A really valuable addition to the platform would be better ways to visualize uncertainty. In many parts of planning, particularly those that highly leverage analytics, thinking in terms of probabilities is important. If there’s a relatively simple way to add in this type of visual (confidence bands, prediction intervals, etc.) , it would be very helpful! As Anaplan continues to make inroads and investments into its Forecasting capabilities, having the ability to visualize probabilistic intervals around point forecasts is going to be critical. It is something nearly all of our competitors have and is table stakes when it comes to forecast visualization…
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Nick, Thanks for taking the time to do the AMA. Predictive Analytics is an exciting space and Anaplan is certainly a platform that complements and enables the work that Analytics teams are doing within organizations. I'm curious as to how you've seen businesses approach the integration of analytic insights into the planning process within Anaplan, and what challenges you've seen. Anaplan brings process design much closer to the business user than any software I've seen in the space previously. It is allowing many folks who have traditionally spent most of their time on number crunching and data gymnastics, to actually participate in a creative process of system design. This can create real competitive advantages. With that said, there's often a gap between the technology (analytics) and business process value. Without good design, the analytics get lost. And without good analytics, the decision-making is less informed. Are there any particular best practices you've seen that ensure Analytics are translated effectively into the planning process? With legacy planning systems, UX design was controlled by the software vendor. With Anaplan, businesses are given flexibility and ownership over design. How can organizations take advantage of this to get the most out of their analytics?
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