Frequently Asked Question

If you have a view or reports that you wish to run in different timezones, so that the data reflects the timezone of the person running the report, this can easily be achieved by using the Timezone converter, which is applied to a field at the view level.

On Step 2 of the View Builder (View Fields), select the field you want to convert.
note:The TimeZone converter will only be available for Timestamp (datetime) fields.
All date fields in SQL Server are timestamps, but for this to work properly the field should contain both date and time information - i.e. if all values are just a date, with the time component set to 0:00:00, the timezone conversion doesn't make much sense.

When you edit a field in the view builder you will see a new tab called Data Conversion. On this tab you can apply "Converters" based on the data type for the selected field. For a Timestamp field, you can select the TimeZone converter, and choose the native timezone that the data is stored in. Make sure you click the Add button to apply the Converter, and then save the field, and activate the view.




Now when you use that field as a column in a report, it will be converted from the native timezone you selected to the user's own timezone.

You can change a user's timezone through the My Profile TAB.



When running a report that contains this field, the user's timezone will be applied to the field, and the relevant data will be returned.

note:When no timezone is set for the user, the default time-zone (under Admin > Configuration > Regional Settings )

Also, when using this field as a filter in a report, the filter values will be applied based on the user's timezone setting. The selected filter value will be converted back into the native timezone before it is inserted into the query sent to the database.

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