Oracle Fusion Cloud EPM vs. Anaplan

Businesses around the world look to their finance teams to provide guidance about where to invest and grow–especially in times of uncertainty. Only Oracle provides a full suite of cloud-based enterprise performance management applications to help you analyze, understand, and report on your financial position.

Compare Anaplan to Oracle Cloud EPM and see why Oracle is the better choice for you.

Business advantages
Anaplan
Oracle Cloud EPM
Why this matters
One complete, unified, and complete cloud EPM application suite Limited footprint that’s planning centric. May require custom development or third-party tools for other non-planning EPM business processes.12 Includes solutions for planning, profitability, cost management, financial consolidation and close, account reconciliation, tax reporting, narrative reporting, freeform, and enterprise data management. A complete solution integrates management processes across the organization, aligning strategy with execution. Provides improved visibility and insight into all aspects of the business.3
Planning, budgeting, and forecasting Standard capabilities for financial planning (FP&A). Purpose-built with comprehensive and innovative capabilities integrated across finance, operations, and lines of business. Enables you to make better decisions with goal-oriented, driver-based plans. Gain immediate insights into performance and best path forward recommendations with predictive planning.4
Integrated business planning and execution (IBXP) Some degree of out-of-the-box capabilities. May require additional application development or third-party partner tools.5678 Provides end-to-end planning capabilities for manufacturing companies, enabling them to achieve their long-, medium-, and short-term performance goals.9 Transform plans into execution and monitor activity to detect unexpected events using the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, and prescriptive analytics. Simulate and evaluate alternative responses to maintain or improve business targets.10
Profitability and cost management No known native profitability and cost management application. May rely on custom partner applications.11 Purpose-built profitability and cost management applications are included in Oracle Cloud EPM. You can allocate resources more effectively with a deeper understanding of costs and profitability.12
Connected enterprise planning Fewer out-of-the-box capabilities mean that additional application development may be required. Purpose-built finance and line-of-business applications, including sales, workforce, supply chain, and integrated business planning and execution. Gain planning alignment and accuracy by leveraging built-in best practice capabilities across finance, operations, and line of business.13
Connected financial consolidation and close No known native offering.14 Purpose-built consolidation and close applications are included in Oracle Cloud EPM. Enables you to efficiently manage the consolidation and close, end to end. Helps ensure processes are dependable, correct, timely, transparent, streamlined, efficient, compliant, and auditable.15
Account reconciliation No known native offering.16 A purpose-built account reconciliation application is included in Oracle Cloud EPM. Close faster by automating account reconciliations and transaction matching. Improve the efficiency and accuracy of your financial statements while addressing security and risk typically associated with the process.17
Comprehensive tax reporting No known native offering.18 A purpose-built tax application is included in Oracle Cloud EPM. Align tax with corporate financial reporting for better visibility and compliance. Helps you deliver transparent corporate tax processes—including tax provision and country by country reporting (CbCR).19
Narrative reporting No known native offering.20 Purpose-built narrative reporting is included in Oracle Cloud EPM. Helps you meet internal and external reporting needs. Collaborate across the report creation process to define, author, review, and publish management and regulatory reports.21
Enterprise data management No known native capabilities.22 Purpose-built and part of the Oracle Cloud EPM platform. However, enterprise data management is not limited to the EPM environment. Respond and adapt to change faster by accelerating digital transformations, modeling potential M&A, chart of accounts redesign, and more. Pull or push enterprise data (e.g., master data, reference data, and hierarchies) to and from various systems, such as ERP, EPM, HCM, and data warehouses, whether they are cloud, on-premises, Oracle, or non-Oracle.23
Next-generation technologies
Comprehensive Microsoft Office integration (Oracle Smart View for Office) Partial capabilities.24 Extensive Microsoft Office integration and comprehensive functionality provided by Oracle Smart View for Office.25 Integrate ERP, EPM, and business intelligence data into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. View, import, manipulate, distribute, and share data in Office-based interfaces.26
Data integration Limited, data import/export and API toolkit.27 World-class integration platform and services. Easily integrate your critical sources into your Oracle Cloud EPM application, regardless of whether the source is on-premises, in the cloud, Oracle, or third party.28
Advanced analytics and BI Limited capabilities.29 Available in the industry-leading Oracle Analytics Cloud platform. Oracle Analytics empowers business users, data engineers, and data scientists to access and process relevant data, evaluate predictions, and make quick, accurate decisions.
Embedded AI and machine learning Limited capabilities requiring additional third-party tools.30 Native, comprehensive AI and ML infrastructure embedded in Oracle Cloud EPM Intelligent Performance Management Insights. Empowers finance to become data driven, speed up data analysis to take faster action, and improve decisions with predictive planning.
Digital assistants (Chatbots) No purpose-built features. Relies on custom development.31 Oracle Cloud EPM features an embedded, AI-guided digital assistant. Helps teams work better and faster with instant responses, recommendations, and updates on critical tasks.32
Cloud platform technology provider Relies on third-party cloud hosting providers.33 Natively managed by Oracle on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle Cloud EPM is fully developed and managed by Oracle delivering best-in-class security, scheduled updates, and uptime reliability.
Sources

