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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Planning Analytics
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 21, 2022

SUBNM should validate the input of the arguments

RE: support ticket TS009726346

I am using PAfE version 76. When I use the SUBNM formula:

=SUBNM( "PTR04-BC:Scenario";"";"ACT")

I get the result as ACT.

When I change the case and use the SUBNM formula:

=SUBNM( "PTR04-BC:Scenario";"";"act")

I get the result as act.

Surely only one of them is a valid element in the Scenario dimension, not both.

Even worse, for instance this can occur as well:

=SUBNM( "Correct servername:Sp_Bogus", "", "TEST VALUE THAT DOES NOT EXIST IN DIMENSION")

When the server name is incorrect we get an error. Fine.

However, once the server name is fine, we can enter wrong dimension names, wrong element names...

They all pass and are shown as the result of the SUBNM formula. To me this makes no sense at all. They do not exist in the dimension ! The user / report builder cannot spot issues easily, only through DBRW formulas that point to the cells. Any SUBNM that is not used in DBRW formulas (for instance, to pass element names from one sheet to another) will have errors baked in potentially. An incorrect dimnension name, not existing element names, not existing alias name or subset, these are cases that should be validated when the SUBNM is entered - to avoid issues down the line.

Needed By Quarter
  • Admin
    Stuart King
    Oct 4, 2022

    This idea is currently not under consideration. The idea can continue to accumulate votes and comments. The IBM Planning Analytics product team may reconsider the status of this idea at a later date.