thanks for the tremendous response to the intial blog. It reaffirms our decision to invest in this functionality. The holiday season is about to start. Lets start that with something positive to think about :smile: Would like to share with you the enhancements to the document generation functionality available with release 1511.
1) Support Multiple Values : Until release 1511, only single value placeholders were supported. With release 1511, support for multiple value placeholders is provided. For example , pay components. It would be possible to list all the pay components a person is entitled to. Similarly, to list all the national IDs associated to a person. To do this, you need to enter the placeholders with multiple values using a table. To insert a table into the template, select the Table icon in the RTE and put the placeholders within the table.
2) Support As-Of-Date : Until release 1511, documents could be generated only as of today. With release 1511, it is possible to also generate document effective as of a certain date. Thus it would be possible to generate promotion letter effective of a certain date in future or list the compensation a person was getting in the past.
In order to achieve this, mapping type has been extended by past direct and future direct mapping. Using past direct mapping means the system will retrieve the data that was in use before the current data when mapping the placeholder to the template. You can do this by using the As of Date field. In this field you enter a date in the past, which the system will then use when retrieving the employee's data. For example, if your As of Date is 10/12/2014, and you choose Past Direct Mapping for the lastName field, the system will retrieve the data from the last time you changed and saved the employee's information before 10/12/2014. Similarly for Future Direct Mapping the system will retrieve the date effective record changes in future.
On generation, it would be possible to generate the document effective as of a certain date.
For more details, the Document Generation Guide can be seen here.
Eager to hear back from you as always. Wish you all merry Christmas, Happy New year and a great holiday season with friends and family.