Hi,@gvannier! We'll certainly do our best. However, the chat rooms and forums will certainly be open for non-English speakers to interact with each other in their preferred languages as well!
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You’re in your seat, popcorn in hand. The lights go down and soon you’re following the adventures of the larger-than-life characters on the screen. You’re invested. You’re excited. And then…
…one of them makes a decision that is so foolish and utterly unbelievable that it undermines your enjoyment of the movie. “Why would they do THAT?” you ask yourself incredulously. “How could they overlook that part of their strategy? What made them deviate so far from what they’d planned?”
Just as the quality of our plans in our daily lives can mean success or failure for a project, the strategic planning depicted in a story can leave us cheering or booing—or worse, entirely apathetic. As planners, we are perhaps more finely attuned than most moviegoers to the realities and consequences of a plan. Watching characters make unrealistic decisions can inhibit our ability to lose ourselves fully in a story. Likewise, fantastic execution of a plan in a film can be one of the most fulfilling moviegoing experiences an audience can enjoy.
As we continue to explore strategic planning this month, we want to help you avoid the crushing disappointment of watching a poorly-executed movie plan. So…we polled Anaplan employees around the world and compiled a list of movies that showcase good examples of strategic planning.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
“As a supply chain professional, I’m amazed at the logistical challenge that was solved to ensure all the right people were in the right place at the right time to change the tide of the war. It’s not just about moving people; there was so much more than that—all the equipment, food, and water to sustain a force that far from home. And this was in a time with actual paper spreadsheets for planning!” – Obaid Ghani , Director, Global Presales Operations
Ocean’s 11 (2001) / Ocean's 8 (2018)
“When I think of planning in movies, Ocean’s Eleven shows a unique perspective of their heists with narration as it happens. One of my favorite scenes from the entire series is from Oceans 12, the A La Menthe laser dance , where François Toulour (Vincent Cassel) talks about his plan for avoiding roaming laser beams in a museum to prove that he is the best thief in the world.” – Jake Matthews , Customer Care Product Support Manager
“Ocean’s 8 is about planning a successful heist of a necklace that's worth more than $150 million. A great team of specialists was required, each contributing strategic ideas to pull off the biggest heist of their lives!” – Avani Wadiwala , Product Support Analyst
“True story! Instead of going for the classic statistics (batting average, RBIs, fielding errors...) Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane looked deeper (using computer-generated analysis to recruit new players) to find what contributed most to team success.” – Mike Henderson , Senior Business Partner
“Moneyball involves statistical planning—until then unexplored in a sport like baseball. How data analytics helped a weak team win a major tournament.” – Madhav Kottayil , Product Support Analyst
The Martian (2015)
“Watching Mark Watney (Matt Damon) use his scientific knowledge to plan a strategy to survive alone on a deserted planet with limited supplies for hundreds of days—and succeed—is thrilling to watch.” – Aaron Koh , Strategic Support Manager, APAC region
A Few Good Men (1992)
“No matter what, being a lawyer requires thoughtful planning. From investigating the details of the case, locating and interviewing witnesses, to the surprise confession on the stand - planning is paramount.” – Emily Dunn , Community Product Manager
“Inception inverts the usual heist film (taking something) by instead planting an idea (depositing something) into someone’s mind through a dream for the purposes of a larger plan. In order to execute, the characters build and enter imaginary realities that exist in their target’s dreams. In order to ensure success, they must coordinate their strategies to ensure that actions taken across multiple deeper dream levels occur simultaneously.” – Gwen Pryor , Product Operations Analyst
The Princess Bride (1987)
“When Inigo Montoya was 11, Count Rugen killed his father and left Inigo with scars on both cheeks. Inigo became a great swordsman to avenge his father's loss. Despite a few false starts, eventually Inigo, Fezzik, and Westley execute a brilliant plan to storm the castle, whereupon Inigo exacts his revenge on Count Rugen.” – Brad Malis , Solution Architect
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
“The plot involves a very complex revenge plan that takes place over many years. Strategic planning meets long range planning!” – Ryan Kohn , Senior Customer Success Business Partner
Home Alone (1990)
“I think of Home Alone when it comes to strategic planning because a big part of strategic planning is "What If" or "Scenario" planning. Kevin had taken the time to plan for every angle of defense. If only his parents had planned on counting the children before take-off!” – Chris Mullen , Contractor, Anaplan Academy
”She strategized a plan to represent her ailing father and took his place in the army. There, she had to plan how to hide her identity and eventually save her homeland from the invading Huns.” – Xiangxin Tan, Level 3 Support Analyst
And a bonus pick, to represent the films that go out of their way specifically to show plans falling apart:
“Snatch is an example of a comedy of errors from the LACK of planning. How simple screw-ups exacerbate when people go rogue or are not all on the same page.” – Craig Williams , Creative Director
Agree or disagree? We know you have other movies to add, so be sure to leave a comment below with your picks!
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Hi @andrewtye, yes, we're trying to make sure the timing works for as many people as possible. As @Scorina mentioned, it will be 4:00–8:00 pm (16:00–20:00) GMT, with the hope that this will allow those in Europe to attend. Thanks!
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User Groups Live! is coming and you’re invited . Join Anaplanners from around the world on March 21 st for the Anaplan Community’s inaugural international virtual meetup!
