L2MB S3: 3.3.5 Beginning Inventory Summary Method

TimWard70
Regular Contributor

L2MB S3: 3.3.5 Beginning Inventory Summary Method

Per the example the course is asking the Monthly Summary value for Beginning Inventory to be set to closing balance.

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As it is the BEGINNING inventory surely this should be set to Opening Balance?

 

A summary for the month could then be created which would make sense:

 

Opening

Less Demand

Plus Receipts

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Ending Inventory

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I will update the view as prescribed by the course but if anyone has the inclination I would like to understand the logic behind setting the Beginning inventory's summary method to closing.

 

Kind regards,

Tim

 

 

 

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einas.ibrahim
Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Hello @TimWard70 

I can't say that your concern is not 100% valid.
Summary (Aggregate) values for things like Inventory or $ balance varies depending on how the business uses these value and it could be Beginning Balance or Closing Balance. In other cases, summary methods such as average or a function are more appropriate.. 

This is really not an Anaplan "thing", in a client situation you would have to explicitly ask how the aggregate summary value is used to determine the most suited Summary method.

In this case, the course chose to use the Closing Balance summary method. I believe it could have been chosen as the beginning balance as well. 

Best of luck on your learning journey
 

Einas
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TimWard70
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 @einas.ibrahim

Thanks for the reply.

I've now learnt to ask such questions to the academy directly and not post here.

 

It was more of a question behind the logic of the course content and not a direct Anaplan question.  The summary/time summary functionality is great and I agree that in a Client situation one would just ask the Client what they needed to use the field for.

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einas.ibrahim
Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Hello @TimWard70 

I can't say that your concern is not 100% valid.
Summary (Aggregate) values for things like Inventory or $ balance varies depending on how the business uses these value and it could be Beginning Balance or Closing Balance. In other cases, summary methods such as average or a function are more appropriate.. 

This is really not an Anaplan "thing", in a client situation you would have to explicitly ask how the aggregate summary value is used to determine the most suited Summary method.

In this case, the course chose to use the Closing Balance summary method. I believe it could have been chosen as the beginning balance as well. 

Best of luck on your learning journey
 

Einas
"Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime"

Dear community members
Consider posting your question as a new topic and not in the thread of another topic/question. This help other community members to easily find the answer they looking for and doesn't cause the original thread to be so cluttered that we can't find what we are looking for
TimWard70
Regular Contributor

 @einas.ibrahim

Thanks for the reply.

I've now learnt to ask such questions to the academy directly and not post here.

 

It was more of a question behind the logic of the course content and not a direct Anaplan question.  The summary/time summary functionality is great and I agree that in a Client situation one would just ask the Client what they needed to use the field for.

Now a certified model builder, on to L3 and beyond.