The End of the Trilogy: Planning Analytics Local - The On Premise Strikes Back

by James Wakefield

This blog is the 3rd in a series, the end of a trilogy!

We all have our favourite movie franchise and I want to ensure this blog is more 'Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade' rather than 'Matrix Revolutions'.

So let’s start at the beginning. I introduced IBM Planning Analytics Cloud in this blog post:

Everything You Need to Know about IBM Planning Analytics: Part 1

It remains in one of our top web pages ever searched and has a long read time indicating people are interested in the topic.

I then moved on to publishing:

7 Key Features of IBM Planning Analytics

This post was even more popular as people wanted to understand the specific features of IBM Planning Analytics.

With this popularity we decide to release ‘the book of the story’ and so used the platform of our online Dashboard magazine to emphasise the feature/functionality of Planning Analytics:

Tridant The Dashboard 4

I had introduced the advantages of the hybrid cloud capability at Interconnect Feb 2016 and the concept of Hybrid cloud has become a very hot topic:

James Wakefield talks Tridant and Hybrid Cloud at IBM Interconnect 2016

Of course, there was much speculation into what front end to use for TM1 going forwards, so we published our short movie showing how you can publish a dashboard in under 5 minutes with Planning Analytics Workspace:

How to create a Planning Analytics Dashboard in under 5 minutes

This all leads us to The End of the Blog Trilogy and announce the release of 'Planning Analytics Local' on Dec 6th 2016.

This release effectively brings the capabilities of Planning Analytics Cloud to On-Premise customers. Of course from a product perspective, the cloud version is and will continue to be, always ahead of the feature/functionality race because Cloud allows you to release faster. Having said that though its unique in the market to be able to offer the same product in the Cloud, On-Premise or even Hybrid.

So for on-premise TM1 customers, what does it all mean to you?
  • Well, Planning Analytics Local is really the equivalent of a TM1 10.3 release. The big news is though the TM1 name is pretty much gone now. Get used to using the name Planning Analytics instead of TM1 (whether we long-time users of TM1 like it or not).
  • TM1 Server
    • After a long wait, the new hierarchies capability is finally here. By adding your elements to hierarchies in Planning Analytics they will now appear as virtual dimensions for analysis in Excel or Web.
    • Faster server load times using MTFeeders=T, an enhancement similar to MTQ
    • Dimension Updates do not lock Readers or Writers which is a huge benefit for intraday updates
    • TI Debugger available on developerworks
  • TM1Web
    • The big thing about this release is how much faster tm1web can render large amounts of rows. We had one client go from 50 seconds to render 10,000 rows to under 3 seconds!
    • iPad support through the browser is there now
    • Support for Active X Controls which gives a lot of power in your TM1Web
    • Relational Data access support
    • Date Picker is finally supported!!
  • Replace Perspectives with Planning Analytics for Excel (PAX)
    • 85% compatible with any perspectives reports
    • Full support for Active Forms
    • but not supported yet:
      • Drill Through
      • Print Report
      • Cell Commentary in Custom and Dynamic Reports
      • Set Editor is not 100% equivalent
    • Much much faster than perspectives and WAN-friendly i.e. get rid of Citrix or RDP
  • Planning Analytics Workspace
    • Natural language discovery & manipulation
    • Combine websheets, cube views, visualisations all into one screen
    • Easy synchronise between objects
    • Collaboration with chat
    • Mobile support via the browser
Overall this is a massive release for On-Premise customers with many benefits but.........there is always a are the parts you need to understand and be conscious of.

As a TM1 on-premise customer (under maintenance) you can upgrade to Planning Analytics Local with entitlements to all of the above EXCEPT Planning Analytics Workspace.

Planning Analytics Workspace requires a separate license before you can deploy it.

This is interesting because it’s actually included within Planning Analytics Cloud; in fact, you get that plus even more products with the cloud option like Cognos Command Centre, Bluemix Secure Gateway and Cognos Integration Server.

The other part to be aware of is that Planning Analytics Workspace is deployed via Docker container technology. This is great because you aren't having to do full un-install/re-install for upgrades but it does potentially introduce a new deployment method TM1 Administrators and your IT department might not be familiar with and you will benefit from some consultancy to get you started.

All of this is why I have (and always will be) a huge fan of Cloud. Planning Analytics Cloud takes away the hassles of upgrades and gives you more capability at the moment.

You can see a huge investment has been made in Planning Analytics Workspace and so eventually it will most likely become the dominant front end for TM1 in terms of capability and updates.

So that’s the end of the blog trilogy, I hope you enjoyed it and please subscribe to our newsletter for further blog posts on everything Analytics:

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