I am part of the IT organization at my company, and I am responsible for the Anaplan environment from am IT perspective. We are currently using the Excel add-in v. 3.2, which meets our organization's requirement to control the data in Anaplan (read only, not write-back). My organization wants to keep the controls around data push/pull as is.
I see that v. 3.3 has been released, with notice given that v. 3.0 and older will be depreciated as of May 31, 2020. I also notice that v. 3.4 is being promoted as an upcoming release for March 2020 (but with no details shared).
I have just done some testing with v. 3.3 and it does the job that it needs to do, OTHER than the fact that I cannot see any way to disable the ability to create a Read/Write connection. Does anyone know if future versions will allow an administrator to control this behavior (as a setting during install or a registry edit or ...?) or if different versions will be differentiated by that ability?
I'm concerned that v. 3.2 may be depreciated without a replacement that allows for the restriction on the data Write capability and that will leave us with an inability to use the Excel add-in (which makes us sad....). 😞 Thoughts?
Thank you very much for using the product, and I hope you see the benefits.
You are right: at the moment, there is no customer-facing option to prevent send-and-refresh in the add-in. As the security is based on Anaplan, the only way to prevent this is to make the modules read-only in Anaplan itself (either with model role or dynamic cell access). This way, even if the user creates a read-write connection, they won't be able to send the data back into Anaplan. Would this work for you?
Alternatively, there is a setting that could be changed in the add-in and Support could assist you with this if you send them an email.
We have no plans to issue multiple versions, some with send-and-refresh and some without, in order to work around your issue. This means the following version of the Excel add-in, and all subsequent ones will build on the existing functionalities and therefore have send-and-refresh enabled by default.
We have no timeline at the moment for this though.
With regards to the deprecation of the previous add-ins, this is driven by a technology change which will prevent those add-ins from working in the future. We do not anticipate further deprecation at this point in time but I would recommend upgrading in order to benefit from the latest functionalities.
I hope this helps.
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