Help Your Profit Analysts Find Cause-and-Effect Relationships with Three CO-PA Data Fine-Tuning Options

  • by Mitresh Kundalia, Director — SAP Practice, Quality Systems & Software
  • June 15, 2002
Three settings in a customization piece called the Sales and Distribution (SD) Pricing Procedure will give you greater ability to fine-tune profit-related data that is sent from SD to CO-PA. The article includes a walk-through exercise to help you learn the technique.

Out of the many options available in SAP R/3 for influencing when and what kind of sales data to populate into our FI/CO ledgers, some of the least understood reside in a customization piece known as the SD Pricing Procedure. Figure 1 shows an abbreviated example of one of these and highlights the three settings we will discuss in this article —Statistical: Yes/No (Stat.), Subtotal To (Sub. To), and Alternative Calculation Type (Alt. CType).1

These settings serve multiple functions. However, I would like to focus specifically on their potential use as instruments that can "fine-tune" the profit-related data that gets sent from SD to CO-PA. At the conclusion of this article, you should have a much better understanding of the options offered to you and your profitability analysts from this functionality. I’ll discuss the options one at a time. However, if you feel you would first like to have a bit of a review on what is meant by a "Condition Type" and on how one of them gets populated with money values, I have put a brief background comment about that on page 6. There is also a review comparison of the R/3 Costing-based CO-PA ledger to the R/3 General Ledger on page 5.

Mitresh Kundalia

Mitresh Kundalia heads the SAP practice at Quality Systems & Software ( QS&S is a leading business and technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering superior IT solutions using SAP products. Mitresh is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert and has worked on various SAP assignments, including strategic planning, fresh implementations, upgrades, and post-go-live support projects. With an MBA degree in finance, Mitresh manages SAP projects with a special focus on customer-focused solutions, management reporting, profitability analysis, SAP General Ledger, and business intelligence. He is a regular contributor at SAP events and publications and technical advisor to leading journals.

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