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Dimension Order affects Calculation Performance Ensuring consistency in the order of dimensions will help improve performance of your models. This consistency is relevant for modules and individual line items. Why does the order matter? Anaplan creates and uses indexes to perform calculations. Each cell in a module where dimensions intersect is given an index number. Here are two simple modules dimensioned by Customer and Product. In the first module, Product comes first and Customer second and in the second module, Customer is first and Product second. In this model, there is a third module that calculates revenue as Prices * Volumes. Anaplan assigns indexes to the intersections in the module. Here are the index values for the two modules. Note that some of the intersections are indexed the same for both modules: Customer 1 and Product 1, Customer 2 and Product 2 and Customer 3 and Product 3, and that the remainder of the cells have a different index number. Customer 1 and Product 2 is indexed with the value of 4 in the top module and the value of 2 in the bottom module. The calculation is Revenue = Price * Volume. To run the calculation, Anaplan performs the following operations by matching the index values from the two modules. Since the index values are not aligned the processor scans the index values to find a match before performing the calculation. When the dimensions in the module are reordered, these are the index values: The index values for each of the modules are now aligned. As the line-items of the same dimensional structure have an identical layout, the data is laid out linearly in memory. the calculation process accesses memory in a completely linear and predictable way. Anaplan’s microprocessors and memory sub-systems are optimized to recognise this pattern of access and to pre-emptively fetch the required data. How does the dimension order become different between modules?. When you build a module, Anaplan uses the order that you drag the lists onto the Create Module dialog The order is also dependent on where the lists are added. The lists that you add to the pages area are first, then the lists that you add to the rows area, and finally the lists added to the columns area. It is simple to re-order the lists and ensure consistency. Follow these steps: On the Modules pane, (Model Settings>Modules) look for lists that are out of order in the Applies To column. Click the Applies To row that you want to re-order, then click the ellipsis. In the Select Lists dialog, click OK. In the Confirm dialog, click OK. The lists will be in the order that they appear in General Lists. When you have completed checking the list order in the modules, click the Line Items tab and check the line items. Follow steps 1 through 3 to re-order the lists. Subsets and Line Item Subsets One word of caution about Subsets and Line Item subsets. In the example below, we have added a subset and a Line Item Subset to the module: The Applies To is as follows: Clicking on the ellipsis, the dimensions are re-ordered to: The general lists are listed in order first, followed by subsets and then line item subsets You still can re-order the dimensions by double clicking in the Applies to column and manually copying or typing the dimensions in the correct order. Other Dimensions The calculation performance relates to the common lists between the source(s) and the target. The order of separate lists in one or other doesn’t have any bearing on the calculation speed.
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Audience: Anaplan Internal and Customers/Partners Workiva Wdesk Integration Is Now Available We are excited to announce the general availability of Anaplan’s integration with Workiva’s product, known as the Wdesk. Wdesk easily imports planning, analysis and reporting data from Anaplan to deliver integrated narrative reporting, compliance, planning and performance management on the cloud. The platform is utilized by over 3,000 organizations for SEC reporting, financial reporting, SOX compliance, and regulatory reporting. The Workiva and Anaplan partnership delivers enterprise compliance and performance management on the cloud. Workiva Wdesk, the leading narrative reporting cloud platform, and Anaplan, the leading connected-planning cloud platform, offer reliable, secure integration to address high-value use cases in the last mile of finance, financial planning and analysis, and industry specific regulatory compliance. GA Launch: March 5th  How does the Workiva Wdesk integration work? Please contact Will Berger, Partnerships (william.berger@workiva.com) from Workiva to discuss how to enable integration. Anaplan reports will feed into the Wdesk platform. Wdesk will integrate with Anaplan via Wdesk Connected Sheets. This is a Workiva built and maintained connection. What use cases are supported by the Workiva Wdesk Integration? The Workiva Wdesk integration supports a number of use cases, including: Last mile of finance: Complete regulatory reporting and filing as part of the close, consolidate, report and file process. Workiva automates and structures the complete financial reporting cycle and pulls consolidated actuals from Anaplan. Financial planning and analysis: Complex multi-author, narrative reports that combine extensive commentary and data such as budget books, board books, briefing books and other FP&A management and internal reports. Workiva creates timely, reliable narrative reports pulling actuals, targets and forecast data from Anaplan. Industry specific regulatory compliance & extensive support of XBRL and iXBRL: Workiva is used to solve complex compliance and regulatory reporting requirements in a range of industries.  In banking, Workiva supports documentation process such as CCAR, DFAST and RRP, pulling banking stress test data from Anaplan. Also, Workiva is the leading provider of XBRL software and services accounting for more than 53% of XBRL facts filed with the SEC in the first quarter of 2017.
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What happens to History when I delete a user from a workspace?
