About this Constellation ShortList™

Cloud-based Planning platforms help companies with budgeting and forecasting, strategic and operational planning, workforce planning and optimization, and financial reporting. The category emerged in the ’80s and ’90s as on-premises “performance management” software aimed at large enterprises. Cloud-based planning platforms have emerged over the last decade, initially adopted by small- and medium-sized organizations. Now, cloud-based platforms are scaling up into enterprise deployments, and they are seeing double-digit annual sales gains.

This category refers to cloud-based planning platforms that support budgeting, planning, forecasting, modeling, analysis and reporting. The cloud makes it possible to quickly deploy, configure and change these systems to support a broad base of users both within and beyond finance departments. Planning platforms bring vital what-if analysis capabilities for dealing with rapid growth, fast-changing business conditions, or the development of new products/business models.

The name of this list has changed to “Cloud-based Planning Platforms” from “Corporate Performance Management” to reflect broad strategic and operational use outside the boundaries of finance. The name change also reflects end-user adoption of “financial planning and analysis” as the name of the discipline that they practice.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Rapid deployment and configuration of multi-tenant services
  • Agile budgeting, planning and forecasting capabilities
  • Flexible modeling capabilities
  • Rich data analysis and reporting tools
  • Modern, intuitive interfaces

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than a dozen solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • Adaptive Insights, a Workday company
  • Anaplan 
  • Host Analytics
  • Oracle

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed. 

Evaluation Services

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