Current Date and Time

It would be great to have a function to get current date and time. Timezone settings could be common for all users and maintained in the settings section

21 Comments
Community Manager
 
Status changed to: Needs Community Support
Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

That would be great improvement to have, and avoid the somehow complexity of using Anaplan connect for retrieving the current date

Community Manager
 
Status changed to: Under Investigation
Contributor

This is a must to have functionality. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Would be extremely useful! The workaround for an automated solution is quite painful at the moment!

Contributor

Currently Anaplan does not have a system date and we either use Anaplan Connect or Integration tool to import the current date.

Do we have any roadmap of including this into our tool

Contributor
Contributor

It will be extremely useful .We are currently working it out through integrations.

Community Manager

This is a large piece of work and may nuanced behaviours. We will investigate this further for consideration on our longer term roadmap. 

Status changed to: Considered for Future Roadmap
Certified Master Anaplanner

I think it would be great if we could even have a function that called on UTC date and time. We could write a formula to convert based on model needs. 

Certified Master Anaplanner

This was on the pipeline ready for release around 2018 and then disappeared so seems odd it went to 'needs community support'.

 

It would be a useful feature. If we could expand the users list to include a locale parameter then you could expand the functionality to give user specific time based dashboard filters. So would be very helpful.

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Just implemented another automated process using Informatica connector to get the current date. Granted, it wasn't hard but still seems unnecessary. I second @mcconachie comment. I know Anaplan is in the cloud and as long as we got the UTC time (or Epoch time based on 1/1/1970 UTC) we can suit it to our needs. Hope this becomes a reality. For large implementations, particularly ones where we need to make dynamic decisions about elapsed periods this is a pretty standard business requirement.

New Contributor

Fundamental requirement

Contributor

Very usefull for for instance use case:

I have several customers which are monitoring projects. These projects have several milestones and milestone dates planned.

 

User Story for the customer:

I want to be notified if the planned milestone date is older than todays date because this helps me better and faster to find the projects which missed their milestone date(s).

 

Currently either a person is to maintain manually each day the Current Date in Anaplan or a script needs to be written to import the Current Date. A function for Current Date/NOW() will reduce manual maintenance and/or implementation effort and thereby simplify the process a/o technical solution

New Contributor

The ability to garner a current date or date time is critical functionality in any project and most use cases. I may not be speaking for the entirety of the community, but Im guessing a sizable percentage of the modelers care less about the how and more about the function. With performance considerations (of course) any viable method to pull the current date and/or date time would be a drastic improvement over what is available today and something that allows us to get this information directly from the system without additional build means we're focused on delivering results as opposed to spending time and effort to produce this data. Please consider adding this functionality asap.

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Today's date is coming......

New Contributor

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Are there any details you can share? Timeframe, etc? Appreciate the feedback!

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

@DavidSmith can't wait to see it!

 

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

@JASONDANIELSON 

Briefly, a function that returns todays date (note not time), based on a timezone parameter.  The parameter will need to be hard coded, but we will provide the list of available time zones. So if you need multiple time zones, you create multiple line items in a system module (not dimensioned by anything)

I have a simple modelling trick to take those line items and model it to users (or any other dimension) in different timezones if needed

You will see an entry in history for the line item (and any dependant downstream formulae) as and when the values change

If you restore a model to a locked model, the value will not change until you change the mode to unlocked

We are hoping to get this out in Q3 if possible

 

We are not looking at time stamps at this point - The history logging alone would cause issues, but the use cases for time stamps are probably better addressed through different means than a function

I hope this helps

David 

New Contributor

@DavidSmithGreat news David and really appreciate the follow up! 

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