May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this month Anaplan joins the National Alliance on Mental Illness to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
In 2021 more than 80% of U.S. workers reported mental health challenges (*58% in the UK), and 54% of HR and benefits leaders reported that their employees have higher expectations for mental health support. The tech industry specifically faces several challenges:
51% of tech professionals have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
71% of tech workers said their productivity is affected by a mental health issue.
57% of tech industry employees reported burnout.
(Data provided by Lyra, Anaplan’s mental health partner in the U.S., and *Vitality, our UK partner.)
The 2022 Mental Health Awareness Month theme is Together for Mental Health, and while a lot of the mental health initiatives come from specific departments and company priorities, as employees we can champion for programs and personally take the lead on initiatives that benefit our mental health and that of our colleagues. Together — if we continue to push for what we need — we can keep the momentum going so people everywhere feel supported.
At Anaplan, our benefits include comprehensive mental health coverage. In addition, there are many programs and services offered that speak to Anaplan’s commitment to improving the staggering statistics mentioned above, including:
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including regular programming to offer support and connection to those interested, along with company-wide awareness days and activities. Our ERGs include Women’s Interest Network, Anaplan Pride, Neurodiversity Network, Anaplanable Accessibility Network, Black Employees of African Descent, Asiaplan, and Latinx.
Resources for parents in need of childcare and personalized support.
Activities for employees to connect and take a break during the day, like speed meetups, hobby and interest-based Slack channels (#anaplan-cats and #whats-cooking are two favorites!), and both virtual and in-person mindfulness sessions.
Workshops to support mental health and well-being, such as Supporting Working Parents and Managing Stress and Anxiety.
Encouragement to create calendar blocks for a mental health break, a walk outside, or a workout.
Virtual happy hours, allowing time to get to know colleagues in a social environment while playing games and chatting about non-work-related topics.
Regular “No meeting” days.
Several dedicated days off a year for volunteer work.
Quarterly culture-focused days and mental health days off.
The emphasis on mental health this month couldn’t come at a better time, and while I love it’s the whole month, this is something we should talk about every single day. Mental wellbeing starts with connecting with others, being grateful, being good to yourself and speaking up. Start today, don’t wait. Many of us are rooting you on.
- Linda Lee, Anaplan's Chief Culture Officer
Since the pandemic began, many companies have started prioritizing mental health benefits and are attracting top talent due to their commitment to comprehensive wellness. While researching, it was refreshing to see the clear messaging around the importance of mental health alongside all the various programs organizations have available to their employees. It takes highlighting these efforts to bring about change — here are some of the creative and useful services offered by those leading the way:
Reimbursement for pet adoption fees (we all know our furry friends improve our mental health!).
Monthly well-being reimbursement.
Mental health baseline as a part of the company’s main KPIs.
Virtual after-school club for kids.
On-site spaces to disconnect, like a library, gym, or nap room.
Free membership to the Headspace or Calm meditation apps.
Vacation bonus to take special trips.
Support programs and consultations with experts for parents raising children with learning or behavior challenges.
Internal cohort of employees trained in active listening, that other employees can connect with for compassion and no judgment.
Paid sabbaticals after a certain amount of time with a company.
Week off for rest between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Organizations are seeing the positive impact of comprehensive mental health benefits — top talent, strong culture, increased productivity, deeper connections, and healthier and happier employees. Mental health benefits are not a trend — these services will continue to be a key strategy to attracting and retaining top notch employees.
This Mental Health Awareness Month, we encourage our colleagues, customers, partners, and friends to take advantage of the offerings available to you, and never apologize for prioritizing your mental health. Together we can speak up, push for improved mental health benefits, and champion programs that make a difference.
What mental health benefits do you find most useful, and what else should companies consider adding to their lineup? Leave a comment!
Mental health resources:
CDC Mental Health Resources (U.S.)
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Recently, we introduced role-based learning and connection through the launch of Personas —collective content hubs and dedicated forums, curated with your unique needs in mind. We are excited to introduce two new content hubs with additional opportunities to learn, connect, and problem-solve with your peers:
Center of Excellence (CoE) Leader As a CoE Leader, you play a critical role in driving transformation and acting as a visionary leader. This hub was developed by Certified Master Anaplanner CoE Leaders as a place to:
Join a private forum with other CoE Leaders to collaborate and network.
