Anaplan Dashboard

In today's market, we get to see a lot of different user-friendly dashboards with advanced features. One such dashboard that offers advanced features is Anaplan dashboard. So in this Anaplan dashboard post, you will be learning the fundamental concepts like an introduction to Anaplan, types of dashboards, design, and building dashboards. If you are a designer or business development expert, then you can explore a few important concepts of the Anaplan. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started;

Introduction to Anaplan

Anaplan is the best business planning software company located in San Francisco, United States of America. Anaplan software sells subscriptions for cloud-based business planning software and also offers the data for decision-making tasks. The main purpose to develop Anaplan software is to build a platform to connect people around the world, data, and create an effective business plan. Anaplan software also delivers a unified real-time, cloud-based environment to optimize the planning, and also facilitate the decision-making capabilities to a different operational level.

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Anaplan Dashboard

Anaplan dashboard is a combination of the grids, and charts used to design models, or business planning designs. This dashboard allows users to include n number of elements depending on their requirement. It's very user-friendly and easy to use. The below diagram gives a simple glimpse of the Anaplan dashboard. 

Types of Anaplan dashboards

Below are the important dashboard types that are designed to direct a particular user guide. They are;

  • Landing dashboard: this is the first set of Anaplan dashboards, which is visible when you log in to the Software. This type of dashboard is very simple, concise, and also directs users about the tasks they need to undertake, and provides relevant information related to actions. 
  • Operational dashboards: this type of dashboard displays the data which illustrate the day-to-day business activities. The operational dashboard also allows users to include real-time data to perform business operations smoothly.
  • Strategic or executive dashboard: this type of Anaplan dashboard provide the executive with a high-level overview of the various business functions along with opportunities and ideas.
  • Analytical dashboard: this type of dashboard displays operational or strategic data in the form of drill-down and also helps users to explore slice and dice to reveal various data insights.

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Dashboard framework

There are three parts that are important to build a framework, they are;

  • Header 
  • Body 
  • Footer 

Let us discuss them one by one:

    • The Header: this framework building block mainly focuses on navigation and global page sectors such as time, version, geographic locations, etc. With the help of the header section, you can also place the most used dimensions to the top left of the screen. The header enables you to read a screen in much the way they read a book.
    • The body: this body section contains grids and charts, also sometimes images. Always remember one thing: try not to add many elements on the dashboard and make sure that the grip elements are consistent for all the elements, keep column width consistent, brief the label width wherever it is required. The “simplicity” is a key to creating a dashboard and trying to create it by using four-quadrant approaches in the body of the dashboard.
    • The footer: this is an optional step and also offers pointers to the next activity or buttons to trigger the actions.

Dashboard layout

To improve the dashboard usability, follow the below guidelines or layout design.

  • The language which you select on the dashboard must reflect the language that includes jargon, or errors. More importantly, it should feel like an easy to use customized environment.
  • Decide on how you are going to access the dashboard using desktop, tablet, or mobile? While customizing the dashboard, you should have a clear idea of how you are going to use it, it's good to use a screen resolution. 
  • Last but not least, think about how wide your audience is? Are they need any special requirements? Any color blindness?

As a designer, you must keep all these things in mind while designing a dashboard.

Important factors about Dashboard layout:

  • Don't ever clutter the dashboard, try to keep it simple and more effective.
  • Consider building a landing dashboard in the four quadrants. This is one of the simplest layouts to create and is also quick to comprehend.
  • Think about splitting the models into inputs, calculations, and outputs. The more important thing is that the dashboard should effectively display the outputs.
  • Always try to build a dashboard in a top-down approach that should contain a dashboard summary at the top and a description at the bottom.
  • Set the height and width pixel settings to -1 to ensure that all the elements must automatically adjust to the screen size.

Using Anaplan features in the dashboard:

  • This enables synchronization where users can make use of real-time data.
  • Most importantly if there any conditional formatting statements need to be added to the data before any item will be added to the dashboard.
  • Make use of the dashboard element menu to narrow the focus on the data model, or filter the view of the grid. These modifications should reflect on the dashboard.
  • For a chart, users need to list out the multiple elements, and they need to reduce the view of the chart by clicking on a chart series to hide that series and rescale the chart axis.
  • Use the drill-down method to view important formulas and the grid details,( the navigation to add this option is as shown below:  go to the context menu -> right click then click on “drill-down”).
  • You should be aware of the currency format, and dont forget to define them if the dashboard refers to a single currency.
  • Are you using any decimal number, and be sure to define appropriate fixed numbers.
  • Remind your users about the search function with the help of two options, 

They are;      

a.context menu 

b.dashboard menu element.                                                                     

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Dashboard and data access

In contents, users view the modules and dashboard they have been using to access. These modules and dashboards are organized into functional areas (that means meaningful groups that are easy to navigate).
Assigning data access to a specific role, and also limiting access to particular modules and dashboards. To make this process robust, follow these steps to robust data access:

  • When creating roles, employ a need-to-know approach to the data processor. This ensures that the roles realistically represent the activities of user groups.
  • You need to dashboard that is targeted directly to the requirement of the role. It's always good to have three simple dashboards, which are directed to three different roles, rather than one dashboard that displays the data with an appropriate user.

Dashboards -Selective access:

This is nothing but a combination of both selective access and menu option that offers an administrative workspace with a fine level of granularity to control user access to the dashboard.

 First, let's start with selective access:

Anaplan dashboard respects the selective access set across model:

The navigation to follow:

  • Roles -> version dashboard elements only display the versions to which the user has access.
  • Roles -> Modules dashboard that is available to the user if they have read or write access to all of the module elements are published from.
  • Selective access on lists dashboard elements that only display list items to which the users have access.

Dashboard- menu option:

  • The administrator can set up user access for each dashboard grid element individually.  When an administrator selects a grid or chart element, the menu options are displayed in the dashboard designer properties panel.
  • The menu that is accessed from the dashboard element menu option provides the basis for the organization of menu options. For example, you can choose the pivot function from the view menu (this is also known as view-Pivot).
  • Similarly from the menu option, you can control whether the user can use the import function (this can be done using data-import).
  • The open source module controls whether a user can open the module that is the source of the grid or chart element.
  • To access the menu option, you can select the option that you want to make available to the end-users and clear the option that you want to hide from them.
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Final Words

There are a lot of different dashboards available on the market, but choosing the best one takes time and you can think that it is a big challenge. Anaplan dashboard has not only been developed to help IT people but also non-IT and business analyst professionals. The main purpose to use the Anaplan dashboard is to offer a subscription service for the cloud application/ software and also helps designers to create a business plan or customize the dashboard according to their requirements. In this Anaplan dashboard post, we have explained you the dashboard types, overview, framework, selective access, and menu options. 

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