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Overview The Anaplan Optimizer aids business planning and decision making by solving complex problems involving millions of combinations quickly to provide a feasible solution. Optimization provides a solution for selected variables within your Anaplan model that matches your objective based on your defined constraints. The Anaplan model must be structured and formatted to enable Optimizer to produce the correct solution. You are welcome to read through the materials and watch the videos on this page, but Optimizer is a premium service offered by Anaplan (Contact your Account Executive if you don't see Optimizer as an action on the settings tab). This means that you will not be able to actually do the training exercises until the feature is turned on in your system. Training The training involves an exercise along with documentation and videos to help you complete it. The goal of the exercise is to setup the optimization exercise for two use cases; network optimization and production optimization. To assist you in this process we have created an optimization exercise guide document which will walk you through each of the steps. To further help we have created three videos you can reference: An exercise walk-through A demo of each use case A demo of setting up dynamic time Follow the order of the items listed below to assist with understanding how Anaplan's optimization process works: Watch the use case video which demos the Optimizer functionality in Anaplan Watch the exercise walkthrough video Review documentation about how Optimizer works within Anaplan Attempt the Optimizer exercise Download the exercise walkthrough document Download the Optimizer model into your workspace How to configure Dynamic Time within Optimizer Download the Dynamic Time document Watch the Dynamic Time video Attempt Network Optimization exercise Attempt Production Optimization exercise
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Little and often Would you spend weeks on your budget submission spreadsheet or your college thesis without once saving it? Probably not. The same should apply to making developments and setting revision tags. Anaplan recommends that during the development cycle, you set revision tags at least once per day. We also advise testing the revision tags against a dummy model if possible. The recommended procedure is as follows: After a successful sync to your production model, create a dummy model using the ‘Create from Revision’ feature. This will create a small test model with no production list items. At the end of each day (as a minimum), set a revision tag and attempt to synchronize the test model to this revision tag. The whole process should only take a couple of minutes. Repeat step 2 until you are ready to promote the changes to your production model. Why do we recommend this? There are a very small number of cases where combinations of structural changes cause a synchronization error (99 percent of synchronizations are successful). The Anaplan team is actively working to provide a resolution within the product, but in most cases, splitting changes between revision tags allows the synchronization to complete. In order to understand the issue when a synchronization fails, our support team needs to analyze the structural changes between the revisions. Setting revision tags frequently provides the following benefits: The number of changes between revisions is reduced, resulting in easier and faster issue diagnosis  It provides an early warning of any problems so that someone can investigate them before they become critical The last successful revision tag allows you to promote some, if not most, of the changes if appropriate In some cases, a synchronization may fail initially, but when applying the changes in sequence the synchronization completes. Using the example from above: Synchronizations to the test model for R1, R2 and R3 were all successful, but R3 fails when trying to synchronize to production. Since the test model successfully synchronized from R2 and then R3, you can repeat this process for the production model. The new comparison report provides clear visibility of the changes between revision tags.   Click here to watch a 7:00 video on this topic
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Master data hubs Master data hubs are used within the Anaplan platform to house an organization’s data in a single model. This hub imports data from the corporation’s data warehouse. If no single source is available, such as a data warehouse, then the master data hub will collect data from individual source systems instead. Once all data is consolidated into a single master data hub, it may then be distributed to multiple models throughout an organization’s workspace. Anaplan Data Architecture   Architecture best practices One or more Anaplan models may make up the data hub. It is a good practice to separate the master data (hierarchies, lists, and properties) from the transactional data. The business Anaplan applications will be synchronized from these data hub models using Anaplan native “model-to-model” internal imports. As a best practice, users should only implement incremental synchronization, which only synchronizes the data in the application that has changed since the last sync from the data hub. Doing this usually provides very fast synchronization. The graphic below displays best practices for doing this:   Another best practice organizations should follow when building a master data hub is to import a list with properties into a module rather than directly into a list. Using this method, line items are created to correspond with the properties and are imported using the text data type. This will import all of the data without errors or warnings, and allow for very smart dashboards, made of sorts and filters, to highlight integration issues. Once imported, the data in the master data hub module can then be imported to a list in the required model.   Data hub best practices The following list consists of best practices for establishing data architecture: Rationalize the metadata Balanced hierarchies (not ragged) will ease reporting and security settings Be driver-based Identify your metric and KPIs and what drives them Do not try to reconcile disconnected targets to bottom up plans entered at line item level. Example: Use cost per trip and number of trips for travel expenses, as opposed to inputting every line of travel expense Simplify the process Reduce the number of approval levels (threshold-based) Implement rolling forecasts Report within the planning tool; keep immediacy where needed Think outcome and options, not input Transform your existing process. Do not re-implement existing Excel ® -based processes in Anaplan Granularity Aggregate transactions to SKU level, customer ID Plan at higher level and cascade down Plan the number of TBH by role for TBH headcount expenses, as opposed to inputting every TBH employee. Sales: Sub-region level planning, cascade a rep level Plan at profit center level, allocate at cost center level based on drivers The Anaplan Way Always follow the phases of The Anaplan Way when establishing a master data hub, even in a federated approach: Pre-Release Phase Foundation Phase Implementation Phase Testing Phase Deployment Phase
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Problem to solve: As an HR manager, I need to enter the salary raise numbers for multiple regions that I'm responsible for. As a domain best practice, my driver-based model helps me to enter raise guidelines, which will then change at the employee level. Usability issue addressed: I have ten regions, eight departments in each, with a total of 10,000+ employees. I need to align my bottom-up plan to the down target I received earlier. I need to quickly identify what region is above/behind target and address the variance. My driver-based raise modeling is fairly advanced, and I need to see what the business rules are. I need to quickly see how it impacts the employee level. Call to action: Step 1: Spot what region I need to address.  Step 2: Drill into the variances by department. Steps 1 & 2 are analytics steps: "As an end user, I focus first on where the biggest issues are." This is a good usability practice that helps users. Step 3: Adjusting the guidelines (drivers) There are not excessive instructions on how to build and use guidelines, which would have cluttered the dashboard. Instead, Anaplan added a "view guideline instruction" button. This button should open a dashboard dedicated to detailed instructions or link to a video that explains how guideline works. Impact analysis: The chart above the grid will adjust as guidelines are edited. That is a good practice for impact analysis— no scrolling or clicking needed to view how the changes will impact the plan. Step 4: Review a summary of the variance after changes are made. Putting steps 1–4 close to each other is a usable way of indicating to a user that he/she needs to iterate through these four steps to achieve their objective, which is to have every region and every department be within the top down target. Step 5: A detailed impact analysis, which is placed directly below steps 3 and 4. This allows end users to drill into the employee-level details and view the granular impact of the raise guidelines. Notice the best practices in step 5:   The customer will likely ask to see 20 to 25 employee KPIs across all employees and will be tempted to display these as one large grid. This can quickly lead to an unusable grid made of thousands of rows (employees) across 25 columns. Instead, we have narrowed the KPI list to only ten that display without left-right scrolling. Criteria to elect these ten: be able to have a chart that compares employees by these KPIs. The remaining KPIs are displayed as an info grid, which only displays values for the selected employee. Things like region, zip codes, and dates are removed from the grid as they do not need to be compared side-by-side with other KPIs or between employees.  
