What's New: 2016.4

Super Contributor

10 December, 2016

Anaplan's final major release of 2016 is here! 

In this release, we're introducing Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capabilities to the Anaplan platform. ALM is a set of features that allows you to manage a typical development lifecycle for your applications. 

You'll also notice improvements to Model History and we're offering additional integration options for enhanced visualization and data access. In the App Hub, we're releasing some great new apps to get you ahead with finance, HR, marketing, supply chain and sales. 

Read on to learn about these enhancements. You can also visit the release web page.

Find out more:


Application Lifecycle Management

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) enables you to manage the development, testing, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of your applications.

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Fundamental to ALM are the concepts of structural information and production data, the two types of data that make up every Anaplan model.

  • Structural information consists of a model's configuration settings and lists (with the exception of production lists). 
  • Production data is operational data that changes often during day-to-day business operations. Module cell data, production users, and the contents of production lists are examples of production data.

Find out how to get your existing Anaplan applications prepared for ALM.

See more: Model Data, Production Lists, Structural Information Reference

Working with ALM

With ALM, you can:

  • Mark production lists to store operational data.
  • Use different model modes and statuses to support the requirements of the development lifecycle. 
  • Capture the latest state of a development model's structural information by adding revision tags.
  • Promote the latest structural changes from a source model to a compatible target model via the Compare & Synchronize feature.
  • Quickly re-map the data sources for model-to-model imports.
  • Introduce segregation of duties to separate the responsibility for ALM-related tasks between different Workspace Administrators.
  • Confidently apply fixes to production environments while ensuring no development effort is lost.  
ALM is an Enterprise feature.
If you're not an Enterprise customer, you'll see this message when you attempt to use the Compare/Sync feature only:
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Model Modes

ALM introduces the concept of model modes.  

  • Standard mode
    By default, all models are in standard mode. Administrators can modify all data in the model, including marking production lists, adding revision tags and synchronizing structural changes.
Model building in standard mode is identical to model building in earlier versions of Anaplan, before ALM features were introduced.
  • Deployed mode
    Deployed mode prevents all users, including Workspace Administrators, from modifying a model’s structural information. Only production data can be modified in deployed mode, so it's most suitable for your production and test models.

You can change the model mode in Model Management.

 

The ability to modify structural information or production data also depends on your role. Read more about the segregation of duties and how to effectively protect access to data in Anapedia.

See more: Model Modes, Segregation of Duties 

Revision Tags and Compare & Synchronize

Revision tags—a new option in Model Settings—enable you to tag the latest structural changes that are ready for testing or deployment to production. Compare & Synchronize allows you to compare the structural information of a source model, at a chosen revision tag, with that of a target model. You can then promote the latest structural changes to the target model.

 

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Both the source and target models must be structurally compatible. For more information, see The Compare & Synchronize Process.

 

Production data is never captured in a revision tag or synchronized between models. Instead, production data can be copied between models, or re-mapped using the new Re-Map Source Models feature.

See more: Revision Tags, Compare & Synchronize, Prepare Existing Applications for ALM

Re-Map Source Models

Moving models from one workspace to another can disrupt import sources, so the new Source Models option in Model Settings enables administrators to quickly re-map import sources.

See more: Source Models
 

If you decide not to implement ALM, you can continue to manage your models in exactly the same way as before the introduction of ALM.

See more: Application Lifecycle Management


Model History

The change history for a model now records more detailed information. Instead of the general "Model change" description, you can now view specific information about changes to:

  • Actions
  • Dashboards
  • Functional Areas
  • Import Data Sources
  • Imports
  • Line item subsets
  • Line items
  • List properties
  • Lists, including list items
  • Modules
  • Processes
  • Roles
  • Saved views
  • Subsets of lists
  • Time settings
  • Users added and deleted
  • Versions
Exports and some ALM tasks are not captured in the model change log so do not appear in the Model History.  

For example, if data was imported, you can find out who ran the import, into which module or list, and the name of the import file:

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If items in a list were reordered, you can view a description, the new parent, and the affected list items:

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If a dashboard was changed, you can view a description of the change and the name of the dashboard:

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The extra information enables you to better understand how your users are using and modifying models. It also helps you troubleshoot any issues within a model or application and track changes to your model for increased security and auditability.

See more: History


Model Management

Change Mode

A new Change Mode option is now available in Model Management. Use this option to continue to Lock and Archive models (moved from the Model Management dialog). 

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There are four modes for every model: standard, deployed, locked, and archived.

  • Standard mode, enabled by default for new models, is intended for model building and model update activities.
  • Deployed mode is designed for use with production models and test models.
  • Locked mode makes the model read-only, so users can view the model but not make any changes.
  • Archived mode allows you to continue to store the model in Anaplan without it contributing to your workspace allowance. You can restore an archived model, including all of its data, into the same workspace at a later date.

You can also switch the model online and offline.

Status tab now Manage Tasks

In the Model Management dialog, the Status tab has been renamed Manage Tasks.

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The tasks you can perform are unchanged.

Compare/Sync

The new Compare/Sync option is now available in Model Management. This is an ALM feature that allows Workspace Administrators to move the latest structural changes from a source model to a target model.

 

The Compare/Sync button is only available if at least one revision tag exists in the chosen target model and you have the Enterprise edition of Anaplan.

See more: Manage Models


Locked Model—Toolbar on Users Tab

In previous releases, in a Locked model, the toolbar on the Users tab in Model Settings > Users was not displayed.

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In this release, in a Locked model, the toolbar is present. Note that because the model is Locked, only the Export, Refresh, and Search buttons are available.

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Performance Improvements

Page Selectors

In this release, you'll notice significant performance improvements when using:

  • Page selectors with large lists
  • Page selectors with a small list, with another corresponding page selector with a large list

Page selectors work for line items, line item subsets, lists, time and versions.

Long Lists

Models containing very long lists (over one million items) now open and save faster than before.

LOOKUP by DATE 

Performance has improved when using the LOOKUP function using a DATE line item as the mapping.

SUM

Performance has improved when using the SUM function.


Contents: Access to Hidden Content

Previously, any user could reveal hidden items in the Contents panel by selecting the Show hidden content check box.

 

In this release, Workspace Administrators can hide the Show hidden content check box from all non-administrator users in a model to apply a finer degree of access control.

 

To display the Show hidden content check box for non-administrator users, in Settings > Contents, on the View menu, click Enable access to hidden content. Access is disabled by default. 

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Note: The Show hidden content check box is disabled by default for new and existing models. Workspace Administrators may need to adjust this setting in order to re-enable access for non-administrator users.

See more: Contents


Integrations

Informatica

We're partnering with Informatica to offer a new integration for customers who want to leverage ETL capabilities to integrate with Anaplan. Anaplan HyperConnect powered by Informatica is coming soon.

Tableau

If you use Tableau for your reporting and visualization, look out for our forthcoming integration with Tableau. This connector brings data from Anaplan into Tableau for self-service reporting and visualization.

 

To register your interest, contact your account manager or email integration.ea@anaplan.com for more information.

App Hub

Look out for the following new apps in the App Hub:

Sales

Marketing

Human Resources

Finance

Supply Chain

See more: App Hub