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3100438 - Concatenating two fields give a response of numbers instead of text in People Analytics - Analytics Cloud for Success Factors


The following occurs when selecting Picklist Description fields in Calculated Column Designer, Calculated Columns do not display proper Description/Label of Picklist fields and always outputs the ID or code.  The regular fields display the proper label, but once used in a Calculated Column, the values are always shown in ID/Code regardless of whether you pick ID or Description field in the formula.


  • People Analytics - Analytics Cloud for SF
  • Calculated Column Designer

Reproducing the Issue

1. Login and go to Reporting
 2. In Report Center, search for the Story report.
 3. Notice that the query has a join from Job Information all through Country Specific Global Information - this is to test some picklist fields
 4. This is a simple query with Calculated Columns set to display fields Disablity from Canada and Chile Global Information as is (Description field was selected).  The last one is a Concat function.

5. Preview the Query
Result:  Notice that the Calculated Column fields display the values as ID or code rather than labels or descriptions
6. Go to Story Designer and add a simple table.  Add the regular Disability fields and the Calculated fields
Result:  Notice that the Calculated Column fields display the values as ID or code rather than labels or descriptions

Query Designer - Calculated Column screen
1. Go back to the Story datasource and edit query
2. Click the grid icon to check the Calculated Columns
3. Try to add a new calculated column and ensure that you pick Description instead of ID
4. Click OK
5. Preview the query
Result: The new calculated column still displays values in ID or Code instead of label description.


The id member will return a numeric response.


You must pick the description member when using the concat method for values based upon a pick list and use the text value and not a field value.

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