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Deal with monthly dashboards Many FP&A dashboards will need to display all 12 months in the current year, as well as Quarter, Half, and Total Year totals. Doing this is likely to create a very large grid, especially if more than one dimension is nested on the rows. Avoid this: The grid displayed here is what may be requested when Anaplan is replacing a spreadsheet-based solution. The requirement being "At minimum, do what we could do in the spreadsheets". Avoid the trap of rebuilding this in Anaplan. Usually, this simply creates an extra requirement to export this into Excel ® , have users work offline, and then import the data back into Anaplan, which kills the value that Anaplan can bring. Instead, build the dashboard as indicated below: Have end users view the aggregated values on the Cost center (the first nested dimensions) that will provide an overview on where most OPEX are spent Have end users highlight a cost center, and enter its detailed sub-accounts Visualize the monthly trend using a line chart for the selected sub-account   
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If you have a multi-year model where the data range for different parts of the model varies, (for example, history covering two years, current year forecast, and three planning years) then Time Ranges should be able to deliver significant gains in terms of model size and performance. But, before you rush headlong into implementing Time Ranges across all of your models, let me share a few considerations to ensure you maximize the value of the feature and avoid any unwanted pitfalls. Naming Convention Time Ranges As with all Anaplan models, there is no set naming convention, however, we do advocate consistency and simplicity. As with lists and modules, short names are good. I like to describe the naming convention thus—as short as practical—meaning you need to understand what it means, but don’t write an essay! We recommend using the following convention: FYyy-FYyy. For example, FY16-FY18, or FY18 for a single year Time Ranges available are from 1981 to 2079, so the “19” or the “20” prefixes are not strictly necessary. Keeping the name as short as this has a couple of advantages: It has a clear indication of the boundaries for the Time Range It is short enough to see the name of the Time Range in the module and line items blueprint The aggregations available for Time Ranges can differ for each Time Range and also differ from the main model calendar. If you take advantage of this and have aggregations that differ from the model calendar, you should add a suffix to the description. For example: FY16-FY19 Q (to signify Quarter totals) FY16-FY19 QHY (Quarter and Half Year totals) FY16-FY19 HY (Half Year totals only) etc. Time Ranges are Static Time Ranges can span from 1981 to 2079. As a result, they can exist entirely outside, within, or overlap the model calendar. This means that there may likely be some additional manual maintenance to perform when the year changes. Let’s review a simple example: Assume the model calendar is FY18 with two previous years and two future years; the model calendar spans FY16-FY20 We have set up Time Ranges for historic data (FY16-FY17) and plan data (FY19-FY20) We also have modules that use the model calendar to pull all of the history, forecast, and plan data together, as seen below: At year end when we “roll over the model,” we amend the model calendar simply by amending the current year. What we have now is as follows: You see that the history and plan Time Ranges are now out of sync with the model calendar. How you change the history Time Range will depend on how much historical data you need or want to keep. Assuming you don’t need more than two year’s history, the Time Range should be re-named FY17-FY18 and the start period advanced to FY17 (from FY16). Similarly, the plan Time Range should be renamed FY20-FY21 and advanced to FY20 (from FY19). FY18 is then available for the history to be populated and FY21 is available for plan data entry. Time Ranges Pitfalls Potential Data Loss Time Ranges can bring massive space and calculation savings to your model(s), but be careful. In our example above, changing the Start Period of FY16-FY17 to FY17 would result in the data for FY16 being deleted for all line items using FY16-FY17 as a Time Range. Before you implement a Time Range that is shorter or lies outside the current model calendar, and especially when implementing Time Ranges for the first time, ensure that the current data stored in the model is not needed. If in doubt, do some or all of the suggestions below: Export out the data to a file Copy the existing data on the line item(s) to other line items that are using the model calendar Back up the entire model Formula References The majority of the formula will update automatically when updating Time Ranges. However, if you have any hard-coded SELECT statements referencing years or months within the Time Range, you will have to amend or remove the formula before amending the Time Range. Hard-coded SELECT statements go against best practice for exactly this reason; they cause additional maintenance. We recommend replacing the SELECT with a LOOKUP formula from a Time Settings module. There are other examples where the formula may need to be removed/amended before the Time Range can be adjusted. See the Anapedia documentation for more details. When to use the Model Calendar This is a good question and one that we at Anaplan pondered during the development of the feature; Do Time Ranges make the model calendar redundant? Well, I think the answer is “no,” but as with so many constructs in Anaplan, the answer probably is, “it depends!” For me, a big advantage of using the model calendar is that it is dynamic for the current year and the +/- years on either side. Change the current year and the model updates automatically along with any filters and calculations you have set up to reference current year periods, historical periods, future periods, etc.  (You are using a central time settings module, aren’t you??) Time ranges don’t have that dynamism, so any changes to the year will need to be made for each Time Range. So, our advice before implementing Time Ranges for the first time is to review each Module and: Assess the scope of the calculations Think about the reduction Time Ranges will give in terms of space and calculation savings, but compare that with annual maintenance. For example: If you have a two-year model, with one history year (FY17) and the current year (FY18), you could set up a Time Range spanning one year for FY17 and another one year Time Range for FY18 and use these for the respective data sets. However, this would mean each year both Time Ranges would need to be updated. We advocate building models logically, so it is likely that you will have groups of modules where Time Ranges will fall naturally. The majority of the modules should reflect the model calendar. Once Time Ranges are implemented, it may be that you can reduce the scope of the model calendar. If you have a potential Time Range that reflects either the current or future model calendar, leave the timescale as the default for those modules and line items; why make extra work? SELECT Statements As outlined above, we don’t advocate hard-coded time selects of the majority of time items because of the negative impact on maintenance (the exceptions being All Periods, YTD, YTG, and CurrentPeriod). When implementing Time Ranges for the first time, take the opportunity to review the line item formula with time selects. These formulae can be replaced with lookups using a Time Settings module. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Considerations As with the majority of the Time settings, Time Ranges are treated as structural data. If you are using ALM, all of the changes must be made in the Development model and synchronized to Production. This gives increased importance to refer to the pitfalls noted above to ensure data is not inadvertently deleted. Best of luck! Refer to the Anapedia documentation for more detail. Please ask if you have any further questions and let us and your fellow Anaplanners know of the impact Time Ranges have had on your model(s).
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Allowing model users to export data out of an Anaplan model on a large scale mode (e.g. many end user-run exports) is not a good practice. One approach is to create an "export model" in Anaplan that is specifically for exporting purposes. This export model will have the same data set and selective access definitions as in the main model, but will not have any of the data entry or reporting dashboards. In comparison, it will only have dashboards with buttons that run specific exports. To ensure a good user experience, provide a hyperlink to the export model from a dashboard in the main model. For example, users start from their usual, main model, see a link named "Exports," and click it. The link redirects them to the export model where they see a set of predefined buttons that run exports. It is important to explain to the customer and model users that: Exports execute sequentially (first in, first served): users have to wait until previously executed exports are finished before they can run their own export. There will be data latency as the export model will likely sync once or twice a day from the main model. The export from the main model to the export model is a blocking operation and must ideally be run at times that are least likely to not disrupt operations. Users will need to understand the schedule and plan their exports accordingly.
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When users run exports there can be misalignment of data that causes issues in the business process. If users export out of a dashboard, it's most often for custom reporting purposes. During this the user filters, sorts, creates sums via a pivot table, uses lookup for attributes, and displays additional data. All of these are certainly needed for reporting. In a worst case scenario the user will create additional KPIs or ratios that he could not find in the Anaplan model. Next, this user will copy all of this data into a PowerPoint ® deck, make additional formatting changes, add comments to the numbers or variances, and present this deck to his meeting attendees. This user has spent a few days doing the tasks described above, and within these few days the model has changed: data might have changed, structures might have changed, some calculations might have changed, new calculations are now available, and maybe even user access has changed. Now, this user’s deck is misaligned; they are presenting data, analysis, and conclusions that can be irrelevant or that conflict with another presenter of the same meeting who exported from the platform in a different timeframe. At this point, the executive sponsor may ask why they invested in a great platform like Anaplan if the organization is still having the same issues as before where shadow processes are frequently occurring—not to mention that the additional accurate and insightful comments included in the deck are now disconnected from the rest of the data, and will remain buried in people's emails instead of being available to all. Then the next week, or next month, the meeting happens again, and all the work of extract, reformat, recalculate, copy/paste, and comments needs to be done again.
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Summary Anaplan Connect is a command-line client to the Anaplan cloud-based planning environment and is a java-based utility that is able to perform a variety of commands, such as uploading and downloading data files, executing relational SQL queries (for loading into Anaplan), and running Anaplan actions and processes. To enhance the deployment of Anaplan Connect, it is import to be able to integrate the trapping of error conditions, enable the ability to retry the Anaplan Connect operation, and integrate email notifications. This article provides best practices on how to incorporate these capabilities. This article leverages the standard Windows command line batch script and documents the various components and syntax of the script. In summary, the script has the following main components: Set variable values such as exit codes, Anaplan Connect login parameters, and operations and email parameters Run commands prior to running Anaplan Connect commands Main loop block for multiple retries Establish a log file based upon the current date and loop number Run the native Anaplan Connect commands Search for string criteria to trap error conditions Branching logic based upon the discovery of any trapped error conditions Send email success or failure notification of Anaplan Connect run status Logic to determine if a retry is required End main loop block Run commands post to running Anaplan Connect commands Exit the script Section #1: Setting Script Variables The following section of the script establishes and sets variables that are used in the script. The first three lines perform the following actions: Clears the screen Sets the default to echo all commands Indicates to the operating system that variable values are strictly local to the the script The variables used in the script are as follows: ERRNO   – Sets the exit code to 0 unless set to 1 after multiple failed reties COUNT   – Counter variable used for looping multiple retries RETRY_COUNT   – Counter variable to store the max retry count (note: the /a switch indicates indicates a numeric value) AnaplanUser   – Anaplan login credentials in the format as indicated in the example WorkspaceId   – Anaplan numerical