Did you know that IBM Planning Analytics includes a feature that helps trim the list of choices in a picklist as you type? There are many different ways to create picklists in TM1/Planning Analytics and Revelwood has previously written about creating picklist cubes.
Here is an exploration that uses a picklist. This list entails all base level elements of a dimension. As you can see, there are six options to choose from.
I can select a value by clicking on an element from the list, which is great when I have a small list like this. But what if I have hundreds of elements in the list? The list can quickly become hard to navigate.
I can instead type in the “Search” area. If I type the letter “F” then my list is reduced to the only elements that contain the letter F.
You can see that the list does not just look at the first character … it instead looks at all characters. As another example, if I instead type the letters “ment” then the list will trim down to anything that contains these letters within the full string.
This approach can help your end users when selecting cost centers, employee names, or other long lists.
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