An example of an enterprise problem that Anaplan solves is connecting sales opportunity data from CRM to feed downstream activities – forecast, pipeline coverage, rep performance, quota planning, commission planning et al. Then combine the opp data with other feeds from timesheets, GL’s, HRIS etc and organize the data into logical structures for bench utilization and resource planning/reporting requirements in large consulting PS firms or software vendors.
Finally deliver the interrelated business data to finance for analytics, plans and reports. For software vendors Anaplan automatically resolves the “dueling spreadsheet” conflict inherent when revenue planning by business unit (products) naturally conflicts with the sales organization plan. Additionally, Anaplan through its special waterfall functions enables billings to automatically drop into the desired revenue plan for “accurate” GAAP forecasts. And of course, the cash impact on all those strange contracts is evident to one and all.
This is what we call a single platform managing and connecting all your critical business data (past, present and future), accessible by any authorized user, anywhere, anytime. And you can start NOW – no software, hardware, infrastructure or IT support requirements.