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Revenue Recognition Key Documentation: The Key to Understanding the Posting Logic of Event-Based Revenue Recognition

One of the basic notions of Event-Based Revenue Recognition in SAP S/4HANA Cloud is that you can control how revenues and costs are recognized for real-time transactions and during period-end closing of a financial period. These transactions are associated with events happening during the processing of a project, sales order, service document, or provider contract. Cost postings are continuously matched to revenues and reported as expenses, while revenues are posted to an income statement account.   

Among the most important parameters for this automated revenue recognition process is the revenue recognition key. To put it very simply, a revenue recognition key allows you to control how revenue recognition values are calculated. But if you want to put it a little bit more elaborately and consider this important parameter and its business background in depth, you might start to wonder: Which income statement accounts are the revenues posted to? What about the balance sheet accounts?  And what’s the specific underlying logic for the calculation of the revenue recognition values?

To answer these questions, we have got something to help you. Using the links to the SAP Help Portal provided below, you can find detailed information explaining the posting logic for all available revenue recognition keys in SAP S/4HANA Cloud. This piece of documentation provides an introductory explanation for the revenue recognition key, an example of a business scenario with specific data, a graphic to illustrate the processing steps of the integration scenario and their respective postings to income statement and balance sheet accounts, as well as an explanation for each event and the triggered posting.

Sounds like something you’d be interested in, right? Then check out the following links:

Revenue Recognition Methods for Customer Projects | SAP Help Portal

Revenue Recognition Methods for Revenue-Carrying Enterprise Projects | SAP Help Portal

Revenue Recognition Methods for Sales Orders | SAP Help Portal

Revenue Recognition Methods for Service Contracts | SAP Help Portal

Revenue Recognition Methods for Service Orders | SAP Help Portal

Revenue Recognition Methods for Provider Contracts | SAP Help Portal


Want to know more about Event-Based Revenue Recognition?

Learning about the revenue recognition keys and their posting logic wasn’t enough?

Then you can read even more about Event-Based Revenue Recognition on the SAP Help Portal: Event-Based Revenue Recognition | SAP Help Portal

You can also check out the following video on YouTube:

Event-Based Revenue Recognition for Customer Projects – YouTube

Take a look at these microlearnings:

An Introduction to Event-Based Revenue Recognition

Configuration Settings in Event-Based Revenue Recognition

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Please don’t hesitate to post questions in the Comments section below.

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      Author's profile photo Antonia Ivón Antonio de los Santos
      Antonia Ivón Antonio de los Santos

      Thanks for share this useful information Janina!

      Author's profile photo Bastian Mutschelknaus
      Bastian Mutschelknaus

      Hello Ms Igers,

      thank you very much for the detailed help and insights.

      Regarding the service topics, i am kind of missing the Repair Orders within the event based revenue recognition. Could you give some insights why this is beeing left out currently?

      This is a bigger issue when customers want to make use of the In-House Repair Processing within the S/4HANA Cloud. At least for our clients.

      best regards

      Bastian Mutschelknaus

      cbs Corporate Business Solutions Unternehmensberatung GmbH