Discover fundamental resources to help lead your CoE.
Learn how to foster a culture of cross-functional collaboration, plus find best practices on governance and structure.
See how to create a healthy talent and technical roadmap.
Find career opportunities and see the various paths for CoE leaders and your CoE members.
Certified Master Anaplanner You wear many hats and drive immense impact to the Anaplan Ecosystem through the various ways you share and give back through your engagements as a thought leader, Connected Planning evangelist, or technical expert. Certified Master Anaplanners created this hub to help you:
Get the tools and information you need to aid you in your journey as a Certified Master Anaplanner.
Receive key communications from the Certified Master Anaplanner Program Manager.
Find available contribution activities and ways to engage with the program.
Check out spotlight stories from other Master Anaplanners in the community, and see how they have shaped their careers through Anaplan and the Certified Master Anaplanner program.
Participate in the forum to connect with other Certified Master Anaplanners.
Please note: this hub is open to only Certified Master Anaplanners. If you have questions about your access, please email email@example.com.
The launch of the newest content hubs helps round out our user-focused resources, while we continue to evaluate and expand valuable resources to help you in your day-to-day responsibilities.
Developer hub supports the goal of making API and integrations simpler and quicker.
UX Designer hub addresses the need to enable end users with actionable data visualizations.
Model Contributor hub sets the foundation for success for foundational model builders.
We encourage you to join the dedicated Group forum discussion and subscribe to receive the latest section updates. Select the Persona that aligns most closely with your work, or select all that apply to you and your role.
What additional resources would you like to see in the Community? Leave a comment!
Introducing persona-based resources to support your individual Anaplan experience
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One of the most powerful elements of Community is connecting and learning from peers — discovering what tools they find valuable. Today we highlight recent resources that have garnered positive feedback and comments among the Community. If you missed these posts the first time around, check out the feedback and how it can help in your work within the Anaplan ecosystem.
[Blog] Getting your users engaged by giving them… laptop stickers? Certified Master Anaplanner @lis.degeus shares a creative idea on how she got her team of end users trained in basic functions and excited about Anaplan in the process.
"What a great way to engage your end users. I love the logical simplicity of what you did to engage your end users. Thank you for sharing."
"This is really cool Lis! Simple and impactful."
[How To] Using saved text strings to speed up blueprint configuration
As a model builder, you often have to define line item formats over and over. These tips will help with using saved text strings to speed up the configuration of modules.
"Thanks for this article. Useful stuff. We have multiple clients with different number format requirements and it's always a pain to set up each individually even with copy-paste."
"Love this feature! This is the one I use every day. It saves many clicks=time."
[Best Practice] Data Integration Decision App
A common question that arises during Anaplan implementations (or even after go-live) is "How can I automate data feeds into and out of Anaplan?" We built this app to make getting started on your Anaplan data integration journey simple with a quick questionnaire and helpful information and links.
"This is really cool, thank you for sharing!"
"This is great. Thank you for setting this up!"
[Event] Recording of the UX Designer hub experience
Watch the recording for a discussion around the UX Designer hub, including transitioning from classic to UX, management reporting, dashboarding and more.
"I found the event really useful. I thought the two speakers were great and provided a lot of insight. I thought the format of a simple open-forum discussion was great. Looking forward to more in the future!"
"[This] was indeed helpful, especially for us beginners, those who haven't been fully deployed in projects (independently). Events like this help us cope with the trends, changes, and updates in Anaplan, specifically in UX designing! Thank you so much!"
[Blog] Pro tips: Troubleshooting calculations
Our Operational Excellence Group sat down with a few top Certified Master Anaplanners to learn their specific pro tips when it comes to troubleshooting calculations.
"Love the tip about breaking down the formula into separate calculations, this can make the error tracing much more digestible than trying to find the mistake in multiple rows of text. The open model analysis is also wildly helpful, you don't often realize the impact that one sub-optimal formula can have on overall model performance."
