Formula Summary type on LOOKUP or OFFSET
Hi,
We are a NZ Telecommunications company. We have the need to report metrics such as ARPU $ (avg revenue per user) and Avg cost per user across our segments. I can do this compared to our forecasts & budgets easily but if I try to do this for Prior Year or prior period data I am stuck for a solution.
I cant use formula type summation with either a LOOKUP or OFFSET which is needed to look up the prior
period comparison. I have a segment hierarchy and I need it to calculate the ARPU at each level of the list not aggregate so I need the formula to be used. I have struggled for years on this one but Prior year and prior period reporting has just jumped up in importance
Would appreciate if there was any solution out there or if this could be put forward "Request for Enhancement" to enable these important metrics to be properly calculated.
THanks
Andrew
Answers

HI @Andrew_Paston,
From your user case I can understand that you want to calculate the ARPU and ACPU based on historical data. And you got stuck when you try to pull the data for parent items where you are using child level list (Correct me if I am wrong). Off course you can make use of time functions like OFFSET, PREVIOUS, POST, etc.. to bring in the past data for calculations and if you don't want to do the summation for top level items then change the summary of that line item to Formula which will return you the respective value.
If you still need clarification, please do post some screen shots or files which would help us to understand your concern more!!
Thanks,
Kavin.
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Hi Kevin
thanks. My understanding is you cant use Formula type summation with a LOOKUP or OFFSET formula in a line item.
Thanks
Andrew
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Yes, but that is for Time summary. So make your Main summary as 'Formula' and your time Summary as 'Sum' as our intention is to bring in the previous period Segment's data. Hence in this way your Segment Hierarchy will get the desired data.
I hope this helps!!
Regards,
Kavin.0 
HI Kevin
Thanks, appreciate you trying to find a solution to this
I still get the error above with that Formula for main and summary for Time. However I think the solution you mentioned would end up aggregating the ARPU metrics into Time period parents....so Jan $50, Feb $50, March $50 Q1 = $150 ARPU which is not correct in the sense of a quarterly ARPU
Perhaps I am doing something silly but our Anaplan solutions architect was also stumped on this.
Thanks
Andrew
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Now I got your problem. For your concern, its better to use individual grids for each level (Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly).
Regards,
Kavin.0 
OK thanks....I will give that a try......Appreciate your assistance
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I would also put them in seperate line items, Month_ARPU, Quarter_ARPU, Year_ARPU with summary set to None and calendar set to month, quarter, year respectively and then 1 final one on month with summary set to formula:
 IF Month_ARPU > 0 THEN Month_ARPU ELSE IF Quarter_ARPU > 0 THEN Quarter_ARPU ELSE Year_ARPU
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Hi,
I just built something that might help you, if I understand the problem well?
First build a small module for giving quarters a boolean:
These are the formulas:
Then the module with the data:
In this case taken from line items > so created LIS and pulled all data in via COLLECT()
The formulas are set as follows: IF Offset Settings Quarters.Show Quarter? THEN Final Value  'Final Value Q1' ELSE IF Offset Settings Quarters.Show month? THEN Final Value  'Final Value M1' ELSE Final Value  'Final Value Y1' > with summary FORMULA
Which results in fact tha Q in compare column show the difference of the current Q compared to teh previous Q and not just the sum of the months, same for Years.
Kind regards, Maud
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