Common Elements Used in Supply Chain Management Common Information

Field or Control


As of Date

The first date for which a report or process includes data.

BU or Business Unit

An identification code that represents a high-level organization of business information. You can use a business unit to define regional or departmental units within a larger organization.


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Short Description

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Effective Date

Date that a table row becomes effective; the date that an action begins. For example, if you want to close a ledger on June 30, the effective date for the ledger closing would be July 1. This date also determines when you can view and change the information. Pages and batch processes that use the information use the current row.

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Language or Language Code

The language of the field labels and report headings of reports to print. The field values appear as you enter them. Language also refers to the language spoken by an employee, applicant, or non-employee.

Process Frequency

Designates the appropriate frequency to process:

Once: Executes the request the next time the batch process runs. After the batch process runs, the process frequency is automatically set to Don't Run.

Always Executes: Executes the request every time the batch process runs.

Don't Run: Ignores the request when the batch process runs.

Process Monitor

View the status of submitted process requests.

See PeopleTools: Process Scheduler

Report ID

The report identifier.

Report Manager

View report content, check the status of a report, and see detailed messages.

See PeopleTools: Process Scheduler

Run Control ID

A request identification that represents a set of selection criteria for a report or process.


Specify the location where a process or job runs and the process output format.


Check the progress of a report or process. A valid status is Posted, Not Posted, Generated, Processing, or Scheduled.

User ID

The system identifier for the individual who generates a transaction.

Instance or Prcs Instance (instance or process instance)

The number that represents where the request is in the queue.

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