It has been a long concern for Manager Users that Inventory cost (a critical information) is exposed to users having USER permission with access to inventory. Frankly, I feel which, I am sure many will support/agree, that inventory COST is a top confidential information which should not be viewable to lower staff.
To overcome this, I have an idea and, wonder, if this is implementable or was ever shared before in the FORUM.
In the USER PERMISSION, for inventory tab, there could have two check boxes for quantity and cost (value) separately. The user access can be restricted depending on the boxes checked. If only the quantity box is checked, the users can only see (VIEW) the inventory quantity but the value is hidden. For higher tier employee, both boxes can be checked that would give the ability (full access) to see both the quantity and cost.
@lubos may consider implementation of this option that would definitely be a great relief to a MANAGER USER like me having concern of core information relating to inventory cost being exposed to staff having USER PERMISSION access to Inventory.
Sorry but I do not really understand the issue. If you grant access to the inventory tab that surely must only be useful for users that manage them. Lower level users just sell these items (as you do not want them to purchase them because their cost would be known which is your concern).
In principle there are many different organizational cultures and although I differ with you on non disclosure to junior staff as I believe transparency and engagement of all staff helps them to better understand the challenges in achieving net results this does not mean that permissions should not be there. However, the permissions already exist and it is better to select only few that deal with inventory to have full access. Maybe some junior staff do inventory counts but that can be done on paper or any other means while the persons having access to inventory can do the updates as surely you may not trust their counts in any case…
Thanks for your comments.
The message was not an ISSUE but just AN IDEA.
What you have stated, may be true in your perspective & demographical culture. But, not necessarily, what is true or practical in our case may also be so in your circumstances. The perception and demographical behavior may differ from area to area.
That said, now, first, let us understand, what’s is the function of inventory tab? It is (1) to create new inventory item (2) to view the quantity & cost and (3) to view transactions of each inventory item for quantity & cost. There is no real-time data input in inventory item tab. If I am wrong. I will appreciate if you can explain.
The message was just AN IDEA to improve MANAGER which, is meant to cater universally – not just you and me, right? So my message on the FORUM is an humble effort to put forward an idea/proposal as many users have expressed the concern of not exposing COST to employee with access to inventory tab. The functionality or practicality of the idea is the decision of the DEVELOPER
Once again, to clarify, the suggestion is, in USER PERMISSION, for inventory item, there could have two check boxes for quantity and cost (value) separately. The user access can be granted depending on the boxes checked. If only the quantity box is checked, the users can only see (VIEW) the inventory quantity but the value is hidden.
The restriction to view cost in no way would deter management or functionality of the person with access to inventory item tab as you may have concern @eko
An idea just came to mind which I thought to share with @lubos and my fellow USERS.
While @sonicgroup concern is a valid, it still isn’t compatible with how the software is built.
There could be a solution, however. If the users involved don’t need the Create or Update permissions for inventory, then they don’t really need access to inventory tab at all.
You can simply give them access to the following reports:
- Inventory Price List
- Inventory Quantity Summary
@Ealfardan Hats off to you !!!
Perfect suggestion exactly what I wanted. Simple workaround but solved my LONG CONCERN with a simple solution. I am sure it will be equally helpful to Fellow Users who may have the same concern as discussed in this topic
I have not enough words to praise your idea. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.