The Split Processor-Making Balanced B/S and P&L Reports Possible for Business Area, Profit Center, and Fund

  • by Tami Becker, SAP Platinum Consultant
  • January 15, 2006
Do you want to produce balanced reports by elements lower than a company code, or by elements that cross company codes? The split processor, part of the FI Special Purpose Ledger, works well to provide balanced reporting for business area, profit center, and fund. The author shows how to use the split processor to get three additional fields for balanced financial reporting.

In the many years that I’ve been consulting for SAP, balanced reporting is the area where I’ve run into the most issues. By balanced reporting, I mean assets equal liabilities and equity by company code or other reporting elements within an organization. Most organizations would like the ability to produce balanced reports by elements lower than a company code or by elements that cross company codes. Producing these reports has been a very difficult task in early releases of SAP. Some organizations use the monthly balance sheet adjustment programs for business area and profit center, but find them extremely tedious and limited.

The split processor, part of the FI Special Purpose Ledger (FI-SL),1 works well to provide balanced reporting for business area, profit center, and fund. It is a relatively new functionality that has been standard since R/3 Release 4.5B.

I’m going to show you how to use the split processor to get three additional fields for balanced financial reporting. Once you activate this functionality, you can produce balanced financial statements (assets = liabilities and equity) by business area, profit center, fund,2 or any combination of the three. This is real-time functionality that does not require any batch processing or month-end programs to generate balancing entries. No postings in FI will be affected by using the split processor, as it uses only FI-SL postings. By the end of this article, you should be able to understand what the split processor is doing, and know enough about the set-up process to do some trial and error with it.

Tami Becker

Tami has been working with SAP R/3 for about eight years and really enjoys the software and its constant challenges. Her focus has been with reporting, FI, SPL, SAP Enhancements, Euro, DART, Conversions, and now Contract Accounting. There’s never a dull moment with each new release — she hopes you find it as interesting as she does!

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