or named Workspace ID ModelId   – Anaplan numerical or named Model ID Operation   – A combination of Anaplan Connect commands. It should be noted that a ^ can be used to enhance readability by indicating that the current command continues on the next line Domain   – Email base domain. Typically, in the format of company.com Smtp   – Email SMTP server User   – Email SMTP server User ID Pass   – Email SMTP server password To   – Target email address(es). To increase the email distribution, simply add additional -t and the email addresses as in the example. From   – From email address Subject   – Email subject line. Note that this is dynamically set later in the script. cls echo on setlocal enableextensions REM **** SECTION #1 - SET VARIABLE VALUES **** set /a ERRNO=0 set /a COUNT=0 set /a RETRY_COUNT=2 REM Set Anaplan Connect Variables set AnaplanUser="<<Anaplan UserID>>:<<Anaplan UserPW>>" set WorkspaceId="<<put your WS ID here>>" set ModelId="<<put your Model ID here>>" set Operation=-import "My File" -execute ^ -output ".\My Errors.txt" REM Set Email variables set Domain="spg-demo.com" set Smtp="spg-demo" set User="fpmadmin@spg-demo.com" set Pass="1Rapidfpm" set To=-t "fpmadmin@spg-demo.com" -t "gburns@spg-demo.com" set From="fpmadmin@spg-demo.com" set Subject="Anaplan Connect Status" REM Set other types of variables such as file path names to be used in the Anaplan Connect "Operation" command Section #2: Pre Custom Batch Commands The following section allows custom batch commands to be added, such as running various batch operations like copy and renaming files or running stored procedures via a relational database command line interface. REM **** SECTION #2 - PRE ANAPLAN CONNECT COMMANDS *** REM Use this section to perform standard batch commands or operations prior to running Anaplan Connect Section #3: Start of Main Loop Block / Anaplan Connect Commands The following section of the script is the start of the main loop block as indicated by the :START. The individual components breakdown as follows: Dynamically set the name of the log file in the following date format and indicates the current loop number:   2016-16-06-ANAPLAN-LOG-RUN-0.TXT Delete prior log and error files Native out-of-the-box Anaplan Connect script with the addition of outputting the Anaplan Connect run session to the dynamic log file as highlighted here: cmd /C %Command% > .\%LogFile% REM **** SECTION #3 - ANAPLAN CONNECT COMMANDS *** :START REM Dynamically set logfile name based upon current date and retry count. set LogFile="%date:~-4%-%date:~7,2%-%date:~4,2%-ANAPLAN-LOG-RUN-%COUNT%.TXT" REM Delete prior log and error files del .\BAT_STAT.TXT del .\AC_API.ERR REM Out-of-the-box Anaplan Connect code with the exception of sending output to a log file setlocal enableextensions enabledelayedexpansion || exit /b 1 REM Change the directory to the batch file's drive, then change to its folder cd %~dp0 if not %AnaplanUser% == "" set Credentials=-user %AnaplanUser% set Command=.\AnaplanClient.bat %Credentials% -workspace %WorkspaceId% -model %ModelId% %Operation% @echo %Command% cmd /C %Command% > .\%LogFile% Section #4: Set Search Criteria The following section of the script enables trapping of error conditions that may occur with running the Anaplan Connect script. The methodology relies upon searching for certain strings in the log file after the AC commands execute. The batch command findstr can search for certain string patterns based upon literal or regular expressions and echo any matched records to the file AC_API.ERR. The existence of this file is then used to trap if an error has been caught. In the example below, two different patterns are searched in the log file. The output file AC_API.ERR is always produced even if there is no matching string. When there is no matching string, the file size will be an empty 0K file. Since the existence of the file determines if an error condition was trapped, it is imperative that any 0K files are removed, which is the function of the final line in the example below. REM **** SECTION #4 - SET SEARCH CRITERIA - REPEAT @FINDSTR COMMAND AS MANY TIMES AS NEEDED *** @findstr /c:"The file" .\%LogFile% > .\AC_API.ERR @findstr /c:"Anaplan API" .\%LogFile% >> .\AC_API.ERR REM Remove any 0K files produced by previous findstr commands @for /r %%f in (*) do if %%~zf==0 del "%%f" Section #5: Trap Error Conditions In the next section, logic is incorporated into the script to trap errors that might have occurred when executing the Anaplan Connect commands. The branching logic relies upon the existence of the AC_API.ERR file. If it exists, then the contents of the AC_API.ERR file are redirected to a secondary file called BAT_STAT.TXT and the email subject line is updated to indicate that an error occurred. If the file AC_API.ERR does not exist, then the contents of the Anaplan Connect log file is redirected to BAT_STAT.TXT and the email subject line is updated to indicate a successful run. Later in the script, the file BAT_STAT.TXT becomes the body of the email alert.  REM **** SECTION #5 - TRAP ERROR CONDITIONS *** REM If the file AC_API.ERR exists then echo errors to the primary BAT_STAT log file REM Else echo the log file to the primary BAT_STAT log file @if exist .\AC_API.ERR ( @echo . >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT @echo *** ANAPLAN CONNECT ERROR OCCURED *** >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT @echo -------------------------------------------------------------- >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT type .\AC_API.ERR >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT @echo -------------------------------------------------------------- >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT set Subject="ANAPLAN CONNECT ERROR OCCURED" ) else ( @echo . >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT @echo *** ALL OPERATIONS COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY *** >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT @echo -------------------------------------------------------------- >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT type .\%LogFile% >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT @echo -------------------------------------------------------------- >> .\BAT_STAT.TXT set Subject="ANAPLAN LOADED SUCCESSFULLY" ) Section #6: Send Email In this section of the script, a success or failure email notification email will be sent. The parameters for sending are all set in the variable section of the script.  REM **** SECTION #6 - SEND EMAIL VIA MAILSEND *** @mailsend -domain %Domain% ^ -smtp %Smtp% ^ -auth -user %User% ^ -pass %Pass% ^ %To% ^ -f %From% ^ -sub %Subject% ^ -msg-body .