User Groups Live! is a half-day, online experience that will boost your Connected Planning knowledge and model building skills. The agenda is packed with presentations from platform experts, tips from Connected Planning thought leaders, new platform feature demos from our product team, and live answers to your questions.
What can I expect?
We’ve designed User Groups Live! to mirror the experience of an offline meetup. You’ll hear from our knowledgeable presenters, have the chance to engage with experts, and chat in real-time with other Anaplanners.
What's on the agenda?
We’ve got something for everyone! Dive into the concepts and strategies surrounding Connected Planning, catch the debut of the new Connected Planning Playbook, and learn about how some of our Master Anaplanners have advanced Connected Planning within their company.
If you’re a model builder, take a peek behind the curtain with Anaplan’s internal experts—the “Anaplan on Anaplan” team—as they unpack the architectural foundations behind all of Anaplan’s internal models and reveal how they implement every new platform feature before anyone else. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to discuss your top model building questions and preview some exciting changes coming soon for the Anaplan platform.
How do I attend?
All you need is an Anaplan Community account and an internet connection capable of playing streaming video from Vimeo—no special software or plug-ins are required.
(To test your access to Vimeo, try streaming our recent AMA video here.)
You’ll also need to register in advance; the event space and livestream will only be accessible to those who have registered. Visit the User Groups Live! registration page to reserve your spot today!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll share news and updates, including an agenda, presenter details, and even opportunities for local meetup events where you can stream User Groups Live! alongside other attendees. (Psst...if you’ve already registered, you’ll be the first to see these updates as we post them ahead of time in the User Groups Live! discussion board.)
If you can’t tell, we’re thrilled about this opportunity to bring Anaplanners together from around the world. We hope you’ll join us on March 21 st for User Groups Live! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or reach out to email@example.com .
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We know introduction threads can get a little awkward, so here are a few questions to help you get started:
How did you find the Anaplan community?
What specifically are you working on at the moment? How can your fellow Community members assist you?
What goals do you have for your participation in this group?
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Hello, everyone! Glad to hear the event was a success last night!
I'd like to invite everyone to join the brand new User Group space dedicated to the London Modelers Forum.
Check it out (and join) here: https://community.anaplan.com/t5/London-Modelers-Forum/gp-p/LondonModelerForum
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Thank you @Manuela_Apostol and @usman.zia! It doesn't sound like we have plans to release platform stats in the same way, but we'll certainly continue to watch for opportunities to publish something like that.
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2018 was an exciting year for the Anaplan Community. We launched new programs and features, experienced record growth, and began to expand our focus from providing content solely related to supporting the Anaplan platform to becoming a destination for Connected Planning content.
You—our members—have taken this journey with us. As we prepare for a new year of growth and change, we want to celebrate the achievements of the past year—things that you have requested, contributed, and made possible through your active engagement in the Community!
Let’s start with some high-level numbers:
Those last two statistics are very exciting: growth in 2018 was nearly equivalent to the previous five years combined!
Top New Community Features
Our members have a voice, and the Community team remains committed to responding to your feedback with continual improvements! We rolled out a number of big changes to the Community in 2018, all focused on superior usability and top-shelf content.
Idea Exchange . The new place to share (and vote on!) all your thoughts regarding enhancements to the Anaplan platform, website, or Community.
Ask Me Anything . A recurring Q&A offering direct access to some of our top experts.
Community Blog . Relaunched in August with new content focused on Connected Planning, Community News, and Anaplan.
Consolidated Forums and Knowledge Bases . It is now easier than ever to locate needed content and participate in conversations relevant to you.
Updated Community experience. Based on your input, we upgraded our search function, improved navigation, and redesigned the layout of every page in the Community to give you the smoothest possible site experience!
“The Community update looks amazing. Go team!”
– Anonymous survey response
Since we launched the Idea Exchange in August, Community members have been actively suggesting upgrades, improvements, and changes to all kinds of things—and voting on their favorites. After checking out the top-ranked ideas (by number of votes) below, be sure to visit the Idea Exchange to let your voice be heard!
Add Syntax Highlighting , submitted by @jeremy.paulmaz
Alert Model Builders of Incorrect Formulas/References Prior to Testing , submitted by @Ksimek
Add conditional formatting on multiple line items at once , submitted by @Manuela_Apostol
‘Freeze Panes’ Functionality When Scrolling in a Module within a Dashboard , submitted by @pbenz
Configure Default Number format for an Anaplan Model , submitted by @Dlambert09
Ideas aren’t the only thing Community members are contributing. You’ve been helping each other out all year in the Forums. Below are the most active forums of the year. The top three spots consist of sections where model builders share tips and tricks and collaborate to solve modeling problems; the other two are from our Academy area, where model builders in training help each other through challenging sections of their coursework.
201: Intermediate Model Building
102: Introduction to Model Building
*Note: As of October, the Modeling and Calculation Functions forums have been consolidated into our Best Practices forum , but can still be accessed through the filters on the right side of the Forums page. Similarly, the forums for the 102 and 201 courses are now located within the consolidated Academy Courses and Training forums.
“It was great to network with fellow Anaplanners and members of the Anaplan team. I think you can gain more from seeing how others are using the system.”
– User Group attendee
Most Active User Groups
In addition to conversing in our forums, you’ve been interacting in our User Groups —both online and in-person. We added six new online groups, and we watched group engagement grow throughout the year. Here are the most active groups:
Boston / Atlanta (tie!)
