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Create Planning Ownership Loaders

Explains how to create a Planning Ownership Loader to import user ownership associations to levels, including how to configure data source settings, column mappings and business rules.

The Ownership Loader lets you map metadata about user level ownership associations from the staging area into Adaptive Planning. Use the ownership loader to import ownership associations in bulk, instead of creating them one at a time within Modeling > Model Management > Levels. Once you create a loader, you can run it manually or schedule it to run as part of an Integration task.


  • The Planning Ownership Loader requires staging data from an import of an existing Data Source.  
  • Required Permissions: Model, Integration Operator, Data Designer

Basic Steps

  1. Enter data source settings
  2. Configure column mapping
  3. Create business rules
  4. Preview the loader output
  5. Run or schedule the loader


Compass.png From the nav menu, go to Integration > Design Integrations

Enter Data Source Settings

The Data Source Settings lets you choose the source table you want to use from integration staging data, and select what level ownership to load.

  1. Select Create New Loader in the Loaders pane of the Component Library.
  2. Select Planning Ownership Loader as the loader type. Enter a name for the loader.
  3. Click Create.
  4. Enter the Ownership Loader General Properties information in the Data Source Settings tab:
  • Source Table: Select the source table from the dropdown list. The source tables in the list are of all the tables available in the staging area you have access to.
  • Mapping Profile: You can link to a mapping profile as part of the loader creation process. Select the mapping profile from the dropdown list. The mapping profiles in the list are the ones you have access to.  See the mapping profile section of the Planning Data Loader. This mapping profile, along with any mappings loaded as part of metadata loaders are used to map the planning levels in the level column for the ownership loader.  Example: If the ownership loader has level column value "999999" (or for Workday,  a WID) then the mapping profile determines which planning level that refers to.
  • Propagate with warnings: Check to continue running the loader with warnings. If you leave it unchecked, the loader will stop when it encounters a warning. 
  • Log Level: Choose the type of details to capture when running the loader.
    • Off: No errors logged.
    • Error: Log serious errors only.
    • Info: Log basic information, such as when the loader was updated.
    • Verbose: Detailed information about all phases and actions. Used primarily for debugging or auditing.

Configure Column Mapping Edit section

Column Mapping lets you map columns from the data source to the ownership level associations available in Modeling > Model Management > Levels. You must map User and Level Planning Columns. 

If you are a Workday customer running a User Sync in this environment ,the User column needs to be mapped to the source column that contains WIDs. If you didn't run User Sync or are not a Workday customer, the user column needs to be mapped to the source column that contains usernames.

If there are several Planning Columns to map, use the Show filter to select:

  • All: Shows all users.
  • Required: Shows all required Planning columns, like User and Level.
  • Unmapped: Shows all unmapped Planning columns.
  • MappedShows all mapped Planning columns.

You can use the Search field to find columns. Enter a complete or partial name to search for and click the magnifying glass. Any staging columns matching the search appear in the results.

Map Columns

  1. Click the Column Mapping tab. The Column Mapping tab has these columns:
  • StatusA checkmark Mapped Column indicates a mapped column. An exclamation point Unmapped Column indicates an unmapped column.
  • Planning Column Displays all of the Planning columns available for mapping. Mandatory Planning columns are indicated by bold text with an asterisk.
  • Source Id Column: Displays the columns within the staging table chosen from the Data Source Settings.
  • Source Display Name Column: Indicates the display names to simplify the mapping process.
  1. Select an unmapped column and click the dropdown. A list of columns you can map to appears in the dropdown list. As you map the columns, the status indicator changes from red IntegrationMappingUnmapped.png to green IntegrationMappingMapped.png.

Unmap Columns 

You can unmap columns to ignore the staging data you don't want to load. You can also unmap columns one at a time following loader runs, to troubleshoot which columns generate errors in the logs.

To  unmap columns, click Unmap and choose:

  • Unmap All: Unmaps all of the the columns.
  • Unmap Selected: Unmaps only the columns that are selected.

Unmapping a column changes the status icon to an en exclamation point IntegrationMappingUnmapped.png.

Create Business Rules 

You can use Business Rules to create SQL expressions that limit the staging data that is available for loading. Only records that meet your filter criteria will load.

The Business Rules tab contains a text area for entering SQL:

To create an SQL filter:

  1. In the Business Rules tab, select SQL Filter. Click Edit.

  2. Enter an SQL expression. You can click an item in the Available Columns list to bring that column into the SQL expression instead of typing it.

  3. Click Apply to check your SQL syntax. Errors in your syntax turn the border around the expression red. Hover your cursor over the SQL editor to see syntax error information. For detailed SQL syntax help, click 'online help' in the Notes sec­tion of the Edit SQL Filter. See the SQL Expression Reference for more.

  4. Correct any errors in your syntax and click Apply. Only staging rows that match the SQL expression will import when you run the loader.

Preview the Loader Output 

You can preview the loader output before performing a full load to check that the mappings work how you want. You can also download its output as an XML file to manually verify the user level ownership associations from your data source against your requirements before loading them.

Click Preview loader output in the Actions pane.

The loader runs, applying all transformations and business rules as part of the run. A status popup displays the steps the loader executed. If there are user ownership association values to load, the loader creates an XML file and sends an email notification with the output of the loader as a zipped XML attachment.

An additional popup lets you download the preview loader output as a zipped XML file after the loader succeeds. The download popup may take a moment to appear depending on the number of level ownership association values and the size of the file.

Fix Validation Errors 

When the preview loader output or manual load runs, the source data is validated for errors. Examples of the validations include checks if:

  • The Source Id value for the User or Level value is missing (empty) in the data.
  • The Level Source Id is not mapped.

Run the Loader

After saving a Planning Ownership Loader with all the required configuration settings, the loader can be run manually or run as a scheduled integration task.

Wait about 15 - 30 minutes between each Planning Ownership Loader run so that the Adaptive Planning has time to synchronize with your import. Larger imports take longer to synchronize. Wait time depends on model size and other factors.

You can import directly from the source system or you can run the loader using staging values that were already imported. When the loader runs, select which of these behaviors you want. Choose Bypass data import to use the existing staging table for loading. Bypassing data import is not available when using spreadsheets as data sources. 

As part of the run process, the loader checks that the data in the staging table has been mapped correctly. Multiple validations are applied during the load. Any errors that occur during the load indicate what needs to be resolved for a successful import.

Include the Planning Ownership Loader in an Integration Task

Any integration task can contain one or more loaders. A task can also contain other integration tasks as well as Discovery metric loaders and scripted loaders.

Best Practice: Have separate Integration tasks for each loader.

If a task contains multiple loaders, then parameters from each loader are presented when the task is run. If there is a common/shared parameter used in the loader(s) within a task, then the task only prompts for the parameter once. You can choose to override parameter prompts. 

For scheduled runs of the task, the default values of the parameters stored when the loaders were created are used.

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