What is a data hub and do I need one?

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Do you have business hierarchies that already exist within the organisation?

Do you have data and structures that are or will be shared across models?

Do you need different levels of granularity within your models?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes”, a data hub is recommended.

A data hub is a separate model that holds an organisation’s data.

  • The data hub will maintain a consistency of your hierarchies and structures throughout all of the Anaplan models
  • You can avoid sparsity in the data by only using the sections of the data applicable to each specific Anaplan model
  • The data hub model can be placed in a different workspace, allowing for role segregation. This allows you to assign administrator rights to users to manage the data hub without allowing those users access to the production models.
  • Importing data into a data hub initially and validating the data allows the data to be corrected before transferring to the users’ models; this ensures better data quality for your end users.
  • Data can be shared with all your models, making your next use case easier to implement and ensuring data integrity across models.

One type of data hub can be integrated with an organization’s data warehouse and hold ERP, CRM, HR and other data. But this isn’t the only type of data hub. Some organizations may require a data hub for transactional data, such as bookings, pipeline, or revenue.

Whether you will be using a single data hub or multiple hubs, it is a good idea to plan your approach for importing from the organization’s systems into the data hub(s), as well as how you will synchronize the imports from the data hub to the appropriate down-stream model. The graphic below shows best practices.

During your first deployment, discuss your options with your implementation Partner or Anaplan Customer Success team members. 

Click here to find out more about data hub best practices. 

Click here to find out step by step how to build a data hub. 

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