Import from a Staging Module to a numbered list

New Contributor

Import from a Staging Module to a numbered list

I am struggling with the following:


I have a staging module, dimensioned by Users, where individual users can input some data (CostCode, Currency, Cost Type, Forecast Reference), and once completed, I want to run a process to create a new item in a numbered list (that holds the full set of approved transactions) and then import from the staging module to an "information" module, which is dimensioned by the numbered list.


The slight issue is that no combination of the input properties can be used to create a unique reference, as duplicates are permitted, but of course the numbered list requires a unique reference.


Does anyone have any advice/alternative suggestions about how to approach this problem?

Apologies if I haven't provided much information, I'm still fairly new to model building!




Certified Master Anaplanner

Re: Import from a Staging Module to a numbered list

Anaplan isn't designed to be a transactional database, so I question if it's the best place for end users to be creating entries. Usually you'll want an external system to be the source of truth and import the data into your model. That said, it's certainly possible to do this in Anaplan.

You could have the source module dimensionalized by User and a staging numbered list; the concatenation of User ID and the name of the list member would always be unique. Create a boolean line item for users to mark a combo as approved, and only the newly approved lines get pushed to your information numbered list. You can add actions for end users to add list members to the staging numbered list as needed. I would also add an automated process for deleting list members if all the items containing data are approved to keep the size of the staging numbered list minimal.

Occasional Contributor

Re: Import from a Staging Module to a numbered list

Hi Chris,


Below is the suggestion based on my understanding.


Module Created with User dimension where he inputs Cost Type, Currency, Cost Code etc. Which means, He will input one record at a time and submits the button. And Duplication is allowed, and same needs to be updated in Staging List.


Based on Above understanding.


Step 1:- Create Staging Module with User Dimension and required line items along with Line Item by Name Counter

Step 2:- Create your desired  Staging list which needs to be updated with required line items and Counter, with Top Level Item as Total. Create Import Action from Staging Module to update the list Using Combination of prop, include Counter also. Also Create clear action to clear staging Module.

Step 3:- Create Information Module with Staging List as the dimension, Import the data you want or refer from Staging list. Add additional line item count and hard code as 1.

Step 4:- Update formula for Counter in Step 1, which refers to Count in Step 3. When ever new record is created, Counter number increases and It Acts as Unique field for you.


Hope this solves you problem. Let me know if you need more information.


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Super Contributor

Re: Import from a Staging Module to a numbered list

An alternate approach is to use a list subset to identify the approved items.

Certified Master Anaplanner

Re: Import from a Staging Module to a numbered list



Even this is not an ideal situation not to have a unique identifier you could realize what you want to achieve using these 2 actions


1 - is the same action that you have now, the only modification: map the user as "code" in the Target Numbered List

2 - create another action to update the code of the "numbered List" with the Name(item(numbered list))


Add these 2 actions into a process... 🙂



this way you will always add a new row using the aware that pushing 2 times the button for the same information will create a new line into the numbered list.