Written by Heather L. Cole, October 27th 2022
Is your IT department too busy to upgrade your IBM Planning Analytics, but you want the amazing new functionality IBM has added to Planning Analytics? Well maybe it’s time to look at IBM Planning Analytics on the Cloud, which is SaaS (Software as a Service). With the great resignation, companies on hiring freezes and all the mergers and acquisitions, it’s not uncommon to see IT teams stretched too thin. By moving to IBM Planning Analytics on Cloud, you can free up IT resources and yet still get your upgrades.
At Lodestar Solutions we are seeing more clients inquiring about moving IBM Planning Analytics from On-Prem to SaaS, IBM Planning Analytics on Cloud. So today we will share with you your options and timing for migrating to Planning Analytics on Cloud… But know with proper planning, it is possible and not hard to Move IBM Planning Analytics from On-prem to SaaS on Cloud.
What is Planning Analytics SaaS
Planning Analytics on Cloud is IBM’s SaaS version of Planning Analytics. Which means IBM hosts Planning Analytics in their cloud environment and IBM handles most of the technical aspects like upgrades, backups, etc… Clients don’t have to worry about doing the installations, upgrades, or backups. IBM does all that for you, freeing up valuable IT resources.
For more details on Planning Analytics Cloud see IBM’s site on Getting Started with Planning Analytics on Cloud.
Additionally, you might want to see our earlier blog What You Need to Know When Moving IBM Cognos and Planning Analytics on Cloud.
How to Move from Planning Analytics On-Prem to SaaS
When you are looking to move to Planning Analytics on Cloud there are a couple different approaches to consider. Typically, the approach is based on the type of licensing and/or size of your current deployment of IBM Planning Analytics.
If you are a mid to larger size client on Enterprise Planning Analytics licensing, the option you should explore is the IBM promotion called Cloud Adoption Play (CAP). This is a promotion that IBM is offering at the time of this blog but is subject to availability. The Cloud Adoption Play allows you to have dual entitlements of Planning Analytics on Prem and on Cloud for 1 year. This will cost you a little more then your normal on-prem support renewal but gives you plenty of time to migrate and test the cloud before committing to it.
At the end of one year, you will have to decide whether you will continue to use Planning Analytics on Cloud or return to on-prem. When you make the final decision, your renewal will be based on if you choose SaaS/Cloud or on-prem. But the great news is if you choose to return to on-prem there is no penalty.
If your deployment of Planning Analytics is under 50 users, or you are on the Express licensing model, the Cloud Adoption Play might not make financial sense as it does have minimum requirements. But don’t worry, Lodestar Solutions and IBM can work with you to determine the best migration path to a SaaS subscription.
In order to understand your unique situation and what the best approach is for you to move to Planning Analytics on Cloud, contact us at Services@lodestarsolutions.com and we will be happy to help you explore your options and timelines.
Creating the Timeline
The first step to moving from IBM Planning Analytics On-Prem to Saas/cloud is to plan your timing. Determine when your team will be available to move the models and do the testing you will require. Remember finance teams have certain times of year that are really busy, like year end and you don’t want to overwhelm them.
Enterprise Client –
If the Cloud Adoption Play is the route you are going, then you may want to purchase SaaS at the time of your renewal. This will be the best value. But don’t wait until your renewal to start discussing your SaaS plan with Lodestar Solutions or IBM, you will want to start the discussions 3 months before your renewal.
Express Client -
If you are an Express Client and the Cloud Adoption Play does not make financial sense, then it’s important to note that you will want to ensure you have support with IBM for your on-prem Planning Analytics while you move to the cloud. To save money, you want to review your renewal data as this could impact your timing.
For example, if you know your support renewal expires in March, and you want 3 months to test and migrate to the cloud, we recommend you start your Cloud subscription in January. This will essentially create 3 months of dual licensing and support.
In order to plan your migration to Planning Analytics on Cloud, contact us at Services@lodestarsolutions.com and we will be happy to help you explore your options and timelines.
Moving your TM1 Planning Analytics Models
Once you have your Planning Analytics on Cloud environment you will need to move a copy of your models to your new cloud environment. You will want to make sure you set up your users with the proper security and update the connections to your source data sources.
For some of you that don’t currently own Planning Analytics Workspace (PAW), you will want to educate yourself and your team on all the cool new functionality. Here’s a link to one of our videos on PAW.
If you would like training on PAW, please reach out to Lodestar services at Services@lodestarsolutions.com and we can discuss your training needs.
Never skimp on testing. Make sure your team has plenty of time to fully test your Planning Analytics on Cloud solutions.
Don’t go it alone!
Lodestar Solutions is here to help you understand your options, evaluate the costs of on-prem verse on cloud and help you successfully Move IBM Planning Analytics on Cloud. Set up a chat today by emailing us at Services@lodestarsolutions.com.