Super Contributor

27 February, 2016

The first release of Anaplan for 2016 is here! 

 

This release contains enhancements to the Waterfall Chart for improved reporting, keyboard shortcuts for quicker model building, and improvements to the header wrapping in PDF exports. We're also excited to announce the new-look App Hub, complete with twelve intuitive new apps. 

Here's what's in this release:


Reporting

 

Waterfall Chart Enhancements

In this release, we've improved how you view and configure your Waterfall Charts with two new options - Rotate Axes and Auto Axis. Waterfall Charts can now be pivoted horizontally, making it easier to see small values on the chart.

The Rotate Axes feature allows you to display the bars of the chart horizontally rather than vertically, which can be useful if you have long data labels.

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The initial column in a waterfall chart can be considerably larger than the subsequent values, making labels difficult to read and the data difficult to interpret. The Auto Axis feature draws a chart using a modified quantitative axis, to enable you to focus on the values between the initial column and the end total, making it easier to view small numbers on the chart. 

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See more: Waterfall Charts

 

Improved header wrapping with PDF export

We've improved the text alignment in column headers when exporting grids from modules or dashboards to PDF format. 

You can set the wrapping of text in headers in the Column Settings dialog (on the Format menu click Column Settings). What you set here is reflected on the PDF export.

See more: Column Settings, Export Dashboard to PDF


Productivity

 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Model Builders

Anaplan now supports seven keyboard shortcuts across all supported browsers. Click Help and select Keyboard Shortcuts or press Ctrl+/ to view a dialog listing the shortcuts:

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The shortcuts for toggling in and out of Blueprint (and for switching between tabs) help you to quickly switch between modules as you’re configuring and building models.

See more: Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Scrolling Performance Improvements

We're pleased to announce that scrolling performance is noticeably improved when working with Anaplan using the following OS/browser combinations:

  • Windows 8 with IE10
  • Windows 7 with IE9
  • Windows 8 with Firefox
  • Windows 8 with Chrome
  • Mac with Chrome
From 2017.1, Anaplan no longer supports IE9 and IE10. 

Scrolling performance using the following OS/browser combinations was optimal prior to this release and remains unaffected by these changes:

  • Windows 10 with Edge
  • Windows 8 with IE11
  • Mac with Firefox
  • Mac with Safari

 

View > Publish to Dashboard menu change

Naming new dashboards will now be much quicker. When you publish to a dashboard, the Publish to DashboardNew Dashboard option is now at the top of the list.

See more: Publish to a Dashboard


App Hub

App Hub has had a makeover! Check out the clean, modern design - the improved navigation allows you to quickly explore the apps (there's over 100!) and activate the one you want in a single click. Get instant information on each app with the improved content - videos, case studies, and feature details - all there to help you to decide whether it's the right app for you.

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Visit App Hub now and enjoy the improvements!


Apps

To celebrate the launch of our beautiful new App Hub, we're releasing some great apps to help you with your finance & HR, sales and marketing, supply chain, and IT challenges.

Community Apps

We're pleased to offer a new category of app. Our Community apps are built for you by some of our valued customers, giving you an unique insight into industry best practices. Choose from:

  • Clinical Trial Planning
  • CIO Dashboard

See more: Community Apps

 

Finance & HR

  • Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting for CPG
  • Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting for SaaS
  • Succession Planning

See more: Finance & HR

 

Sales & Marketing

  • Marketing Performance Management
  • Account Segmentation and Scoring

See more: Sales & Marketing

 

Supply Chain & Operations

Demand Sensing

  • Long-term Capacity Planning
  • Facilities Management

See more: Supply Chain & Operations

 

IT

  • Agile Implementation

See more: IT

 

Fun Apps

Need some time out? Have some fun with the Supply Chain Beer Game App!

See more: Fun Apps


Excel Add-in Enhancements

We've made some great improvements and additions to the Excel Add-in recently. Among other things, you can now refresh all views in a workbook, map a view to a copy of your model, and sort and filter while selecting pages. We've completely overhauled the look and feel of the Add-in and it's faster than ever before.

Not a user? Go to the Downloads page to get the latest version.

 

Note: Office 2007 is no longer supported by any version of the Excel Add-in.

See more: Excel Add-in: What's New (versions 2.2 and 2.3)


Security

Audited SOC 2 Type 2 Compliance

Security is our top priority. We're committed to delivering robust, security practices and we're pleased to announce that this is now recognized by the SOC 2 Type 2 audit. This audit provides reasonable assurance that our controls in security, availability, and confidentiality are properly designed and operating effectively.

To obtain a copy of the report, email audit.reports@anaplan.com.


Anapedia Updates

System Reserved Names

A list of Anaplan system reserved names is now available in Anapedia, together with the rules that will block you from using duplicate names within models. The formatting constraints imposed on names are also documented.

See more: Model Building

 

Video Content Refresh

We've refreshed the 2-minute videos in the Video Tutorials library. Take a look around and don't forget to give us your feedback

See more: Video Tutorials


As always, we love to hear your thoughts on the new and amended features in this release. Don't forget, 2016.2 is on the horizon so look out for release notifications from the Product team for details on what's coming in our next platform release. Happy Anaplanning!