Write Costing-Based CO-PA Reports Your Readers Will Trust — Five Secret Tricks to Building General Ledger Reconciliation into Your 'Profitability Analysis' Data

  • by Kurt Goldsmith, Senior Business Consultant, Enowa Consulting
  • January 15, 2001
Section 1 of this article is especially for people who consider themselves CBR (Confused Beyond Recognition) by R/3’s “distributed” approach to accounting.1 Section 2 expands on this topic while specifically identifying some needed background information for examining CO-PA report challenges. Section 3 puts a finger on both some well-known and some not-so-well-known integration trouble spots for CO-PA reporting. Section 4 offers some creative ways for resolving these integration conflicts. Section 5 tries to summarize the article’s points in terms of why trustworthy data in any report (including in a CO-PA report) is everybody’s business, not just Accounting people’s business. Or, in other words, what these so-called “Walls” are to an analyst, and why the existence of “Walls” is an important precondition to your organization’s success.

Kurt Goldsmith

Kurt Goldsmith is a senior business consultant for Enowa Consulting, specializing in the diagnosis and resolution of productivity-related integration issues between a company’s division of labor (end users, managers, executives) and SAP software (R/3, BW, APO, CRM). He also has a lifetime performance record of one win and two third-place finishes from five career starts as a thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

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