1 https://www.anaplan.com/solutions/

2 https://partners.anaplan.com/partner-solutions-showcase/

3 https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/applications/epm/oracle-epm-suite-solution-brief.pdf

4 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/planning/

5 https://www.anaplan.com/industries/manufacturing/ (Manufacturing is an industry Anaplan supports but uses partner solutions as per #6 below)

6 https://partners.anaplan.com/genpact/production-scheduling/ (Example of an Anaplan partner solution for Manufacturing planning)

7 https://partners.anaplan.com/partner-solutions-showcase/?filter=manufacturing (List of partner solutions filtered by “manufacturing” planning apps)

8 https://www.oracle.com/scm/supply-chain-planning/integrated-business-planning-execution/ (List of native Oracle IBXP applications listed under “Related Integrated Business Planning and Execution products” that Anaplan requires partners to provide)

9 https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/cfo-epm-planning-infographic-five-reasons.pdf

10 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/planning/#rc30p7

11 https://www.profitand.com/anaplan-financial-planning-and-analysis https://partners.anaplan.com/partner-solutions-showcase/

12 https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/cfo-epm-planning-infographic-five-reasons.pdf

13 https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/applications/epm/oracle-epm-suite-solution-brief.pdf

14 https://www.anaplan.com/solutions/

15 https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/applications/epm/oracle-financial-consolidation-and-close-ds.pdf

16 https://www.anaplan.com/solutions/

17 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/account-reconciliation/

18 https://www.finext.nl/en/tax-reporting-with-anaplan/

19 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/tax-reporting/

20 https://www.workiva.com/partners/anaplan

21 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/narrative-reporting/

22 No native offering. Relies on at least two third-party partner solutions:
https://www.anaplan.com/partners/dell-boomi/
https://www.epmware.com/partners-2/

23 https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/applications/epm/oracle-enterprise-data-mgmt-cloud-ds.pdf

24 https://help.anaplan.com/bbf06731-3cc3-4b70-9544-f74be85d67d0-Extensions

25 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/platform/

26 https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/smart-view-for-office/

27 Standard ETL/bulk and transactional load scripts and developer APIs. No drill-to-transaction details in source systems, etc.
https://help.anaplan.com/2afaca82-3f32-426c-b9c2-ff73b9ec636a-Third-party-Data-Integration
https://help.anaplan.com/f3ec5fcc-0e46-4a59-bcce-c1319716b823-Data-Integration
https://community.anaplan.com/t5/Idea-Exchange/Excel-Add-in-Drill-Down-and-Drill-through-to-Transaction/idi-p/103438?attachment-id=4293

28 https://www.oracle.com/integration/
https://www.oracle.com/performance-management/platform/#rc30p3

29 https://partners.anaplan.com/partners/tableau/

30 Relies on Amazon Forecast predictive engine to integrate with Anaplan PlanIQ: https://www.anaplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/planIQ-Solution-Brief.pdf
https://www.anaplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PlanIQ_datasheet.pdf

31 https://community.anaplan.com/discussion/115668/building-a-chat-bot-part-1-using-gcp
https://community.anaplan.com/discussion/115641/building-a-chat-bot-part-1-using-aws

32 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk4L_UVXD54

33 Uses Google Cloud and AWS for its cloud platform:
https://www.anaplan.com/partners/google-cloud/
https://www.anaplan.com/partners/aws/

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