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2307976 - Canvas Report Data for some user not showing in Calculated Columns


In Canvas (Online Report Designer), you can create queries through the "Detailed Reporting" or "Advanced Reporting tool. These Queries can contain columns from data or so called "Calculated Columns". The latter offer to multiply values from existing data fields and a number of operations to pre process the data to display specific items of interested. Calculated Columns also enable to format data, count or create "if/else" columns for values to displayed depending on custom defined rules. The Calculated Colums may display information for some users, while being blank for others.


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This happens when a column is a calculated column which grabs the data from either of two tables. If you report on these individual columns in a query, you will see actual data for none or one field for the user with the issue, but not both.

The reason for this is because of cell security. The application can not show the result of a calculated column unless all columns referenced in the calculation is visible to the user. If one or more fields are not visible to the user for this row due to cell security, the calculated column will show a blank or empty result.


  • If the user's permissions and target population granting is correct, then this is expected behavior.
  • Adjust the users' RBP target population if they need to see the data or the result for the calculated column.
  • The workaround is to add both columns to the query with appropriate names and use this instead of the calculated column.


ORD, Advanced Reporting, ODS, Calculated Columns, Calculated Column, Empty field, Canvas , KBA , LOD-SF-ANA-ORD , Online Report Designer , Problem


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