Deborah Cleaver: My name is Deborah Cleaver. I am Senior Manager, Group FP&A at CME based in Prague.
We have had a really positive reaction from our senior management team. After we built the models and were ready to roll them out to the teams in the local operations, we did a demonstration for our CFO and our SVP of operation. We took them through a couple of the more detailed models, and they were hugely impressed with the level of detail that we were able to capture and how we were able to capture that and to create a driver-based forecast for them.
And recently, in the budget meetings that we have been holding, it's become very apparent that the detail and the information that we are capturing, Anaplan has actually helped to fuel those discussions, so that rather than focusing on other issues that are not relevant, we can get straight into the detail.
I think our “aha moment” was when we sat down right at the very beginning of the process, before we had really even been in Anaplan. We sat down with Andrew Gould and took him through our sales model, which we feel is the part of our business that we are really familiar with, quite complex in terms of modeling, but we felt that we understood that very well, and it uses a lot of dimensions from the model. We took him through that, and he went away, and with twenty-four hours had turned around a model that actually we could have used. I think it was that part that made us say, “Yes, this is the product that we should be using.”
I think one of the best features of Anaplan is the fact that it gives control and ownership and flexibility to our FP&A team because it means they own the models; they are able to change those models as the business is evolving and as we learn new things when we incorporate user feedback. And I think that’s a great plus for us.
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