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2832036 - Data Extracted for Labor Resources Displays Cost Unit as -1


In the Valuation Cost Rates sheet of extracted of labor resources, you observe that for some of the Labor Resources, the Cost Unit shows as -1 which is a negative value.


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Reproducing the Issue

To extract data:

  1. Go to Application and User Management workcenter
  2. Go to Data Extraction view
  3. Select New
  4. Run ID: XXXXX (where XXXXX represents the Run ID of Data Extraction)
  5. Run Description: YYYYY (where YYYYY represents the Run Description of Data Extraction)
  6. Select Extraction object: LABOR_RESOURCES - Labor Resources
  7. Choose to Save
  8. Select Activate and Run
  9. Run is successful
  10. Download the generated .XML file using the Download File button
  11. In the Valuation Cost Rates sheet, for some of the Labor Resources, the Cost Unit shows as -1

To check Labor Resource:

  1. Go to Cost and Revenue workcenter
  2. Go to Master Data view
  3. Go to Resources sub-view
  4. Show All Resources
  5. Find the respective resource XYZ (where XYZ represents the Labor Resource)
  6. Select Edit
  7. Go to the Valuation tab
  8. For the Cost Center Assignment, the entry for the Cost Unit is available (example: Hour(s) / Day(s))


Cost Unit indicates as -1 to understand that the Resource Cost Rate is not maintained.


When Cost Rate is not maintained, that is, Cost Rate left blank/ empty, then system automatically derives the value 0 as 0 is a valid entry for resource Cost Rate and therefore takes priority over any service Cost Rate. This behaviour is in alignment to UI where in if the Cost Rate is blank, it automatically takes in as 0 without throwing any error. However, Cost Unit is a mandatory field.


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