Anaplan fundamentally changes the way you do corporate planning.
It is able to bring all the components of a plan into one place, Finance, HR, Sales, etc. as well as data from the operational systems. Anaplan is able to handle the scale and complexity to give you a holistic, comprehensive, robust consistent business plan.
This is a game changer from the previous siloed and fragmented way of planning where finance would have to bring in disconnected data from different areas of the organisation. Now all the necessary components of a good financial plan can be managed from one place.
The result is a powerful and useful planning solution that is collaborative, secure and version controlled.
A single version of the truth that’s fun to use.
What this means for you
- Informed. Major company wide decisions taken with more confidence. As planning becomes more connected and informed you are able to adapt, pivot and change business models quickly based on changing realities.
- Connected systems. All your data is in one place. Functions, departments and lines of business will work on accepted master data. Spend less time adapting lists to integrate and talk to other models.
- Scenarios. How different courses of action will cascade into areas of the business and compare them side by side. Meaning you can make the most probable decisions while preparing for different possible futures.
- Hierarchies. Use powerful hierarchical (parent/child) modelling that better reflects reality. Hierarchies let you do modelling more in line with reality. Anaplan automatically pre-calculates hierarchical rollups for very fast reporting.
- Collaborate. Organisation siloes start opening up and getting more aligned where before the same terms could have meant different things. This means you can move closer to a single version of the truth.
- Secure. Anaplan has a robust role based security model. Users will see only what they need in order to get their work done. The rest is hidden from view. Security can even go down to a single individual at a single cell. Compare this to the file based all or nothing approach to security.
- Automated. With Anaplan’s comprehensive software tools (API). You can automate most ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) processes. Minimise time spent doing manual ETL while it can run in the background.
- Software as a service (SaaS). Means you are able to build solutions immediately with minimum involvement from IT. The models and their data can be owned managed and controlled by the right parts of the organisation.
- AI. Leverage powerful AI and machine learning for planning solutions out of the box with your existing data.
As your models get more sophisticated is when Anaplan’s true power comes out. That it is scalable and able to manage complexity means it can grow with the business need. But in order to take advantage of this feature, models need to be built well.
Intellisolve is a freelance Anaplan development consultancy with a very particular set of skills. Skills acquired over a long career of model building. Working alongside your business experts to help you build the best planning solution for your business.
Solutions like Excel and Anaplan are very general and there are many ways of building the same solution. Though some ways are better than others. Knowing what these are comes with years of experience that is available to you.
Build for the Future
Put proper governance in place to be able to scale in size and complexity. Bringing in new functions, departments and lines of business into Anaplan with minimum friction.
The business builds the models, we just provide the expertise. Expertise to advise, guide and build the best solutions for you.
If you are thinking about implementing Anaplan in your business or already have Anaplan, please get in touch and someone will be in contact with you.