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3092698 - Time zone conversion cannot be applied to DATATIME column used in functions to create calculated column in embedded stories


  • You can adjust the time zone of DATETIME fields by applying a conversion as per end user's time zone on DATETIME column selected in Query Designer only
  • Such time zone conversion cannot be applied to DATATIME column used in functions such as DAY, DATE, MONTH , YEAR while creating a calculated column, which may result in difference in the data
    Joining date(UTC) - stored in databaseJoining date (IST)- Shown to end userDAY (Joining date)- Shown to end user
    26 August, 2020, 11:00 pm27 August, 2020, 04:30 am27
    26 August, 2020, 08:00 am26 August, 2020, 01:30 pm26


  • Embedded stories in SAP applications

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Create a new embedded story by choosing a connection.
  2. From the Query Designer,  drag and drop an object on the canvas having DATETIME column.
  3. Select the DATETIME column from object's column listing.
  4. Create a Calculated Column using Formula like DAY, DATE, MONTH , YEAR and use the same DATETIME column.
  5. Click on Preview button.
        => The DATETIME column and the calculated column may show difference in output data.


  • This is a limitation of embedded stories.
  • Time zone conversion is a representational feature which is applied when the query output has columns with DATETIME  data type. This adjusts the values to client time zone.
  • In case of DAY, DATE, MONTH , YEAR formula, the output is a number to which no conversion is applied. This will result in difference in data based on the applied time zone offset


  • You can submit one enhancement request for this limitation according to SAP KBA 2424376.

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