Our User Group Leaders hosted 30 unique offline meetups in 2018. Our five best-attended meetup locations were:
Most Active Members
While it takes everyone working together to be a true Community, some individuals go the extra mile. Here are our most active (non-employee) members:
Most Popular Blog Posts
The re-launch of the Community Blog provided a new avenue for creating lots of fun and informative new content. In case you missed them, here are the five posts Community members viewed the most during 2018:
Community Roundtable: State of Connected Planning, Part 1
2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Planners
5 Things to Know about the Master Anaplanner Program
’Twas the Night Before Planning
Community Costume Contest
We’ve said it before, but we have an awesome Community full of terrific members. Thank you for a great year, and here’s to an even greater one in 2019!
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Hello @hidetoshifujimo! Our User Groups may be just what you're looking for. They are smaller, region-based communities of customers and employees who meet regularly online, as well as periodically in-person throughout the year to share best practices, success stories, and other helpful information. Visit the User Groups page to get started (the link to our Tokyo group is below), and email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information anytime!
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'Twas the week before Christmas, and at the North Pole The elves were a-stirring; they’d lost all control. The workshop was messy with toys everywhere, Unwrapped and unfinished and in disrepair.
The problem was Christmas had grown every year ‘Til planning was now their primary fear. Twelve months to prepare was no longer enough For the billions on Earth—they just couldn’t keep up.
The door to the shop flew wide with a clatter, As Santa arrived and saw what was the matter. He took in the mess with a glance ‘round the shop Then sadly sat down on a chair with a plop.
“I’ve known this was coming for a good while now,” He said, “But I’d hoped to delay it somehow. My process is ancient; my systems are junk. I need a solution that scales, or I’m sunk!”
At that moment far south in a town by the bay, A planning alert caused the team to say, “Hey! We’re needed right now! Deploy Anaplan quick!” So they modeled and D.I.S.C.O.’d all night for St. Nick.
"Now, Data! Now, Modules! Line Items and Reference! On, Filters! On, Dashboards! On, Graphs and Performance! Make sure it’s optimized! This model can’t fall! So test away! Test away! Test away all!"
Joined in the cloud, they modeled as one Overcoming all obstacles, they got stuff done! Once they’d ensured it was ready to go, They emailed ol’ Santa and they let him know.
“Dear Sir,” it said, “We heard of your need And prepped a response with remarkable speed! Legacy tools just aren’t meant to expand To meet global supply chain and workforce demands.”
“Connecting your plans, your data, and teams Will streamline your workflow and fulfill all your dreams. Use this model to fix things, as quick as a wink. To get started now, just click this here link.”
His eyes—how they crinkled as he read the letter. He wondered, “Could this tool really be so much better?” His droll little mouth was tight-lipped with his doubt, While he thought through his options and outlined his route.
Then he said, “Well, why not?” as he loaded the site, “No more time to waste! I’m too near Christmas night!” He loaded his workspace after logging right in. When he saw what was there, he broke into a grin!
A solution so simple, so ready to help That he laughed when he saw it in spite of himself. A multi-dimensional cure for his woes That will adjust and respond as his enterprise grows.
He followed instructions and took good advice By making his Lists and checking them twice. With Rolling Forecasts, Filters, Versions, and Roles, Kris Kringle was back to meeting his goals!
On the night before Christmas, the elves met near the sleigh To toast the success of the Anaplan Way. As Santa, with full inventory, took flight: “Connected Planning for all! And to all a good night!”
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Today is the annual Thanksgiving holiday in the US—a time to intentionally reflect on and express gratitude for all the good in our lives. Many people spend the holiday surrounded by family and friends. Today, whether you're at home or the office, we at the Anaplan Community want to express gratitude to you and all of our amazing members. Thanks for contributing such great suggestions, best practices, and advice, and being available to help each other every day.
Our members aren't shy about expressing thanks either. Here are some of our favorite recent examples of Community assistance and gratitude in action.
Using a date range in a SUM "That has helped a huge amount. Thank you so much to you all. Onward and Upward." — @DeveloperCYT
Ability to insert "white space" rows in modules/dashboards "I've been looking for that blank text character for months! I used it at my last company but couldn't find it again after I switched companies a few months ago. Thank you for providing it!!" — @DavidEdKeurig2
Imports and exports and their effects on model performance "In a recent case, thanks to these recommendations we have reduced the processing time by 50%." — @julien_froment
Re: Managing expenses as positive, reporting as negative "Thanks for this! I've used it in our internal system and it works great. This makes creating plan vs. actual reporting much easier as well." — @michael_svolos
How to showing the data and total amount as per user setting? "Thank you very much for your advice, it worked. Never thought that the 'show ?' could also be used as a filter." — @Surya.Arif
Re: Anaplan generated Certificates to expire Dec 10, 2018 "Thanks for keeping us updated on the latest developments. This very helpful for all of the clients we're supporting." — @matt.brady
Importing users in deployed mode "Thank you for step by step information. Really appreciated!!" — @bhushan
Time Summary: MoM, QoQ, and YoY on the same line item "This works flawlessly. Thank you very much!" — @patcharavtk
Set up filter to select levels of hierarchy to show "Thank you for giving me an accurate answer! I will deliver this to our customers." — @daiju.muto
Do not perform file extension check when adding image url in dashboard "Thanks for the tip, that way it works perfectly with all providers!" — @g.ganivet
What are you thankful for? Whether related to Anaplan or anything else at all, we would love to hear about it! Share in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving!
