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IBM Planning Analytics with Watson - March Newsletter

By NICK PLOWDEN posted Sun March 20, 2022 08:41 PM


We wanted to note the passing of Manny Perez, creator of TM1. His energy and brilliance paved the way for Planning Analytics and the tremendous boon it has been the business world. Here is a brief video about his TM1 book he published in 2011. Thank you Manny, your passion and perseverance with creating, growing, and sharing TM1 has meant so much to so many.   You will be missed. 

Planning Analytics ranked #1!
Ventana Research classifies IBM Planning Analytics with Watson as an Exemplary Vendor, and a Value Index Leader in the Capability, Usability and TCO/ROI categories in their 2022 Value Index for Business Planning.  Review the assessment here.

Deprecation Notice for Planning Analytics Workspace 'Classic' Experience on Cloud. We wanted to let our PA on Cloud community know that as of the July 2022 release of Planning Analytics Workspace, we will only be supporting the New Experience (NE) and deprecating the Classic Experience (CE) for all users. Get the details here.

Security Bulletin: IBM Planning Analytics 2.0, only the Workspace component is affected by the security vulnerability: Apache log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-45046 & CVE-2021-45105). This issue is categorized as Critical Severity. Apache Log4j is used by IBM Planning Analytics as part of its logging infrastructure. This bulletin addresses the exposure to the Apache Log4j (CVE-2021-45046 & CVE-2021-45105) vulnerability. IBM Planning Analytics Workspace has upgraded Apache Log4j to v2.17. Please note that this update also addresses CVE-2021-44228. Stay abreast of the latest remediation and fixes here.  You can also raise a support ticket here if you need assistance. 

Security Bulletin: IBM Cognos Controller 10.4.2 IF16: Apache Log4j vulnerability (CVE-2021-45046). Clients using all versions of 10.4.2 should download the most recent security update here.

Get notified about future security bulletins by subscribing to My Notifications. This will notify you of important product support alerts like the above.

Workspace Classic to be sunset July 2022.  The IBM Planning Analytics team intends to remove the capability to remain on the classic experience and preview the new experience during the July 2022 Planning Analytics Workspace update.  You can read about that in this blog post and also in this technote.

Planning Analytics for Excel 32-bit Direction. To align with IBM Planning Analytics’ overall strategy in transitioning away from 32-bit clients as seen with TM1 clients such as TM1 Architect and TM1 Perspectives, Planning Analytics for Excel is preparing to support Windows 11 this year exclusively for the 64-bit Planning Analytics for Excel client.  Read about this transition here.

IBM Planning Analytics Releases

IBM Planning Analytics is now available for both:
IBM Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel Release 74 for cloud customers now available for download from Planning Analytics Administration (PAA). Details here.

IBM Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services Release 74 for PA local customers now available for download from Fix Central. Details here.


Webinar: Ask Me Anything Planning Analytics with Watson,  April 2022 Edition.  Apr 24
Sustainability Reporting – How to get started quickly. Sustainability reporting has been on the rise in importance around the globe. Many companies are manually reporting this data to their internal and external stakeholders. You are probably wondering if there is a better way?  Join IBM's Louis Regan as he discusses an asset IBM has created to speed up an implementation,  Mar 29 @ 10:00 AM UK time

Tech Corner

Help shape the future of Planning Analytics by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Post ideas and enhancement requests. You can also take a look at ideas others have posted and upvote them if they matter to you. Submit your ideas here.

Scope 3 Emission and Cost Model.  This asset from the Accelerator Catalog handles the planning, reporting and simulation of products bought from different suppliers.  This model calculates in real time the outcome of financial costs and CO2-emission using footprints (CO2, costs, etc.). 

Revelwood:  Best Practices for Using TurboIntegrator in IBM Planning Analytics. During this session, we will cover a series of functions and offer best practices about using them. We will describe each function, explain how Revelwood uses them when creating models, and also discuss the benefits attendees will get by using these approaches. Here are a few of the topics to be reviewed:
  • Formatting numbers for export
  • Updating dynamic subsets
  • Searching for files in a folder
Playback will be available.  Apr 13

Sustainability Reporting Model. 
The sustainability accelerator was created by the IBM Spain Sales division to help companies manage their sustainability data, set up their targets, create and track their ESG initiatives, analyze, and report. Download it from the Accelerator Catalog.
Tech Corner

Opal ANZ: Getting started with TM1py. Errol Brandt reviews TM1py, which allows users to unlock the potential of Planning Analytics using the Python programming language. See the blog post here, which also has a link to a related video.

Revelwood: Stacked Rows in Planning Analytics for Excel (PAfE). Have you ever converted a stacked Perspectives view into a Dynamic report? If so, you may have noticed the way Excel formats the outside of your stack looks different between Perspectives and PAfE. Read about this here.

Opal ANZ:  Trying to decide between Planning Analytics on cloud or on premises ?  Here is an interesting discussion around this decision by Errol Brandt.

Case Study

Sempre Analytics: How effective is your planning and forecasting and does it provide the analytics and reporting your business needs? Kurt Geiger, a forward-thinking luxury British footwear and accessories retailer, is using Planning Analytics to drive digital transformation, boost sales and realize the hidden potential for their business. Read about their story here.

Recommended Resources

Tune in to the Planning Analytics Radio Podcast Series featuring our very own Bill Primerano, Worldwide Technical leader for Planning Analytics. Check out the latest episode on sending email from a TurboIntegrator process. Subscribe to the podcast series here.

Complete a Trust Radius review of Planning Analytics with Watson and get a $25.00 Amazon gift card once your review is accepted.


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