Silicon100 2017

“Drive faster and more effective planning and decision-making in every area of your business”: Anaplan

thesiliconreview-frank-calderoni-ceo-anaplan-17Anaplan’s cloud planning platform enables an organization to run virtually any planning process by connecting data, people, and plans in every part of a business. Connected planning can be achieved at any scale—from a single use case within one business unit to enterprise-wide connected planning across hundreds of processes, and everything in between. Anaplan’s platform is the most flexible, scalable, and collaborative cloud planning system in the world today.

The best data to drive informed decisions

Anaplan represents a game-changing leap beyond traditional business intelligence and enterprise performance management systems. Performance data about the past provides useful insights, but managers then quickly turn to the question “what should we do going forward?” Anaplan’s powerful modeling and calculation engine helps managers evaluate expected results from different decisions before acting upon them. This combination of backward-looking and forward-looking data is what we consider to be the “best data” for decision-making.

Modern planning and decision-making is collaborative

Anaplan’s platform provides large-scale collaborative planning and decision-making across complex processes. Metadata-level views of plans and the relationship between them enable the impacts of plan changes to ripple instantly to other affected areas of the business. Flexible role-based security levels ensure collaboration with confidence. Audit trail, model restore, and selective user access make it possible for safe and simultaneous planning in real time.

Unrivaled modeling that makes the power of the platform come together

Anaplan’s platform boasts the world’s most powerful and flexible modeling and calculation engine, called Hyperblock. This in-memory engine enables the creation of detailed planning models that utilize all your data down to the transactional level (product SKU, stores, employees, etc.) for real-time impactful business decisions. Build plans to any level of granularity with many dimensions. You can think of it as “high-fidelity planning.”

Empower business-owned innovation with governance.

Anaplan’s cloud platform is a modern, secure architecture designed to satisfy the mutual needs of business users and the IT department. Native Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and –industry-leading security features enable good governance for IT requirements, while business users are essentially self-sufficient in creating and maintaining models and planning processes.

Connect solutions across your business

The Anaplan platform gives you the power and flexibility to plan for any area of your business, enabling collaborative decision-making to drive improved business performance across the organization.

Solution in Finance

-Build financial plans and orchestrate performance with speed, precision, and true collaboration

Finance leaders must drive business performance by optimizing operational plans. The Anaplan platform enables you to solve complex financial planning and modeling problems across your business. It’s impossible to orchestrate financial performance when juggling spreadsheets, legacy systems, and point solutions. Forecast accurately, reduce planning cycle times, and make informed decisions with up-to-date data. “Connect your data, people, and plans with the Anaplan platform.”

Solution in Marketing

- Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your marketing plan, performance, and spend.

Marketing leaders must prove the value of marketing to the business by tying marketing activities to sales revenue. The Anaplan platform enables you to align your marketing spend and resource strategy to performance and corporate objectives. Efficiently plan your campaign spend and resources to impact the bottom line. It’s impossible to connect investment to returns when juggling spreadsheets and point solutions .Increase the speed and control of your activities while continuously optimizing marketing performance. “Connect your data, people, and plans with the Anaplan platform.”

Solution in Information Technology

-Drive agile IT planning and project execution across your business.

IT leaders must continuously align plans to business goals in a constantly shifting market landscape. The Anaplan platform enables you to keep IT initiatives in sync with business goals. Reduce time and cost overruns with greater transparency into IT plans and progress. It’s impossible to do agile planning when juggling spreadsheets, legacy systems, and point solutions. Manage IT shared services and provide on-demand progress reports. “Connect your data, people, and plans with the Anaplan platform.”

Solution in Sales

- Deliver on-time sales plans while increasing compensation, quota, and forecast accuracy.

Sales leaders must motivate reps with achievable plans and accurate sales compensation payments. The Anaplan platform enables you to align your sales strategy with corporate objectives to drive informed and impactful decisions. Do more than pay reps—truly improve sales performance and grow your company’s bottom line. It’s impossible to accurately optimize sales performance when juggling spreadsheets, legacy systems, and point solutions. Get sales plans out on time, sharpen your sales forecast, and ensure accurate incentive compensation crediting and calculation. “Connect your data, people, and plans with the Anaplan platform.”

Solution in Supply Chain

-Improve margins, increase customer satisfaction, and profitably align to changing market opportunities.

Supply chains leaders need to be able to quickly realign supply, inventory, and demand plans to deal with unexpected disruptions in the marketplace. The Anaplan platform enables you to optimize your supply and demand planning process and connect your entire supply chain network. Integrate finance, sales, marketing, and workforce planning with your supply chain plans to mitigate financial risks, improve margins, and deliver better service. “Connect your data, people, and plans with the Anaplan platform.”

Meet the Founder

Frank Calderoni, CEO: Frank Calderoni is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anaplan and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Frank is a technology industry veteran with over 30 years of successful executive leadership. Before joining Anaplan, Frank served as the Executive Vice President (EVP), Operations and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Red Hat, Inc. from June 2015 to January 2017. He also served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems, Inc. for seven years. Prior to that, he served as Cisco’s Senior Vice President (SVP), Customer Solutions Finance from June 2007 to February 2008, and Vice President, Worldwide Sales Finance from May 2004 to June 2007.

 “We are helping to connect organizations and people to make informed decisions”