The Planning Survey 21

The Planning Survey 21: The Results

A PDF report detailing the key findings from The Planning Survey 21, supplemented by expert analysis.

The Planning Survey 21 is available as part of the BARC Access package.

The world’s most detailed survey of planning software usage

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The Planning Survey 21 – conducted between November 2020 and February 2021 – attracted 1,422 responses from which 1,151 gave detailed information on real-world experiences of selecting, implementing and using a planning product.

The Results report provides you with well-designed charts and insightful analysis on the many highlights from this year’s survey.

Planning users share their experiences

The Planning Survey 21 reveals how organizations are selecting, implementing and using planning tools across the world. Topics covered in this report include:

  • Planning software use cases
  • Comparisons between Excel and specialist planning tools
  • The business benefits derived from using planning products
  • Product selection approaches
  • Why companies are purchasing planning tools
  • The optimum length of planning projects
  • Product satisfaction levels
  • The challenges of using planning software

Current trends in planning

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Our survey questionnaire was also designed to gauge end-user feedback on current hot topics and technologies in the planning market, revealing present adoption levels and future plans across a number of exciting trends such as:

  • Integration of different sub-budgets and financial planning
  • Self-service planning
  • Simulation and analysis of scenarios
  • Cloud-based planning
  • Mobile BI/Planning
  • Predefined planning content

The report also digs deeper into the survey findings on the adoption of cloud-based planning solutions and predictive planning.

Buyers of ‘The Planning Survey 21: The Results’ report also receive documentation detailing the methodology behind The Planning Survey 21, with further information on the demographics of the sample, the 21 products analyzed, the product groupings (peer groups) and the 29 measures used to rank the products (KPIs).