Spring ’14 Anaplan Platform Release – Timeline Charts, Model Maps and More


The Spring 2014 Release of Anaplan is upon us and we’re introducing some really cool new features for charting, designing models, and integrating data.

We’ve provided an overview of all the updates included in the release here: Spring ’14 Anaplan Platform Release, but I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight two of the features I find most exciting: Timeline Chart and Model Map.

Timeline Chart

The Timeline Chart is a new reporting and data visualization feature that allows you to view events over time and get the “Big Picture” of your projects and tasks.

Meeting the delivery dates and deadlines of any project is highly important. The Timeline Chart is a fantastic functionality that gives an instant visualization of projects and deadlines, as you model your tasks and projects, by assigning resources and adjusting assumptions.Timeline Chart

In essence, it provides a real-time, birds-eye view of all your deadlines.

Project planning, promotions and marketing campaign planning are three great use cases where Timeline Chart will add a tremendous value.

At the end of the day it’s all about real-time modeling, visualizing the impact of your changes, and then communicating and sharing the big picture – the real-time view into the timeline of your projects – to your stakeholders, customers, and team members. This is exactly what Timeline Charts provide.

Model Map

The powerful new Model Map button offers one-click access to a beautiful and interactive graphical representation of your model’s content. Available to all Workspace Administrators, it’s a great way to understand how a model has been built and how it works.

The map is fully interactive and playful. Model building is actually becoming pretty fun!

  • Zoom in to get details of modules including list names and cell count. This is really useful when designing models for optimum performance. You can see at-a-glance which are the largest modules and the default dimensionality of those modules.
  • Zoom out to get the high level view of all your modules, how they are tied together by formula, and grouped by functional area.

model map

So how does that help? You need to understand how various source modules in your model feed a reporting module? You need to understand how a line item is calculated? Easy: Start the map, pan through the model following the arrows, zoom where you need to get details, and you will instantly see how things have been built. You’ll also understand if your model builder is smart… or not!

Gone are the days where you are left wondering what is happening in your plan. Model Map removes the black box effect by providing detailed transparency.

And there’s much more that we’re introducing with the Spring ’14 Release, including:

  • Fine-tune your data exports with new options through a simplified user interface
  • Get cleaner PDF exports of your dashboards
  • Configure list import rules by enforcing uniqueness using properties in addition to code or name
  • Get your business users to import into a list, and enable them to upload their own files
  • Empower your business user to model hierarchies from dashboards, using the newly enhanced copy and delete actions

Have you already given these new features a test drive? If so, let us know what you think by leaving a comment, below and I’ll be very happy to respond.

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