How to complete SOX compliance testing w.r.t. Anaplan Releases?
I have just asked this question in the form of an email to the SuccessCentral team, but I wanted to see if anyone on the Community has dealt with this situation. Assuming the folks at SuccessCentral get back to me, I will reply and post their answer in the comments.
I have a general question about how to handle SOX compliance for an Anaplan model if it becomes necessary. My understanding is that unless a copy of a customer's PROD Anaplan model can be evaluated and pass validations in a “pre-release” Anaplan-as-a-PRODUCT environment before a functional engine enhancement release is live, then the client model would fail to meet SOX compliance requirements.
Therefore, my question is, “How would an Anaplan customer gain access to a “pre-release” environment to validate their PROD model prior to a platform enhancement release?” For example, we have been notified of a maintenance window this weekend that is specific to infrastructure enhancements, but some releases (like the one on April 22) do include specific functional Anaplan-as-a-PRODUCT enhancements. My understanding is that to comply with SOX audit requirements, the client's model would need to be validated within a "pre-release" functionally enhanced PRODUCT environment prior to the functional release being applied to Anaplan's "production" PRODUCT environment.
Is there a special request process by which a customer may be granted access to a “pre-release” environment in order to test their model(s)? This is something that may end up being important in the overall plan my company has for its Anaplan footprint.
Thanks in advance!