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IBM Planning Analytics

What is IBM Planning Analytics?

Flexibile platform for business power users to create tailored planning, budgeting and forecasting as well as analytics applications based on a high-performance and scalable in-memory database. Comprehensive functionality for preparing individual content in Excel and publishing it to the web.

BI, Analytics & CPM
● Reporting / Dashboards
●● Analysis
– Advanced Analytics
●● Planning
– Financial Consolidation

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About IBM Planning Analytics

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IBM Planning Analytics User Reviews & Experiences

The information contained in this section is based on user feedback and actual experience with IBM Planning Analytics.

The information and figures are largely drawn from BARC’s The BI & Analytics Survey, The Planning Survey, The Financial Consolidation Survey and The Data Management Survey. You can find out more about these surveys by clicking on the relevant links.

Why users buy IBM Planning Analytics and what problems they have using it

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Individual user reviews for IBM Planning Analytics

Role
Consultant
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Consulting
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Speed, scalability, and flexibility to handle most any type of planning and forecasting situation.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

User interface.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Put it on your short list. Complete a real world competitive bake off with your data, with your internal technical people involved not just implementations consultant people. You will learn a lot more about product features and flexibility and total cost of ownership by having your team intimately engaged in the process.

How would you sum up your experience?

Very positive. We’ve been able to accommodate many types of applications with the tool kit even outside standard financial planning and budgeting.

Role
Manager Resource Management Systems
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Manufacturing
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Outstanding TM1 Database with functional Database concept. This makes the difference.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Large variety of legacy frontends, which each have its own strength, but full merge into latest frontend generation is still missing.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Build up inhouse knowledge to fully leverage all usage options of this outstanding piece of software.

How would you sum up your experience?

I haven't come across a data/analytics problem, that I couldn't solve using IBM Planning Analytics/TM1.

Role
Project manager for planning from business department
Number of employees
100 - 2.500
Industry
Banking and finance
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Einfach, generisch. Write back von Kreuztaballen. Stabilität.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Keine relationale Datenbank (mit einfacher Schnittstelle). Rules und Feeders.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Referenzbesuch bei vergleichbarer Firma.

How would you sum up your experience?

Die User lieben und schätzen die Applikation.

Role
Line of business employee
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Banking and finance
Source
Invited by the vendor, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Sehr flexibel in Abbildung von Business-Prozessen. Hohe Performance auch bei außergewöhnlich großen Modellen. Sehr mächtig mit der Möglichkeit von Live-Links in der Form von Rules.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Weiterentwicklungswünsche könnten besser berücksichtigt werden. (z.B. Renaming von Dimensionselement / Cubes / Instanzen).

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Die Architektur der Cubes mit deren Dimensionalitäten wohlüberlegt zu Beginn zu machen, da spätere Anpassungen aufwändig sind.

How would you sum up your experience?

Ein tolles Tool, das sehr viel Flexibilität bietet und nicht mehr wegzudenken wäre.

Role
Project manager for planning from IT
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Insurance
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Sehr flexibel einsetzbar, ich habe noch keinen Anwendungsfall gefunden, der nicht umsetzbar wäre. Besonders in Kombination mit Cognos Analytics entfaltet PA seine Möglichkeiten.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Lizenzen sind relativ teuer.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Macht euch im Vorwege klar, wer planen soll.

How would you sum up your experience?

Seit vielen Jahren sehr zufrieden.

Role
Project manager for planning from IT
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Healthcare
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Serves planning at the lowest level and the ability to consolidate at different levels and the ability to report at the planned level. Flexible to customize and use, low learning curve.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Nothing as such.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

have a clear use case, try out the tool for the use case on hand especially in the areas of ease of implementation/use/administration, flexibility to customize, training and have user involvement right through the evaluation and implementation process.

How would you sum up your experience?

Great tool for planning and consolidation of planning across the enterprise.

Role
Consultant
Number of employees
100 - 2.500
Industry
Consulting
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Skalierbarkeit technisch (Datenmenge) und fachlich (Offenheit bzgl. Datenmodellen und Regeln/Berechnungen).

