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Hi All,

 

This is a friendly warning to all Unifier users who waited so patiently for the "Multiple Concurrent Pay App" functionality from Oracle. Oracle have delivered it, but it will surely cause you much pain and suffering if you dare to use it.  Whats worse is, Oracle acknowledge the business case led argument, but refuse to accept that their functionality, as delivered, is fundamentally flawed, and refuse to address the issue. We, therefore have to go back to waiting patiently for Oracle to fix the issue and deliver on their promises - but then again, we seem to do a lot of this, and are continually disappointed.

 

So, herewith fair warning.

 

If you have multiple concurrent pay apps or change commits running, be warned that on 'termination' of any one of these, the values as set by the creator on all the remaining 'pending' pay apps or change commits are OVERWRITTEN by the system - i.e. reset to the most recently applied SOV values. Watch out for this as it can result in Pay Apps post-approval being increased in value, or change commits, post-approval having values altered.  This fundamentally violates the principal or workflow based approval process, which simply cannot accept a change to values in the BP without forced re-approval.

 

I will offer up an example in illustration:

 

We contract reimbursement of fuel costs with our construction contractors.  At the time of contracting an estimate price for fuel is used e.g. R12.50 per liter .  On a month by month basis the contractor claims liters consumed, but at the prevailing price for fuel in that month. So in month 1 that might be 12.43 and in month 2 perhaps 12.58 and in month 3 perhaps 12.32 etc. So Pay App line items are created accordingly, with price adjusted from the base SOV value.  And here's the rub - if you have 2 or more pay apps running .with pricing 'altered' from that on the SOV, then on 'termination' of any one SOV impacted BP, the price for that fuel item on all the remaining 'pending' pay apps or change commits is reset to the price on the most recently 'terminated' pay app.

 

I hope I save at least someone from the chaos this has caused on our projects.

 

Yours, eternally frustrated with Oracle.

Lael