"Can't recommend more highly getting a Model Open Analysis done. Often, we can see where things are likely to be an issue, but a recent one showed where a model was taking a long time to calculate which we didn't think of and that helped to solve the dreaded "model busy" notification!"
What Community resources have you found valuable lately? Leave a comment!
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Meet Brittany Deaton — Actuarial Director at Unum, former Center of Excellence Founder and Leader, and 2019's Certified Master Anaplanner of the Year. We asked Brittany to share her thoughts on becoming a Center of Excellence leader, provide perspective on valuable skills learned, and elaborate on the benefits of having a CoE.
The most valuable skills that I learned along my journey involve collaboration and working with people to bring them along in the vision.
- Brittany Deaton
Tune in to learn about Brittany's career journey and how she brings value to her organization, or check out the complete transcript below.
Have you joined one of our Persona hubs yet? Look for our new Center of Excellence Persona hub, coming soon! Are you a CoE Leader? Join the private CoE Leader forum to network, brainstorm, and learn from other CoE Leaders in the ecosystem!
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Starting an Anaplan Center of Excellence
Introducing persona-based resources to support your individual Anaplan experience
Select Spoiler below to read the complete transcript from this interview.
Interviewer: In 30 seconds, please share with us who you are and what you do.
Brittany: My name is Brittany Deaton and I am currently an actuarial director at Unum. During my tenure at Unum, I have done a variety of different roles. I start off and a voluntary benefits evaluation role before moving over to our Global Financial Planning & Analysis team, where I got first introduced to Anaplan, and more recently I've been involved with a voluntary benefits planning organization where we are responsible for building the annual plan and doing the monthly reporting process, analyzing our results back against plan.
Interviewer: Can you share with us a bit about your Anaplan Journey?
Brittany: I first started with Anaplan when I moved onto the GFP&A team back in around 2017. At that point in time, you know, it was just starting on its Anaplan journey I basically spent the first week or two of my time on the team sitting in a conference room talking about Anaplan and talking about how we were going to implement it and help building user stories.
And then the following year, as we were rolling out our phase two of development and I was shifting more into a leadership role and you're starting to set up the Center of Excellence That was when I was awarded the Master Anaplanner of the Year award. And really that was just tied back into all the work we've been doing.
My involvement with helping push forward the platform throughout the company. I spent the entire next year and into early 2020 leading the Anaplan Center of Excellence team, after we had set it up and we moved through our third year of development and got projects kicked off of the first year. At that point in time, I decided I wanted to make a shift and pivot back into a more traditional actuarial path, and I moved over into the product line planning role that I am in now and mostly use Anaplan as an end user at this point, but definitely try to stay as involved as I can with the ecosystem. A lot of it was an interest
Interviewer: What made you want to be a Center of Excellence leader?
Brittany: A lot of it was a strong desire to be heavily involved with that work. So I made it very known that I wanted to be involved in the strategy and the leadership, the platform and so I was able to take on a lead model builder role. And then as we were looking for what we wanted to do next there were some shifts in the team and it opened up an opportunity for me to step into that role. And I was able to make that statement of what I wanted. And you're able to move and set that up around me.
Interviewer: What is the most valuable skill you learned along your Anaplan journey?
Brittany: I think some of the most valuable skills that I learned along my journey involve collaboration, and working with people to bring them along in the vision. So I was in a position where I was having to challenge people to think about the way things were and how things could be different. Sometimes this was met with a little bit of resistance and I had to learn ways of respecting the expertise of those around me and pushing them and challenging them to think about processes in new ways and we were able to work together to come to a common goal to gain the buy-in. So we all have a better outcome.
Interviewer: What are some of the benefits of having a Center of Excellence in an organization?
Brittany: The first was being able to have that centralized governance structure. I think governance is very important. Personally, I have a lot of desire to have strong governance. Not everybody may have that same excitement around governance, but I do.
And I think it all ties back to being able to manage model risk and make sure that we can provide end users confidence in the tool. I think that organization, having a CoE established can help provide a lot of confidence and results because that CoE, CoE lead can be responsible for establishing the governance, for making sure that there are controls in place that ensure that the data coming in is good and strong, that the calculations that are happening are done so in a consistent and appropriate way.
