Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting for SaaS

To manage the fast-paced nature of SaaS (software as a service), FP&A needs to jumpstart plans and configure changes to match the nuances of your business. With Anaplan’s Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting for SaaS app, you can do just that—plan, model, analyze, and report across metrics that matter, including monthly recurring revenue (MRR), cost of customer acquisition (CAC), lifetime value (LTV), renewals, churn, and more.


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FinancePlanning, Budgeting and Forecasting
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Revenue Planning (Anaplan App Hub), Sales Forecasting (Anaplan App Hub), S&OP (Anaplan App Hub), Consolidations (Anaplan App Hub), any Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, any Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, and any Human Capital Management (HCM) system, including Workday
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Why Anaplan for Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting for SaaS?

Get your planning and budgeting done faster, more accurately, and with less effort across your entire subscription-based and recurring revenue—drive P&L, from new customer acquisition to existing renewal and churn—all connected in one system. Leverage pre-configured, driver-based modeling, calculations, dashboards, and reports so you can start planning fast and configure on your own.
Build and compare scenarios that reflect your SaaS business (growth and MRR, cash and CAC, profitability and LTV). From aggressive to conservative, “what-ifs,” and more, create unlimited dimension lists and hierarchies and change them on-the-fly with a simple drag and drop. No coding or batch wait time is required with Anaplan’s Planning and Budgeting app. Plan by any time bucket, too—day, week, month, or year.
Plan and forecast for revenue or costs based on drivers that matter to your business. Anaplan’s app for FP&A can create one or multiple models that reflect nuances specific to SaaS, including cohorts, recurring revenue, churn, and CAC, to drive plans that truly represent the reality of your business.
Use Anaplan’s financial planning and analysis tool to create plans, models, or hierarchies using normal language formulas and spreadsheet-like “click-not-code” methods. Anaplan’s app for FP&A can plan, manage, and make immediate changes as opportunities and challenges arise—without dependence or burden on IT. With Anaplan, you have full control and responsibility so you can drive the results your company needs.


What's new
General features
  • Enterprise cloud planning for financial planning and analysis, strategic and corporate plans, annual budgets, and forecasts
  • Business user–friendly for self-service modeling, planning and budgeting, and reporting
  • Flexible dimensions to create and modify lists and hierarchies as your business changes
  • Role-based, secure access for relevant insight, clear accountability, and informed decisions
  • Plain-language formulas (no coding) for fast, simple, and business user–owned plans
  • Top-down and bottom-up planning and budgeting to cascade, roll up, and aggregate plans fast and error-free
  • Connected financial planning and reporting—see impact across P&L, balance sheet, cash flow
  • Multi-currency support across plans, forecasts, reports, and dashboards
  • Integrated business planning across Finance, Sales, Supply Chain, HR, and Marketing, linking together all areas and all phases of planning and budgeting
Strategic planning
  • Long-range plans for any time window (e.g., one, three, five years)
  • Define and analyze strategic objectives, including bookings, run-rate, customer acquisition and churn
  • Dynamically cascade by key dimensions to align corporate plans and forecasts
  • Unlimited scenario planning to evaluate and compare impact before finalizing strategy
Planning and budgeting
  • Cascade plans top-down by any dimension (region, unit, department, product)
  • Build budgets bottom-up to align with plan targets
  • Line-item details, conditional formatting, alerts, notes, and complete audit trail
  • Flexible time buckets—day, week, month, period, quarter, year, and custom calendar
  • Automated breakback (historical, seasonal, 4-4-5, custom) for fast, accurate entry
  • Driver- and assumption-based planning for consistency and alignment organization-wide
  • Financial planning and analysis with fusion of plans, reports, and charts in one view for decision-impact visibility
Modeling, forecasting, and “what-if”
  • Unlimited “what-if” scenarios for proactive insight and better choices
  • Easily create complex models on-the-fly that answer complicated questions and span multiple areas of the business
  • Automate rolling forecasts using “copy version”
  • Cash flow forecasting to model cash-in-and-out impact of options before decisions are made
Revenue planning
  • Plan revenue with bookings driven by sales quotas that convert and align to revenue targets
  • Leverage subscription-based revenue templates for cohort and waterfall planning
  • Plan and track cohorts, comparing to others across analysis and revenue forecasting processes
  • Translate strategic revenue goals across multiple revenue streams (subscription, services, license, etc.)
Personnel, OPEX, and CAPEX planning
  • Headcount and payroll expense planning enables alignment of top-down FTE with departmental or regional plans at the role and individual levels
  • Include driver-based assumptions (tax [FUTA, SUTA], benefits [premiums], salary, etc.) for consistency and control of workforce planning details
  • Calculate OPEX using multiple input methods (specific driver calculations, historical extrapolation)
  • Model and review impact of capital spending on P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow
Reporting and dashboarding
  • Comprehensive all-in-one cloud budgeting and reporting
  • Complete financial reporting (P&L, balance sheet, cash flow) across plan, actual, and forecast
  • Pivot reports by any dimension (time, geography, product) for on-the-fly, no code, views
  • Role-based dashboards and KPIs for relevant, at-a-glance insight—maps, charts, waterfall, alerts
  • Quick report analysis to compare different versions, periods, years
  • Excel® add-in to support presentation formatting and XBRL tagging
  • Flexible offline sharing via Microsoft Office (Excel®, PowerPoint®) and Adobe PDF

What's new

February 27, 2016
  • Enhanced employee management modules with historical payroll cost calculations and links to HR systems
  • REQs (new positions in a cost center) modules to allow for more flexible customization and planning for new hires
  • Expanded FX rate options (e.g., spot, average, etc.) to allow for more currency planning scenarios
  • "What-if" capabilities
  • Additional dashboards and visualizations to manage alerts and admin settings (e.g., versions, organization controls, etc.), as well as showcase driver impacts (e.g., sales quotas) to the P&L
  • Overall improved structural performance for ease of use for admin, increased performance, reduced complexity

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