Since our launch a few days ago I’ve been flooded with questions as to how we got to be so fast and flexible. Our primary goal building Anaplan was to be the fastest and easiest to use multi-dimensional modeling platform by Orders of Magnitude from existing ‘old-world’ solutions.
Technology advances over the last 20 years have certainly helped – 64 bit in-memory processing utilizing TB’s of Ram is a giant leap forward compared to disk processing. Innovating calculation update dependency graphs (the process of calculating millions of cells) provided another significant step forward.
But the real breakthrough came when we examined the Apple engineering model – do it ALL yourself to deliver exceptional performance. Apple has repeatedly delivered remarkable product innovation and performance thru its excellence in design and by developing all its hardware and software internally. Google has achieved similar performance with BigTable – its own database, to manage many of its applications.
The results have exceeded expectations. As many of you observed last week we now COMPLETELY update 700m cells of dense data < 1 sec, slicing and dicing at whim and changing/implementing model structures in seconds. Thank you Steve for showing us the way.