Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

  • by Gary Fullmer, Solution Architect, MI6 Solutions
  • January 15, 2002
This is a monthly column where SAP Financials product manager, Gary Fullmer, shares tips and tricks from SAP experts, including SAP product managers and SAP consultants, on ways current FI/CO capabilities can be more fully utilized and expanded. For this first column, a senior FI/CO configurator and former SAP FI/CO platinum consultant discusses some useful FI/CO-relevant programs, which are not accessible through menu paths.
Welcome to the first issue of the FI/CO Expert newsletter and to this column, where I’ll share tips and tricks from SAP experts, including SAP product managers and SAP consultants. The tips on the next page are hard-earned lessons from the trenches — i.e., lessons garnered from working closely with our customers on the front lines (as opposed to back in the labs). They provide invaluable inside information on ways to utilize and expand the current capabilities of your FI/CO. In this first column, the tips and tricks are from Tom Spetnagel, a former SAP FI/CO platinum consultant with five years of CO consulting experience. Tom is currently on assignment as a senior FI/CO configurator. You can reach him at

Gary Fullmer

Gary Fullmer is currently associated with MI6 Solutions as a solution architect. Prior to MI6 Gary recently worked for SAP Labs for 13+ years. While at SAP Labs, he spent his first four years as a CO instructor developing and delivering all CO courses offered in the SAP course catalog. For the next six years, he assumed the role of a FI/CO solution manager, where he focused on interfacing with customers for CO, SEM, and FI solutions. During the remainder of his time with SAP, he worked on SAP General Ledger migration techniques, the SAP IFRS adoption model, and SAP’s enhanced financial closing, and continues to consult on these topics. His educational background includes an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Utah State University, and a BS from Utah State University.

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