Get more flexibility in ALM: Identify sources and imports as Production Data

Drive faster results with a new version of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), flexible color charts, and 200 apps to accelerate your plans

When you use ALM, you probably manage a lot of information across multiple environments. As your business grows, those environments change and you need to deliver more and deliver fast against evolving business requirements. This often means changing your import sources to accommodate lists or modules. Flexibility is key.

For example, if your organization is spread across multiple geographies, you may want mark and organize production data in different ways for each region. Although you can run a generic import and manually customize the data set to fit your regional needs, that’s a poor use of your valuable time. With the new version of ALM, you can save time by instantly configuring regional data by marking your import data source (IDS) definitions and imports as production data in deployed mode. This marking will be synced from your source to the target model.

Tip: Configure production IDS definitions and imports in deployed mode using two new tabs, Imports and Import Data Sources, that have been added to the Actions screen.

As an added bonus, you can navigate a model and adjust its view in a read-only state while running an export.

Make every change count: Track, revert, and create models using Revision Tags

As you change your models, it is good practice to track and maange changes with revision tags. Now, you can get the play-by-play of all changes in your model history, including when you add a revision tag, copy or import a model, or make synchronization changes.

Tip: View all revision tags in “Settings” and “History”, with details including date, time, user, action, and more.

Make changes on-the-fly with peace of mind because everything is tracked chronologically. Pivot quickly by reverting your model to a previous structural state without affecting production data.

Tip: If you want to revert a model to its previous state, select Revert to Last Revision. This restores your model to its previous state if at least one structural change has been made.

Once you have made your revisions, you may want to create a new model. With 2017.3, you can create a brand-new model based on the revision tag. The revision will include all of the structural information (based on the revision tag) without any of the original production data. This saves both time and workspace.

Tip: Select Create Model From Revision from the Revision Tags screen to add the new model to your current workspace.

If you want to explore the differences between source and target models, you can now download all of the structural differences between them in a tab-delimited file.

Tip: Click the Download Full Comparison Report hyperlink to get a tab-delimited list of structural changes between source and target models.

See only the most relevant information

Sort and filter line items on-the-fly to zero in on the values you want to see.

Tip: Use the search box to bring up the items you want to show, then use the arrow to select a shortlist of items to review. You can remove and add items as necessary.

Customize your charts to tell the whole story

Customize your charts and use color to tell the story behind your data. Set waterfall chart colors, edit series colors on a combination chart, or override the series color on all charts with new capabilities in 2017.3.

For example, you may have selected a few palettes for your chart colors, but what if you want to apply one master color series to multiple charts to unify their appearance? Now you can create a consistent view of your data by selecting the series chart option in your dashboard. When you assign colors to types of data (e.g., forecasts in blue and actuals in green), you can more easily detect trends in your data.

Tip: Choose your desired color in Chart Options and click Publish to Dashboard.

For more details on usability and chart enhancements, please visit the Community page.

Anaplan App Hub reaches 200 apps

Since its debut in 2014, the App Hub has offered apps across multiple industries and business functions to accelerate planning. The apps demonstrate how others are planning and leveraging Anaplan for their business needs. The App Hub now houses 200 apps across various use cases that you can customize for your business needs.

The newest apps include: