Learning something new can be intimidating and overwhelming, and learning the ins-and-outs of Anaplan is certainly no different. Lists? Line items? I thought this was just like Excel; Why are all the formulas different? Like most new endeavors, there’s a learning curve with Anaplan. Once you have taken the first, small step in climbing the mountain that is Anaplan, it can feel like there is an impossibly long way to go. And how will you know when you have reached the summit? With the right blend of tools, attention to detail, and a touch of patience, there is nothing stopping you from getting there.
Solution Architects possess a broad knowledge across multiple development platforms. They draw on their skills and experience to assess customer requirements and architecture in order to design secure, high-performance technical solutions that maximize the potential of the Anaplan platform. Mastery of such a dynamic tool takes time, but you’re off to a great start just by reading this post! To help you on your journey toward becoming a successful Solution Architect, here are five guiding principles to set you up for success.
Finally, back to one of our original questions: How will I know when I have become a Solution Architect? There is no finish line that will make this immediately obvious. Instead, you should be able to tell that you have become one when the way that you think about building has changed.
As a model builder, you will start by executing tasks based on requirements given to you and the technical skills at your disposal. You have likely reached Solution Architect status when you naturally begin questioning a dictated approach. When given a problem, your mind starts to cycle through different approaches and weighs the pros and cons of each based on how things will connect in the broader Anaplan architecture. Being a Solution Architect doesn’t mean you immediately know how to solve every problem as it is presented to you. Rather, it means that you are adept at listening, questioning, and thinking through them. And while it will take time to get there, the impact you can have as a Solution Architect makes the journey worthwhile.
Jon Newcomb is a Principal Consultant at Impetus Consulting Group. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University and has over 3 ½ years of consulting experience, with a focus on business modeling, specializing in sales performance management and workflow, and data visualization. Jon has led initiatives providing Anaplan solutions to more than ten clients in industries such as Pharmaceuticals, MedTech, and High Tech. Jon is a Certified Anaplan Solution Architect.