Interviewer: Are there benefits to having a direct connection with Anaplan as a CoE Leader and if so what are they?
Brittany: So I think one of the benefits that I see with the connections for how having direct connections with the Anaplan business partners and customer success and having that Center of Excellence, leading that point of contact is that you can have one flow of information. So anybody in the organization that's having issues or problems can feed that thru the CEO, you can make sure that any internal knowledge is used first before you have to go external.
We have to connect those partners, but when you do, it can be very helpful to be able to make sure that you're getting the best information, that you're able to influence potentially the direction of the platform to potentially be able to remove obstacles before they even start.
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Today, International Women's Day (IWD), is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The campaign theme this year is #BreakTheBias. The IWD website explains, “Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn't enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.”
What actions can we each take to raise awareness against bias? We asked our employees to share specific ways (big or small) they fight for gender equality in their day-to-day life. Their answers are below, and we would love to hear your answer too in the comments!
Stay tuned this week as we feature two Master Anaplanners and how they are also working to #BreakTheBias.
Sam Jones Chief of Staff, Application Experience
As Chief of Staff for Applications Experience Engineering, I’m faced with the very real challenge of improving the gender balance in Engineering which is traditionally a male-dominated area.
When we are looking for new talent I take it upon myself to constantly challenge hiring managers and recruiters - have they done all they can to ensure a diverse hiring pool? Have they taken risks on candidates that show potential but may need development? Does the interview process work for different diverse groups? Do we have a diverse hiring panel? Can candidates see themselves in their interviewers? I have to be ok with sounding like a broken record (which I’m sure the people around me will tell you I do)!
Retention is arguably even more important than Talent Acquisition – when we look at gender diversity specifically - we must ask ourselves the hard questions: Are we listening to our female employees? Are we connecting with them? Are our female engineers able to see inspiring women in senior engineering and leadership roles? Are they happy at Anaplan? What can we do better? We also have to be comfortable to having the tough conversations when we are unfortunate enough to lose talent - to ensure we learn and improve.
Finally - we need to be data-driven. Constantly scrutinize the metrics - use them to highlight issues to the right people to effect change. We have to surface the numbers regularly and monitor progress to drive much-needed awareness.
I challenge myself to continually champion this every day - now I’m challenging everyone else!!
Fiona Gill VP, Customer Success Americas
Here are a couple of ways, both professionally and personally that I work to break the bias.
Coach mentor women – lift as you rise – is a phrase we used at my previous organization. Mentoring is important to me.
Making sure we have diversity in our leadership. We have recently promoted several leaders in our Customer Success organization and I’m proud that we have made some movement on women in our leadership ranks.
On a personal front, I try to use gender-neutral terms. For example, when I talked in our GTM AKO, I used a basketball reference typically referred to as “man-to-man” defense and recoined it “person-to-person” and gave context to why I do this as a female former basketball player. I do this every day with my sons and when I was coaching them when younger.
My sons play hockey and every time we have a female referee, some comment comes out from the stands on her being female. I often have conversations to reframe the situation to friends/fans as to the respect she deserves as a ref – agnostic of her gender.
Beauram Hur Principal Program Manager, Ecosystem Maturity
There are a few things I’ve started to put into action to raise awareness against biases. First, call out the inequality. I’ve started using my voice to question the current state and evaluate if there are unconscious biases that come into play when making decisions. Second, celebrate each other. Always find opportunities to showcase and recognize other women who are doing incredible work, both big and small. And third, be the change I want in the world. It requires lots of diligent work, time, and hard lessons to drive change. Let’s not give up and continue to make the necessary and fulfilling progress in this journey.
Julie Lucas Customer Success Senior Business Partner
A particular way I have fought for gender equality has been as a single mom. Being a single parent does not mean you are not focused on your career and/or your family. It means that you are focused just as much or more, to show your children strength and bring them security. We love it when our kids are proud of us!
Diana Sekhon Manager, People Operations
As a person in my 40s, the meaning and implementation of gender equality has changed quite a bit. In my HS/college years, having a seat at the table was considered a huge improvement. It’s not enough anymore (and never was, really), and now we continue to fight for true equal access and parity.
I fight for gender equality by my nature – my single mother always impressed on me that no man will ever go through what you do and I never learned at home that male-identified people were considered superior to women. I fight by trying to get back to that place of unique experience, showing that I am just as capable and worthy as any other human being, and educating about the female experience when the opportunity arises.
But the most important thing I do to fight for gender equality is to show my son how important it is that he consider women as equal in every way, to model speaking up when we see anyone being treated as lesser-than, or calling out derogatory language. I’m proud to say that he didn’t learn sexism at home, and that when he learned of it he was appalled that people would behave that way to others. We’ve also talked about how women fight every single day for everything we have, how things are so much better than when I was a young woman, and that it’s part of his job as a good citizen to keep fighting for everyone’s rights. He’ll be 13 this summer, and is already calling out behavior he sees in his friends and asking them to use kinder language. Being the product of his feminist, tender-hearted father and his mother who takes no crap from anyone, he’ll keep the fight up long after my journey is done.
Ruth Laird Software Engineer
I’m passionate about females in IT and so I regularly go into local schools. As well as one-off talks and workshops, I run an after-school coding club at an all-girls school twice a week and at a mixed school once a week where I’m proud to have more girls participating than boys! I’m passionate about it because when I was growing up I was encouraged to follow a more traditional path for a female (not encouraged to go to university, and to do subjects like cooking and sewing). I fought against that and proved that females are just as capable and so I want girls nowadays to grow up without those prejudices and know that they can achieve whatever they want in whatever interests them.
Ro Smith Technical Content Designer
One way bias presents is in the judgments people make based on appearance, and these often affect women more than men. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who's been encouraged by a manager (in a previous company) to wear make-up so as to look 'professional' when there was no such expectation for my male colleagues.
These expectations require extra work from women that men don't have to put in - before the work day starts - and can affect our self-esteem and confidence. Yet women are also criticized for the time they put into their appearance, or for choosing to wear make-up and style their hair. You can't win. And women of color experience extra bias as what's considered professional is often biased towards white cultural expectations.
Part of breaking the bias is challenging our colleagues and ourselves not to make assumptions and to break the ties between gendered expectations and what constitutes professionalism. I was as professional with long blonde hair as I am with blue hair or an undercut. What matters is the work we do and how we interact with our colleagues and customers, not how we measure against biased expectations.
Jamieson Copeland Community Video and Content Producer
As a male presenting person, it is my obligation to both my colleagues and all women to challenge the other male presenting people around me when I see and hear gender bias taking place. That obligation exists not because I have women I care about in my life, but rather because I want women to not only be equal but to feel that they belong in spaces that are historically male-dominated.
Rather than attempting to speak on behalf of women, it's my role to challenge the norms and biases that exist within male communities to inform and educate from within, in hopes to dissolve the biases that exist.
This comes in many forms from, challenging the language, that is used within male circles, challenging the behaviors of men in those circles, and sharing with them why I challenge them in a way that gives them a perspective that they might have seen.
It's also my obligation to society to challenge my own biases and thinking and assess if there are opportunities for me to learn and change the language I use, or behaviors I have to ensure that the spaces I exist in are welcome and inclusive of everyone.
Ginger Anderson Senior Program Manager, Community Content
As a mom of two teen boys, one of my most important jobs is to teach my boys about gender equality and discrimination. Thankfully, they are surrounded by women of all ages that help guide them and point out opportunities for learning and awareness. We regularly talk about equality, how to recognize opportunities to be an ally, and how to best support the women in their lives.
I also work to model gender equality in my day-to-day actions. I try my best to use inclusive language and not associate character traits with gender, make sure my boys and their friends see that there are no gender-specific chores, and point out stereotypes (and positive messaging!) in the media.
It's hard to stand up against microaggressions and biased behavior, but I'm committed to speaking out and raising the next generation who feels empowered to create change.
Holly Rieke Senior Manager, Community Content
I am passionate about changing the bias toward strong, vocal women in the workplace being labeled as aggressive, challenging, or difficult to work with — rather than confident, assertive, and moving the conversation forward. Being authentic should be championed and celebrated, and I'm working on this both personally and professionally to lead by example. I find that it's gotten easier to be authentic during my current mid-life/mid-career stage, and I hope that my example will encourage others to embrace their authenticity even sooner in their personal journey.
