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Reflecting on Success and Looking Ahead: A Mid-Year Update - Watch the Replay!

By Michael McGeein posted Tue July 18, 2023 11:38 AM



As the second half of the year begins, it's essential to take a moment and reflect on the achievements and growth we've experienced at IBM Planning Analytics. Leading a team of exceptional product managers, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities we've had to develop the market's leading planning product, , at least in my opinion. In this blog post, I want to share some exciting insights with you, shedding light on our progress and what lies ahead.

Continuous Growth and Expansion:

IBM Planning Analytics has witnessed substantial growth in both client numbers and user adoption. I’m proud to report this growth in nearly every geographic area as our clients uncover additional use cases for our solution. This robust momentum sets the stage for a promising future.

Introducing Planning Analytics as a Service on AWS:

In the first quarter of this year, we proudly launched the all-new Planning Analytics as a Service on AWS. The market has responded with great interest, and we are thrilled to have early adopters already benefitting from this cloud-based planning solution.

Empowering Workflow Management:

We have made significant investments in leveraging Applications and Plans capability to enhance workflow management. Clients have embraced this functionality, and we have exciting plans to introduce additional features and functionality in the future. In the upcoming releases we will introduce the ‘accountability’ dimension, where the plan manager/admin can assign the approver flow along with ‘locking’ of the plan during the approval process.

Enhancing Planning Analytics Workspace:

To improve efficiency and foster adoption, we have introduced new capabilities in the modeling area of Planning Analytics Workspace. Our focus on enhancing the planning application creator experience has been well-received by both existing and new clients. With improvements to the cube viewer, user controls, set manipulation, and more, we are making planning seamless.

Excel Experience

Our strategic direction emphasizes the importance of Planning Analytics for Excel. In the first half of this year, we delivered remarkable enhancements, culminating in the upcoming arrival of Universal reports in 3Q23. Hierarchy-aware formulas and more will become a reality for our Excel users, further enhancing their experience.

While the market has seen the entry of new players and changes among existing competitors, we remain steadfast in our commitment to guiding our path forward. Although new entrants may lack enterprise experience, and downsizing activities at other organizations may impact their output, we focus on our own growth and delivering value to our clients.

At IBM Planning Analytics, we are committed to investing in the future and delivering innovative solutions to our clients. Our public roadmap,

Public Roadmap for Planning Analytics  showcases the net new offerings we have already delivered, such as Planning Analytics as a Service on AWS and the new Planning Analytics Engine in Cloud Pak for Data. We continuously enhance our core tools to ensure that all clients, regardless of their deployment model - on premises, (Express or Local),  on the IBM Cloud, or as a service on AWS.  - benefit from the latest advancements.

Our investment in Planning Analytics is driven by a deep understanding of our client’s requirements and challenges. We actively listen to their feedback, engage in collaborative discussions, and incorporate their insights into our product roadmap. By prioritizing the needs of our clients, we ensure that our investments align with their strategic goals and deliver tangible business value.

One of the key strengths of Planning Analytics is its ability to scale according to the unique needs of organizations, whether they are global a company or small-medium businesses. We understand the importance of flexibility and empower businesses of all sizes to effectively plan and analyze their operations.

Looking ahead, we have exciting plans for the remainder of 2023. We invite you to join our upcoming product update webinar on July 20th, where we will unveil new and improved capabilities that will drive even greater value for our clients. As we celebrate our achievements thus far, we are energized and optimistic about the future, knowing that we will continue to help businesses thrive through effective planning and analysis.

Watch the Replay: Product Update Webinar

1 comment



Fri July 21, 2023 10:20 AM


Will the PA q3 product update meeting be available to view? There was a lot of interesting stuff to digest.