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Video: Can Anaplan’s cloud tool for team working cope with BYOD?

Tim Green

Cloud specialist wants to move people away from Excel – and if users want to 'bring their own device' no problem.

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the world’s enterprises. It’s called BYOD.

Gone are the days when execs would take possession of the company BlackBerry and wait for it to be configured by the IT department.

Now, they have their own iPhones and Galaxys – and they want to use them for work.

Hence: BYOD: bring your own device.

Much has been written about the security implications of all this.

But what about productivity?

Where does BYOD fit in a world where complex corporate tasks are moving from the hard drive on the desktop PC to the cloud – where they are accessible from any device?

This is a question being mulled by Anaplan.

The saas specialist offers a cloud-based business planning solution that lets multiple employees collaborate on the same plan in real time, wherever they are in the world.

Essentially, it’s taking on Excel.

Before companies like Anaplan came along, enterprises used Excel to manage collaborative projects. Someone would create a spreadsheet, then send it round for comments.

Dozens of hard-to-manage revisions later, the team leader would try to understand what the final version looked like.

Messy and time-consuming.

Anaplan’s alternative is a cloud-based business planning solution that lets multiple employees collaborate on the same plan in real time, wherever they are in the world.

It’s going well. In July 2012, Anaplan had 20 employees. It will be 650 by year end.

Meanwhile, in May 2014, Anaplan closed a $100 million series D investment, led by venture capitalist DFJ Growth.

Without doubt, the BYOD trend will affect the evolution of Anaplan’s cloud-based business planning services.

In an exclusive interview with Hot Topics, Anaplan CEO Frederic Laluyaux insisted the BYOD switch could be beneficial.

He said: “Some operations are only complex because of a lack of the correct tools. Project planning or sales forecasting are not complex per se.

“Yes, you do need a manager to authorise the numbers and so on, but it’s only when you have BYOD in an organisation with thousands of reps and customers and products that it gets complex.

“We de-complexify the process and make the tech available on a iPhone via a browser and people can make adjustments to the model in real time.”

To see the full video interview click here.

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