The Anaplan Optimizer aids business planning and decision making by solving complex problems involving millions of combinations quickly to provide a feasible solution.
Optimization provides a solution for selected variables within your Anaplan model that matches your objective based on your defined constraints. The Anaplan model must be structured and formatted to enable Optimizer to produce the correct solution.
You are welcome to read through the materials and watch the videos on this page, but Optimizer is a premium service offered by Anaplan (Contact your Account Executive if you don't see Optimizer as an action on the settings tab). This means that you will not be able to actually do the training exercises until the feature is turned on in your system.
The training involves an exercise along with documentation and videos to help you complete it.
The goal of the exercise is to setup the optimization exercise for two use cases; network optimization and production optimization. To assist you in this process we have created an optimization exercise guide document which will walk you through each of the steps. To further help we have created three videos you can reference:
An exercise walk-through
A demo of each use case
A demo of setting up dynamic time
Follow the order of the items listed below to assist with understanding how Anaplan's optimization process works:
Watch the use case video which demos the Optimizer functionality in Anaplan
Watch the exercise walkthrough video
Review documentation about how Optimizer works within Anaplan
Attempt the Optimizer exercise
Download the exercise walkthrough document
Download the Optimizer model into your workspace
How to configure Dynamic Time within Optimizer
Download the Dynamic Time document
Watch the Dynamic Time video
Attempt Network Optimization exercise
Attempt Production Optimization exercise
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The problem you described does not seem terribly large/complex in comparison to others we've seen. while 10 min isn't a very long run time, it seems longer than it should be for this size problem.
Let's try to troubleshoot this and see what helps.
First, in the action configuration, have you filled in the bounds underneath the variable(s)? Filling in the bounds helps reduce the size of the feasible solution area and can improve run times quite a bit. secondly, Have you tried running as REAL or INTEGER for the variable? Real will usually run faster if integer isn't critical.
If you've tried both those options with similarly slow results, then we'll have our support team run an optimization log to continue troubleshooting from there. Please direct message me if that is the case.
Our optimization service has incorporated Gurobi's optimization engine into the anaplan platform. Gurobi uses a proprietary set of very complex algorithms to solve the problems and this cannot be replicated using imports and or other actions/functions.
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I have developed two apps that should help:
Statistical Product Forecasting - this app allows you to quickly update lists, load 24 months of history, and generate a forecast at a product level. You can use this as is or modify to fit your needs.
Linear Regression Learning App - simple example on how to execute regression in anaplan
I will be releasing an improved version of Stat Forecasting in the next month or so, but the current version should fit your needs. Both of these apps can be downloaded right from apphub.com. Click on 'get app' and follow instructions.
Let me know if you have any questions,
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