\BAT_STAT.TXT Note: Sending email via SMTP requires the use of a free and simple Windows program known as MailSend. The latest release is available here:   https://github.com/muquit/mailsend/releases/ . Once downloaded, unpack the .zip file, rename the file to mailsend.exe and place the executable in the same directory where the Anaplan Connect batch script is located.  Section #7: Determine if a Retry is Required This is one of the final sections of the script that will determine if the Anaplan Connect commands need to be retried. Nested IF statements are typically frowned upon but are required here given the limited capabilities of the Windows batch language. The first IF test determines if the file AC_API.ERR exists. If this file does exist, then the logic drops in and tests if the current value of COUNT   is less than   the RETRY_COUNT. If the condition is true, then the COUNT gets incremented and the batch returns to the :START location (Section #3) to repeat the Anaplan Connect commands. If the condition of the nested IF is false, then the batch goes to the end of the script to exit with an exit code of 1.  REM **** SECTION #7 - DETERMINE IF A RETRY IS REQUIRED *** @if exist .\AC_API.ERR ( @if %COUNT% lss %RETRY_COUNT% ( @set /a COUNT+=1 @goto :START ) else ( set /a ERRNO=1 @goto :END ) ) else ( set /a ERRNO=0 Section #8: Post Custom Batch Commands The following section allows custom batch commands to be added, such as running various batch operations like copy and renaming files, or running stored procedures via a relational database command line interface. Additionally, this would be the location to add functionality to bulk insert flat file data exported from Anaplan into a relational target via tools such as Oracle SQL Loader (SQLLDR) or Microsoft SQL Server Bulk Copy (BCP).  REM **** SECTION #8 - POST ANAPLAN CONNECT COMMANDS *** REM Use this section to perform standard batch commands or operations after running Anaplan Connect commands :END exit /b %ERRNO% Sample Email Notifications The following are sample emails sent by the batch script, which are based upon the sample script in this document. Note how the needed content from the log files is piped directly into the body of the email.  Success Mail: Error Mail:
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The Connect Manager is a tool that allows non-technical users to create Anaplan Connect scripts from scratch, simply by walking through a step-by-step wizard.                 Features include:  - Create scripts for the Import/Export of flat files  - Create scripts for Importing from JDBC/ODBC sources  - Ability to chose between commonly used JDBC connection – New in v4  - Run scripts from the new Connection Manager Interface – New in v4  - Ability to use certificate authentication Please note that this program is currently only supported on Windows systems and requires .Net 4.5 or newer to run (.Net has been included in the download package). The Connect Manager is approved by Anaplan for general release, however, it is not supported by Anaplan. If there are any specific enhancements you want to see in the next version, please leave a comment or send me an email at graham.gronhoff@anaplan.com. Download the Anaplan Connect Wizard here. If you are migrating to the new Anaplan Connect 1.4 release please check back soon as a new version will be published that includes updated features and functionality. Keystore creation can be tricky if you are not familiar with the command line. To that end, I have created an additional program that will perform all the required steps for its creation. Use this link to go to the application: KeyStore Wizard Connect Manager for Anaplan Connect versions 1.4.x will be published in July 2019.
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This article provides the steps needed to create a basic time filter module. This module can be used as a point of reference for time filters across all modules and dashboards within a given model. The benefits of a centralized Time Filter module include: One centralized governance of time filters. Optimization of workspace, since the filters do not need to be re-created for each view. Instead, use the Time Filter module. Conforms with the D.I.S.C.O. methodology as a 'System' module.  More on D.I.S.C.O. can be found here.   Step 1: Create a new module with two dimensions—time and line items. The example below has simple examples for Weeks Only, Months Only, Quarters Only, and Years Only. Step 2: Line items should be Boolean formatted and the time scale should be set in accordance to the scale identified in the line item name. The example below also includes filters with and without summary methods, providing additional views depending on the level of aggregation desired. Once your preliminary filters are set, your module will look something like the screenshot below.  Step 3: Use the pre-set Time Filters across various modules and dashboards. Simply click on the filters icon in the toolbar, navigate to the time tab, select your Time Filter module from the module selection screen, and select the line item of your choosing. Use multiple line items at a time to filter your module or dashboard view.  
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As a model builder, you have to define line item formats over and over. Using a text expander/snippet tool, you can speed up the configuration of modules. When you add a new Line Item, Anaplan sets it by default as a Number (Min Significant Digits: 4, Thousands Separator: Comma, Zero Format: Zero, etc.). You usually change it once and copy it over to other line items in the module. Snippet tools can store format definition of generic formats (numbers, text, boolean, or no data) and by a simple shortcut, paste it in the format of the desired line items.  Below is an example of a number format line item with no decimal and hyphens instead of zeros. On my Mac, I press Option + X, I type "Num..." and get a list of all Number formats I pre-defined. I press Enter to paste it. It also works if several line items were selected. The value stored for this Number format is : {"minimumSignificantDigits":-1,"decimalPlaces":0,"decimalSeparator":"FULL_STOP","groupingSeparator":"COMMA","negativeNumberNotation":"MINUS_SIGN","unitsType":"NONE","unitsDisplayType":"NONE","currencyCode":null,"customUnits":null,"zeroFormat":"HYPHEN","comparisonIncrease":"GOOD","dataType":"NUMBER"} Here is the result of a text format snippet. {"textType":"GENERAL","dataType":"TEXT"} Or a Heading line item (No Data, Style: Heading 1). ---- false {"dataType":"NONE"} - Year Model Calendar All false false {"summaryMethod":"NONE","timeSummaryMethod":"NONE","timeSummarySameAsMainSummary":true,"ratioNumeratorIdentifier":"","ratioDenominatorIdentifier":""} All Versions true false Heading1 - - - 0  This simple trick can save you a lot of clicks. While we are unable to recommend specific snippet tools, your PC or Mac may include one by default, while others are easy to locate for free or low-cost, online.