More on International Women’s Day:
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We've made contributing content to Community easy by providing a simple workflow experience and convenient writing resources to help you along the way.
There are two areas of opportunity for contributing written content; please submit using the following guidance:
Community blog: Focused on personal or company Anaplan-related success stories, overcoming business challenges with Anaplan, gaining insights, and general Connected Planning thought-leadership.
How To: Provide overall support, knowledge, and guidance to an end result—not applicable to all situations or implementations.
We are glad you're interested in contributing! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Predictions for 2022: How do you see business changing, and what are the top 3 or 5 ways that Anaplan can help support these changes? How are you moving forward as business has evolved since last year? What insights can you share around planning in general, expanding use of Anaplan, and general success stories?
Top Anaplan features: Anaplan is full of valuable features—and always adding new ways to make planning easier. What are the top 3 or 5 features, or recent updates, that you’ve found most valuable and why? How have they simplified your planning process?
Anaplan events: How have you implemented key learnings in your practice? What were the top 3 things you would apply to your business moving forward?
Product features and functionality: Share a success story or key learnings on one of the following (or suggest your own):
Optimizer, Management reporting, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), CloudWorks.
Focus on the UX
Have you tried the Collaboration features? What's the one you cannot live without?
How did you approach your transition to the UX and what would you recommend your peers to do to get started and be successful?
What tips & tricks do you use to get the most out of the UX?
Focus on Security and Administration
Have you tried the new CIM governance? What are your recommendations for your peers?
Which systems have you integrated using SCIM APIs?
How have you designed User Access Management for your Anaplan ecosystem?
Focus on Data Integration
What Data Integration methods are you using? What would be your recommendations to get started on the automation journey?
How are you using CloudWorks to facilitate data flows in your Anaplan ecosystem?
What are creative ways for using Transactional API endpoints?
How are you leveraging Anaplan's API in your day-to-day planning? What are the top 3 recommendations you could give your peers to be successful in automating data flows and processes?
Open to your ideas, too!
Submit an article
Step 1: If you're submitting a blog post, please proceed to step two to submit your article (no prior approval is needed). For 'How To' content, please submit a topic outline first. Before you begin, search the Community to ensure your topic hasn't already been covered. Next, develop an article outline and submit it for review to CommunityContent@Anaplan.com. See the article attachment in the right sidebar for an article outline guide. Our subject matter experts will review your content and provide feedback.
Step 2: After you've received approval on your topic outline, create your article directly in the Blog or How To section of Community.
For a blog article:
For a 'How To' article:
Look for the “Start an article” prompt in the bottom left of the blog section.
Look for the blue “Create an article” button in the top right of the page.
Step 3: Once you’ve created your article, submit it for review.
You can Save a Draft article and continue working on your content until it's finished.
To find your draft blog post:
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At the top right of the page, look for Options, and then My Knowledge Base Contributions.
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Writing great content doesn't have to be complicated. Before you begin, consider the purpose of your content and how the reader will consume and understand your subject matter. Consider the following to help you structure your content:
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Every day we are impressed by the expertise we see in the Anaplan Community — in our forums, groups, and the content you share. This year, we are looking to share a broader range of Anaplan voices in the Community — specifically, articles that focus on personal or company Anaplan-related success stories, how you overcame a challenge, or gained insights through the use of Anaplan, or general Connected Planning thought-leadership. This is a great opportunity for you to show off your accomplishments, critical thinking, and leadership!
Interested in contributing?
Get started today in three easy steps.
Select a topic. Consider your audience — model builders, end users, developers— and share your story.
Create a draft. Get started in a Word document or consider working directly in the blog workflow. Please include your name, a brief 1-2 sentence bio, and your Anaplan experience.
Submit for review. Word documents can be sent to CommunityContent@anaplan.com, or submit a draft for review directly in the blog section of Community by navigating to the bottom of the page, selecting ‘Start an article,’ then select ‘Submit for review.’
We will review your material quickly and get back to you with feedback if needed.
