Easy data blending, intelligent reporting leveraging Google Cloud to extend Anaplan PlanningEasy data blending, intelligent reporting leveraging Google Cloud to extend Anaplan PlanningManaging Director, SaaS Partnerships & Co-Innovation, Google CloudISV Solution Architect, Google Cloud ISV Center of Excellence

All around the globe, organizations have had to re-evaluate their enterprise planning needs to keep up with changing demands while dealing with point solutions and data scattered across disjointed systems and sources. This re-evaluation has become even more pressing with the unprecedented levels of disruption over the past 18 months.

Connected planning makes enterprises agile and resilient by delivering continuous models and forecasts. Anaplan’s enterprise planning platform runs unlimited multi-dimensional scenarios to identify ideal plans of action that pivot business strategy from reactive to proactive. Any function within an organization can model the impact of change and easily visualize its effects. For example, identifying the impact of sales headcount on quota and compensation. In a nutshell enterprise planning allows enterprises to have a living shareable representation on how the business actually works.

Google Cloud and Anaplan are redefining how planning practitioners will use Enterprise Planning within these organizations to unify and align planning across all departments, and address the following challenges: 

  • Predicting what customers will need, when and where requires planners to blend external data — such as search, POS, macroeconomic factors, and social indicators — with their internal data — such as volume forecast, shipments, and orders. This data blending can create, speed up reconciliations to increase velocity, decrease inventory days on hand and improve service levels. However, blending internal and external data across disparate data sources has been hard, especially in real time.

  • In order for financial planners to capture monthly budgets, they need to submit vendor and spending plan information to their financial analyst as part of their financial planning and budgeting process. Having to manually copy and paste data into Anaplan, as opposed to seamlessly uploading information from familiar spreadsheet and productivity tools, introduces errors, challenges auditability, and reduces productivity.

Anaplan Connected Planning Platform provides cloud-based technology that fundamentally transforms planning by connecting all the necessary people, data, and plans to accelerate business value through real-time planning and decision-making in rapidly changing environments. Google Cloud is extending the core capabilities of Anaplan Connected Platform to address these challenges for planners.

Deeper integrations, greater capabilities

Since announcing the partnership between Google Cloud and Anaplan, our two teams, including the ISV Center of Excellence, have successfully completed the implementation of Anaplan Connected Planning Platform on Google Cloud.

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