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The holidays: that magical time of year when even non-planners start making lists and coordinating schedules. In an attempt to do our part to make some of that easier, we've compiled our 2018 list of the 15 best gifts for planners of all kinds (in no particular order). From fun to functional, informative to instructional, we've tried to ensure that there's something for everyone.
So...whether you're looking for items to add to your own wish list or need help finding just the right thing for someone who always seems to be one step ahead, read on—and happy holidays!
Plan for the unexpected! Recently improved, the new Wallet Ninja boasts 20 different tools, including screwdrivers, wrenches, bottle and can openers, rulers, mirror, letter opener, and even a cell phone stand! It's made of durable heat-treated steel, weighs less than an ounce, is the size of a credit card, and even meets TSA requirements for air travel. It also comes in either black or pink.
Bucket List Adventure Journal
Don't just dream about "someday;" create a plan and track your progress toward those life achievements before you kick the...well, you know. This handmade 6" x 9" journal from Woodchuck USA has a genuine wood cover and pages that let you list your goals and the steps toward achieving them as well as providing the space to document them when they happen. Bonus: for each item purchased, Woodchuck plants a tree elsewhere in the world—which is planning we can get behind!
Subscription to Blinkist
The number of books with ideas that change our lives, businesses, and culture—and affect our plans—is only increasing. Blinkist can help you stay on top of it all. They consolidate the main ideas from bestselling nonfiction books into text and audio that you can easily absorb during a single commute. Jumpstart your personal growth with their library of over 2,500 titles (more added each month) in areas like Communication Skills, Management and Leadership, History, and Psychology.
Satechi Travel Router
We've all felt that helpless feeling of dwindling productivity while trying to work on bad hotel wifi. This neat gadget will either boost an existing wifi signal or create a hotspot out of a wired ethernet connection. It's also an international power adapter and USB charger.
Subscription to a Meal Prep Service
If you've listened to a podcast or two, you're probably already aware of these subscription services. Some (Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, etc.) send you full meal kits, complete with ingredients ready to go; others (like Prep Dish) plan your menu and provide a grocery list and preparation instructions. There are a myriad options for every dietary preference or need, every level of kitchen experience, and every budget. Whether all the time or just during a busy season, letting someone else handle your meal planning can free up bandwidth to let you focus elsewhere.
"Planners Gonna Plan" T-shirt
You've already got next week—next year!—figured out, and you don't care who knows it. Soft, comfortable, and available in lots of colors. What's not to like?
Machine Learning for Dummies
Learn what you need to know about the future of technology and trends that are already influencing plans and planning tools. If you're already feeling behind the curve with terms like "artificial intelligence," "machine learning," and "predictive analytics," get started with this or any number of other great resources.
While most tabletop games rely fairly heavily on chance, Concordia lets you flex your planning muscles by allowing you to map out your upcoming moves several turns in advance. Set your goals, enact your plans, and try to outpace your opponents in this game of trade and economic expansion that's easy to learn and fast to play. Multiple expansion packs are also available.
Rigid plans break easily, so being able to adapt with flexibility, grace, and speed are key. The skills taught in improv are widely applicable in business and other areas of life and you don't need to have a theater background or feel like an actor to learn them. Most local communities have theaters or programs that teach introductory classes, and they're worth seeking out!
Lego Architect Studio
Urban planners, this one's for you: learn architecture design basics using the world's favorite toy. This kit isn't cheap, but it includes more than 1,200 pieces and a 272-page guidebook written by leading architects, and it's been endorsed by multiple leading architecture firms.
Subscription to Zapier
Zapier is a service that creates automated workflows between tasks you perform within other apps and services daily, allowing you to quickly build processes that improve efficiency. Want Gmail attachments to automatically download into Dropbox and then notify you via Slack that it's done? No problem! At the time of writing, Zapier connects with more than 1,000 apps and services. While it's free, their premium plan allows for longer workflows and priority support.
The Bullet Journal Method
Get up to speed on (or go deeper with!) one of today's most popular mainstream techniques for planning and organizing life's details. Written by Ryder Carroll, the creator of the original Bullet Journaling system, this book unpacks more of his vision for "intentional living" by eliminating distractions and focusing on what's most important and meaningful to your life and work.
Short-term Personal Assistant
For those times when you (or someone you know, technically, but we all know who this is for) just don't have enough hands or time, it's now possible to hire a personal assistant for a day–or even just a few hours. In today's gig economy, many staffing agencies now offer the option to hire assistants on a (very) short-term basis so you can get help with an event, catch up on emails, or organize a big project.
Smart Home Devices
Alexa, Siri, and Google are now household names, and their capacity to assist is growing all the time with a number of innovative new interfaces. Whether you're just planning your schedule and grocery list, or automating the rhythms of your home by connecting your thermostat, lights, and other appliances, these smart devices place the voice-activated home of the future squarely into the realm of the possible present.
What would a gift guide for planners be without, you know, an actual annual planner on it? There are so many different styles to choose from, but this is one of our favorites. Its portable size, lay-flat binding, ideal paper weight, variety of covers, and stylish Japanese touches make this an elegant and thoughtful gift that, for an item that's in such constant use, should be more than merely "functional."
Did we miss your favorite gift idea? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclosure: None of the companies, products, or services paid for placement on this list in any way.
