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2866284 - Compensation & Variable Pay - Error "PMServiceRollbackException" while processing PM or SM purge


While processing a PM or SM purge you may encounter the following error message within the purge download report.

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  • SAP SuccessFactors Compensation
  • SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay

Reproducing the Issue

To replicate this error message, go to Data Retention Management and create a purge request on PM or SM data.

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In this example the user is inactive and the uploaded file contains the document ID of the PM form.

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Add your required approvers and "launch Immediately".

When approving the job and checking the request the status shows "Completed with errors".

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Click on "View result", download the zip file and open the "FormTemplateObjectType.csv" file.

Here we can see the failure within the notes section.

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This is caused by the logged in employee who approves the request not having correct RBP permissions in Compensation & Variable Pay.


To correct this issue assign the two following permissions to the user.

  • Manage Compensation> Manage Compensation Forms

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  • Manage Variable Pay> Manage Variable Pay Forms

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Also - Starting 1H 2023 TemplateId is populated in the preview report of DRTM Performance Reviews Purge (VRP-13138). This is helpful to purge the correct form when the PM form is used as rating source when forecasting for the VRP plan.


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