Saturday, March 2, 2019

Prompt isn't fetching the elements in the Rule Package Definition in PeopleSoft Global Payroll

Have you ever encountered this issue where in the rule package definition, when you try to add desired elements you don't see them in the prompt as shown below:

as you can see the element that you have defined isn't displayed in the prompt and this is related to your Global Payroll access. For instance, in this case I defined a country specific element for GBR but in my Global Payroll profile I have access to All Countries as shown below:

To resolve the issue, just change the flag to Specific Country and also select that particular country you defined the element for i.e. GBR in this case:

Now go back to the Rule Package definition, open the page again and try adding the element. If it doesn't work then log-out/log-in and then try again.

Unable to stop retro processing for a payee in PeopleSoft Global Payroll

Recently we had an issue where for an employee a retro trigger got created accidentally and caused some of the finalized calendars to re-open. It completely screwed up the payroll results for the current period because we had many Positive Inputs for adjustment and the retro which caused the issue was completely undesired.

We desperately wanted to get rid of the retro pressing so we first tried with cancelling the retro trigger and ran the payroll for that employee but it didn't help as the retro was still opening. We then set the retro limit through the  page hoping that the Assign Retro Limit page hoping that it won't go back beyond current calendar but that didn't help either. The retro was still processing.

We then did following to get the results we wanted to get.

  1. Open the Payee Status page and set the process indicator flag to Cancel
  2. Process the payroll for the payee
  3. Open the Review Triggers page and cancel all the retro triggers for the payee
  4. Open the Payee Status page and set the process indicator flag to Uncancel
  5. Process the payroll for the payee again

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Application Engine with Disable Restart "off" is going "No Success" in PeopleSoft

Have you every encountered this issue when an App Engine process keeps failing with No Success message over and again. Lets discuss what might cause this and how we can resolve.
The Application Engine program which is restart-able always commits the DB transactions if it fails. We can make an app engine re-startable by clearing the checkbox "Disable Restart" in the properties dialog box as shown below:

The next course of action is to re-start the process again hoping that it would resume the processing from where it got failed. If the program have been setup that way then it would work as expected but if not then it will fail again.

Even if you delete the failed process instance and kick of the process again, it would still fail because during the first run the program would have inserted processing data into temp tables and when you run the program again, it tries to insert the same set of processing data into the same temp tables causing the process to fail.

Now the question is, how to resolve this ?

The simple answer is - first clear all the temporary processing data from the tables and then run the process again. But this is easier said than done. So lets break it down into the steps needed to resolve this issue.

Gather all the temporary table instances and standard SQL tables

In this step we need to collect the names of all the tables into which the program tries to insert the data. The easiest way to do this is by first enabling the Application Engine trace and then checking the SQL trace file. Just search all the INSERT INTO text in the SQL trace file which will give you all the tables where the temporary or the transnational data is inserted.

Deleting the data from tables

In this step we will delete the data form all the tables gathered in previous step but perform this task very carefully so that we don't end up deleting any data which which isn't supposed to. First of all, all the data from temp tables can be deleted without any worry. However, before deleting the data from standard SQL tables, we first need to analyse and determine what exactly need to be deleted or updated and only after that data should be deleted.

Run the process again

After all the temporary or transnational data is deleted, we are ready to run the process again. So once the process is run again it should go to success.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

How to unfinalize a calendar in PeopleSoft Global Payroll

One thing you all must agree that everyone of us who work in PeopleSoft Global Payroll, at some point of time have to undo the finalize of a calendar just to process it again. But the issue is, there is no delivered way of doing this so we have to use our own way which is through SQL script.

A calendar group can be un-finalized by executing following three steps:

  1. Reset the calculation status to Successful in the table GP_PYE_SEG_STAT
  2. Reset all the flags and the finalized time stamp in the table GP_CAL_RUN
  3. Reset the finalized time stamp in the table GP_CAL_RUN_DTL

All the above three steps can be executed through SQL given below:

WHERE CAL_RUN_ID = 'Calendar Group';

WHERE CAL_RUN_ID = 'Calendar Group';

WHERE CAL_RUN_ID = 'Calendar Group';

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Why the dynamic role isn't getting assigned to intended users in PeopleSoft

I was once working on a project where I had to create Query for dynamic role assignment. Everything was going well as I was able to create it without any challenge. The query was fetching the desired set of users to whom the role was supposed to be assigned.

