Relabel the time dimension

Relabel the time dimension

As a model builder I want to have the ability to relabel the time dimension using a specific property/alias so that I don't need to create extra complexity and I can use all the benefits/functions of the time dimension to meet the users's requirements.

I will know this is successful if I could rename FY18 to YearXX and Jan1 to Month1, and so on.

Benefit : Adding extra lookups/modules doesn't always meet the visualisation requirements and adds complexity. Also, it will be possible to use the time dimension and all its functions even in situations where, for example, there is a strict requirement to "sanitise" the time dimension making it generic.

New Contributor

I would like to upvote this idea. We use the date format of 17-Jan-19 throughout our work and would like to be able to change all our dates in our Anaplan solution to this format.

Group Leader - Employee

In addition to relabeling months - it would be good to relabel the quarters as well.  Relabel the roll ups by Season (retail).  

Certified Master Anaplanner

Would also want to be able to rename to "Period 1" or "P1" and opt to show/hide the year. Will significantly reduce some models' complexity and remove many stories from backlogs.

New Contributor

Upvote, upvote, upvote! Great way to display data in the lingo that customers/users are used to.


I'd like to gauge the views of people on this thread on a narrower consideration around Time period labels. While we understand the drivers for a more flexible scheme, e.g. to provide 'aliases' for Lists generally, we have feedback that some customers have specific concerns around the 'FY' prefix used in the labels for aggregate time periods, e.g. for 'Q1 FY19' or 'FY19'.

In cases where customers would rather not see the 'FY' prefix used (e.g. because their model doesn't actually represent a fiscal year), would the option to use a 'CY' prefix instead be of value?

New Contributor

This is great idea, also would like to upvote!! my core customer really need this enhancement. I think we should have options to adjust local customer business practice.

New Contributor

We need this function. Please, please, please...!

Regular Contributor
Status changed to: Not Planned
Certified Master Anaplanner



So is this abandoned or was it rebooted because of the recent status changes ?

I want to upvote that idea as well.

Not a dealbreaker, but the aliasing of time dim would be a good "nice to have"

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss


We are releasing functionality to allow you to change the 2 letter prefix for the time labels - This is due in August


On the wider relabelling question, I want to look at the alias concept across the whole model; I think there would be benefits for "labels" for all model structures, not just the timescales (although we could start there)



Certified Master Anaplanner

I'm a super fan of wider labels/aliases across the entire model. Glad to hear it's still on the radar!


Awesome that we can now relabel years labels

Occasional Contributor
Status changed to: Delivered
Certified Master Anaplanner

Hi @DavidSmith ,

What's just been delivered is certainly a good step forward and I can see how it would help some customers.

However, further to my original idea I'm also attaching a diagram to help clarifying this idea further.


Could you confirm if this is already in the pipeline and/or if I misunderstood what's been delivered ?


@vicky_ascencio  , I noticed you changed the status of this idea to "Delivered", depending on what David says I would amend it accordingly.



Alessio Pagliano 

Certified Master Anaplanner

This is smth which'll help us a lot! 

We use custom week labels, which is critical for business. It makes us build intermediate modules on real timescale to run time functions and map back to fake timescale reports. 



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