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Activity Postings 5: Category 3 Activity Types and Posting

TomKingWe have gone into a lot of detail on how indirect activity allocation cycles work with category 2 (indirect determination, indirect allocation) are used.  The main takeaway from category 2 type activities is that the quantity of activity posted is calculated based on information derived from the receiver cost objects.  You either don’t know or find it difficult to determine how much activity should be posted.  What if you do know how much activity should be posted, but don’t want to manually determine how to allocate the posting to other cost objects?  That is where category 3 (manual entry, indirect allocation) activity types come in. 

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SAP Indirect Access - Is it a Bad Business Move?

IMG 0524Guest blog post by our partners at Michael Management Corporation.

By now most of you have heard of the SAP indirect access case. And you know the result. In SAP and Diageo Great Brittan Limited, Diageo was found liable for indirect access through Salesforce. Our SAP Access customers are certainly concerned about this issue. Let’s take a look.

The court said in part, “The plain and obvious meaning of the above provisions is that only Named Users are authorised to use or access the mySAP ERP software.” And “Only Named Users are authorised to use or access the mySAP ERP software directly or indirectly.”

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SAP Templates Video Blog



Never tried SAP templates because you think they are too complex? Watch this demo from the Controlling 2016 conference on templates in SAP.

This demo covers how to:

- Create a template

- Execute a template

- Check the results

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Webinar Recording Now Available: Best practices to leverage SAP data for forward-looking business simulations Presented by Matthew Smith, President & CEO, 3C Software


The Operational Transfer Pricing Analytics webinar recording, presented by Matthew Smith, President & CEO, 3C Software, is now available.

Do you need help answering the one question every CFO really wants to know – “How will this change affect my P&L?” Hear how companies leverage SAP data and other sources to establish a robust business simulation platform that shows costs and profits at every business dimension.

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Activity Postings 4: Category 2 Activity Types and Posting – Part 2

TomKingPreviously, we discovered how to automate activity type postings using the indirect activity allocation cycle and category 2 activity types.  The example chosen was to use a statistical key figure which was posted to the receiver cost centers as the means for calculating the sender activity type quantities.  This still required some manual postings for the statistical key figure, but the calculation of the activity type quantity and the actual postings were handled automatically when running the cycle.

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How to get approval to attend an SAP conference

ConferenceNetworking400Attending conferences is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to get training and excel at your job, so why is it so hard to get approval? With tight training budgets, employees have to make a solid case to get approval to attend an SAP conference. The key is putting together a strong proposal that clearly defines the benefits to your organization, to your professional training plan, and the expected costs. Here are a 4 key pieces of information to include in your proposal:

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Activity Postings 3: Category 2 Activity Types and Posting



Category 2 activity types are for indirect determination and indirect allocation.  If category 1 activity types are vanilla ice cream, category 2 activities are more like hot fudge sundaes.  There is a lot of power built in to how postings are made with these activity types.

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Why Your SAP FI/CO Team Needs to Be at the Controlling 2017 Conference

MainImageBlog250Join teams from Tyson Foods, Honda, Kohler, CHS, and Bosch  (and many more!) at Controlling 2017. Take advantage of meeting with Controlling conference organizers to create a plan for your team's participation and make the most of your time. In addition, most teams find time during the course of the conference to meet and strategize about how to apply their learnings at the conference once they get home. Here are just a few of the reasons why your SAP FI/CO team needs to be at Controlling 2017:

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Webinar Registration Open: SAP S/4HANA Finance – From Batch to Real-Time


Reserve your place now for a webinar on SAP S/4HANA Finance – From Batch to Real-Time presented by Janet Salmon and Birgit Oettinger, SAP SE.

June 29 at 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST

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Activity Postings 2: Category 1 Activity Types and Posting


Our journey through activity type postings begins with activity type category 1 (manual entry, manual allocation).  I think of category 1 as the vanilla ice cream of posting activity.  This is the most straightforward method to use and understand.  Activity types defined with this category must be directly posted to a cost center and at the same time have a cost object for the allocation assigned.  Look at the definition of activity type CATEG1 below.  In this case, the actual allocation category is left blank, which means that it will be the same as the plan activity type category.  For CATEG1, that means the actual category will be 1.

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