Connected planning with Anaplan
With the connected planning solution from Anaplan, you ensure smooth integration into your system landscape! Optimize your planning processes effortlessly and benefit from a seamless connection to relevant systems. Increase the efficiency of your corporate planning with Anaplan.
valantic - your integration partner
valantic offers a range of integration options with the connected planning platform Anaplan, from a selection of standard tools in the Anaplan ecosystem to customized API (Application Programming Interface) implementations. Leverage your investment in Anaplan through seamless integration with your IT environment and business processes to generate meaningful insights and make reliable, data-driven decisions.
With valantic as your partner, you are set to enjoy the power of an award-winning planning platform that features true interoperability with your existing systems.
Anaplan is, by design, source-system, data-structure and paradigm-agnostic, and it enables integration with on-premise and cloud-based solutions or both at the same time. Anaplan is working consistently and continuously to achieve and maintain its stated vision of being “An open, extensible platform that provides true planning agility by connecting data across disparate sources to seamlessly orchestrate with other enterprise tools.”
Since there is no “one size fits all” approach for every company’s data integration needs, valantic is happy to guide you through the process of assessing your needs, advising you about the best options, and assisting with or handling the implementation.
Learn how you can easily connect your SAP system to Anaplan for improved data visibility and accurate insights in our 3-minute demo video from our valantic data integration specialist.
Interested in a free Data Integration Q&A with our valantic specialists? Just leave your contact details here and we will get back to you with an appointment!
A browser extension for Anaplan Modelers
We at valantic are excited to share our latest development: Improved Anaplan DX, a browser
extension designed to enhance your modeling experience and increase efficiency.
The following components were improved during modeling:
Say goodbye to the mouse! We‘ve added an extensive set of keyboard shortcuts that cover almost all actions in Anaplan. From navigating modules to editing line items, you‘ll be amazed at how quickly you can accomplish tasks with just a few keystrokes, without continuously having to swap between mouse and keyboard.
Page and Report Analysis
Need to find all pages referencing a particular module? Or want to identify which line items are used as filter variables in your pages and reports? Our extension has you covered! With a keyboard shortcut, you can quickly locate and analyse critical dependencies, enabling you to make informed decisions about your models.
AI-powered Formula Assistance
Imagine having an AI-powered assistant right in the formula editor, just like Copilot for developers. With our integration of ChatGPT, you‘ll have access to intelligent suggestions, code snippets, and contextual guidance as you write your Anaplan formulas. This powerful feature will help you become even more efficientand accurate in your modelling.
Formula Editor Enhancements
We‘ve supercharged the formula editor to make creating and editing formulas a breeze. Hovering over items or functions now provides helpful tooltips, ensuring you have all the information you need at your fingertips. Additionally, our validation and error highlighting feature help catch potential issues before you even submit your formulas, saving you valuable time and reducing frustrating
Enhanced Popup Windows
We‘ve taken the annoyance out of popup windows in Anaplan. Our solution makes them focus traversable (you can navigate the window with Tab), allowing for seamless navigation within popups. We have also added styling to these elements, so you always know which one you have currently selected. You can also reach the enter button with tab and confirm your changes in all popups now.
You can customise the extension by turning most features on or off in the extension settings.
The extension is now available in the Chrome Web Store: Improved Anaplan DX – Chrome Web Store (google.com)
For any feedback, suggestions, bugs, or general enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Anaplan is a modular platform by design. When integrating with Anaplan, one of the central modules is the data hub, which serves as the central data storage. Strict adherence to this paradigm is essential to exploit the following advantages.
The data hub:
Integrations to and from Anaplan typically only provide one connection to this data hub model, which drastically reduces the complexity of your integrations and thereby also the implementation overhead. If you are using an ETL-tool, for example, you can achieve your entire integration with only one newly added connection.
Anaplan integration options
Anaplan Connect is an (on-premise) command line interface for automating the exchange of flat files or connecting to compatible databases with JDBC. In theory, you can deploy Anaplan Connect in the cloud, but if the need to do so arises, it is likely that you should reexamine the architecture and consider a solution better suited to your needs.
Anaplan Connect enables you to quickly and efficiently implement batch- or shell scripts in order to achieve fully automated data exchanges that are reliable and offer comprehensive, built-in logging every step of the way.
You can use Anaplan Connect most efficiently when paired with a system that automatically dumps and or uses flat files from a given directory. This is the preferred approach, since it allows the system to remain in full control of the data exchanged. Anaplan Connect can be set up to accommodate any exchange model and run in cycles, specific intervals, or be triggered by file changes.
Implementing separate scripts to fulfill your company’s needs also enables you to combine both JDBC and flat-file based connections in either direction, which can be called simultaneously.
Anaplan Connect layers an abstraction over the Anaplan Integration API which is built in a synchronous manner. This offers the advantage that you do not have to asynchronously poll task statuses, but it also means that the entire runtime of the process will be blocked.
Advantages of Anaplan Connect
You can use Anaplan Connect in various ways
Anaplan CloudWorks is a powerful, Anaplan-native integration service, that enables direct connection to Amazon Web Services S3, Google BigQuery & Microsoft Azure Blob instances and eliminates the complexity and manual work required by traditional integration methods. From the set-up and configuration of the connection, the definition of the import & export processes, to the scheduling and validation, everything can be done from within Anaplan.
