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This list exists to provide a single source of truth for official preferred spellings and usage for Anaplan-related words and phrases as well as abbreviations, acronyms, and various other business and technical terms.

This list is likely not exhaustive, and as such will grow and change over time. If you have questions or if the word list does not address a particular need, please email community@anaplan.com.

The Anaplan acronym dictionary is a helpful resource for understanding acronyms, but some of its examples are not appropriate for use in general public-facing copy.

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24/7 not 24x7 or 24-7
50-50 not 50/50

A

ad hoc an adverb without a hyphen, as in Decisions were made ad hoc.
ad-hoc an adjective with a hyphen, as in ad-hoc decisions
affect verb, to influence. See effect
afterward not afterwards
aka short for also known as. All lowercase letters, no spaces or punctuation
ALM see Application Lifecycle Management
Anaplan App Hub not AppHub, Anaplan Hub, App Store. Use App Hub on second reference
Anaplan Community Capitalize both words, but not the preceding The unless it begins a sentence. Avoid using Community alone to refer to the Anaplan Community.
Anaplan Connect Capitalize both words. Is a command-line client to the Anaplan cloud-based planning environment.
Anaplan employees or the Anaplan team people who work for Anaplan. Do not use Anaplanners or Anaplan Family to denote employees.
Anaplan for Finance Fully written out, title caps
Anaplan for Supply Chain Fully written out, title caps
Anaplan for Workforce Fully written out, title caps
Anaplan Hub or Hub conference not HUB, The Hub conference, Hub18, or Hub'18. When a year is required, write it out (example: Anaplan Hub 2018).
Anaplan Partner Portal Capitalize all three words. Use Partner Portal in subsequent references. When you use the word portal by itself, do not capitalize.
Anaplan platform Capitalize only the Anaplan name.
Anaplan User Group Capitalize the whole phrase.
Anaplanner(s) Anaplan users only. Do not use to identify Anaplan employees.
Application Lifecycle Management Capitalize all three words, follow with (ALM) in parentheses, then use the abbreviation in subsequent uses.
Apps or applications not models

 

B

B2B short for business to business. All capital letters, no spaces or punctuation. Not B-2-B, BtoB, b2b. Use sparingly.
backward not backwards
Benelux The Benelux region or the Benelux countries (with "the"), but by itself use Benelux (without "the")
bottom-up not bottoms-up
business partner Capitalize when referring to a specific business partner or to Business Partners as people. When referring to the role itself, it should be lowercase. (Similar to AP Style rules about the United States president.)
BYOK bring your own key. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.

 

C

C-level (note capitalization)
C-Suite (note capitalization)
capex not CapEx or CAPEX
Center of Excellence Don't capitalize of, don't abbreviate as CoE. Plural is Centers of Excellence.
CEO not C.E.O., ceo; same for other C-Suite titles (e.g., CFO, CRO, CMO, CIO, etc.). Do not spell out on first use.
cloud, cloud-based, cloud delivery preferred over SaaS. Do not capitalize cloud.
co- use a hyphen anytime it deals with a person's occupation or position: co-author, co-chair, co-sponsor
co-brand to work with a partner in a form that uses both companies' names
complementary matching, corresponding. See complimentary
complimentary free. See complementary
configurable use in place of customizable, which worries IT departments
connected planning not capitalized. Do not hyphenate when used as a compound modifier (example: connected planning journey)
corporation an entity that is treated as a person in the eyes of the law. Avoid, because it's formal and specific; use company or organization instead.
Customer First an internal Anaplan initiative and should not be used in public-facing materials except in authorized contexts. When Customer First is discussed, spell out and capitalize both words; do not shorten to Customer 1st or C1. When used as an adjective, hyphenate and do not capitalize (customer-first culture).
customer the organization that licenses the Anaplan platform. Do not use client. See User.
cut back verb; the act of reducing something, typically expenditures (to cut back)
cutback noun or adjective; the instance of reduction itself (a cutback)
CxO (with a lowercase x) is shorthand for anyone in the C-Suite. (CXO in all caps more frequently refers to the chief experience officer.) Use only in tweets and tight places.

 

D

data hub not datahub, not capitalized
data sheet not datasheet, not capitalized
data use as a singular term (data is, not data are)
decision-maker or decision-making hyphenated, not capitalized
digital preferred as an adjective (digital processes) but acceptable as a noun (To fully embrace digital, a company must...)
digitize not digitalize
digitization not digitalization
drag and drop verb (drag and drop the folder) and noun (move the folder using drag and drop)
drag-and-drop adjective: drag-and-drop capability
dynamic cell access can be abbreviated DCA

 

E

e-book not ebook, Ebook, E-book, eBook
e.g. means for example. Lowercase with periods, always followed by a comma. See i.e.
effect verb, to cause; noun, result. See affect
email not e-mail
end user synonymous with business user
EPM enterprise performance management. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
Excel in the cloud Avoid this term. This sells the Anaplan platform short; Google Sheets is Excel in the cloud.
Excel on steroids Avoid this term. This phrase is considered derogatory (an athlete on steroids is cheating, for example) and does not fully represent the capabilities of the Anaplan platform.

