Modeling in Anaplan with alternative tools: Part 2

edited April 2023 in Blog

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Here at Anaplan, we are committed to creating a product and learning environment for everyone, which means providing tools, accessibility options, and knowledge for all people. We are fortunate to have a community of experts committed to the same, including Certified Master Anaplanner Mitch Aist (@maist1).

We recently featured part one of Mitch’s instruction on how to build in Anaplan with alternative tools, showing how using assistive technology can prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI) or serve as a tool for people disabled in the arms or hands. Mitch uses Dragon Professional Individual and utilizes a foot mouse — both to reduce strain on the hand/wrist.

In part one, Mitch walked through how to create a model and versions. Today, he dives in deeper and shows how to create and populate a list, continuing his tutorial using our favorite fictitious company from the Anaplan training days — Unicorn Candy Company.

Throughout the videos, you’ll see risk notifications displayed on the screen. Mitch chose these rankings because heavy use of the mouse and repetitive clicking movements can cause computer-related injuries, and voice input tools tend to strain the body the least.

  • Green (low risk) indicates the task can be accomplished purely using voice input.
  • Yellow (medium risk) indicates a small amount of mouse usage or clicking is required to complete the task.
  • Red (high risk) is reserved for times where a keyboard or heavy mouse usage and clicking is required.

As a reminder, tutorials #1 (create a model) and #2 (create versions) are here.

Tutorial #3: Create a list

Creating lists in Anaplan with Alternative Tools w/ Mitch Aist

Tutorial #4: Populate a list three ways (manual, with a file, with a model)

Populating lists in 3 Ways in Anaplan with Alternative Tools w/ Mitch Aist

What other Anaplan techniques would you like to see demonstrated using alternative tools? Leave a comment for Mitch and stay tuned for more accessibility tutorials this summer!

For more on accessibility, check out:

MitchHeadshot1.pngMitch Aist is a Master Anaplanner and Certified Solution Architect with several years of experience as a consultant, specializing in EPM software and business process. He is passionate about Connected Planning, and especially loves teaching and mentoring new consultants and model builders.




  • Beauram

    @mitchellaist You are amazing!! Can't wait for the next video already. 

  • Misbah



    You have taken it to a new whole level. Awesome and well done for such an amazing work.


    P.S: I like it when you say "Go to Sleep", "Wake up"