Global Currencies in Oracle BIA – The Sequel

I have blogged about Global Currencies in Oracle BIA recently. Global Currencies are used to report in different Currencies like USD, GBP, EUR. If you use the Global Currencies to report the same Currencies (eg. EUR) against different Exchange Rate (Types) you might end up with a challenge, because the Out-of-the-Box Oracle BIA ETL expects different Currency Codes.

If you take eg. the; ‘MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES_ToGlobalCurrenciesOnly’-Mapplet, you will notice the;  ‘DOC_TO_GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE_OUT’-Port. This Port is based on the; ‘DOC_TO_GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE_VAR’-Port.

Informatica - Mapplet - MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES_ToGlobalCurrenciesOnly - DOC_TO_GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE_VAR

If you further analyze the expression in the; ‘DOC_TO_GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE_VAR’-Port, you can see that it’s made up of a few different checks.



2. If previous condition(s) not satisfied, then; If GLOBAL2_CURR_CODE = GLOBAL1_CURR_CODE then populate GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE = GLOBAL1_EXCH_RATE

3. If previous condition(s) not satisfied, then; If GLOBAL2_CURR_CODE = DOC_CURR_CODE, then populate GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE = 1.0

4. If previous condition(s) not satisfied, then; If DOC_CURR_CODE = ‘STAT’, then populate GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE = 1.0

5. If previous condition(s) not satisfied, then; If GLOBAL2_CURR_CODE = LOC_CURR_CODE, then populate GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE = DOC_TO_LOC_EXCHANGE_RATE_VAR else lookup on W_EXCH_RATE_G on the condition (DOC_CURR_CODE, GLOBAL2_CURR_CODE, EXCH_DT, GLOBAL2_RATE_TYPE_VAR, DATASOURCE_NUM_ID). The output of this Lookup is used to populate the; GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE.

In the case of the same Global Currencies (eg. EUR) the execution of the above expression will stop at condition 2 and populate the GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE-column with the value of GLOBAL1_EXCH_RATE. Although this behavior seems logical from an Oracle BIA perspective, it might not be satisfying as you cannot compare GLOBAL1_EXCH_RATE with GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE.

In this case you will end up with a customization on the; the; ‘MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES_ToGlobalCurrenciesOnly’-Mapplet. The easiest way is to copy the logic in the; DOC_TO_GLOBAL1_EXCH_RATE_VAR’-Port and apply it to the DOC_TO_GLOBAL2_EXCH_RATE_VAR’-Port. Of course you have to replace the references to; ‘GLOBAL1’ with; ‘GLOBAL2’.



Global Currencies in Oracle BIA

If you read the Oracle Documentation for Oracle BIA (, you could find the following; “Currency conversions are required because your business might have transactions involving multiple currencies. To create a meaningful report, you have to use a common currency.”

Oracle BIA stores amounts in the following currencies;

– Document Currency –> Currency of the actual Transaction (Can vary in a multinational organization)
– Local Currency –> Currency defined in the Ledger
– Global Currency –> Defined in the DAC

You can use a Global Currency if you want to report all the different Currencies in one Global Currency (eg. ‘EUR’, or ‘USD’). Oracle BIA for Oracle eBS is able to report in 3 different Global Currencies. If you use Oracle BIA for CRM, you are able to store an additional two Global Currencies. You define the Global Currencies in the DAC.


You will have to define a Global Rate Type for each Global Currency as well.

– $$GLOBAL1_RATE_TYPE (for the first global currency)
– $$GLOBAL2_RATE_TYPE (for the second global currency)
– $$GLOBAL3_RATE_TYPE (for the third global currency)

DAC - Currency - Rate - Parameters

You would use the above DAC Parameters for a Document Currency to Global Currency Conversion ($$GLOBALn_CURR_CODE & $$GLOBALn_RATE_TYPE). The $$DEFAULT_LOC_RATE_TYPE-Parameter is used for the Document Currency to Local Currency Conversion.

To get a better understanding about how these Conversions work, you should try to understand the; ‘MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES’-Mapplet. The purpose of this Mapplet is to; “Find the Conversion Rate for a given Currency Code, Rate Type and Exchange date. You should find this mapping in the Out-of-the-Box SILOS-Folder.

Informatica - Mapplet - MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES - Diagram

In the ‘MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES’-Mapplet you will find an Expression; ‘EXPT_CALC_EXCH_RATES.’ This ‘EXPT_CALC_EXCH_RATES’-Expression is responsible for the actual Conversion (Calculation).


There are a few other Mapplets with similar name and functionality compared to the ‘MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES’-Mapplet.

The Conversion for eg. the GLOBAL1_EXCHANGE_RATE basically consists of three components:

– Input from a Mapping (eg. SIL_APInvoiceDistributionFact – W_AP_INV_DIST_F)
– Lookup to the W_GLOBAL_CURR_G-Table
– Lookup to the W_EXCH_RATE_G-Table

Informatica - Mapplet - MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES - EXPT_CALC_EXCH_RATES - Calculate Rate

Input from a Mapping

The ‘MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES’-Mapplet is part of a Mapping. Let’s take the ‘SIL_APInvoiceDistributionFact’-Mapping which populates the ‘W_AP_INV_DIST_F’-Table as an example.

Informatica Mapping - SIL_APInvoiceDistributionFact

Lookup to the W_GLOBAL_CURR_G-Table

The ‘SILGlobalCurrencyGeneral_Update’-Mapping in the ‘SILOS’-folder stores the values of the  to the $$GLOBALn_CURR_CODE-, and $$GLOBALn_RATE_TYPE-DAC-Parameters in the W_GLOBAL_CURR_G-Table.

W_GLOBAL_CURR_G - Currency - Rate

As you can see the values in the W_GLOBAL_CURR_G-Table, match with the values in the DAC-Parameters. Of course you can setup these Parameters anyway you like.

Lookup to the W_EXCH_RATE_G-Table

The W_EXCH_RATE_G is a Table which resembles the GL_DAILY_RATE-Table in Oracle eBS. If the contents of this Table are incomplete or incorrect, the whole setup of the different Currencies is useless. The ‘LKP_W_EXCH_RATE’-Lookup is used to find the Conversion Rate for a given Currency Code (‘From’ and ‘To’) and Exchange Date .

Informatica - Mapplet - MPLT_CURCY_CONVERSION_RATES - LKP_W_EXCH_RATE - Complete


If you query the  ‘W_AP_INV_DIST_F’-Table an you find the ‘GLOBAL1_EXCHANGE_RATE’-Column empty for a certain Transaction, the above should help you find out the reason.

Good Luck.