1. Modeling
  2. Modules

Modules are key components of an Anaplan model. Each module represents a specific function, such as margin calculation, employee expense planning, or profit and loss reports. You can enter data and calculate values efficiently in modules.

You can build a module with dimensions such as Time, Versions, and lists. Insert line items to measure your data, such as Revenue, or Cost of sales. Then, you can configure a module to suit its purpose.

For example, the Profit and Loss module below has Time on columns and line items on rows. It also has the Countries list and Versions on pages.

USForecast


 Jan 21Feb 21Mar 21Q1 FY21
Headcount10101010
Revenue279,894284,085281,038845,017
Cost of Sales72,73773,87073,026219,633
Margin207,157210,215208,012625,384
Margin %74.01%74.00%74.02%74.01%
Employee Expenses65,12965,12965,129195,388
Other Costs89,64187,79287,597265,029
Profit52,38757,29455,286164,967

It's best practice to organize your modules into three categories: input, driver, and output. Use these modules for data entry, to calculate values, and for reporting purposes, respectively.

Each module has a role to play in the processing of data in a model: data input, export, mapping, or staging.