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Best practices for defining calendars

Updated on August 30, 2019


An administrator asks:

Calendar instances (Data-Admin-Calendar) are defined with a two part key made up of Name and Starting Date.  In theory our system could have a single Calendar rule, which spans a number of years. 

Should we create a new calendar at the start of each year or just use a single version, or does it matter? What is the best practice and are there any hazards involved in either of the options?


Suggested Approach

The recommended practice is to define a new Data-Admin-Calendar instance for each year that a particular calendar name is valid.

Data-Admin-Calendar instances are associated with operator definitions, used primarily to establish a business calendar library that determines when operators are working.

In many applications , business day calculations may involve end dates of contracts, insurance or loan agreements, and other business materials, so creating calendar instances for future years is important. (If a calculation involves a future year but no calendar instance for that date is found, Process Commander assumes that that year has no holidays; all days are business days except Saturdays and Sundays.)

Data-Admin-Calendar supports calculations that involve your business calendar - for example, transfer of assignments among worklists and workbaskets based on how long they've remained at one list or another.

The ability to define calendar instances that span multiple years is a flexibility option. You could use it, for example, if particular circumstances required that a financial year span longer than a calendar year.

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