Anaplan Time Range Limitation

Anaplan Time Range Limitation

I was very surprised recently when I discovered a limitation to Anaplan's permitted time range. 

 

It may surprise others to know that Anaplan is limited to supporting only 70 Years (20 past and 50 future) and the maximum number of years possible is 90 (using a time range set, as of writing, to 1981 with 90 periods).

 

I did not expect to find this limitation and while I can understand why it is there, I think there should be a way to extend the range for specific use cases. A client recently needed a model with a very long time range (100+ years) and it was necessary to build fake time to accomplish this (and then a smart way of using a day dimensioned module so we could utilise the previous/next functions).

 

I can actually think of a number of use cases where this would be the case (insurance for example).

 

So my suggestion is to simply provide a route for a model builder to extend the model time beyond 70 years.

 

3 Comments
Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

@tscott 

thank you for the idea

 

As you said, the current limitation relates to the 2-digit year, 20 FY80-FY79 = 1980-2079

 

I have included "Time enhancements" as a strategic priority for next year - and this point specifically as we do know that many Customers need to go out beyond 2079

 

One other option to consider aside from fake time is to use multiple real time ranges, and map the closing year to the opening year; yes the labelling might be a little confusing, but if you split them into different modules if might keep the modelling simpler

 

David

 

Status changed to: Considered for Future Roadmap
Master Anaplanner/Community Boss
 
Status changed to: Under Investigation
Certified Master Anaplanner

great news! thanks for the update on this enhancement.

 

Tom

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