Thursday, July 15, 2010

PO Default to Local Currency

Issue Source: Atlas Helpdesk, Workshops Networks, Audit (CEDAR Report)

Affected Parties: Country Offices

Categorization: Efficiency – Application Usability

Users have often requested whether the default currency on a PO can be changed for a specific office (business unit). Currently, the default currency in Accounts Payable for vouchers is set up dependent on the office. However, the default currency is set to USD for all PO business units. After further research and testing, it was determined that we could not change the default currency for PO business units to a currency other than USD due to problems introduced with the approval workflow. Without major customization effort, it was therefore not possible to allow the entire business unit to be changed to a different currency.

As an alternative, we have suggested to country offices that they set up all vendors with the appropriate default currency. The procedures for setting up a default currency for a vendor were provided in the 2005 and 2006 BOM Regional Workshops. Furthermore, the office can request through the Atlas Helpdesk that a script be run to update all of the vendors to pay in the appropriate local currency.

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