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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
Import Data Sources
Line item subsets
Lists, including list items
Subsets of lists
Users added and deleted
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.