IBM Planning Analytics releases – what’s new

2.0.45 – What’s new, 21 August 2019

Give your dashboards a corporate look and feel using custom fonts and chart palettes

A lot of clients want the ability to create dashboards using their company colours and branding, but previous versions of Planning Analytics Workspace did not allow for that. With this update, not only can we now create more customised dashboards for our clients but also introduce this capability to previously hesitant customers.


Show parents and children of members in the dimension editor

This is useful to identify if the correct member has been used in a set. It allows for quicker analytics and selection which will be helpful to users.


2.0.44 – What’s new, 24 July 2019

Share views between Planning Analytics Workspace and Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel

Previously, views created in Planning Analytics Workspace could only be seen within Workspace. This led to some duplication in effort when using PAX as view editor or an exploration needed to be used to re-create views.


Refresh a book after executing a process from a button

Now, when a process is run in Workspace you select if the book should refresh after finishing. The benefit of this is that any dependant calculations are updated, without the need to press refresh on the toolbar.


Create user groups in the Settings editor

You can now easily create user groups within Workspace, which makes the task of assigning group security more straightforward for administrators.


2.0.43 – What’s new, 20 June 2019

Prevent data updates to cubes

This is an interesting concept because most people assume data updates should not occur asynchronously. Some potential use cases are to update specific cubes, prevent metadata updates or archive a retired cube and its data. I believe most people will not need to use this functionality on a regular basis. However it does have practical benefits.


Smaller tiles on the Welcome page use space more efficiently

Whilst a purely aesthetic update, I hope this is a prelude to more user customisation. The tiles are simple with a white background. In the future I hope users may be able to add specific designs/icons to help differentiate books visually.


View process error log messages directly in Planning Analytics Workspace

Previously, viewing logs could not be done in the Planning Analytics Workspace. Having this now is useful as it reduces the navigation process to open logs and identify errors, and makes logs available to end-users, rather than needing to maintain separate logging cubes.


Export to Excel now includes attribute values that are displayed in the view

Looking at attributes in view helps further analysis and understanding of data. Exporting attributes to Excel will be enable users to take their analysis offline.


2.0.42 – What’s new, 24 May 2019

Organise users into groups to make object security easier

You can now create, export, update and delete groups in Planning Analytics Workspace. This has been highly requested and will make security assignments a lot easier to manage.


Create and edit sets from the content tree

This update takes updating a set from two steps to a one step process. It streamlines opening/using the set editor.


Manage the vertical axis range to create more informative Line and Column visualisations

You can now share a vertical axis range for line and column visualisations. This means two measures can share an axis resulting in tidier graphics. Previously, two measures would be displayed on separate vertical axes.


View properties and multiple attributes in the set editor

You can now view multiple attributes and member properties in the set editor. This is useful as it gives a holistic view of the dimension and its properties.



2.0.41 – What’s new, 12 April 2019

Define drill-through directly in Planning Analytics Workspace

You can now create and edit drill rules/processes in Workspace. This provides more flexibility for reporting and analytics. For example, providing the ability to drill through to transactions from a Profit and Loss cube.


Fine tune your levels

The set editor now lets you use greater than/less than operators to define levels in a hierarchy. The benefit is users can now create dynamic hierarchy selections based on ranges of levels.


Quickly see what’s dynamic

The icons between dynamic (predictive) and static (current) sets are now different. This helps users quickly identify if they need to manually update a set or if it should dynamically change.

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