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IBM Planning Analytics with Watson Newsletter - December 2021 Edition

By NICKOLUS PLOWDEN posted Fri December 31, 2021 10:37 AM


Welcome to the holiday edition of the Planning Analytics with Watson newsletter. 2021 will be year that we long remember, given the pandemic and all of the ensuing changes to our personal and work lives.  Our community has thrived and grown and we look forward to connecting with you in 2022.

Urgent Security Bulletin
IBM Planning Analytics Workspace: Apache log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228). This issue is categorized as Critical Severity. This bulletin addresses the exposure to this vulnerability. For remediation and additional vulnerability details refer to this link for both cloud and on premises.  Stay abreast of the latest updates here.  You can also raise a support ticket here if you need assistance. 

What's new in Planning Analytics Workspace. Find out what's new or changed in the most recent release of IBM Planning Analytics Workspace. The new features described here always reflect the full capabilities of Planning Analytics Workspace on cloud. 

IBM Planning Analytics Workspace Release 71 is available on cloud and on premises.

IBM Planning Analytics Cartridge for IBM Cloud Pak for Data 4.0.3 and IBM Planning Analytics Modernization 4.0.3 license details are available from the IBM Registry.

Timeline for IBM Planning Analytics with Watson Releases.  Here is a list of IBM Planning Analytics component releases as of the end of each month. 


IBM Community Festival 2021-Playback! Check out all the analytics related content that was showcased at the Community event here.

Demo and Discussion: Pinning, also known as "Favoriting", in Planning Analytics. Currently there is a lack of clarity on how pinning is being utilized in Planning Analytics since the introduction of copy and paste. In this session users will be asked to create a book / dashboard from a pre-existing set of data. If you are interested in participating, email

Tech Corner

IBM Planning Analytics includes a change to hierarchy security in the TM1 Server. In previous versions of Planning Analytics the hierarchies in a dimension could not be secured independent of the dimension that contains the hierarchy. Read the technote here.

Tech Tip: A selector is a widget that lets you pick members, sets, or levels for a view, either exploration or visualization. Selector lists are useful when you want to synchronize multiple widgets in a book. Get the details here.

Read about a recent case of multiple product synchronizations in one Planning Analytics Workspace book in this blog post by Svetlana Pestsova, Product Manager for Planning Analytics. She explains a use case where a user didn’t want any SUBNM functions to be visible or modifiable in Planning Analytics Workspace and Planning Analytics for Excel. Learn about the solution to the problem here.
New cube viewer and set editor in Planning Analytics Workspace 2.0.71. Stuart King, Product Manager for Planning Analytics Workspace, talks about the redesigned cube viewer and set editor. Check out the blog post and take a video tour here.
Recommended Resources

See what’s new in planning, forecasting and analysis with Mike McGeein, Director of Product Management, Planning Analytics with Watson. 
Watch this on demand session from the 2021 IBM Community Festival to hear about the latest capabilities and what’s coming next in Planning Analytics. 

Have an idea to improve Planning Analytics? Submit your new feature ideas or enhancements related to Planning Analytics via the Ideas portal. You can also look at other user ideas and vote on your favorites! 
Check it out here.

Learn to model in the workbench environment. 
This tutorial's flow is designed to help a financial user build an income statement multi-dimensional cube, based on the Chart of Accounts and the organization's structure.

Please participate in the 
annual BARC survey for IBM Planning Analytics with Watson. The BARC report helps decision-makers choose the best products to suit their needs.  By participating in the survey (which only takes 15-20 minutes to complete), not only do you help BARC with their research data, but you also help your peers.

From MCI Consultants: Not an administrator but need access to TM1 Process Error Logs and other files? In this blog, 
George Tonkin from MCI Consultants, shows us a solution for a non-administrator to review error logs and other files in the logs, import and backup folders. Read the article here.

Tune in to the Planning Analytics Radio Podcast Series featuring our very own Bill Primerano, Worldwide Technical Sales leader for Planning Analytics. 
Check out the latest episode on using Extended Planning and Analysis (xP&A) to remove bias from your forecast. Subscribe to the podcast series.


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