Before Anaplan, StepStone relied on Excel spreadsheets for all of its sales planning. Because StepStone’s sales planning process involves market data across 400,000+ companies per country, Excel became too big to manage with a manual process. Additionally, there were concerns around emailing sensitive data to hundreds of employees, such as salaries and customer lists.
StepStone wasn’t actively looking for a solution when they saw a demo of Anaplan at an industry event. But after seeing the product in action, it was love at first sight. StepStone found the implementation process to be quick and efficient with little ramp-up required for its spreadsheet-savvy team. Impressively, the Anaplan team was able to build the first model in just two weeks.
With Anaplan, StepStone replaced countless spreadsheets with a single planning platform and now has a consolidated and consistent bottom-up input into the sales plan. The team has improved the accuracy of its sales targets, and data can now be shared more easily. By moving sales planning to the cloud, teams can now collaborate more efficiently and everyone sees the same set of data, eliminating version control issues. Now, StepStone’s COO sees a future where Excel isn’t needed.
After seeing a demo, StepStone saw the value that the Anaplan platform could bring to the organization and knew that not only would implementation be quick, but so would training and adoption. When it came time for the proof of concept, Anaplan was able to build a model of their disparate spreadsheets in just a matter of days, exciting the team for the future.