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Some of the information recorded within People Inc. is generated automatically by the system using logic defined within the screens. For example, the system takes an employee’s surname and adds it to their first name to provide a format of name that can be used in reports and letters (this calculated version of their name is saved separately in the employee record).
Most screens in the system contain a variety of different calculations. The calculations are done using triggers defined within the screens. The triggers normally generate the calculated data when the user saves a record. If the calculated information is visible on the screen, it is normally displayed in a box that has a yellow background (note that not all calculated information is displayed on the screen).
The Recalculate Data Screen wizard is designed to enable the user to recalculate information within the system globally, screen by screen.
Recalculate Data Screen Wizard
Time-dependent information needs to be recalculated regularly. For example, an employee’s length of service increases by one-day every day. The People Inc. Daily Run recalculates this kind of data automatically every night. The Daily Run also reconciles absence information and updates any open-ended absence records. If future job or salary information is added to the system, the employees’ current job and salary information is also kept up-to-date in this way.
The People Inc. Daily Run does not however recalculate information held within the system that is normally managed using calculations defined within the system screens.
The Recalculate Data Screen wizard can be used to recalculate the records managed by a specific data screen. When this is done, the wizard takes each record one-by-on and runs all of the triggers defined within the screen (and in doing so, it refreshes all of the calculated information). The wizard also enables the user to select a screen filter. This will limit the records that are to be re-calculated in some way. For example, the user may wish to select just current employees (excluding any leavers).
Being able to recalculate data in this way is likely to be of use in a number of situations:
It is possible to define calculations that are only run when a new record is added (or when a record is deleted). These calculations are ignored by the Recalculate Data Screen wizard.
Calculated information within People Inc. is updated using triggers. Most People Inc. screens have a significant number of triggers defined within them. The triggers defined within a screen can be reviewed using the Screen Designer. If users need to add further calculations, they can add custom triggers to a screen (once again, using the Screen Designer).
The new wizard is available as a download, free of charge to all People Inc. users. Note that to do this, a log-in for the Client Resources area of the website is required.
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