribute actionable business insight throughout an enterprise through two distinct offerings: MicroStrategy Analytics™ and MicroStrategy Desktop™. MicroStrategy Analytics delivers reports and dashboards, and enables users to conduct ad hoc analysis and share insights anywhere, anytime, via mobile devices or the Web. It also combines the agility and productivity of self-service visual data discovery with the security, scalability, and governance features of enterprise-grade business intelligence. MicroStrategy Desktop is a standalone, on-premise visual data discovery tool designed to enable business users to analyze and understand their data. MicroStrategy Mobile™ enables organizations to rapidly build custom business applications that deliver analytics combined with transactions, multimedia, and custom workflows to mobile devices. MicroStrategy Secure Cloud™ combines all of the enterprise analytics, mobile, and security features in MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise with powerful and scalable data integration, validation, and warehousing services — all delivered in an environment where organizations can deploy transformational analytics applications in minutes.

    Usher, MicroStrategy’s breakthrough security solution, is a powerful mobile security platform designed to dematerialize traditional forms of identity verification (such as passwords, tokens, and physical badges) and replace them with a single mobile identity badge that is cryptographically linked to its owner’s smartphone and dynamically linked to an enterprise’s existing identity repositories. Usher works on standard Android and iOS smartphones, and also boasts an Apple Watch™ integration.

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    Sample Customers
    ManpowerGroup, Convergys, AIG, Orchard Brands, Citibank, InterGen, Northwestern University, EF Education First, Ironside, Bazan Group, CSOB Insurance, Macquarie Group, Charles Stanley, SATO, Government of Sint Maarten, BMW Financial Services
    Allstate Insurance, Barneys New York, Boston Children's Hospital, Buenos Aires Department of the Treasury, Campbell Soup Company, DHL, eBay, eHarmony, Facebook, Four Seasons Hotels Inc., Godiva, Hard Rock International, LinkedIn, Netflix, Pfizer, SECO (Swiss Government Unemployment Agency), Starbucks, Texas A&M University, Thomson Reuters Markets, US House of Representatives, and the US Postal Service.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Retailer11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Retailer6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    IBM Planning Analytics is ranked 5th in Business Performance Management with 4 reviews while MicroStrategy is ranked 6th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 16 reviews. IBM Planning Analytics is rated 6.8, while MicroStrategy is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Planning Analytics writes "High-performing, helps clients save time in budget processes ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MicroStrategy writes "Good technical support but quite technical and needs better integration capabilities". IBM Planning Analytics is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, Jedox, Tableau and Databricks, whereas MicroStrategy is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, Qlik Sense, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and IBM Cognos.

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