What's New: 9 December, 2017

KayneSchwarz
Community Manager

We’re excited to announce our latest product enhancements available as of December 9, 2017. Our new enhancements enable Anaplan customers to create a better end user experience using:

New Product Enhancements

Dashboards & Visualization

List Filter

Now, users can obtain the most relevant information and data with the new, user friendly list filtering. List filters allow for increased filtering options by providing an easier, cleaner way to select and apply filters. Users can now apply these filters column by column on list formatted items, in a more familiar way, to display specific results and data.

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List filters cascade down as more filters are applied.List filters cascade down as more filters are applied.

See our advanced list filtering in action here: 

 

Resizing buttons on a dashboard

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that are the most exciting to us. In this case, it’s having the option to declutter and organize your dashboards with resizable buttons.

This new feature allows users to simply set the “Auto” sizing option, or apply a custom width to new and existing dashboard buttons using specific pixel values.

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Gone are the days of unaligned buttons and dashboard elements. Learn how to apply sizes to dashboard buttons here:

Learn more about the resizing dashboard buttons in the Resize and Style Button Anapedia article.

 

Style buttons

Change the look of buttons on your dashboard with Style options. Available in the Style section of the properties panel, buttons can be changed to be displayed as one of three options:

  • Primary
  • Default
  • Link

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See how to change your button styles here:

Learn more about the button styles in the Resize and Style Button Anapedia article. 

 

Dashboard toolbar

Navigating around dashboards just became easier with the new dashboard toolbar. Whether you’re an administrator or an end user, you can now open the dashboard toolbar to have quick access to necessary buttons and functionality, rather than selecting a menu and choosing an option.

Available in both run-time and design modes, the dashboard toolbar creates a better separation of roles between viewing a dashboard and building a dashboard. With just a quick click of the tab where the dashboard is displayed, the dashboard toolbar will appear.

Run-time mode.Run-time mode.

Design mode.Design mode.

Also, Workspace Administrators can now preview their dashboard designs with the Design/Preview button, which allows for quick edits without frequent publication.

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If multiple administrators are working on the same dashboard, and changes are saved, a new message will be displayed to all other administrators and users that states a new version of the dashboard is available.

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Take a look at this new feature and some of the common buttons for admins, model builders, and end users in the two videos here:

Learn more about the dashboard toolbar and its functionality for administrators and end users in the Dashboard Toolbar Anapedia article.

 

Waterfall charts and dynamic chart selection

Waterfall charts will now include dynamic data selection to reflect your latest data. If a chart is created by selecting row or column headers, new items will then automatically be displayed in the chart when new data items are added to a source module. However, if only a range of cells are selected to display a waterfall chart, then the newly-added items will not be displayed.

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Learn more about this change in behavior and why you should republish your waterfall charts in the Waterfall Charts Anapedia article.

 

Disable Open Source Module for published line items

Hide complexity from end users by disabling the open source module option for published line items with the new Open Source Module enable/disable checkbox.

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Learn how to make this quick change here:

Learn more about the disable Open Source Module for published line items option in the Dashboard Designer Anapedia article.

 

Show All option disabled for dropdown lists configured with Selective Access

The Show All option from within filtered pick lists can now be removed by unchecking Allow access to unfiltered items. This prevents end users from overriding your selective access or dependent dropdowns with the Show All option.

For existing setups, this checkbox will be checked by default to avoid migration issues. However, for new line items, this option will always be unchecked.

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Learn more about the Allow access to unfiltered items checkbox in the Dropdown Picklists Anapedia article. 

 

Users List

As an organization grows, the end users will inevitably change with it. To help streamline end user management, we have created a general Users list that is configured and kept up-to-date in the Users tab.

The Users list (displayed as Users) is available across all models within a workspace. It dynamically reports the current users, eliminates the need for a locally created list of users in each model, and simplifies maintenance of user details across a workspace.

While you will not see the Users list under General lists in the Settings tab, you will see it as an option every time you create a module or utilize the “Applies to” section.

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Learn how to filter with User lists here:

For more information, visit the General Lists Anapedia article to learn more about how to manage users and their roles.

 

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Compare Revisions in the Same Model

Using the new Compare button, model builders and workspace administrators may now track structural changes that are made between revisions within the same development model. Upon a quick comparison, changes can be viewed instantly on the platform, or downloaded as a detailed Comparison Report that outlines the specific changes made between revisions.

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Learn more about how to work with revision tags in the Working with Revision Tags Anapedia article.

 

Performance Improvements to Deployed Model

Model changes are now saved less frequently in deployed mode, which enables end users to work for longer periods without seeing the "Saving" notification.

 

Modeling

Save History Exports

Administrators can now save history exports as an Action for later use using the new Save Options checkbox. Just like other Actions, the "Export from Model History" Actions can be re-run by selecting the Save Options checkbox prior to showing the history. Furthermore, history exports can even be published to dashboards using Processes for quick and easy reuse.

While the "Export from Model History" Action cannot be edited, you can override it by saving another model history export with the same name.

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Learn more about Saving History Exports in the History and Export from Anaplan Anapedia articles.

