As a small company of 30 people, Excel was enough. But when BlaBlaCar entered a phase of hyper-growth, it needed a solution to support and scale with its business.
Members of the BlaBlaCar team discuss how Anaplan has given them the ability to create super-detailed forecasting and translate business simulations into actual financials, as well as how the Anaplan platform allows finance, business intelligence, marketing, and country teams to work together in an agile collaborative fashion.
Sebastien Preel: I am Sebastien Preel. I am the CFO of BlaBlaCar. BlaBlaCar is the world leader of ride sharing.
When BlaBlaCar was a small French start-up three years ago, Excel was enough—we were only 30 people in three countries. But when BlaBlaCar entered into a phase of high growth, the finance team faced new challenges.
Anaplan turned out to be a solution that scaled with us as we expanded in 22 countries with 30 million members and to a team of 500 people.
David Grimbert: We used to work with a lot of different Excel spreadsheets, and it was very difficult to collaborate with everybody in the company. But with Anaplan, we can project many different future scenarios quickly and rapidly.
We are now able to do super-detailed forecasting, financial planning, and analysis.
Theiss Boudec: What’s good about Anaplan is the more you use it, the better you are at it. So now it would take a lot of time to try and convince me to switch back to the cumbersome Excel files that I had before.
David Grimbert: We use Anaplan to translate business simulations into actual financials.
Theiss Boudec: With Anaplan, it’s much easier to collaborate, so lots of teams are involved in that process—the finance team, the business intelligence team, all the country teams, the marketing teams—so it’s a very long process. And by working all at the same time on the same tool, it really helps converge quickly to an end version of the financial forecast.
Now with Anaplan, we managed to reduce our time spent on building our assumptions by a lot, so Anaplan has brought us the agility to work around our assumptions and to craft our business strategy. It also helps with maintenance, and we have much more automated processes to come up with our financial reporting and business reporting, so it helps a lot with that as well.
Sebastien Preel: With everything in the Anaplan cloud, we are able to collaborate over 20 key stakeholders at the same time.