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How to automate month-end close tasks - Controlling?

Do any companies automate either part of all of the CO tasks during month-end close? If so, which transactions are automated and is there a method used to link transactions together? We would like to automate some of the longer running transactions, such as KSU5-Assessment Cycles, KSS2-Actual Cost Splitting, KSII-Execute Actual Price Calculation, CON2-Revaluation at Actual Prices, KKAO-WIP Calc, KKS1-Variance Calc, CO88-Order Settlement, CK40N-Costing Run for Current Cost, KE27-Periodic Valuation, MRF1-FIFO Calculation, COHV-Production order TECO/CLOSE, and CO99-Close Maintenance Orders.

We would appreciate any guidance with the following:

1) Reducing SAP processing time

2) Reducing the amount of time Finance personnel spends executing transactions (especially transactions that need to be run one plant at a time - CON2, KKAO, KKS1, CO88 - or transactions that have several steps, such as CK40N)

3) Reducing validation time (ie: ensuring direct cost center balances are zero)

A couple of things we are reviewing currently are:

a. Assessment Cycles (KSU5) - Cycle run groups and a batch job to run all cycles for all plants at once (Concern: How to ensure they run in the correct order?)

b. WIP Calc (KKAO), Variance Calc (KKS1), & Order Settlement (CO88) - Set up batch job similar to production and for the variant use period in TVARV table minus 1 to run for prior period (Concern: Is this possible without development?)

Any help you provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Lisa Vorass

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