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Variables for prior and next periods in logic


I'd like to do something that I would have thought should be quite simple, but I just haven't managed to get it right.

In Category, we use the properties Year and Month. For example:

Member Year Month

Actual 2014 APR

SP 2016 DEC

The issue is that we would like to create SP (Strategic Plan) for 3 years, of which the year in the property, 2016, is the first.

Creating variables for the month and for the first SP year is simple:



I'd then like to dynamically create 3 variables based on properties Year and Month; %SP1%, %SP2% and %SP3%, that I can use in scoping, in *WHEN/*IF, in GET and in *REC. It should be something like:

%SP1% = %CYEAR_SP%.%CMONTH_SP% (2016.DEC)

%SP2% = %CYEAR_SP%(+1).%CMONTH_SP% (2017.DEC)

%SP3% = %CYEAR_SP%(+2).%CMONTH_SP% (2018.DEC)

However it doesn't seem possible to use mathematical expressions for this, and I haven't managed to use NEXT or PRIOR successfully either.

Has anybody out there encountered this?


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  • Best Answer
    Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 09:56 AM

    Hi Cecilia,

    try with


    *SELECT(%CYEAR_SP2%,"[YEAR]+1","CATEGORY","[ID]= 'SP'")

    *SELECT(%CYEAR_SP3%,"[YEAR]+2","CATEGORY","[ID]= 'SP'") ....



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    • Thanks Roberto! Square brackets for Year in *SELECT was the syntax solution, works like a charm!.

      I developed this further by creating new variables concatenating the year and month:





  • Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Don't know what you trying to do, but this may help you:

    You can REC a #variable in MS with that data, just concatenate with +



    Then you can use that variable


    *IS "#YEAR2016"

    You cant test this and see if it works for you

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