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Versionswechsel von alter Architektur zur neuen Architektur noch unklar für on-prem Installationen.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Starten sie mit einem kleinen Modell, um Erfahrungen zu sammeln, evtl. auch mit Hilfe eines Experten. Wachsen Sie dann mit ihren Modellen und fachlichen Anforderungen.

How would you sum up your experience?

Die Anwender lieben es.

Role
IT employee
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Manufacturing
Source
Invited by the vendor, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Flexibilität / logischer Aufbau.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Alle Funktionen des Architekten in PAW verfügbar machen. Multiple Selection beim List Selector Widget ermöglichen.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Zeit in die Entwicklung der Cube Architektur investieren. Reporting Masken / Spreadsheets erst am Ende entwickeln.

How would you sum up your experience?

Sehr gut.

Role
Member of a cross-departmental BI team
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Manufacturing
Source
Invited by the vendor, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Ständige Innovation, gute Excel-Integration und Webanwendung.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Vollständige Integration aller Funktionen in Planning Analytics Workspace notwendig (aktuell 2 Welten).

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Direkt den Workspace und Planning Analytics for Excel nutzen und nicht die ursprüngliche Software (Architect, Perspectives).

How would you sum up your experience?

Anfängliche Schwierigkeiten aufgrund fehlender Funktionalität in der neuen Welt, mittlerweile eine sehr integrierte Planung.

Role
Line of business employee
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Process industry
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Kern-Datenbank TM1.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Von IBM entwickelte Benutzeroberfläche weicht stark von der den Entwicklern bekannten TM1-Benutzeroberfläche Perspectives ab.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

How would you sum up your experience?

Ein sehr gutes flexibles OLAP-Instrumentarium mit der Super-TM1-Datenbank. Aber seit IBM-Übernahme nicht mehr so intuitive Benutzerumgebung und leider mit häufigen Updates, weil noch in fortwährender Weiterentwicklung.

Role
Head of business department
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Utilities
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

I strongly recommend this product. Planning Analytics added significant efficiencies and improvements to our budgeting and planning processes. Flexibility, scalability, and tight integration with Excel are key strengths, as well as user friendly Excel interface in Pafe (Planning Analytics for Excel) and good dashboarding functionality in Planning Analytics Workspace.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

How would you sum up your experience?

I would strongly recommend this product. It is a great tool, as evidenced by its flexibility, ease of use, and strong integration with Excel.

Role
Member of a cross-departmental BI team
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
IT
Source
BARC Panel, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Flexibility with ability to combine online and offline calculations. Predictive analytics feature looks promising.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Cost of upgrade should be stabilized.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Take advantage of AI to infuse more automation.

How would you sum up your experience?

The product keeps its promises.

Role
Line of business employee
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Public sector
Source
Invited by the vendor, The Planning Survey 24, 04/2024
What do you like best?

Anpassungsfähigkeit der Software an den jährlichen Anforderungen im Fachbereich. Flexibilität. Verknüpfung mit Excel.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Priorisierung der Cloud-Entwicklung.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Jedes Unternehmen ist individuell, daher braucht es auch größtmögliche Flexibilität im Planungsprozess mit einer geeigneten Software. Fachbereich in dieser Hinsicht fördern.

How would you sum up your experience?

Langjährige Nutzung und trotzdem am Pulse der Zeit.

Role
Project manager for planning from business department
Number of employees
More than 2.500
Industry
Transportation and logistics
Source
Invited by BARC, 12/2022
What do you like best?

Die Flexibilität, Vielseitigkeit und phenomänale Softwarelandschaft durch Drittanbieter - somit bleibt nichts unmöglich. Die hohe Skalierbarkeit und Robustheit.

What do you like least/what could be improved?

Monatliche Updates bringen mich durcheinander, aber machen auch Spaß in der Arbeit mit Web-Clients.

What key advice would you give to other companies looking to introduce/use the product?

Eine Unternehmenslizens.

How would you sum up your experience?

Alles in Allem sehr gute Erfahrungen!

Survey Information
Number of reviews for IBM Planning Analytics
53
Reviewed versions
PA 2.0 73%, V10 3%, V11 21%, V12 3%
Peer groups in the survey
Large/Enterprise-Wide Implementations, Products for Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting, Integrated Products for Planning and BI & Analytics, Worldwide Implementations
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