1. Scalability and power
Let’s start with scalability.
Thanks to a lightning-fast multi-dimensional database, IBM Planning Analytics can easily take care of thousands of users. What’s more, a powerful rules engine can handle the most complex calculations at the drop of a hat.
On top of this, IBM has added wonderful features over the last few years. The new Excel add-in and web interface, in particular, are world class.
You have the option of the embedded Excel add-in version (called Planning Analytics for Excel, or PAfE), or going browser based with Planning Analytics Workspace (PAW), or both (at no additional cost). Either way, there are few simulations that this software can’t handle, meaning you’re in the driver’s seat.
Scalability was one of the drivers for Fletcher Residential choosing IBM PA. It was able to bring all Fletcher Residential’s operational and financial data, reporting and forecasting into one structured platform, in which assumptions are globally assigned and the approach is consistent across the division. Data integrity, transparency and having a single source of truth enabled better business decisions and outcomes across one of New Zealand’s largest businesses.