How to Build a Business Case for the SAP General Ledger

  • by Gary Fullmer, Solution Architect, MI6 Solutions
  • March 30, 2010
Many SAP professionals believe that only the requirement to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards will drive the adoption of the SAP General Ledger. In reality, there are at least 10 other benefits to the new technology that you should use to help build a better business case for the SAP General Ledger adoption and possible migration.

In recent years there has been much discussion around the need to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). For companies using SAP ERP Financials, these discussions have almost always included discussions around the configuration or even the adoption of the SAP General Ledger. With any major software change, it is necessary to build a solid business case to support such a change.

While IFRS is certainly a reason to consider the SAP General Ledger, IFRS adoption alone does not provide a solid base for a well-constructed business case. SAP offers various options to adopt IFRS; some require the use of a single ledger, while other options suggest the need for parallel reporting using multiple ledgers within the SAP General Ledger. Both options work for IFRS reporting, but companies that find the SAP General Ledger the best option need to construct a business case addressing the other capabilities of the SAP General Ledger. Like any well-constructed business case, the final document must describe the benefits and capabilities that will be realized with the adoption of the SAP General Ledger.

Here are some of the other key benefits from the SAP General Ledger that you can include in making a business case:

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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