BlaBlaCar scales financial forecasting in lockstep with hyper-growth

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When French long-distance carpooling service BlaBlaCar entered a hyper-growth phase, financial planning and collaboration became increasingly difficult. They chose the Anaplan platform for its scalability as well as the ability to automate processes and test “what-if” scenarios. The result: All finance stakeholders collaborate on one platform for faster, more agile planning that results in better-developed business strategies.

Anaplan has brought us the agility to work around our assumptions and craft our business strategy.

Head of Business Intelligence & Data Science

Challenge

BlaBlaCar is a world leader in ride sharing, connecting drivers and passengers looking to carpool and share the cost of the journey. As a small company of 30 people, using Excel® for its financial planning was a manageable process. However, when BlaBlaCar entered a phase of hyper-growth, its reliance on spreadsheets made it increasingly difficult to collaborate and plan effectively across the company.

Solution

The company’s hyper-growth presented the finance team with challenges that were no longer supported or scalable within a spreadsheet-driven environment. Looking for a solution to scale with its business, BlaBlaCar implemented the Anaplan platform to automate processes and project scenarios quickly and accurately.

Results

With the Anaplan platform, the finance team at BlaBlaCar has improved its financial forecasting, planning, and analysis. Anaplan’s cloud-based technology has enabled more than 20 key stakeholders to collaborate on one platform and reduced the time that the team previously spent building assumptions and providing more agility and better-developed business strategies.

Why Anaplan

For BlaBlaCar, the Anaplan platform scaled with the company as it expanded in 22 countries with 60 million members and grew from 30 to 500+ employees. With different departments-including finance, business intelligence, country managers, and marketing-actively involved in business planning and working simultaneously in the Anaplan platform, it has proven to be a quicker and more collaborative way to work together.