End of Support for Planning Analytics 2.0.9

End of Support for Planning Analytics 2.0.9
Written by Mike Bernaiche, May 23rd, 2024

There are some big changes coming soon to IBM Planning Analytics.  You can see everything coming by checking out my recent blog The Future of IBM Planning Analytics - Lodestar Solutions.  One of the big changes coming is the end of support for IBM Planning Analytics 2.0.9, slated for April 30, 2025. 

What does this mean. You will need to upgrade to Planning Analytics 2.1 to continue to receive support with IBM.  There is also some very important information to understand about moving to Planning Analytics 2.1.  Below, I will detail all the changes to help you through this process.

What Does End of Support Mean?

On April 30, 2024, IBM announced the end of support for IBM Planning Analytics 2.0.9.  What does this mean?  In short, starting on May 1, 2025, IBM will no longer provide general support for IBM Planning Analytics 2.0.9 and older versions unless you have purchased extended support, which is expensive.  If you have not upgraded to IBM Planning Analytics 2.1.x or higher and you need to enter a support ticket or get a fix and you are not on a supported version, IBM will ask you to upgrade.  The time to start planning your upgrade is now.  See detailed info here.

Upgrading can be stressful, but Lodestar is here to help you through this process.  Near the end of this blog, I will provide details on our upgrade process to limit the stress and make sure you are supported with IBM.

Upgrading to IBM Planning Analytics 2.1.x

There are some important points to note when you upgrade to IBM Planning Analytics 2.1.x.

Legacy components - Architect, Perspectives, TM1 Applications, and Performance Modeler are no longer in the product with 2.1.  This may seem scary, especially for the fans of legacy tools like Architect.  However, Planning Analytics Workspace has everything you need and honestly, it is so much easier to use than Architect in my opinion.  If you have a lot of Perspectives reports, do not fear, there is an easy upgrade path and most if not, all, will convert to Planning Analytics for Excel reports without intervention.  Reach out to us at services@lodestarsolutions.com to discuss migrating your reports.

Planning Analytics Workspace with the new AI Assistant

Imagine above is Planning Analytics Workspace with the new AI Assistant coming soon!

What is included in IBM Planning Analytics 2.1.x? The main components are Planning Analytics Workspace, Planning Analytics for Excel, PA Spreadsheet Services (TM1Web) and the PA Engine. 

One important item to note, Microsoft Server 2016 is no longer supported with Planning Analytics 2.1.  I highly recommend upgrading to Microsoft Server 2022, and if you are able, placing the workspace install on a Linux server.

Since we are talking about upgrading, you might be interested in what is coming soon in Planning Analytics.  GREAT news.  Here is a blog I just wrote that details everything coming soon.  I promise you don’t want to miss reading all the exciting new features coming soon including the AI Assistant, Bursting and so much more!
The Future of IBM Planning Analytics - Lodestar Solutions

Upgrading Made Easy with Lodestar Solutions

At Lodestar Solutions, we are experts in upgrading both Planning Analytics and Cognos Analytics software.  We have made the process easy, seamless, and affordable.

Lodestar offers upgrade bundles that fix your upgrade cost, and you reap the savings and benefits.  We offer two and four upgrade bundles that include:

  •  Installation of 2 or 4 environments.
  • Configuration
  • Migration
  • Documentation
  • Live recorded walk-through
  • 20 additional hours of support to be used as you direct.
  • You have 1 year to utilize the upgrade bundle.

You can read more about the details here Solving the IBM Cognos Upgrade Challenge - Lodestar Solutions

Please reach out to me at services@lodestarsolutions.com to learn more about our upgrade bundles and discuss your unique situation.

Summary

Look, we understand that a major upgrade like this can be frustrating and time consuming.  Reach out to us to set up a call and discuss your situation.  We are here to take you through this process as stress-free as possible.  We have done countless successful upgrades, and we look forward to working with you soon.  The end of support for IBM Planning Analytics 2.0.9 is coming.  Don’t wait!  We are already starting to book upgrade projects! 

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