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If you’re familiar with Anaplan, you’ve probably heard the buzz about having a data hub and wondered why it’s considered a “best practice” within the Anaplan community. Wonder no more. Below, I will share four reasons why you should spend the time to build a data hub before Anaplan takes your company by storm.   1. Maintain consistent hierarchies Hierarchies are a common list structure built by Anaplan and come in a variety of options depending on use case, e.g., product hierarchy, cost center hierarchy, and management hierarchy, just to name a few. These hierarchies should be consistent across the business whether you’re doing demand planning or financial planning. With a data hub, your organization has a higher likelihood of keeping hierarchies consistent over time since everyone is pulling the same structure from one source of truth: the data hub.   2. Data Optimization As you expand the use of Anaplan across multiple departments, you may find that you only need a portion of a list, rather than the entire list. For instance, you may want the full list of employees for workforce planning purposes, but only a portion of the employees for incentive compensation calculations. With a data hub, you can distribute only the pertinent information. You can filter the list of employees to build the employee hierarchy in the incentive compensation model while having the full list of employees in the workforce planning model. Keep them both in sync using the data hub as your source of truth.   3. Separate duties by roles and responsibilities An increasing number of customers have asked about roles and responsibilities with Anaplan as they expand internally. In Anaplan, we recommend each model have a separate owner. For example, an IT owner for the data hub, an operations owner for the demand planning model, and a finance owner for the financial planning model. The three owners combined would be your Center of Excellence, but each has their separate roles and responsibilities for development and maintenance in the individual models.   4. Accelerate future builds One of the main reasons many companies choose Anaplan is for the platform’s flexibility. Its use can easily and quickly expand across an entire organization. Development rarely stops after the first implementation. Model builders are enabled and excited to continue to bring Anaplan into other areas of the business. If you start by building the data hub as your source of truth for data and metadata, you can accelerate the development of future models since you already have defined the foundation of the model, the lists, and dimensions. As you begin to implement, build, and roll out Anaplan, starting with a data hub is a key consideration. In addition to this, there are many other fundamental Anaplan best practices to consider when rolling out a new technology and driving internal adoption.
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Assume the following Non-Composite list, ragged hierarchy, needs to be set to Production Data. We need to refer to the ultimate parent to define the logic calculation. In the example, we have assumed that children of Parent 1 and Parent 3 need to return the 'logic 1' value from the constants module below, and those under Parent 2 return 'logic 2,' and we apportion the results based on the initial data of the children. Select Proportion: Data / IF PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 1' THEN Data[SELECT: 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 1'] ELSE IF PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 2' THEN Data[SELECT: 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 2'] ELSE IF PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 3' OR PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Child 3.1' THEN Data[SELECT: 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 3'] ELSE 0   Select Calculation: Select Proportion * IF PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 1' OR PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 3' OR PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Child 3.1' THEN Parent Logic Constants.'Logic 1' ELSE IF PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) = 'Non-Composite List'.'Parent 2' THEN Parent Logic Constants.'Logic 2' ELSE 0   These “hard references” will prevent the list from being set as a production list. SOLUTION: Create a Parents Only list (this could be imported from the Non-Composite list).  As we don't need the sub-level parents, we do not need to include 'Child 3.1,' even though it is technically a parent. To calculate the proportion calculation without the SELECT, a couple of intermediate modules are needed:   Parent Mapping module This module maps the Non-Composite parents to the Parents Only list.  Due to the different levels in the hierarchy, we need to check for sub levels and use the parent of Child 3.1. In this example, the mapping is automatic because the items in the Parents Only list have the same name as those in the Non-Composite list. The mapping could be a manual entry if needed.   The formula and “applies to” are:   Non Composite Parent: PARENT(ITEM('Non-Composite List')) Applies to: Non-Composite List   Parent of Non Composite Parent: PARENT(Non-Composite Parent) Applies to: Non-Composite List   Parent to Map: IF ISNOTBLANK(PARENT(Parent of Non Composite Parent)) THEN Parent of Non Composite Parent ELSE Non Composite Parent Applies to: Non-Composite List    Parents Only List FINDITEM(Parents Only List, NAME(Parent to Map)) Applies to: Parents Only List   Parents Only subtotals An intermediary module is needed to hold the subtotals. Calculation: Parent Logic Calc.Data[SUM: Parent Mapping.Parents Only List]   Parent Logic? Module We now define the logic for the parents in a separate module. Add Boolean line items for each of the “logic” types. Then you can refer to the logic above  in the calculations. Lookup Proportion: Data / Parents Only Subtotals.Calculation[LOOKUP: Parent Mapping.Parents Only List]   Lookup Calculation: Lookup Proportion * IF Parent Logic?.'Logic 1?'[LOOKUP: Parent Mapping.Parents Only List] THEN Parent Logic Constants.'Logic 1' ELSE IF Parent Logic?.'Logic 2?'[LOOKUP: Parent Mapping.Parents Only List] THEN Parent Logic Constants.'Logic 2' ELSE 0 The list can now be set as a production list as there are no “hard references”.  Also, the formulas are smaller, simpler and now more flexible should the logic need to change.  If Parent 3 needs to use Logic 2, it is a simple change to the checkbox.     Appendix: Blueprints:      
