Super Contributor

6 August, 2016

The third release of 2016 is here! 

Take a look at the new combination chart to help you analyze trends in your data. We've also made usability improvements to dashboards, and added extra customization options for exports.  

Watch the webinar to see the great features in this release: 

 

Find out more:


Reporting 

Generate Combination Charts that Show Multivariate Data

We're excited to debut combination charts in this release.

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Combination charts have multiple series and dual axes. Frequently, they consist of a line chart overlaid on a column chart although other chart combinations are possible. Combination charts provide a flexible way of displaying data and form the basis of analytic tools such as the Pareto Analysis.

 

Combination charts are useful where you want to validate the relationship between two variables that have different magnitudes and scales of measurement but are related in a meaningful way. They're most useful for following trends and identifying outliers in the data that may require further investigation.

 

Area Charts and Dot Charts

Part of the functionality of a Combination chart is the ability to generate a Dot or an Area chart — chart types that are not available from the Charts menu on the Anaplan toolbar. If you select suitable data and generate a Combination chart, you can choose to remove the second X-axis and change the chart type to Dot or Area chart. This will result in a single axis standard chart.

 

Pareto Analysis

Combination charts can be used to create a Pareto Analysis, a statistical technique, based on the Pareto Principle. The Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) suggests that 80 percent of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20 percent of the input (in a typical distribution).

 

Consequently, a disproportionate improvement can be achieved by ranking causes of a problem and then concentrating on those solutions that will have the greatest impact. Doing the 20 percent of work identified by the analysis will deliver 80 percent benefit to an issue.  

See more: Combination Charts, Pareto Analysis

Move is now Reorder for Line Items

When working with line items in Blueprint, or a dashboard or module grid, the Move button has now been replaced with the Reorder button.

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See more: Reorder

 

Open Dashboards Auto-Refresh when Process Completes

If you have dashboards that run specific processes when an action button is clicked, all open dashboards will now refresh automatically when the process is complete.

 

Disable Touch-Friendly Spacing on Dashboards

Prior to this release, padding around dashboard elements was automatically increased by 24 pixels when a dashboard was viewed on a touchscreen device, which makes it easier for touchscreen users to interact with dashboards by tapping and swiping. 

Now, if you want to fit more content on your dashboards, you can choose to turn this behavior off via a new setting, Touch-Friendly Spacing. 

The new setting has been added to the Dashboards settings page:

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When the setting is disabled, dashboard elements always have the standard amount of padding, regardless of which device the dashboard is viewed on. This helps you design dashboards that look better on touchscreen devices. 

When the setting is enabled, the padding is automatically adjusted. This is the same as the default behavior in previous releases. 

Touch-Friendly Spacing is set per model and enabled by default. 

See more: Touch Friendly Spacing


Modeling & Usability

Module Exports — Exclude Labels 

It’s now possible to export data with no dimension labels. 

When the Labels tab is selected in the Export dialog, you can choose whether to include or exclude Row Label Headers, List Names, Codes, or Properties (as seen in the Grid view of the list). The default value for each dimension is Name.

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Deleting the value, Name, by clicking on the cross to the right of it, will export the dimension with no labels. 

See more: Export


Tenant Administration

Anaplan Administration is a tool for user administration and model categorization. This tool allows the new role of Tenant Administrator to make changes to an organization's entire Anaplan environment, which might have multiple workspaces.

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Tenant Administrators can use this tool to: 

  • Get a quick overview of all the Users, Models, and Workspaces in the organization. For any given user, easily look up the list of models and workspaces they have access to.
  • Quickly find a user and remove (or reinstate) their access to Anaplan. This is useful when an employee or contractor leaves (or rejoins) your organization.
  • Organize models by assigning default categories and custom category values.

Interested? Get access to Administration by emailing support@anaplan.com

See more: Tenant Administration


Anaplan Platform Status Notifications

We're pleased to announce the availability of our new status page, where you can view the current operational status of all components of the Anaplan platform, including our US and EU data centers, Community and more.

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You can find out about scheduled maintenance windows, unplanned outages, and incident history. Subscribe to receive instant email alerts on platform events. 

Visit status.anaplan.com.

 

Anapedia Updates

We've added some useful content to Anapedia to help you work more efficiently with charts:

Also look out for the Good Practice series, which offers guidance from our Anaplan Gurus for more efficient model building. We'll be adding more in this series so look out for those. 

And, if you regularly perform imports, check the revised information around importing special characters

 

As always we welcome your feedback so drop us a line with your comments. Happy Anaplanning!