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Most Common SAP Controlling Pitfall: Beyond Cost Center Accounting – there’s more to SAP CO than meets the eye!

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

A common error I have found in companies using SAP CO is that they were trying to make some of the submodules do things they are not designed for.

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

Paul Ovigele

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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Most Common SAP Controlling Pitfall: Evaluating Design Alternatives

This week we are starting a new blog series on the most common SAP Controlling pitfalls and how to avoid them. SAP Controlling 2013 speaker Tanya Duncan is up first.

In my opinion, the most common Controlling pitfall is choosing design alternatives without understanding the ramifications. Controlling is an interesting and, in my opinion, more fun module compared to Finance and other SAP modules. It is more flexible in how you achieve requirements, but it also requires attention to building a robust, sustainable design.  

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Andrea Middleton, Director of Controlling and Planning at ABB, Inc.


This week we are profiling Controlling 2013 speaker Andrea Middleton, Director of Controlling and Planning at ABB, Inc. 

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling? 

I started working with SAP in 1992 when I joined ABB.  I joined one month after go live. Needless to say, things were quite up in the air with the knowledgebase on how to not only use SAP, but to report out of it. 

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Anurag Barua, Senior Director of Analytics at GyanSys Inc.

This week's Controlling 2013 speaker profile is of Anurag Barua,  Senior Director of Analytics at GyanSys Inc.

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling? 

I was lucky enough to start my SAP career at SAP Labs & SAP Public Sector & Education 15 years ago.

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Eric Chinchilla, IT Director of Global Finance Strategy & Execution at Johnson & Johnson

Eric ChinchillaLearn more about Controlling 2013 speaker Eric Chinchilla, IT Director of Global Finance Strategy & Execution at Johnson & Johnson.

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Jörg Siebert, SAP FI/CO Specialist and Co-founder of Espresso Tutorials

This week we are profiling Controlling 2013 speaker Jörg Siebert, SAP FI/CO Specialist and Co-founder of Espresso Tutorials.

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling? 

When I started my first real job in 1993, I worked for a small software company in Mannheim, Germany.  At that point of time, I had my first contact with business software.  Later on in 1999 when I joined Ernst & Young, the SAP world of Finance and Controlling became my main focus. From 2001 through 2011, I worked for SAP in Walldorf pushing forward with the newest inventions in Finance and Controlling.

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Julien Delvat, Principal Consultant at Alta Via Consulting and SAP Mentor

Controlling 2013 speaker Julien Delvat was recently named an SAP Mentor for his work with the SAP Controlling Community. Congratulations Julien! Learn more about Julien and stay tuned later this week for his blog post on trends in data visualization and dashboarding software.

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Updating Quantity Fields in CO-PA

If you are using the Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) module, then you know that the task of mapping various objects to value fields is the key to ensuring that the reports are complete and accurate. The normal scenario is to assign amount fields such as sales conditions, general ledger accounts and production variances. However, it is also important to map quantity fields such as sales and production quantities to value fields (which are set up with a “quantity” attribute in transaction KEA6). Most sales and contribution margin reports contain these quantity values (for example Net Weight of products sold) in order provide the appropriate context for the reported revenue and cost of sales figures.

I will discuss the three main areas where you can make assignments to quantity fields in CO-PA:

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Controlling 2014 Speaker Profile: Martin Munzel, SAP CO/PS Specialist and Co-founder of Espresso Tutorials

Martin MunzelThis week we are profiling Martin Munzel, SAP CO/PS Specialist and co-founder of Espresso Tutorials. Learn more about Martin and his view on what is most important to his customers. 

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