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Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG), the world’s most automated container shipping terminal, wanted its financial planning and reporting to be as advanced as its port operations. By moving from spreadsheets to Anaplan, they can proactively manage the business, increase collaboration between managers (who own budgets) and financial analysts, and have real-time insight into financial performance on a single dashboard.
When choosing a platform for our planning, budgeting, and reporting initiative, it was crucial that we had a vendor that was present, supportive, and operating locally for us.Finance Director
Prior to using Anaplan, RWG was dependent on finance’s use of static Excel spreadsheets, leading to a lack of business insight into budget versus actuals, excessive manual data gathering, and the critical inability to scale financial planning. RWG looked for a better way to automate the company’s financial planning and reporting to support their 24/7 business.
To support the completely automated 24/7 workweek of one of the largest shipping ports in the world, RWG needed a solution that was real-time and always-on. The Anaplan platform delivered, providing a single, flexible, cloud-based solution for RWG’s 180 employees. Leveraging Anaplan’s cloud-based flexibility, RWG can now control and automate the company’s financial planning and reporting.
According to Enrico Douwens, Finance Director at RWG, Anaplan delivered real-time insight into financial performance and reporting. “With a single dashboard in Anaplan, I can now address questions from the executive team without having to do hours of number crunching. And most importantly, our executive business managers are enabled to manage their own business and budgets without depending on my finance team; that’s what I call financial empowerment.”
“When choosing a platform for our planning, budgeting, and reporting initiative, it was crucial that we had a vendor that was present, supportive, and operating locally to us,” said Douwens. “We did a deep dive vendor analysis into four tools and narrowed it down to Anaplan and Tagetik. We choose Anaplan for its unmatched flexibility, agility, and Web-based user interface.”