However, when I ran the Dynamic Role Assignment app engine (DYNROLE_PUBL), the role wasn't getting assigned to the intended users. I did the RCA and turned out that the PS Query which I created, wasn't returning the distinct OPRIDs hence the app engine process wasn't assigning the role to users.

To resolve the issue, I added a DISTINCT keyword next to SELECT using expression in the PS Query which though started returning distinct rows yet the main issue remained unresolved. I ended up spending several hours to get around this but no luck.

Then I read somewhere that instead of using DISTINCT keyword, I should rather enable distinct option in the query properties to get the distinct rows. The option is shown below:

Then I ran the process again and the issue got resolved.

Most frequently queried tables in PeopleSoft Global Payroll

A PeopleSoft Global Payroll specialist who maintains and support the system have to frequently query a set of tables very frequently. Lets see what are those.

The below tables contain the calculation results and are source of data that is displayed in the page Result by Calendar Group
PS_GP_PYE_PRC_STAT  (Contains all the resolved calendars)
PS_GP_PYE_SEG_STAT (Contains all the resolved segments calendar-wise)
PS_GP_RSLT_ERN_DED (Contains payroll earnings and deduction results under each segments calendar-wise)
PS_GP_RSLT_DELTA (Contains retro delta results calendar-wise)
PS_GP_RSLT_ACUM (Contains accumulator results calendar-wise)
PS_GP_RSLT_PIN (Contains supporting element results (bracket, formula, variables etc..) calendar-wise)
PS_GP_RSLT_PI_DATA (Contains positive input results calendar-wise)

The below tables contain triggers created from various sources and can be seen in the page Review Triggers
PS_GP_RTO_TRGR (Contains retro triggers)
PS_GP_SEG_TRGR (Contains segmentation triggers)
PS_GP_ITER_TRGR (Contains iterative triggers)

This one contains the error/warning messages associated with payees calendar-wise after the pay calculation process is run and can be seen through the page Payee Messages

When we run the payroll with debug and trace option enabled, the audit trail is stored in the below table and can be seen through the page Element Resolution Chain

The payee level data is stored and maintained in below tables
PS_GP_PI_MNL_DATA (The earnings and deductions assigned to a payee, Page - One Time (Positive Input))
PS_GP_PAYEE_DATA(The retro limit at payee level, page Assign Retro Limit)
PS_GP_PYE_OVRD (Elements assigned to a payee for a specific period, page -Element Assignment by Payee)

Calendar Group Definitions are stored in this table:

Payments processing details and results are stored in below tables:
PS_GP_PMT_PREPARE (Payment processing details for a calendar group, page -Run Payment Prep Process)
PS_GP_PAYMENT (Payment processing results for a calendar group)

GP-GL processing detail and result are stored in below tables:
PS_GP_GL_PREPARE (GP-GL processing details for a calendar group)
PS_GP_GL_DATA (GP-GL processing results)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

PeopleSoft Time Admin Process Error : Dropped 1 Time Reporters found in other concurrent runs

Recently we got this error while running the time admin process TL_TIMEADMIN. The error text read as:

Dropped 1 Time Reporters found in other concurrent runs. (13507,9)

We did the RCA and discovered that the table TL_TR_STATUS contains the data that suggests the employee in question is being processed through another run control id. Following fields in the table contained values:

  3. OPRID

We had to clear these three fields and also update the Earliest Change Date (EARLIEST_CHDT) back to the last reporting date. But instead of doing it through UPDATE SQL, we first deleted the row and then did an INSERT. 


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Additionally, we also deleted run control data from below three tables:



After doing the above three steps we ran the time admin again and it went to success and the error was also gone.