Undoubtedly, after your first Anaplan project implementation there will come a time for the next buildout. Whether it is improvements to an existing model or a new use case entirely, the benefits of the Anaplan platform multiply as its presence expands within your company. Incremental projects are a perfect opportunity to leverage the knowledge of an individual consultant with years of model building experience. These situations require extensive understanding of Anaplan best practices for model integrations and workspace design, and each solution must be sustainable throughout future business cycles and changes to external system landscapes.

1. What to consider when choosing a new use case

 

As your company begins to get a grasp on its Anaplan landscape, there will soon be considerations for new opportunities to grow its presence. It is crucial for the overall success of your Anaplan journey that you consider the following:

  • Which business functions have the most to benefit from Anaplan's efficiency-boosting potential?
  • How will a new use case fit into our existing implementation?
  • What needs to be modified or cleaned up in our existing models?
  • Will we need more resources to sustain our expanding Anaplan landscape?

Answering each of these questions will provide insight into the future direction of your Anaplan roadmap, as well as what steps need to be taken to ensure you have a strong modeling foundation before moving into new areas of your business. This will safeguard against poor end user reception of your Anaplan solutions and spreading your existing resources across too many responsibilities.

2. Bringing projects together

 

When you decide on a new project, it is critical that you develop a plan for integrating future models with your existing solutions. This involves a thorough assessment of data sources and hierarchies that need to be shared among workspaces, enhancements to user security to allow management across models, how design and user support responsibilities will be handled by your systems team, and how frequently integrations will need to run across your landscape.

Having a strategy for model-to-model unification is an exceptionally important requirement for growing your company's Anaplan presence. The concept of connected planning holds tremendous potential for improving your company's data analytics and forecasting capabilities, but it demands focused attention on system design and collaboration from a project's initial scoping discussion to final deployment.

3. Why you should think small

 

In many situations, it is easy for teams and consulting firms to focus solely on a new build and overlook the importance of combining new and existing functionality. It is not uncommon to conclude a project and quickly realize many missed opportunities for creating efficient integrations or eliminating duplicative end user inputs and processes. Many of today's consulting firms do not possess the necessary talent and perspective to design comprehensive project plans that adequately account for seamless integration and sustainability across future business demands.

By choosing an independent consultant or small team whose experiences comes directly from full-time, on-the-ground Anaplan design and support, you will receive model building and project planning that reflects a deep knowledge of complex workspace integrations and connected planning solutions. Designing multi-model Anaplan landscapes is a system architecture and forward-thinking art form, and it should be trusted to someone with a proven track record of delivering these results across multiple organizations.

As you approach the decision to grow your Anaplan presence into new use cases and business functions, you are faced with two equally important requirements: intelligent system design that contributes to a connected planning landscape and selecting resources with the necessary experience to guide your company through its future project development.

Without a focused attention to efficient integration and end user enablement, multiple use cases can quickly become siloed solutions that fail to achieve a tremendous portion of your company's Anaplan potential. Choose a consultant who will deliver a strong foundation that will bring your organization's diverse business processes together.

"Choose a consultant who will deliver a strong foundation that will bring your organization's diverse business processes together."

 Don't hesitate to reach out and discover a better alternative to meeting your company's Anaplan needs. I have the experience and dedication to grow your Anaplan presence into a sustainable, highly efficient solution that will exceed the expectations of your end users and team of model builders. Send me a message to get the conversation started, and I will deliver the support your company needs and deserves for success.