Cross Task List Monitoring in the SAP Closing Cockpit in ECC 6.0

  • by Gaurav Aggarwal, Lead Consultant, SAP S/4HANA Finance, Infosys Limited
  • June 5, 2014
Learn how to monitor the status of various tasks from multiple task lists in the SAP Closing Cockpit with SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the technical view behind the tasks structure in the SAP Closing Cockpit
  • Use a developed program to monitor the status of multiple task lists
Key Concept

The Closing Cockpit is a standard SAP tool to monitor and control the entire period-end closing cycle. In this tool the templates are first defined and then the task lists are created from the template each month to enable users to process the task list for the period-end closing. SAP Financial Closing Cockpit Add-On 2.0 is a licensed component with a user-based fee and does not come free with a standard SAP installation. It can be used only with ECC 6.0.

Many organizations now use the SAP Closing Cockpit for making the period-end closing activity faster and more integrated. Organizations create the task list for each period-end closing from the template defined in the Closing Cockpit and can have multiple task lists for each period-end closing. I explain how you can centrally monitor the status of these different task lists overall and task wise.

If you want to track the status of a task list in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0 (up to enhancement package 7), you have to go inside that task list. The limitation is that you can track only one task list in an SAP screen.

However, the need arises when you have to quickly track the progress for your organization overall and then it becomes cumbersome to open and check each task list. This need is met by SAP under ECC with SAP Financial Closing Cockpit Add-On 2.0. (More information about this ECC add-on tool can be found here).

I show you how to use an ABAP program that I developed to monitor multiple task lists. I also explain how to install this tool and how to further enhance it for any special needs you may have.

Note
For information on the detailed standard SAP process for configuring the Closing Cockpit, read Gary Fullmer’s Financials Expert articles: “Set Up SAP Closing Cockpit for Speedier and Better-Controlled Financial Closings in 5 Steps” and “SAP Closing Cockpit in mySAP ERP Automates Fast Close.”

You can also read my various other articles: “Integrate Period-End Processes by Linking Custom-Developed Programs to the Closing Cockpit” and “Automate Task List Creation in the SAP Closing Cockpit.”

In this article, I focus only on the aspect of monitoring multiple task lists in the Closing Cockpit.

I have divided this article into three sections:

  • A technical view behind the  SAP Closing Cockpit tool
  • How to install the developed program
  • Use procedure of this developed program

 

Gaurav Aggarwal

Gaurav Aggarwal is SAP S/4HANA lead consultant at Infosys Limited. He has more than 14 years of experience, including 11 years in SAP Finance. He has expertise in both SAP FI and Controlling (CO) with integration to other modules in manufacturing and process industries. He is a chartered accountant and SAP Certified Financial Consultant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and is a techno-functional expert with thorough knowledge of the necessary ABAP for functional experts. He is a veteran in G/L, AR, AP, banking, FA, Travel Management, and closing cockpit and has handled greenfield implementation, upgrades and conversions, rollouts, and support projects. 

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Comments

5/5/2017 4:04:14 AM
Alex

Hi Gaurav
very useful program! do you have an idea if it's possible to add start dare, end date and planned start date as well. i'm triyng to do it but without results. I don't find anywere this field.
Thank you for your help
5/5/2017 4:04:12 AM
Alex

Hi Gaurav
very useful program! do you have an idea if it's possible to add start dare, end date and planned start date as well. i'm triyng to do it but without results. I don't find anywere this field.
Thank you for your help

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