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The Anaplan Community exists to connect individuals to each other and to provide access to the knowledge, experts, and resources they need for the Anaplan platform and all things related to connected planning.
One of the key ways we do this is through our User Group Meetups and their accompanying virtual spaces.
Meetups are the backbone of Anaplan's User Groups. These in-person events occur periodically throughout the year, hosted by customers in cities around the world. Each meetup provides the opportunity for deep-dive discussions, customer stories, Q&As, and social happy hours with other Anaplanners. Attendees can also expect to see demos of new platform features or exclusive peeks at the future of Anaplan during a roadmap presentation.
Some of our User Group Leaders (usually members of Anaplan's Customer Success team) have shared their tips for first-time attendees. Eliot Offutt, who leads our Chicago group, said, "Feel free to bring your Anaplan successes and challenges to the group! You will find real-world insights and ideas from other customers in your area to help address challenges and they will love to hear about your success."
Ryan Kohn (Toronto) added, "Don’t just talk to the people from your organization! One of the best parts about these events is the ability to meet other Anaplanners and learn about what they are doing on the Anaplan platform."
"User Group Meetups are a safe place to ask questions, share opinions, learn, and network," says Jonathan Etkin (New York). "They are not sales events; they exist to increase customer-to-customer communication, as well as customer-to-Anaplan communication. Participate! More dialogue leads to a superior Anaplan platform for all."
Among respondents to our post-event surveys, nearly 96% of past meetup attendees say they found the events useful and 98% plan to attend the next event! Anaplan customers have hosted more than 30 of these meetups in 2018, and we plan to double that number in 2019.
Virtual User Group Spaces
Be sure to continue the conversation before and after a meetup in one of the virtual User Group spaces on the Anaplan Community. We currently offer 24 different region-based discussion boards, and the list is growing; we've added eight new groups in 2018 and more are on the way. Each provides a dedicated forum for members to network, share resources, and interact about their planning challenges and victories.
Texas User Group Leader Vicky Ascencio shared about the kind of support she sees occurring in these spaces: "Don't be afraid to come with questions or want to talk something through with fellow Anaplanners. People love to help and hear what others are doing." These spaces are the perfect spots to ask your fellow Anaplanners for advice or even arrange an offline coffee chat to network or talk shop.
Dora Varhaniovschi (Benelux) emphasizes that User Groups are "for users by users. It’s a platform for them to bring forward content that they feel needs attention. It can be anything from a project they’ve completed and feel very proud of or something they are stuck at and would like tips and tricks from outside.”
Now is an exciting time to be a part of a User Group. If you haven't yet joined one, it's easy to do so. Just visit our User Groups page, click on the one nearest you, and click Join the group. Use the Start a topic button to introduce yourself and initiate a conversation with other group members. If you don't see a group that's located conveniently close to you, use our form to request a new group in your region so we can work to establish one.
As with most things, what you get out of a User Group depends a lot on what you put into it. Bhavik Vashi, leader of multiple User Groups in the Asia Pacific region, says, "Joining a User Group, and ensuring you get the most out of it, is all about intent and engagement. If you are very clear with your peers about what you’re looking to get out of the Community and you can commit a certain (realistic) level of participation and contribution to the group, there is a high chance that you will love being a part of a User Group and derive a ton of value from it!"
Be sure to check our list of upcoming meetups and make plans to attend if there's one happening near you. If you would like more information or have any questions about User Groups, please leave a comment below or email email@example.com.
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural Community Costume Contest. We had some very creative entries!
After evaluating all of the submissions, we are pleased to announce the winners. The Community team scored each entry on an objective points system based on creativity, quality, and execution of the "planning" theme—and the results were very close!
Without any further ado, the top three winners are:
First Place: Carmen Plandiego - mark_godfrey
Second Place: Connected Planning Super Hero (complete with cloud cape) - noelle_murphy
Third Place: Rosie the Pivoter - ylqiu
Congratulations to our winners! Who is your favorite? Be sure to let them know by giving them kudos on the contest entries page.
We hope to see you again next year. Happy Halloween!
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Anaplan's Hub Comes to You APAC conference wrapped up in Singapore last week.
More than 500 Anaplan employees, partners, customers, and Connected Planning enthusiasts gathered together to exchange tips and tricks, see the Anaplan platform in action, and catch a glimpse of the future of Connected Planning.
There was a lot of energy at the event, especially during presentations from Anaplan leadership. Christophe Bodin (Chief Customer Officer) illuminated the need for Connected Planning and its impact on businesses now and in years to come, and Steven Birdsall (Chief Revenue Officer) hosted a special panel where Anaplan customers from around the region shared inspiring stories of how Anaplan has changed the course of their businesses.
Following an impressive platform demonstration, Anaplan's Senior Vice President of Product, Sampath Gomatam, offered an exciting look at Anaplan's product roadmap and how Connected Planning could transform decision-making across industries in the near future.
The morning session wrapped up with Anaplan leadership presenting awards to the winners of this year's Connected Supply Chain Hackathon. Students from Singapore Management University competed (with a 48-hour time limit!) to develop innovative solutions for challenges that confront businesses today. The Hackathon helped highlight the work of the University Connect program to equip and empower students to leverage Anaplan in their studies and prepare them for these sorts of real-world applications.
