I have been looking through a number of posts using "Date range" and "Historical Information" as my search filters. I have located 3 posts that are requesting that additional date functionality be added to Replicon. There may be more, and I intend to track down as many as possible and continue to update this post
At a quick count, there seems to be 8 total customers across these three posts who require this functionality.
There have been two main responses to this issue
1) We have been told to use a user defined field upon the date change.
To my knowledge of how reports work in Replicon, each new field would be in a separate column rather than overriding the old data. Using department as an example:
Resource department is set to "Dept1". Then on the 1/01/2017 they move departments to "Dept2". The work around suggested by the moderators would generate two columns, one with Dept1 and one with Dept2. This creates issues when importing into excel and attempting pivot tables etc. In addition, when this happen with “dept3” “Dept4” etc, which will invariably happen over time, we would need to add a second field to store the date the change occurred.
This workaround may work for only one change, but as more changes occur to more fields (perhaps Cost Centre, Location, Billing Rate etc) the reports would grow to an enormous size.
2) "This is not planned currently."
It is puzzling to see this response, as there are already fields that do use date ranges to control their values (supervisor and cost as examples).
Moreover this answer doesn't really assist in the issue we face. At minimum, a workaround that mitigates the issue should be suggested and for a problem that multiple customers have brought forth, an explanation as to why it is not being considered should be provided.
I am confident there are reasons for the above, but given that number of customers who are requesting this I am hoping that there will be a detailed response to this issue. Im am happy to share this response with those in the other threads.