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IBM Planning Analytics with Watson June 2021 Newsletter

By Scott WHITEHEAD posted Mon June 21, 2021 04:14 PM


Planning Analytics Workspace release 64 was recently released. This new experience is only the start of our significant investment in the design and usability. View the various improvements including the beta modeling workbench.

Planning Analytics Workspace release 2.0.65 will soon be released. Review the upcoming new features. Also, the new modeling workbench will remain available as a beta feature in this 2.0.65 release.

Planning Analytics with Watson was made available for cloud deployments on May 25. You can review what's new.

IBM Planning Analytics delivers continuous integration with Watson. IBM's David Marmer, VP of Product Management discusses how our "Extended Planning & Analytics" helps to streamline integrated business planning across every part of the organization, automate key processes and augment human intelligence.

Remember, to have your Planning Analytics with Watson cloud environments be upgraded, you need to schedule a time through our support organization. Good practice is to upgrade your non-production first -> test for a few weeks -> then schedule an upgrade for your production.

NOTE: Planning Analytics 2.0 through 2.0.7 inclusive have announced end of support effective Sept 30, 2021. You will see in the same link that the Planning Analytics 2.0.8 version end of support is effective Sept 30, 2022. The existing Standard support lifecycle policy will change to the Continuous Delivery support lifecycle policy.

NOTE: Our support portal is in the process of transforming your support experience, and moving from Service Request to a new Support Site. With this change, we've made updates to the main Support site. This document gives answers to some questions you might have about moving to IBM's new Support site.

2021 Peer Review Accolades – Recognized as a Leader across Gartner Peer Insights, G2 and Trust Radius. A big thank you from the Planning Analytics with Watson and Cognos teams to you, our users. We previously reported that IBM Planning Analytics with Watson was recognized as a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice in the category of Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis solutions.  But it has also been selected as one of the premier budgeting, forecasting and analysis tools in G2 and Trust Radius.

Roundtable: Join IBM's Dan Rebella, Bill Primerano, and Sarah Schmidt for this roundtable discussion to learn how IBM Planning Analytics with Watson will allow you to deliver more insights and planning capabilities across the entire organization. Jun 17

Webinar: Join TM1Explorers as they host the world's leading expert, Gary Cokins on Activity Based Costing. Jun 17

Webinar: Attend the IBM Beyond Boundaries. Four inspiring leaders including the first woman to kayak the Amazon River, as they navigate the waters of Data and AI where they will explore the use and influence of AI technology through real-world examples. Jul 20

Cloud Corner
Have you ever wondered how to manage backups with Planning Analytics Cloud? Planning Analytics Cloud backs up the shared folder space and application databases on a daily basis. Backups are taken locally and replicated to another database in a separate data center. We keep backups for the last 28 days (last 7 daily and last 4 weekly). Keep in mind that these backups are treated with Force Majeure situations. You can view our Service Description under section 5.5.
In addition to the above, a good practice is for all clients to perform their own application backup activities to minimize the risk of business interruption. View Errol Brandt's blog as he describes in more detail the importance and provides a couple of techniques.
Tech Corner

Frances Berger an IBM Champion who's a financial systems manager for a Fortune 500 company, shares her experience on how she leveraged Planning Analytics Workspace to make improvements to their annual budget cycle.

PMSquare has setup a blog to show how to setup Planning Analytics AI Forecasting. See how they set-up exploration for forecast preview and forecasting.

QueBIT shares tips and process on how to load data into a cube using IBM Planning Analytics Workspace. Their article covers data setup, importing the file, mapping and viewing the results.

You can now format data values in visualizations. This great feature allows you to retain the formats if you decide to either switch back to exploration or to another type of visualization.
Tech Corner

TM1 modeling workbench! Have you seen the new TM1 modeling workbench which was introduced in the Planning Analytics Workspace 2.0.64 version? The workbench provides an IDE like experience for TM1 modelers to work in. This workbench beta is available for both Planning Analytics on Cloud and Planning Analytics Local.

Did you know that you can now define historical in multiple time periods to be ignored by the forecasting engine?

On-premises Corner

Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services release 65 is now available to download for local deployments.

Planning Analytics with Watson is now available to download for local deployments.

Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel 2.0.64 is now available on Fix Central to download for local deployments.

Uncover the truth hidden in your data with the Cognos Analytics free trial. And if you want to get some hands-on experience with Planning Analytics, access the Planning Analytics free trial. These trials are 30-days and free with no download required. 
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The Welcome Kit file contains a set of account and system information which is unique for your IBM Planning Analytics on Cloud system. It contains user account credentials, system addresses and URLs used to connect. This video guides you through the Welcome Kit.


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1 comment



Tue July 06, 2021 02:30 PM

I feel very sad that the on-prem corners does not get as much love as the cloud corner. Some (or a lot) of us are still using tm1 on premise and are very interested in the special things happening there.