Throughout the afternoon attendees were able to choose from among fifteen seminars, offered around topics such as Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, and Platform, led by industry experts and thought leaders from all over the Asia Pacific region. The day concluded with a networking reception and the global debut of Anaplan's State of Connected Planning study, a landmark survey of over 1,000 businesses worldwide that offers an unprecedented look at the planning trends impacting the industry today.
The message of this conference was clear: the application of Connected Planning principles is transforming businesses throughout APAC, opportunities for success are plentiful, and the future is promising!
We hope you'll join us for our annual flagship event, the Anaplan Connected Planning Xperience, coming to San Francisco June 10-12, 2019.
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The inaugural Community Costume Contest is almost over, and your chance to win some great Anaplan gear is slipping away!
We're looking for your best, most clever, most off-the-wall interpretations of all things "planning" for this one, so fire up the puns, pop culture references, and imaginative inventions.
Need some ideas? Here are a few we came up with:
Plando Calrissian or Plan Solo
Spider-plan, Batplan, Superplan, and any number of other planning heroes
A "Model" citizen
Your favorite calc function (AGENTS, ISANCESTOR, or PARENT would be good places to start)
An aspect or feature of the the Anaplan platform (dashboard, model, or data hub)
Show us how you D.I.S.C.O. with an Anaplan leisure suit!
The Community team will be evaluating entries based on creativity, execution of theme, and quality. You must submit your entries by Wednesday, October 31 (at 11:59 am CDT), and we'll announce winners in a blog post later that day.
Remember, there are some nice Anaplan prizes at stake. First place wins a hoodie, second place wins a t-shirt, and the top three entries also receive Anaplan water bottles.
We're excited to see what you come up with. Have fun!
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Think back to the last time you encountered a technical challenge. Even if the solution you ultimately found was a simple one, the frustration you experienced in the moment was very real, as was the relief upon finding the answer to the problem.
That's why there's almost no better feeling than when someone understands what you're going through and can offer a quick fix that works.
In today's edition of "Community Says," we get to spotlight an example of this very thing. Community user RalfdeGier recently posted a question in the Modeling forums that seems to have been causing some headache. His request concerned end users accidentally changing the labels on dashboard items and what could be done about it.
Community user AntonMineev was able to provide a quick solution using Anaplan's roles and permissions systems and a link to Anapedia (our product documentation site), prompting a short but quotable response from RalfdeGier:
I didn't know that the answer was that simple!
We love this kind of interaction; providing simple answers to challenging problems is a win for everyone. Plus, it reinforces that even complex things can be simplified—one of the core ideas that led to the creation of Anaplan.
Be sure to check out our forums to see what other conversations are happening and get involved. Post your questions, provide solutions for others, or both! Our All Forums page is a great place to get started.
Whenever you come across something in the Community that was helpful to you (or that you feel would be helpful to others), be sure to add the Community Says tag to the post. We might feature it in a future edition of the "Community Says" series!
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Calling all cosplayers, Halloween enthusiasts, crafters, tailors, and thrift store shoppers! We're announcing our inaugural Community Costume Contest.
Between now and October 31, submit your best planning-themed costumes for a chance to win some Anaplan swag. Take on the identity of the planning hero you were born to be, display your most creative model builder uniform, or personify your favorite planning tool or aspect of the Anaplan platform (like University Connect Program Manager Noelle Murphy's Hyperblock costume from last Halloween).
You could even try something really monstrous—show us what a formula syntax error or a failed import would look like if it leaped off the screen!
Submit your photo using the form on this page (be sure you're logged in to your Community account; you can quickly create a free account here if you don't yet have one)—and if you need inspiration, browse through the gallery of other entries.
The Community team will review the submissions and evaluate them based on creativity, execution of theme, and quality. We will announce winners in a blog post on November 1.
The top three entrants will receive prizes as follows:
First place: Anaplan hoodie and water bottle
Second place: Anaplan t-shirt and water bottle
Third place: Anaplan water bottle
Winners will be notified by email using the email address listed in their Community accounts and will be asked for their shirt preferences.
Please see below for complete contest rules and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Good luck!
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Each edition of Community Says spotlights a recent comment shared by a member of the Anaplan Community that was particularly helpful or beneficial to the greater Community as a whole.
Today we're revisiting our recent Ask Me Anything session with partner and Master Anaplanner Chris Weiss. If you didn't participate or have a chance to read through Chris' responses yet, we highly recommend doing so. He offered so many insights on a variety of different topics that it was very difficult for us to pick just one quote!
Having said that, we finally settled on giving special mention to Chris' views on the benefits of being a Master Anaplanner:
"Once I identified a passion for working with Anaplan and aligning my career on this path, it was challenging at first to get the support I needed to not get pulled in other directions. Becoming a Master Anaplanner really helped to align my company’s priorities for how I spend my time with my personal desired career path."
The Master Anaplanner program is our certification for top model builders who wish to advance their careers and continue to build their brand within the Connected Planning industry. Now is a great time to learn more about it and plan to get involved. As Chris says:
"The real value I’ve gotten from it is being around some of the smartest people and being involved in the high-level leadership and decision-making that somebody at my level usually wouldn't be involved in. So I’ve been able to learn a ton about being part of building a business that I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to, which has really helped me grow as a professional."
The value isn't just to the individual but also what they can bring to their employer and customers.
"I truly believe in the power of this business-owned platform, so what better way to have expertise in house than to have some Master Anaplanners around!"
