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SAP S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911 is GA

We in SAP Product Engineering are really happy to announce the general availability of S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911 on November 6, 2019. The latest release of our next generation software for financial consolidation and group close delivers on new and enhanced features to help you run your group reporting process.

S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911 includes the key following new and improved features:

  • Support of multiple fiscal year variants
  • Parallel data entries from multiple users
  • Data Mapping from ACDOCA to ACDOCU
  • More embedded SAP Analytics Cloud story and analytics
  • Increased number of digits after decimal for the Quantity field


SUPPORT OF MULTIPLE FISCAL YEAR VARIANTS

As corporate accountants, you want to be able to define the fiscal year variant of different consolidations.

As local accountants, you want to be able to include your financial data into the group statement with shifted dates (01/09-30/09) because your local reporting period (12: September) differs from the corporate reporting date (12: December). You’re allowed to do so since the time shift is not higher than 3 months.

With S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911, whether you’re corporate or local accountant, you can now assign a fiscal year variant to your consolidation versions.

The fiscal year variant of the version is used by:

  • Release task
  • Currency translation
  • Selections and consuming functions
  • Reconciliation
  • Group structure manager
  • Group reports

Assigning a fiscal year variant is optional; if empty, K4 is used (see the screenshot above). Only fiscal year variant with 12 normal periods (and special periods) is allowed. When 2 versions share special versions, it is recommended to assign the same fiscal year variant for both versions. Please note we don’t recommended to change the fiscal year variant of a version.


PARALLEL DATA ENTRIES FROM MULTIPLE USERS

In S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting, reported data (posting level 00) is using document types in group reporting. Until release 1908/1909 it was possible to create only one single document type for the following business applications on posting level 00: “A – Online Data Entry”, “B – Flexible Upload” and “E – External Reported Financial Data”.

Some of these data collection methods come with update mode “delete all” and could also be used by different persona for the same company. This can technically lead to replacement of recorded data if more than one user are performing the data entry at the same time.

With release 1911, multiple document types enables you to perform parallel data entries from multiple users (see the GIF above). The document type is specified by user in the physical file for upload. In case the document type is not specified, the uploaded data is automatically assigned with the first (alphabetically sorted) document type that is already present in the system.


DATA MAPPING FROM ACDOCA TO ACDOCU

In S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting release 1911, the Data Mapping capability of SAP Group Reporting Data Collection is improved. The Data Mapping UI is enhanced for more clarity, simplicity and error handling capabilities. Most importantly, you can now select both a “file as a source” but also an “ACDOCA Table as a source”, as shown in the screenshot below.


MORE EMBEDDED SAP ANALYTICS CLOUD STORY AND ANALYTICS

With S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911, you get fully integrated and embedded SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) functionality within with pre-built embedded SAC story, self-service capabilities for creating your own analytics apps and grid-based SAC report relying on the S/4HANA Cloud queries. With our latest release, you gradually get embedded SAP analytics capabilities as part of your upgrades. Reports are fully integrated and embedded in the Fiori user experience and lifecycle of S/4HANA analytics artifacts. Dashboards and multidimensional reports based on SAC provide deep insights into a business through reporting and data visualization supporting better decision-making. S/4HANA Cloud provides Fiori Apps with dashboards powered by SAC that allow users to leverage SAC capabilities while navigating within SAC and to create a custom dashboard which can be linked as a tile in your SAP Fiori Launchpad.

With embedded SAC story, we pre-deliver the following out-of-the-box formatted reports:

  • Consolidated Balance Sheet
  • Consolidated Profit & Loss
  • Consolidated Cash Flow
  • Consolidated P&L by Function of Expenses
  • Changes in Equity
  • Comprehensive Income

In addition, with release 1911, our “Group Data Analysis (SAC)” app helps you perform ad-hoc analysis based on FS item relevant data – see the screenshot above. With this app, you can analyze Balance Sheet Statement and Profit & Loss Statement with drill down to specific dimensions and with filter.