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The Anaplan platform can be configured and deployed in a variety of ways. Two configurations that should be examined prior to each organizations’ implementation of Anaplan are the Central Governance-Central Ownership configuration and Central Governance-Federated Ownership configuration. Central Governance-Central Ownership configuration This configuration focuses on using Agile methodology to develop and deploy the Anaplan platform within an organization. Development centers around a central delivery team that is responsible for maintaining a master data hub, as well as all models desired within the organization, such as sales forecasting, T&Q planning, etc.   Central delivery team In this configuration, the central delivery team is also responsible for many other steps and requirements, or business user inputs, which are carried out in Anaplan and delivered to the rest of the organization. These include: Building the central model Communicating release expectations throughout development Creating and managing hierarchies in data Data loads (data imports and inputs) Defect and bug fixes in all models Solution enhancements New use case project development   Agile methodology—The Anaplan Way As previously mentioned, this configuration also focuses on releasing, developing, and deploying new and improved releases using the Agile methodology. This strategy begins with the sprint planning step and moves to the final deployment step. Once a project reaches deployment, the process begins again for either the next release of the project or the first release of a new project. Following this methodology increases stake holder engagement in releases, promotes project transparency, and shows project results in shorter timeframes.   Central Governance-Federated Ownership configuration This configuration depends on a central delivery team to first produce a master data hub and/or master model, and then allow the individual departments within an organization to develop and deploy their own applications in Anaplan. These releases are small subsets of the master model that allow departments to perform “what-if” modeling and control their own models or independent applications needed for specific local business needs.   Central delivery team In this configuration, the central delivery team are only responsible for the following: Creating and managing hierarchies in data Data loads (data imports and inputs defect fixes) Capture and share modeling best practices with the rest of the teams   Federated model ownership In this model, each department and/or region is responsible for their own development. This includes: Small subsets of the master model for flexible “what if” modeling Custom or in depth analysis/metrics Independent use case models Loose or no integration with master model One-way on-demand data integration Optional data hub integration   Pros and cons Both of these configurations contain significant pros and cons for implementing them into an organization:   Central Governance-Central Ownership pros Modeling practices Modeling practices within an organization become standardized for all new and updated releases. Request process The request process for new projects becomes standardized. One single priority list of enhancement request is maintained and openly communicated. Clear communication Communication of platform releases, new build releases, downtime, and more comes from one source and is presented in a clear and consistent manner. Workspace and licenses This configuration requires the fewest number of workspaces, which saves on data used in Anaplan, as well as the fewest number of workspace admin licenses.   Central Governance-Central   Ownership cons Request queue All build requests, including new use cases, enhancements, and defect fixes, go into a queue to be prioritized by the central delivery team. Time commitment This configuration requires a significant weekly time commitment from the central delivery team to prioritize all platform requirements.   Central Governance-Federated   Ownership pros Business user development This configuration allows for true business development capabilities without comprising the integrity of the core solution developed by the central delivery team. Anaplan releases Maximizes the return of investment and reduce shadow IT processes by enabling the quick spread of the Anaplan platform across an organization as multiple parties are simultaneously developing. Request queue Reduces or completely eliminates wait queue wait times for new uses cases and/or functionality. Speed of implementation Having the central team take care of all data integration work via the data hub will speed up application design by enabling federated team to take their actuals and master data out of an Anaplan data hub model, as opposed to having to build their own data integration with source systems.   Central Governance-Federated   Ownership cons Workspace and licenses More workspace and workspace admin licenses may be necessary in the platform. Best practices In this configuration it is challenging to ensure that model building architecture procedures and best practices are being followed in each model. It requires the central Center of Excellence team to organize recurring meetings with each application builder to share experience and best practices. Build delays Business users without model building skills may have a difficult time building and maintaining their requirements.
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Anaplan API: Communication failure <SSL peer unverified:  peer not authenticated> This is a common error if a Customer Server is behind a proxy or firewall. The solution is to have the customer whitelist '*.anaplan.com' for firewall blocks.  If behind a proxy, use the '-via" or 'viauser" commands in Anaplan Connect. The other very common cause for this error is that the security certificate isn’t synced up with java. If the whitelist or via command solutions don’t apply or don’t resolve the error, uninstalling and reinstalling Java usually does the trick. Thanks to Jesse Wilson for the technical details.   jesse.wilson@anaplan.com Here are the commands available:  
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You can interact with the data in your models using Anaplan's RESTful API. This enables you to securely import and export data, as well as run actions through any programmatic way you desire. The API can be leveraged in any custom integration, allowing for a wide range of integration solutions to be implemented. Completing an integration using the Anaplan API is a technical process that will require significant action by an individual with programming experience. Visit the links below to learn more: API Documentation Anaplan API Guide You can also view demonstration videos to understand how to implement APIs in your custom Integration client. The below videos show step-by-step guides of sequencing API calls and exporting data from Anaplan, importing data into Anaplan, and running delete actions and Anaplan processes. API sequence for uploading a file to Anaplan and running an import action: API sequence for running an export action and downloading a file from Anaplan: API sequence for running an Anaplan process and a delete action:
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