To learn more about the program and how you can participate, head over to our Master Anaplanners FAQ page in the Community, or reach out to MasterAnaplanners@anaplan.com and request to be notified of upcoming program enhancements and other announcements.
Mark your calendar for the week of October 10 for our next Ask Me Anything session. We'll be talking to Anaplan's Chief Architect, Duncan Pearson. Get your questions ready!
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It's trivia time! Here's your chance to see how much you know about Anaplan—or at least learn a bit more about Anaplan's history and culture.
Tackle these 10 questions and see how well you do. If you get stumped, try searching for answers (hint: the Anaplan.com filter option may help you here!).
And if you like testing your knowledge with interactive quizzes, check out all the free courses available in the Anaplan Academy. From model-building basics to deep dives into Anaplan functions and add-ons, you'll be sure to find learning opportunities for your level of need and ability.
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The Community Roundup is here to help you stay on top of what's new and interesting in the Anaplan Community. Today we're presenting some new additions to the Anaplan platform and the Community, as well as sharing some exciting opportunities to connect with other Community members.
It's easy to let your voice be heard when you have a way to make things better.
If you've ever had an idea for an Anaplan improvement or enhancement, but you haven't been sure of how to request it...wonder no more! Last week, we launched our Idea Exchange, and our members are already submitting suggestions! You'll find the interface for browsing, filtering, and rating ideas is simple, and sharing your own is a snap! You'll always be able to see the status of your idea–whether other users are voting for it, or it's been accepted into our development roadmap, or even if it's already been delivered. Check out our recent blog post, Introducing the Idea Exchange, then log in and share your ideas!
Have you subscribed to our Platform Releases blog? It's the best place to learn about what's new and upcoming with the Anaplan platform.
Recently, two new tools have been released to improve your platform experience.
The brand new Excel Add-in (version 3.0) is here, with improvements to performance, infrastructure, flexibility, and design. Also now in general availability is the Anaplan v2 Connector for MuleSoft, which includes a long list of new and updated features that you can read about here.
Both of these updated tools offer increased security and performance for integrating and accessing your Anaplan data with other resources you use every day. Be sure to check them out and explore our Data Integration area in the Community to learn more.
Upcoming User Group Meetups
User Group Meetups are currently scheduled for both Houston and Dallas, Texas; France; and the Netherlands–with full details coming soon!
Anaplan User Groups offer opportunities to connect with and learn from other Anaplan users throughout the regions where you live and work. In addition to providing virtual spaces for interaction, many of our User Groups host in-person meetups throughout the year. These events provide a variety of ways to enhance your Anaplan experience, including customer stories, product roadmap discussions, Q&A sessions, and the chance to network with peers.
If you're not in one of these regions, keep an eye on the Upcoming Meetups tab of the User Groups page; we have more meetups being planned through the rest of the year. And if you would be interested in hosting a meetup, please let us know!
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Community Says is an ongoing series spotlighting some of the insights, advice, and information posted by our Community members.
This week, we're featuring Community member and Anaplan partner Kevin Jacokes of Impetus Consulting Group, who recently helped a fellow Community member to troubleshoot an issue with importing data into Anaplan. Over the course of several forum posts, Kevin evaluated the other member's situation and ultimately helped solve the issue by taking him back to the beginning of his process and trying each step again, gradually eliminating potential sources of error.
You can read the full exchange in the discussion thread, but the quote we want to highlight is:
The next step I take in these instances is to re-create the import from scratch... Re-map everything
There are three important takeaways from this:
It is often necessary to go back to basics to solve a problem, especially when we've gotten so close to it that even a simple solution is hard to see. A second set of eyes can be just what we need to help us recognize that, so never be afraid to ask for help! The Anaplan Community is full of people ready to assist.
Notice how quick Kevin was to jump in and help. According to our behind-the-scenes stats, only 48 minutes elapsed between the initial post and Kevin's first reply. Plus, he also made sure to see the situation through to the end—even offering to jump on a phone call. True Community in action!
The original post author marked Kevin's response as an accepted solution, publicly indicating that it solved his problem. Accepted solutions appear with a checkmark in Community forums and search results, offering easy visibility to answers. This is a great way to communicate gratitude to helpful Community members and assist future users who may experience similar issues. Be sure to use this feature any time a Community member successfully answers one of your posts!
If you come across something in the Community that you find to be particularly insightful, add the Community Says tag to the post. We might feature it in a future edition of Community Says!
And we encourage you to participate in this or any of the discussions happening every day on the Community; your knowledge and experience might just hold the answer to someone else's dilemma.
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The Community Roundup is your source for all the latest developments in the Anaplan Community. Today we're spotlighting recent upgrades to the Community experience, additions to one of our marquee programs, and an exciting upcoming opportunity with one of our Anaplan Partners.
The Community's New Look
If you've been a Community member for more than a couple of weeks, you've probably noticed that we've redecorated with new colors and an updated layout. While the biggest changes are visible on the Community homepage, you should see these changes throughout the rest of the Community, too. Here are some highlights:
Navigation: Based on your feedback, we've improved the Community site navigation, retiring the former left-side menu in favor of one at the top of the page. Between this and our global search, it's now easier than ever to find exactly what you're looking for.
