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Free Book Excerpt: Introduction to Reconciling SAP COPA to the General Ledger


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You may wonder why I am writing a book on such a specific topic. I initially had similar thoughts myself and wondered if the topic of CO-PA and general ledger reconciliation necessitated a whole book. However, I have found that this topic comes up time and time again with my clients and believe that it is important to provide information in a detailed manner to help businesses effectively deal with the reconciliation of CO-PA to the general ledger.

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Expert Tips for Reconciling CO-PA and the General Ledger Webinar Recording Now Available

SAP Controlling Community members recently gathered for a webinar on Expert Tips for Reconciling CO-PA and the General Ledger. 

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Tips on how to reconcile costing based CO-PA and GL

Why should we worry about reconciling costing based Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) to the GL? After all, GL is the book of record from an external reporting stand point. However, CO-PA has several advantages that the GL does not provide. For example, CO-PA can give us details on revenue and cost of sales (COS) split by sales order, product line, customer, etc. as opposed to the GL, which gives us only total revenue and total COS. CO-PA allows us to drill down to the details of a company’s profitability – customer, product line, which can be especially useful when forecasting future sales/COS. Therefore, CO-PA is an important financial tool; however for it to be accurate, we need procedures to reconcile or explain differences between CO-PA and the GL. 

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What’s New at Controlling 2013?


Our team has been asked the following question recently - “So what’s new at Controlling 2013?”.  Here a list of the top 6 new features at Controlling 2013:

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Most Common SAP Controlling Pitfall: Inability to Automatically Reconcile the SAP CO-PA Module with the SAP General Ledger

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Our blog series on the most common SAP Controlling pitfalls and how to avoid them continues this week. SAP Controlling 2013 speaker Paul Ovigele discusses the most common pitfall is from his perspective.

The Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) module has been around about 15 years, and its original purpose was to enable businesses to produce market segment profitability reports predominantly based on sales data. It is particularly useful to users in the Finance and sales departments as it allows you to perform profitability analysis according to several dimensions (customer, product, country, salesperson etc.) and its real-time functionality aids quick and effective decision making. However, one pitfall of the Controlling module is the inability to automatically reconcile the CO-PA module with the General Ledger.

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Exclusive Access to Controlling 2012 Conference Content


Controlling 2013 is the only dedicated conference for SAP professionals working with the management accounting (CO) module of SAP.  Interested in checking out content from Controlling 2012? Here is a list of videos and slide downloads available publicly from Controlling 2012. 

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A guide to functional areas and cost of sales P&L reporting in the SAP® General Ledger video blog & presentation slides

Paul OvigelePaul Ovigele, SAP FI/CO specialist, presented a session at Controlling 2012 called “A guide to functional areas and cost of sales P&L reporting in the SAP® General Ledger.” This session discussed how to leverage functional areas to produce cost-of-sales (COS) accounting reports in the SAP General Ledger.

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Controlling 2012 Conference Recap – Part 1

The inaugural SAP Controlling conference took place September 23 – 25, 2012 in San Diego, CA. The conference brought together Controlling professionals from across the United States and Europe for 2 ½ days of sessions and networking.

What Controlling 2012 Participants had to say about the conference: "The conference was very informative. It provided a lot of detail on HANA and some of the new solutions, as well as some detail about CO-PA specifically to reconciliations between that and the General Ledger. The speakers were excellent and I really enjoyed the sessions from Paul and Janet. And also the networking! It's been really great." "Loved the networking opportunities. Loved hearing about the up and coming tools and technology that are becoming available, and some stuff that we already have and just haven’t turned on yet."

"Exceeded my expectations. I've learned a lot. Hopefully I shared information with others. Made a lot of contacts. Really built up my network. I hope to be a speaker next year."

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