 

F

FAQ short for frequently asked questions. Not F.A.Q. or faq. Do not write out ever.
file formats are lowercase, preceded by a period (.exe, .csv, .docx)
financial planning Use this phrase to indicate planning in the context of a finance department. Financial planning and analysis is more squarely aligned with the office of finance. Do not use finance planning.
fintech shorthand for financial technology. Not capitalized. Be sure context is clear.
fiscal applies to budgetary matters. See monetary
forecasting not financial forecasting unless talking specifically about financial forecasting.
forward not forwards
FP&A financial planning and analysis; use the ampersand in the abbreviation. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
free avoid using in email subject lines or display copy, as it can trigger spam filters

 

G

Global 2000 the world's largest public companies based on Forbes research. Not G2K or Global 2K. To confirm that a company is on the list, check the official Forbes site.

 

H

hackathon not capitalized unless at the beginning of a sentence, no hyphens
hard-code hyphenated, not hardcode
Hub Comes to You should be capitalized as shown; never shortened to HCTY or H2U
hyper-growth not hypergrowth
Hyperblock no capital in the middle
HyperConnect Capitalize both the H and the C

 

I

i.e. means that is or in other words. Lowercase with periods, always followed by a comma. See e.g.
IBP integrated business planning. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
ICM incentive compensation management. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
impactful avoid; use influential or effective
inbox not capitalized
indexes not indices
internet not capitalized
intranet A private network inside a company or organization, only for internal use. Not capitalized

 

K

kick off verb, to begin. Example: Let's kick off this meeting
kick-off adjective. Example: We held a kick-off meeting
kickoff noun, the beginning of something. Example: We attended the sales kickoff

 

L

Leaders Connect does not have apostrophe
link not hyperlink
Living Blueprint Avoid this term. This is old messaging.
log in verb. Example: Now you can log in to the platform.
login noun and adjective. Examples: This is your login; that is your login name.

 

M

Master Anaplanner(s) always capitalized
model builder do not capitalize in the flow of a sentence
monetary applies to money supply; see fiscal
multidimensional not multi-dimensional

 

N

nationwide be sure it's absolutely clear which nation you refer to

 

O

offline/online not capitalized or hyphenated
on premise noun. Not on premises, not on prem. (Example: The software is hosted on premise.)
on-premise adjective. Not on-premises, not on-prem. (Example: On-premise software is expensive to maintain.)
One version of the truth Avoid this term. This is a cliché that does not tell the full story of the Anaplan platform's capabilities.
onscreen lowercase, not hyphenated
organization preferred word when writing about non-profits and government, which are not for-profit companies

 

P

partner do not capitalize in the flow of a sentence
PBF planning, budgeting, and forecasting; no ampersand in the abbreviation. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
per se never per say
platform do not capitalize. Use in place of tool or tools
principal first in rank, authority, importance or degree. Example: domain principal
principle a fundamental truth, law, doctrine or motivating force. Example: I adhere to the principles of business.

 

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R

reporter not journalist
roll out, rolling out verb. Examples: We will roll out Anaplan, we are rolling out Anaplan
rollout noun. Example: Your Anaplan rollout will begin.

 

S

S&OP sales and operations planning; use the ampersand in the abbreviation. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
SaaS Avoid this term. Use cloud or cloud-based
sales force two words, not salesforce unless talking about the company Salesforce.com
salesperson one word; plural is salespeople. Preferred over salesman or saleswoman.
SCM supply chain management. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
searched not Googled
silo, silos, siloed  
SlideShare  
Smart business Avoid this term. This is old messaging.
Smart planning Avoid this term. This is old messaging. Use connected planning
Solution Architect Capitalize to designate this as an official title.
SPM sales performance management. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own.
Spreadsheet killer Avoid this term. Many potential users (particularly in finance) love spreadsheets. Anaplan is a complementary, and better, alternative.
stock-out supply chain term meaning out of stock
sync not synch

 

T

that The word that is not preceded by a comma. Example: Customers that prepared for an IPO include Cloudera and Okta. See which, and check Grammarist for a detailed discussion of that vs. which. In most situations, that is a better, more flexible word choice than which.
third party noun. Example: The software is licensed to a third party.
time zone two words
top-down hyphenated; not tops-down
toward not towards
Twitter capitalized, but tweet and retweet are not

 

U

U.S. not US
UK not U.K.
Unicorn Avoid this term. We should avoid discussion of the company's valuation and IPO plans.
Unstoppable Avoid this term. This is old messaging.
until not till or 'til
upward not upwards
USA not U.S.A.
user is an individual who uses the Anaplan platform. An individual is not the customer; the individual's employer is.
User Group(s) should always be capitalized
User Group Meetup(s) should always be capitalized; meetup used by itself is not capitalized in the flow of a sentence.
user name not username

 

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W

website, webcam, webinar, webmaster should each be one word, not capitalized
web page two words, not capitalized
which The word which is always preceded by a comma. Example: I got a phone call, which led to a Skype chat, which led to a trip to York. Avoid using which to join multiple ideas into one sentence. (See Comma splice under in the Style Guide, above.)
white paper not whitepaper, not capitalized

 

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Z

 ZBB zero-based budgeting. Spell out without capitals on first use, then give the short version in parentheses. In subsequent uses, use the abbreviation (in all caps) on its own. Do not capitalize except at the beginning of a sentence.
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