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Unit of Measurement for Assignments in OM

The unit of measurement is widely known as any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement. This unit is the least possible measurable quantity for any object.

Employee Assignments in OM have the day as the unit of measurement. The open assignments identified by 31.12.9999. The least an Assignment can measure is a day, where the start date and end date for the assignment can be the same date.


The agenda behind this weblog was to think aloud whether the day as a unit of measurement can be a all encompassing solution for all scenarios. I need not elaborate the business needs were the resources could switching between assignments within a days time and the need to plan, track and report such assignments. If the day cannot be the unit of measurement for the assignments, what could be the alternative? Can we have a more flexible and scalable unit of measurement? These are some questions which I will try to answer in the next issue of the weblog. 

-Vinod Jose


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      Author's profile photo Steve Oldner
      Steve Oldner
      Sorry for not understanding, but where is the unit stored? At least for us, on HRP1001, a person is related to a position by a percentage. So, in theory, a person can be related to anything by a day and percentage.  What am I missing?


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      Thanks Steven for your interest on this note. Let me explain the scenario a little more with an example:

      Say there is an Employee (P1) assigned to Org Unit (O1) for 30% for a day - June 30, 2009. We can handle this scenario using the Staffing Percentage and relationships in HRP1001.

      Now consider this same Employee (P1) is assigned 30% in Org Unit (O1) from 09:00 HRS to 12:00 HRS on June 30, 2009. Later from 15:00 to 20:00 HRS on June 30, 2009 itself he needs to be assigned for 70% in the Org Unit (O1).

      These are some of the scenarios for Consultant profiles working on assignments with varied billing rates identified by the percentage. When the assignment duration is less than a day, I feel we have a limitation in terms of recording the assignment. Hence the need for a flexible and scalable unit of measurement for assignments.

      Do let me know if this scenario helped you understand the case, I can share more scenarios to explain the case better.