The app also helps you run ad-hoc analysis based on Reporting item relevant data. You can analyze Cash Flow Statement, Profit & Loss by Function of Expenses Statement, Changes in Equity and Comprehensive Income Statement (also with drill down to specific dimensions and with filter).


INCREASED NUMBER OF DIGITS AFTER DECIMAL FOR THE QUANTITY FIELD

In S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911, we increased the number of digits after decimal for the Quantity field in ACDOCU from 23 to 29 digits. The 29 digits in Quantity field applies to the following:

  • Flexible upload of investment data
  • Posting of group share in percentage
  • Consolidation of investment
  • Balance carry-forward


MORE INFORMATION

For more information on our S/4HANA Cloud for group reporting 1911 release, you can refer to the following:

Would you like to be informed of the latest news on our next-gen consolidation software, you can follow the tag SAP S/4HANA Finance for group reporting on our SAP Community.

 

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  • Thanks for your document.

    I have 3 questions about the chapter SUPPORT OF MULTIPLE FISCAL YEAR VARIANTS

    The fiscal year variant of the version is used by:

    • Release task
    • Currency translation
    • Selections and consuming functions
    • Reconciliation
    • Group structure manager
    • Group reports

    It means that this new function is not supported  for the other function like the data collection with flexible upload, COI, IU elimnation,etc.  ?

    Question 2 : what is the definition ‘Selections and consuming functions’ ?

    Question 3 : With this release 1911, the issue about the carryforward for the subitem , the carryforward for PL items are solved ? (currently, I have these issue with the release 1809)

    • Hello,

      Thank your for the questions. Please see the answers below in blue.

      Q1: It means that this new function is not supported for the other function like the data collection with flexible upload, COI, IU elimnation,etc. ?
      >> No because these function do not consider fiscal year variants.

      Q2: what is the definition ‘Selections and consuming functions’ ?
      >> Selections are used to select master data. Selections are used in currency translation and reclassification methods. When a Selection is defined with time-dependent hierarchy nodes (eg cost centers), the consuming function must consider the period/year of execution to determine for which validity date the hierarchy must be selected.

      Q3: With this release 1911, the issue about the carryforward for the subitem , the carryforward for PL items are solved ? (currently, I have these issue with the release 1809)
      >> Sorry, I don’t know your specific issue :-/ I would recommend you check this out with our colleagues from Support https://support.sap.com/en/index.html

      Kind regards,
      Stéphane

    • Question 3 : With this release 1911, the issue about the carryforward for the subitem , the carryforward for PL items are solved ? (currently, I have these issue with the release 1809)

      >

      You meant > Sub Items  like Ttypes(Transaction Types) can be moved automatically once you configured each Ttype where to move as Part of C/F process

      ***C/F is applicable only for BS items(Balance Sheet Items)***** AND not for PL Items

      You have to specify which PL Items to be moved  and can through Bal C/F process

       

      Thanks

      Venkat

  • Within the balance carry forward process ,the P+L accounts are carried forward to the retained earnings accounts on the balance sheet. Consequently you will always have :

    Opening Balance Retained Earnings (Current Period) = Closing Balance Retained Earnings (Prior Period) + the P&L Accounts, as net profit or net loss for current period balance is  carried forward into a predefined Retained Earnings account in the Balance Sheet for current period.

    Consequently, the opening balance on a retained earnings account does not correspond to the closing balance of the previous year.

  • HI Stephane,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed information on latest version.

    Much appreciated the effort and looking forward to learn more from you…

    May I request of any COI functionalities added in the latest version. Specifically of activity based consolidation option. I am actually looking forward for an option of Total transfer, Method change of SAP SEM BCS functionalities.

    If its already there, please share for my learning.

    BR

    Kamal Kishore Gajula

    • Hi Venkat,

      As per my understanding, 1909 on premises does not have Total Transfer & Method change options for activity based COI. Infact, its the stopping point for one of our clients for implementing group reporting.  I am not sure if it is covered in the road map of Group reporting. Any information would be helpfull.

      Rgds, KamalKishore Gajula