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Question: Is Board better than Anaplan as a Business Intelligence (BI) solution?
Answer: Tableau + SAP ( Hana) is a perfect combination.
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Pros
"This product has a very good modeling feature, and its graphical representation of visualizations has also been valuable.""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 works very well for budgeting.""Anaplan is a three-dimensional cloud platform that is good for analyzing data, visualization, integration, terrific for visibility.""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.""The solution scales well.""You don't need to have a programming language to use Anaplan.""It's real-time connected planning, so the calculations are pretty much seamless as far as your model is connected."

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"It is very easy to use. It has got what they call a toolkit, which is a no-code development environment. You can develop a whole solution with it because it is a complete platform. There is a lot of online material that can be used as a reference. You can help yourself while developing a solution. There are some prebuilt applications in the platform environment. You can very easily customize and integrate these applications. It also has flexible scaling of machine resources, which is really great.""The most valuable features are the reporting and the charts. The reporting functionality is handy for aggregation, when it comes to planning. That ability is fascinating and our users are very happy with it. The charts and the reporting allow our users to see all the data and to see how things are going this year or in the COVID situation. They're seeing everything. Instead of having to check data line by line, they're seeing it in a graph and they're seeing it in charts.""By using Board we can do a lot of free analysis. We can change the layout of a table and even the end-user can change the layout of a table. And in Board 11.2 you can save the layout. That's very useful for the customer, it's a very good function."

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Cons
"The solution could improve by better dashboards and while entering the form loss and project implementation the ability to use graphical shapes more effectively.""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 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 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.""It would be nice if the solution offered better extensions.""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 can have more functionality for narrative reporting. They should also improve their training courses, which are currently very lightweight. When you get into more complex things, it is quite difficult to figure out what you're supposed to do, and you have to look at a lot of videos before you actually understand, which is a bit frustrating. Their training can be more comprehensive.""Some of our users are still using an MS Office add-in for Excel for certain calculations, and when they export from Board, some of the values, some of the totals and column names, are not coming through into Excel.""What could be better is the manual... nowadays, most people use a web client, but on the Board manual website, a lot of the information is only about the Windows client. If they could update that, it would be helpful."

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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."
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  • "It is not the cheapest product on earth, but you get so much. It provides good value for money."
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    Answers from the Community
    Charles C
    author avatarChang Geng (NTT Data)
    Consultant

    Usually, we say Board provides lots of toolkits to achieve both CPM and BI. But, the Anaplan mainly focuses on CPM solutions.


    If the enduser doesn't have any existing planning strategy, maybe they can refer to Anaplan solution directly and easily.


    If the enduser already has a clear planning strategy, and they just want to find a tool to achieve it, maybe Board is a better choice because its smart toolkits can be used easily and give more possibilities.


    BTW, if you want to fully use the BI function (colourful charts, dashboard, multi-dimensional analysis), Board will be absolutely better.


    Just for your reference.

    author avatarRob Thorpe
    MSP

    I would say that Board and Anaplan are mainly used for FP&A and not BI. 


    As a small company, I would suggest using either Power BI or ThoughtSpot. With Power BI you will need some technical, data, analytical expertise either in-house or from a 3rd party. ThoughtSpot MSP may be the answer depending on your use case as there are packages around smaller organizations where you pay for the software already hosted on AWS and services included, all you need to do is provide data, it will be modelled as part of the service then you can search across the data as much as you want. I have a good example of a non for profit organisation using this.  


    I'm happy to help if you would like some further advice. 

    author avatarAlan Sutton
    User

    Charles as Investment Director for an industrial company with only 1-10 employees, you may find that the SaaS costs of both BOARD and Anaplan are beyond your budget or need.  


    Happy to engage in a 1-2-1 to analyse requirements and if necessary make appropriate recommendations.

    Questions from the Community
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    The solution works very well for budgeting.
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    It is very easy to use. It has got what they call a toolkit, which is a no-code development environment. You can develop a whole solution with it because it is a complete platform. There is a lot of… more »
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    It can have more functionality for narrative reporting. They should also improve their training courses, which are currently very lightweight. When you get into more complex things, it is quite… more »
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    It can be used for business intelligence, predictive planning, financial consolidation, integrated planning, budgeting and forecasting, strategy execution, and management. It can be deployed on the… more »
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    Overview

    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

    BOARD International - headquartered in Switzerland - is a leading global provider of software for improving business results through better decision making. By unifying Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management into a single product, BOARD enables companies to achieve a shared vision of their performance across the entire organization, and thus a single version of the truth.

    BOARD provides seamless solutions for • Reporting & Analysis • Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting • Profitability Modelling & Optimization • Simulation & What-if-Analysis • Scorecarding & Strategy Management • Financial Consolidation. Based on visual modelling, BOARD has enabled global companies to deploy BI and CPM applications without a single line of code in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions.

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    Sample Customers
    HP, ForeScout, DocuSign, EAT, Pandora, Aviva, Intel Security, Zalora
    Coca-Cola, Puma, Desigual, Ricoh, KPMG, H&M, Groupe SEB
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Government21%
    Healthcare Company21%
    University5%
    Pharma/Biotech Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company36%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government7%
    Retailer5%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise54%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Anaplan is ranked 1st in Business Performance Management with 12 reviews while Board is ranked 4th in Business Performance Management with 4 reviews. Anaplan is rated 8.2, while Board is rated 9.0. 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 Board writes "Integration with SAP has helped with process optimization, with all data and reports in one place". Anaplan is most compared with SAP ERP, Oracle Hyperion, OneStream XF, SAP S4HANA and Oracle HFM, whereas Board is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, Tableau, CCH Tagetik and Qlik Sense. See our Anaplan vs. Board report.

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