Announcements / News & Events: Find out what's trending in the Community with a new rotating announcements section at the top of the homepage and a dedicated News & Events section further down. Learn about upcoming Ask Me Anything events, User Group Meetups, featured content from both the Anaplan Blog and the Community Blog, and more.
Platform Updates: Stay current on upgrades to the Anaplan platform and get answers to your questions. With one click from the homepage, you can now access the Platform Releases blog, Release Calendar, Upcoming Features Knowledge Base, and Platform Release discussion forums.
We welcome your feedback about these updates. If you have something you'd like to share, please leave a comment below.
User Groups Are Growing
We're excited to announce the creation of a new User Group for the Mid-Atlantic region.
If you're located near Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., or any of the surrounding areas, this group is for you! Connect with other Anaplan users, participate in local in-person meetups, and advance your knowledge of and experience with the Anaplan platform.
If you haven't yet joined a User Group, now is a great time to do so. We currently have more than 20 groups organized by various regions around the world. To join a group, simply visit the User Groups page, select the group most relevant to you, then click the Join the Group button. There are two upcoming User Group Meetups (for Seattle and Chicago) as well—and you're invited, so be sure to check them out!
Ask Me Anything Returns
We hope you've enjoyed the previous editions of Ask Me Anything, spotlighting Anaplan leaders David Smith, Mark Shemaria, and Sampath Gomatam. Coming up the week of September 9, we're pleased to feature for the first time an Anaplan Partner (and Master Anaplanner)!
Chris Weiss (NA Lead Solution Architect, Sales Strategy & Planning) from Accenture will join us in the AMA forum to answer all your partner-related questions. Post your questions any time during the week, or join Chris live for a one-hour forum chat session.
Save the date, and be sure to join the Ask Me Anything group so you don't miss anything!
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Community Says is a new ongoing series spotlighting some of the insights, advice, and information posted by our Community members.
This week, we're spotlighting Partner, Master Anaplanner, and Community Super Contributor PaulRitner of Accelytics!
In a recent forum conversation about debugging formulas (specifically, how to know what's happening in a formula), he wrote:
Often I'll paste the formula into a text editor...add carriage returns to make the reading of the formula easier, and then test pieces of it separately...
If I have time on the project, I'll go back and rethink very long formulas with a focus on simplification.
...there's almost always a simpler way in Anaplan; we just have to find it.
If this advice helps you, feel free to save or share the quote with your network. You can also contribute your additional ideas about formula debugging by joining the original discussion.
Have you come across something in the Community that you feel would benefit other users (even if you're the one who posted it)? Be sure to add the Community Says tag to the post so that we can consider it for a future edition of this series!
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Hi, Matthew! Brandon Roy and Robert Heintz have already gotten in touch with us to get the ball rolling. I'm guessing you've already spoken with them as well, but they would be the people to reach out to. In the meantime, the registration page for your event is live here.
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We are looking for experienced Anaplan users to make the Community the premiere location for all things planning.
Share your knowledge of connected planning and the Anaplan platform and earn recognition for your thought leadership!
Perhaps you've created a brilliant guide related to a tricky Data Integration process. Maybe your Dashboards are the best anyone has seen. If you've memorized all the calculation functions, can export data in your sleep, or are your team's go-to person for modeling questions, this opportunity is for you.
"What's in it for me?" Good question. Becoming an official Content Contributor offers a number of great benefits. You would:
Be able to publish articles and other content to the Community's knowledge bases regarding topics like Modeling or Application Lifecycle Management.
Receive author credit on all of your published content, allowing the community to search and subscribe to your work.
Gain access to our Community Contribution forum, which offers the chance to connect and collaborate with subject matter experts and other Content Contributors.
Improve your writing ability with our library of best practices articles, style guides, templates, and more.
All we ask is that you participate regularly. Each of our Content Contributors actively creates new content throughout the year. This could be articles, infographics, videos, or even just forum interactions that assist others in their content creation or user experience.
If this all sounds good to you, complete this form. Be sure to let us know you're serious about getting involved by including what topic(s) you would be interested in covering and whether you have already contributed content to the Community. Once you've submitted the form, someone from the Community team will respond to you within 2-3 business days.
Thank you for helping to make the Anaplan Community the destination for Connected Planning!
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If you are having difficulty with importing, this guide will walk you through some steps to help you identify and resolve your issue. Start with Option 1, and only proceed to Option 2 and then Option 3 if the preceding steps do not resolve your issue.
If you continue to experience difficulty with your import, please contact Customer Support via email, phone, or chat.
Remove the original source model data source from your target model, and try importing again. You will need to delete the mapping to the original model before remapping and reconnecting to this copy of the model.
Go to Settings, and select Actions.
Click Manage Import Data Sources.
Look for the source model or source of the problem import.
Click it, then press Remove.
Now you can re-attempt your import, but you will need to re-build/re-map it.
You may have experienced this error if you import the model to another workspace than when your import was set up. The following scenario may describe how this occured:
Source model A on Core 1 Target model B on Core 1
On the target model, import from source model A to your list
Import target model A to core 2
On the target model, select your list and import from source
This produces the error "Failed to locate model (source model)."
To fix this, remove your original source model data source from your target model, and try again.
Close all tasks in the problem workspace and try to import again.
To do this, click on your name on the top right of your workspace.
Click Manage models.
Click Manage tasks.
Click on each task and end it.
Open the desired import(s).
Delete the source file from the model.
Attempt to upload the desired import(s) again.
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