For the table-based integrations, Anaplan also provides an interface to perform the mapping of the dimensions in Anaplan to the ones found in the cloud system.
With CloudWorks, business users can leverage an easy-to-navigate user interface to access a wider data set to help make more agile, better-informed plans and decisions. This also enables business partners to become sole owner of the integrations, while allowing IT-stakeholders to maintain ownership of the connection and access control.
CloudWorks also provides full interoperability of all the listed cloud service providers, so you will not be forced to choose only one.
Advantages of Anaplan CloudWorks
Possibilities with CloudWorks
Your tool of choice for integrating SAP ECC & S/4HANA with Anaplan. FastTrack is distributed as an SAP add-on and runs directly on your SAP system, enabling SAP-owned integrations with Anaplan.
FastTrack can be setup in a minimally invasive manner, ensuring that your system and processes are not disturbed, while allowing your SAP team to use the familiar environment and SAP GUIs to set up and configure connections and integrations, as well as using a custom mapping within SAP to map native data to the structure reflected in Anaplan.
FastTrack also provides seamless incorporation of your Anaplan integration into existing data update cycles in SAP; this enables you to handle events such as IDOC triggers and others in the system itself. It is also highly extensible and allows you to combine and extend it with any custom SAP development.
FastTrack uses SM59 connections for authentication with and communication to Anaplan, reducing the need for exceptions in security policies and enabling uniform access management.
Advantages of FastTrack
Design aspects of FastTrack
Enterprise-scale, modular, customizable, and scalable integration pipelines for your company. Informatica and other ETL tools like it work with so called connectors, allowing easy connection to and integration with a vast array of source systems and the modelling of complex transformation pipelines, while ensuring performance, scalability and data quality.
From SaaS Applications, on-premise SQL Databases and applications and ERPs, to REST & Soap APIs; everything can be connected and integrated with one solution.
ETL & ELT Tools
Leverage decades of experience and expertise built into one solution and benefit from a vast selection of pre-built, reusable, and scalable functions without having to pay for anything you do not actually need. Enjoy additional benefits such as 24/7 support, 100% uptime and availability, and continuous updates and improvements, as well as other offerings that will allow you to trust your integrations beyond any doubt.
Use on-premise runtime environments for sensitive data that may not be sent to a cloud system and stay in full control of where your data is stored.
Effortlessly combine schedules, cycles, and event-triggered integrations, and easily orchestrate their coordination at scale. Have your performance demands risen rapidly and become hard to manage? Use features such as distributed computing and storage (HDFS) alongside mass data ingestion to achieve data integration at scale efficiently, while allowing for uncompromising governance and validation.
Advantages of Informatica (and other ETL & ELT tools))
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Anaplan Integration API
Advantages of the Anaplan Integration API
The sky’s the limit
Anaplan also supports integration with the business intelligence tools Tableau and Microsoft PowerBI and provides a connector for both tools. This enables companies to benefit still more from their investment in Anaplan thanks to seamless integration into their existing business intelligence and analytics processes.
For this too, valantic will be pleased to offer assistance from advising on how to best combine Anaplan with your BI tool of choice to implementing the completed process.
How we can help you
Beyond helping you to conceptualize, design, and implement data integration solutions in the Anaplan ecosystem, valantic offers you more: we can further improve your data integration options, speed up implementation, and decrease lead time.
This happens in various ways, ranging from improved user experience to the conversion and management of your authentication certificates to enabling full business ownership, even for your integrations.
Benefit from valantic’s vast experience and involvement in projects of all types and sizes over the years. Don’t just take our word for it: listen to our satisfied customers.
Demo and PoC
valantic will be pleased to provide a live demonstration of any of the integration options in our portfolio free of charge. Simply contact us and let us know what interests you. We will get back to you with a proposal.
If you would like to see a demonstration tailored to your needs and situation, we will be pleased to provide a Proof of Concept (PoC) for your integration needs, based either on your selection or on our recommendations. Depending on the scope and complexity of this PoC, it may be subject to a fixed charge agreed upon in advance.
Excellence in know-how-transfer – also in webinars. Below you´ll find a selection of our webinars on the topics to Connected Planning with Anaplan.
SBB’s Passenger Division networks with Anaplan partial planning, reduces complexity, and is now able to simulate
The Swiss Federal Railways rely on networked planning in real time and the simulation capability of the cloud-based Anaplan solution. Together with valantic, SBB modeled the previous financial planning in Anaplan in a coaching process.SBB’s Passenger Division networks with Anaplan partial planning, reduces complexity, and is now able to simulate
Blog · December 13, 2021
The Anaplan Way: Part 1
In this blog post, we will show you the project management standards to ensure the success of Anaplan projects.The Anaplan Way: Part 1
Blog · November 22, 2021
“Tsüri isch uh schööön!” (“Zurich is beautiful” in Swiss slang)
Find out in this short interview with Fabian Gersch, Consultant at valantic Business Analytics Swiss, why our employees remain loyal to valantic!“Tsüri isch uh schööön!” (“Zurich is beautiful” in Swiss slang)
Your contact for a planning workshop or a non-binding consultation appointment.