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.
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Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) enables you to manage the development, testing, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of your applications.
Fundamental to ALM are the concepts of structural information and production data, the two types of data that make up every Anaplan model.
Find out how to get your existing Anaplan applications prepared for ALM.
With ALM, you can:
ALM introduces the concept of model modes.
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.
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.
Both the source and target models must be structurally compatible. For more information, see The Compare & Synchronize Process.
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
See more: Application Lifecycle Management
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:
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:
If items in a list were reordered, you can view a description, the new parent, and the affected list items:
If a dashboard was changed, you can view a description of the change and the name of the dashboard:
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
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).
There are four modes for every model: standard, deployed, locked, and archived.
You can also switch the model online and offline.
In the Model Management dialog, the Status tab has been renamed Manage Tasks.
The tasks you can perform are unchanged.
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.
See more: Manage Models
In previous releases, in a Locked model, the toolbar on the Users tab in Model Settings > Users was not displayed.
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.
In this release, you'll notice significant performance improvements when using:
Page selectors work for line items, line item subsets, lists, time and versions.
Models containing very long lists (over one million items) now open and save faster than before.
Performance has improved when using the SUM function.
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.
See more: Contents
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.
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.
Look out for the following new apps in the App Hub:
See more: App Hub