The Challenge


Anaplan provides a cloud financial planning platform that connects data, people, and plans in every part of a business. Guy Haddleton, Anaplan CEO, was looking for a trusted partner to build their new platform. Upon first meeting, ClearPoint were transparently suitable, and the engagement process began.

A trusted colleague recommended their work. It was enough to convince me to spend an airfare for my chief architect Michael Gould to fly down from San Francisco and to meet with them.

— Guy Haddleton, Anaplan CEO

The Solution


ClearPoint were tasked with developing the Service Delivery Platform (SDP) that allows Anaplan clients to interact with Anaplan’s next generation core technology via a modern Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

ClearPoint engaged the flexible Feature Driven Development (FDD) process, something that Guy says was critical to the success of the engagement. FDD involves scheduling and delivering the project in rolling fortnightly blocks, ensuring complete transparency, clear and achievable milestones and a healthy momentum to the overall development.

The team had a depth of skills, experience and a working style that was just brilliant. They delivered the project on time, within budget and bug free.

— Guy Haddleton, Anaplan CEO

The Outcome


For Anaplan, ClearPoint favoured building on existing technology employing both cloud-based “best-of-breed” Software as a Service (SaaS) providers and Open Source components. This reflects ClearPoint’s core philosophy of “best fit for the client” and allowed an integrated solution to be developed quickly. Additionally, ClearPoint developed an infrastructure design that was vendor-independent, technology-agnostic, and IT Architecture-led. As Anaplan grows, the software technology and infrastructure platform is ready and available to grow with them. Strategic thinking and FDD software development methodologies were key to the success of the Anaplan project. Key, also, was the flexible approach and adaptive strategies undertaken by what Guy considers to be a highly skilled team with great depth of knowledge and experience.

Tech Points


  • Digital strategy
  • Service Delivery Platform
  • Solution architecture
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
  • Agile delivery