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IBM Planning Analytics with Watson - September Newsletter

By NICK PLOWDEN posted Mon September 20, 2021 09:12 AM






See what's new in IBM Planning Analytics Workspace release 2.0.68 SC. You can now use Decision Optimization (IBM® ILOG® CPLEX®) with IBM® Planning Analytics Workspace to deliver prescriptive analytics capabilities to help you make better decisions and deliver improved business outcomes. Details here.

Updated End of Support (EOS) dates for Planning Analytics with Watson 2.0.0 - 2.0.7. You spoke, we listened and acted! IBM is extending standard support for IBM Planning Analytics with Watson 2.0.0 –2.0.7 until April 30th, 2022. Read the blog here.

IBM Planning Analytics Local v2.0: Planning Analytics Workspace Release 67 is available on Fix Central. Details here.

IBM Planning Analytics Cartridge for IBM Cloud Pak for Data 4.0 and IBM Planning Analytics Modernization 4.0 are available from the IBM Registry. 

IBM Cognos Controller 10.4.1 IF12 is available from Fix Central. Read the details on fixes here.
Cloud Corner

Welcome Kit download change!
Starting Oct 4th, you will be able to download your Welcome Kit directly from Planning Analytics Administration. After you download your initial Welcome Kit, some changes can result in a new Welcome Kit being required for your tenant. For example, if you add a modeler license or change the password for your shared folder, you'll need to download an updated Welcome Kit. Get more details here.

Our documentation now includes support related information such as service level agreement (SLA) terms and maintenance. Stay current with our SLAs and maintenance schedule and understand the impacts.

IBM Planning Analytics is now available for cloud deployments. Updates have been made to the TM1 server. Schedule a time for the upgrade to be done in your cloud deployment by logging a support case.


From Cubewise: Horizon, the global user conference on IBM Planning Analytics / TM1. If your company bought or is thinking about purchasing IBM Planning Analytics, this event is for you! There will be sessions for decision makers, end-users and developers, presented by companies, consultants and IBM. Oct 19  The hands on lab is on Oct 25.

Webinar: Recommended Practices for IBM Planning Analytics multi-thread process orchestration.
In this webinar Cubewise will demonstrate how to track a series of processes, orchestrated automatically and sequentially, without overlap, while storing relevant information useful for performance testing and enhancement. Sep 23

Webinar: Smart approaches to cost allocations in IBM Planning Analytics. See Revelwood’s examples of allocation approaches their clients use in IBM Planning Analytics and learn what new reports and analyses can be created. Sep 29

Webinar: Agility and Visibility through Better Supply Chain Planning and xP&A. Our partner Quebit will share how the best companies are integrating financial forecasting with supply chain planning using IBM Planning Analytics and Extended Planning and Analysis (xP&A). Oct 14

Tech Corner

Planning Analytics on Cloud customers can now create, rename and delete TM1 databases by using Workspace Administration.  You no longer need to submit a support ticket for any of these TM1 database operations, but you must be using the Planning Analytics Workspace new interface, which is also referred to as New Experience. You can read about these features here.

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See how Declan Rodger has developed some good practices on how to use the Expand function. If you have long-running TI processes that use Expand on large volumes of data, a long time user and partner, Declan Rodger, would certainly suggest doing some trial and error testing to see whether getting rid can win your users back some time. Read the blog on the PA Community here.

From Revelwood: Planning Analytics Workspace Explorations, Row & Column Headers. Visualizations are used to provide an easy understanding of large data sets. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, what happens when you want to see the intricate details of your numbers? This is where IBM Planning Analytics Workspace explorations come into the picture. Read the article by Lee Lazarow.
On-premises Corner

Important change!
Planning Analytics Administration agent, which is included with Planning Analytics Workspace 2.0.67 requires Java 8 runtime. Planning Analytics local customers looking to upgrade Workspace to 2.0.67 will need to upgrade their TM1 server with Planning Analytics 2.0.6 or higher.  Read the compatibility article here.

Mastering RunProcess - Part 1. Interested in learning how to shorten load times? Read Errol Brandt’s blog that takes you through a use case using RunProcess. Errol is a long-time Planning Analytics user from Opal ANZ. Read his blog on the Planning Analytics Community here.

Case Studies

Read how Grandview helped Bestop Gain Visibility Into Financial Planning Information.  Bestop, the leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of soft tops for Jeeps, was having difficulty gaining a coordinated view of its business. Each division of the company had its own legacy systems and processes, making bringing information together a challenge.

To replace disjointed financial planning and reporting processes, KAZANCI and IBM Business Partner Planist Bilisim Hizmetleri ve Danismanlik Tic. Ltd. Sti. created a centralized budgeting and consolidation framework — backed by IBM® Planning Analytics powered by TM1® software — that lets users plan and report quickly and easily using integrated financial data. Read the story here.
Recommended Resources

From Octane Software Solutions, Online Training. Learn how to use IBM Planning Analytics with Watson (TM1) from the comfort of your home/office. The training sessions are online classroom-based, and 4 hours in duration. Each lesson is designed to provide you with the skillset to get you on your way to use the IBM Planning Analytics with Watson (TM1) tools to their full capabilities.  Various dates through the end of 2021. Register here.

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Write a review of your experience with IBM Planning Analytics with Watson, and G2 will send you a $25 Amazon gift card (via email) to say thanks! 


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