Finishing SONY Pictures project, continuing cooperation with SAP AG

Finishing SONY Pictures project – 5 company codes with production, continuing cooperation with SAP AG – Quality assurance and closing procedures for international Roll-out

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Chart of accounts mapping in Russia – why is it difficult?

The most time consuming by SAP Roll-outs in Russia is Chart of Accounts mapping. Simple approach used in the most countries to copy CoA doesn’t work in Russia.

Why is it like that? 2 first digits in G/L account are fixed by Russian legislation. Moreover offsetting of accounts (i.e. postings themselves) is also fixed by Ministry of finance.

On the other hand there is already predefined corporate US GAAP / IFRS chart of accounts with historical evolution behind.

There are also many SAP technical accounts to be mapped.

What does it mean for the project team?

It is hard mutual work for the expert from the headquarters who knows corporate accounts and SAP consultant with the sound knowledge of Russian accounting standards and parallel accounting rules and differences. Local Chief Accountant’s preference and legacy system CoA are also to be considered.

Only this combination of people and hard mutual work by CoA mapping are the key factors for success of SAP international Roll-outs in Russia.

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SAP Standard / ABAP developments in international Roll-outs

The question often arises whether ABAP developments are necessary within global templates by international Roll-outs. Surely SAP functionality can be enhanced for local users by additional ABAP coding in many places. But what will be the price for these developments besides direct costs of ABAP developer? There is also substantial risk for other companies of the Group which work in the same system. Their usual procedures may be disturbed by careless programming. Maintenance cost can be also high. Programs copied from SAP standard delivery objects cannot be updated by SAP OSS Notes anymore. In the last years SAP made huge progress in Russia to make ABAP adjustments unnecessary. SAP standard meets legal Russian requirements with minimum of adjustments and manual workarounds. Where is this cost/benefit/risk ratio for ABAP developments within corporate template – what is your opinion?
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SAP Configuration Russia and Latin America – Article

Is there any difference in SAP configuration between Russia and Latin America? Russia and Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, etc. are located on the opposite sides of the globe. At the same time SAP’s main…
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Next new SAP Roll-out localization according Russian specifics

Starting new SAP Roll-out localization according Russian specifics for large multi-national company in May 2012

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1st Quarter Closing

Successful 1st Quarter Closing (US GAAP and Russian GAAP) – finish of the FUJIFILM Russia Roll-out project

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Next successful Go-Live

Successful Go-Live and first month-end closing by FUJIFILM Russia!

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Starting new SAP Roll-out localization according Russian specifics

Starting new SAP Roll-out localization according Russian specifics for large multi-national company in April 2011

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Cooperation with SAP AG

Finishing Sued Chemie AG Roll-out in Russia together with SAP AG. Interesting and demanding.

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