Data hub vs Data Management System



I attended part of the last webinar in which the DMS (data management system) has been introduced.

I was wondering if anyone could help me understand the difference between the two approaches, in particular on the data source side. I find it hard to understand

Many thanks,



  • Hi Luca,
    as you know, a data hub is just a normal Anaplan model. From what I understood, the DMS is something else.

    • It stores the data in a relational, tabular format, more like a traditional data warehouse. This should make transformation of large data volumes easier and allow using SQL-like queries instead of line item formulas.
    • It also lets you drill down to individual transactions, which would take up a lot of space in a dimensional Anaplan model.
    • And it will have native connectors to source systems, with the option to push data from the source system, or pull from DMS.

  • A data hub model is not ideal for a lot of the data manipulation needed in Anaplan, it can be a costly way to do it, in terms of size and performance.
    DMS will be a purpose-built engine for data transformation and validation that can push data to Anaplan models— the data can be metadata, master data, transaction data etc.
    DMS will also have many of the familiar functions used in Anaplan so that rich transformations and data aggregations can be made there.
    It will mean you can operate without a Data Hub or run a much lighter data hub…