 

Property Imports in History

Previously, list properties have been imported as individual rows in History, which could potentially create thousands of entries (rows) when multiple properties were changed. Now, property changes are consolidated into two new entries, eliminating the excessive History entries:

  • An Import row
  • A Bulk data change row

This new condensed approach helps to improve the speed and performance of list imports, as well as improve the tracking and reviewing of your import history.

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Learn more about Property Imports in History in the History Anapedia article. 

 

Private and Default Import and Export Files

Administrators can further customize file imports and exports to ensure that the right users have access to the right files. Workspace Administrators can now choose the desired privacy level for their import from 3 different options:

  • Myself (keep private)
  • Administrators only
  • Everyone

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This new setting allows Workspace Administrators to control whether a file import or export uses a personal file, which is set by selecting Myself (keep private) from the dropdown, or a default file. In summary:

  • A personal file can only be accessed by the user who originally uploaded the source file or ran the export. Please note, these personal files are removed from models if they're not accessed at least once every 48 hours.
  • If a user's personal file no longer exists for a particular file import data source (IDS) or Export Action, the default file (if one is set) is used instead. Default files have no expiration date.

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Administrator's Note: At the time of this release, all existing files will be set to default files.

Note: There will be no change in behavior for end users. This update only impacts Workspace Administrators and API users.

Learn more about privacy options when importing and exporting here:

Learn how to set up your imports and exports in the Overview of Private and Default Files Anapedia article.

 

Enhanced Launchpad

The Anaplan Launchpad is getting a new look. The enhanced Launchpad offers new and updated menus, including:

  1. An Application menu, which includes direct access to applications that end-users have access to, and the Anaplan App Hub
  2. An updated Help menu, with multiple forms of platform support, including the new "Contact support" option
  3. A re-designed User menu 

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Review some of the key items of the Enhanced Launchpad experience here:

Learn more about the specifics of the Enhanced Launchpad in the Work with Models Anapedia article.

 

Performance Improvements

In this release, you'll notice improved performance in the following areas.

  • Filtering a module or a dashboard grid by multiple line items and time period values.
  • Importing large lists with many corresponding list properties. These imports now appear differently in the change history of a model.

 

Issues Resolved

The following issues are resolved in this release:

ID  Description
72448
72521
72787
74352
73429
74850
75016
74830
76553
76511
76801
73426

An error is displayed when you:

  1. Create a numbered list marked as production data (nl1).
  2. Set the Parent Hierarchy of nl1 to a standard production list.
  3. Add a text-formatted Display Name property to nl1.
  4. Add a revision tag.
  5. Try to sync to a compatible target model.
69969
70425
70984
71982
72524
72877
72957
72963
72968
73206
75468
76535
76511
77294

If a module has a list subset as a dimension and a child line item with a line item formula, an error occurs when you:

  1. Change the dimensions of the module.
  2. Enter a different line item formula.
  3. Add a revision tag.
  4. Try to sync to a compatible target model.
64792

If a model contains a line item subset that refers to a module (M1), an error occurs when you:

  1. Add a new item to the line item subset.
  2. Remove the line item subset from the dimensions (Applies To) of M1.
  3. Add a revision tag.
  4. Try to sync to a compatible target model.
57242
59978
64919
76022
Searching the current view using a large search query locks the model for a long period of time.
64870
64875
65208
65833
65861
66411
66777
67851
67959
68426
68494
68642
68650
69497
69991
71746
71768
72401
72730
72767
72978
73404
74556
75307
75528
75844
77379
77502
77639
If several models are open at once and you rename a large model in Model Management, Anaplan sometimes becomes unresponsive. This requires Anaplan Support to perform a core restart.
33161
33322
33682
36569
42836
48255
54968
55877
62499
64881
66210
66244
68438
68955
73581
73720
74113
Filtering a module by multiple line items and time period values can take a few minutes to process. This affects performance for other users in the same model. These types of filters are now applied more efficiently.
72729
74499
74996
An error is displayed if you view cell history for line items imported from another module.
72845 If a module has a line item (Li1) formatted as a list (L1) that includes a LOOKUP formula; and a line item (Li2) with a dimensionality (Applies To) of list (L2), an error is displayed when you:
  1. Remove the LOOKUP formula from Li1.
  2. Change the format of Li1 to a subset of L2.
  3. Change the dimensionality (Applies To) to a subset of L2.
  4. Add the LOOKUP formula to Li2
  5. Add a revision tag.
  6. Try to sync to a compatible target model.
72470

If a module has a line item referenced by a LOOKUP formula, an error is displayed if you:

  1. Change the dimensionality (Applies To) of the line item.
  2. Change the LOOKUP formula.
  3. Add a revision tag.
  4. Try to sync to a compatible target model.
72787
72845
76843
If a module has a line item formula that references a list, an error is displayed when you:
  1. Delete the line item.
  2. Mark the list as a production list.
  3. Add a revision tag.
  4. Try to sync to a compatible target model.
65703
74363 
Creating a model from a revision tag fails in very large models that take over 5 minutes to open.
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