4th November 2011
This week I caught up with Guy Haddelton, CEO Anaplan, who was making a fleeting visit to the UK. Anaplan you may remember is a Cloud-based performance management solution (see FSN Review), with particular strength in business modelling, budgeting, planning and forecasting. It is drawing lots of attention from global 2,000 companies seeking a solution which can manage complexity, yet is simple to build and implement.
Guy tells me that growth, especially in the US has been very strong, fuelled by the desire of end-users to build models for themselves; i.e. independently of the IT function. This, says Guy, is encouraging users to automate areas that are under-served by technology while liberating the IT function from the burden of providing resources. As a result he is seeing Anaplan rapidly spreading from one process to another within the same organisation. At the same time Guy Haddleton and his team are continuing to attract attention from old Adaytum implementers, corporate users and influencers who are excited by working on a scalable performance management solution in the Cloud and are disaffected by traditional, fragmented on-premise solutions. Even at this early stage, Anaplan seems to have created a compelling market