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How to Activate "Inception To" Reports in Intacct

Posted by Kevin Yu on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Here is a quick tip: Intacct provides two System Reporting Periods that are inactive by default, Inception to Current Month and Inception to Date. Activating these allows you to run reports spanning multiple years.

To locate these reporting periods:
1. Navigate to the “Company” module
2. Click on “System Reporting Periods”

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3. Click on "Include Inactive"

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4. Locate “Inception-to-Date” and/or “Inception-to-Current Month”
5. Click on "Activate" for the periods you would like active

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6. Select “OK”

Now when you run a report, the “Inception” options appear as a reporting period to select.

Tags: Intacct, reporting

Sage 300 ERP (Accpac): Sales History Reporting Using PowerPivot

Posted by Tony Zhang on Mon, Sep 30, 2013

This blog is a continuation of the Sage 300 ERP (formerly known as Accpac) business intelligence journey using PowerPivot, and covers Sales History reporting.

Why bother to re-create the Sales History out-of-the-box report from Sage 300 ERP?

The very answer also applies to questioning why I would need Business Intelligence (BI) when I already have my reports. In some sense, it is like comparing financial accounting and managerial accounting – both provide information to support business decisions, but their consumer, format, span and depth are different. Reports usually require certain formats and are created for a set of period, such as fiscal year or period. On the other hand, BI is flexible in its format. Many times it has powerful visualization ability, and can be generated for any period of time such as daily, weekly or monthly. It is important for the BI solution to provide a holistic view of the business and be able to adapt to changes quickly.

As an example, I don’t like to break my train of thought during analysis by closing the report, re-selecting filters (if they are even available), and waiting for minutes if not hours to re-run the report. In addition, in the Sales History report case, I don’t want to limit the access to the report to my ERP users, I want the right person to access the right information anywhere, anytime and on any device.  I will discuss these (data stewardship and mobility) in the coming blogs after I have thoroughly covered Power BI.

Now let’s look at how the Power Pivot delivers the right information with ultimate flexibility.

In the 1st screenshot below, the grand total highlighted in green ties to the numbers in the 2nd screenshot which is from Sage 300 ERP's out-of-the-box Sales History Total Report, the invoice data highlighted in yellow ties to the numbers in the 3rd screenshot that from the Sales History Detail Report. This shows that the PowerPivot report had the right numbers, which gives me peace of mind that my reports will show accurate information. Moreover, without re-running the report, it is delivered in one shot.

PowerPivot Sales History Report:

Sage 300 ERP - Sales History PowerPivot Report

In addition to the out-of-box report filters as shown in the screenshot below, you can see by looking at the slicers circled in the screenshot above, PowerPivot allows us to filter the sales history by week, by item segment 2 and 3, and by category. It takes me minutes -- if not seconds -- to re-group the output to analyze the sales, COGS and margin by item category, customer group, territory, sales person and other dimension attributes, thanks to the Excel data model.

Sage 300 ERP: Sales History Report Input Screen

O/E Sales History Totals Report:

 O/E Sales History Totals Report

O/E Sales History Detail Report:

O/E Sales History Details Report

When I examined the report closely, I noticed that some sales had $0 cost, leading to a 100% margin. While this would be nice, it's certainly not accurate. This happened because the I/C item is set to use “Standard Cost” but the standard cost is set to $0. Plus, the data source used for the sales history report uses standard cost. To analyze the margin using actual cost, we need to change the data source. I will cover it the next blog.

Click here to get a static version of the reportto get a sense of the look and feel. I will share the actual report later after I complete other blogs in this series, which will cover Sales Analysis and Power BI, along with Purchase Analysis.

Stay tuned...

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Tags: Accpac, Sage 300 ERP, reporting, Sales History

Why Document? Documentation Reason #3

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Thu, Jun 25, 2009

“I don’t have time to worry about compliance. Don’t we have lawyers for that?”

Your Legal and Human Resources departments shouldn’t be the only ones concerned about legislative and regulatory risks because these risks affect all areas and departments of your business, making compliance every employee’s responsibility. There are increasingly stringent legal and regulatory requirements being placed on companies of all sizes. Many of these requirements carry hefty penalties for non-compliance.

If you don’t have the internal resources, Terrell & Terrell can work with you to develop the types of documentation you need to achieve compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley 404, data privacy, and other general or industry-specific legal and regulatory requirements. We can help you with narrative policies and procedures, process maps, controls matrices, and any other business documentation your company may need.

Be proactive. Call Terrell & Terrell…before the auditors arrive.

- Deborah Conrad, Documentation Specialist

Tags: document, documentation, Sarbanes-Oxley, SOX 404, reporting, compliance