Here are a few great examples of recent blog posts:
Accessibility: 5 tips for building and navigating Anaplan using voice input
Save Space with Snapshots
Adopting and Expanding in a Connected World
Change Management: The Achilles Heel of Progress
Questions? Let us know in the comments.
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@bhill5 Thank you for the clarification. I touched base with The Anaplan Way team, and they explained that since this post was published those links have been decommissioned. Check out this page instead - https://community.anaplan.com/t5/The-Anaplan-Way/ct-p/TAW - at the bottom there is The Anaplan Way Guide and On Demand course. That should cover the same materials.
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Meet Steven Kraplin—UX Designer, Associate Financial Analyst at The MathWorks, and Master Anaplanner. Steven spends his days working to maintain internal systems, which include Oracle, Vertex, Anaplan, and others. He also works on product development, including new projects within those tools, as well as helping users address any existing issues, bugs, questions, and tasks.
We asked Steven to share his thoughts on the Anaplan Community, including how he uses the Community, what value he finds there, and what he has learned.
I primarily work in development and support, and so whenever I need to support an end user, one of my first visits is always the Community to see if somebody else has experienced the same issue or has done a similar enhancement to one of their models.
- Steven Kraplin
Tune in to see how this UX Designer brings value to his role and personal growth by being active in the Community, or check out the transcript below. Have you checked out the UX Designer persona hub? Subscribe for automatic updates and join the conversation in the dedicated Group forum.
If you have a story to share about your Anaplan journey, we would love to connect. Share in the comments below or contact us at CommunityContent@anaplan.com.
UX Designer Persona Hub
Keys to Success as a UX Designer
Introducing persona-based resources to support your individual Anaplan experience
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Interviewer: What are some of the ways that you use the Anaplan Community?
Steven Kraplin: My coworkers and I often review some of the ideas that are posted within Anaplan, make comments. Add our feedback like them to see if they can get pushed forward. We share ideas among ourselves from the Anaplan community. We discuss those and then any time there's new training or new posting about Anaplan, I'm always trying to open those up and see if it's something that I can benefit from.
Interviewer: What is the value of the Anaplan Community to you? Steven: I primarily work in development and support, and so whenever I need to support an end user, one of my first visits is always the community to see if somebody else has experienced the same issue or has done a similar enhancement to one of their models.
Often ask questions related to some of our models if we experience any issues. And I think any posts can be valuable. Users that tend to read those posts will also post with a potentially a similar structure, which can lead to faster development of ideas, especially once you get the idea across to many different users, and that can get grabbed by internal development.
Interviewer: What are some of your thoughts on Persona Hubs? Steven: I primarily worked in incentive comp management and sales, booking planning before, and so hubs that are specific, those types of users and something like the planning process or the compensation process could be very helpful in facilitating and speeding up model and UX design because you're not, you have a reference point to start with. Not just a spreadsheet that you may have worked off of internally five years ago.
Interviewer: Can you share with us some of the ways or things you have learned from the Anaplan Community Steven: I definitely benefited from trainings from levels one through three, obviously, and I've actually gone back and redone those trainings before, I primarily benefit from being able to learn from the community as well as doing my own research specific to our models. A lot of that has to do with going up to Google and finding the finding of somebody else has done something before it because I firmly believe that very little is truly new. And your experiences, you're able to build on others experiences for development. And then the additional training Anaplan has offered recently related to the new UX, the reporting tool. Leveraging APIs, all of those can help grow your experience.
Interviewer: Please share with us some of your strongest accomplishments as an Anaplanner.
Steven: So, something else that I was tasked with was researching whether Anaplan was a good fit for our expense plan. We took a sample of one of our models and then just created a couple of modules that were able to just pull in some of the data. And then using that, we pulled down that data into each of those tools and attempted to essentially replicate what the upper management is used to seeing.
Interviewer: Who are you and what are some of your primary responsibilities in your role? Steven: The primary type of work that I do within my organization is maintaining internal systems, which include Oracle, Vertex, Anaplan and others. I work on product development, including new projects within those tools, as well as helping users address any existing issues, bugs, questions, tasks, etc.
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