Anaplan, the start-up that is shaking up business planning

by bold-lichterman

Between the world of spreadsheets, and that of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning, editor’s note), we created Anaplan, where people can collaborate», Explains to Frenchweb Laurent Lefouet, Managing Director Europe ofAnaplan, an American company that publishes business planning tools. These are aimed at a multitude of sectors, from finance (preparation of budgets, operating expenses, etc.), to human resources (workforce management, organization of teams, etc.), including sales (sales forecasts, etc.) or marketing (management and management of promotions, etc.).

With such a positioning, Anaplan is in more or less direct competition with SAP, or IBM. Salesforces for its part invested in Anaplan through its investment fund as part ofa funding round of $ 100 million closed a year ago.

Founded in 2007, Anaplan started to market its offers in 2011. Since then, the company claims to generate a turnover of around 100 million dollars on an annual basis (88.6 million euros), of which 30% is already achieved in Europe. This growth has forced the company to strengthen its workforce, which in 2014 rose from 150 to 400 people worldwide.

Based in San Francisco, Anaplan intends to strengthen its position in Europe and in April opened an R&D center in Paris. “We have a pool of remarkable engineers. There are real skills recognized in France and we have always had great publishers“. More details with Laurent Lefouet, General Manager Europe of Anaplan.

Founders: Guy Haddleton and Michael Gould

Creation: 2007

Marketing: 2011

The head office: San Francisco (United States)

Market: cloud planning software

Competitors: SAP, IBM

Turnover: $ 100 million claimed on an annual basis

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