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Retrospective effect for Group Chart of Accounts


We have a customer who have about 4-5 company codes, all of which have different charts-of-accounts assigned. Therefore they cannot report across company (as they are in different CO Areas – because the chart isn’t the same in all company codes). They are looking to put a group chart in to standardise some reporting.

These systems are already live – so I need to understand if they can be retrospectively applied. In addition, I need to understand if a program needs to be run to update any existing transaction records ?

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  • Apr 16, 2018 at 05:14 AM


    A best practice would be to merge the operational chart of accounts and controlling area for all the company codes. This has lot of benefits like

    1. Homogeneous Reporting

    2. Better Control on Intercompany Transactions

    3. Simplification on S/4HANA journey.

    System landscape transformation (LT) is a SAP tool to do that. The information for the same is available on the below link:

    The high level steps are as under:

    1. Create a copy of Production system (s). Now complete period end close and download financials for all legal entities

    2. Install LT Add on and run test migration. Resolve issues

    3. validate the financials against the old balances

    Repeat the steps 1,2 and 3 in mock, dev, quality system before executing in Production.


    Sanil Bhandari

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  • Apr 19, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    If changing the existing way data is very challenging, then you can look for implementing the group chart of account in downstream layer like BPC Consolidation etc. for harmonized reporting. The mapping can be done from your operational CoA to group CoA for past data also and can be reported.



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