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Compliance Reporting and Financial Transformation Go Hand-in-Hand

Posted by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 06:35 AM

FinancialTransformation-HotTip.jpgOften times the day-to-day world of CFOs and their staff can feel like living in a blizzard of multi-tasking in which they are buffeted by winds blowing in many different directions. 

They are faced with a constant juggling act between the demands of regulatory changes, compliance reporting, audit requirements and the all-important role of providing strategic financial management of the company.

In working closely with many companies on implementing regulations such as ASC 606, IFRS 15, ASC 842, IFRS 16 and others, at Bramasol we have consistently worked to help CFOs deal with the specific compliance reporting mandates within a broader context of Financial Transformation.

For example, for RevRec, we have pioneered new integrated methods enabling companies to use SAP RAR in conjunction with SAP ERP/ECC, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP Cloud Analytics and third-party legacy software to aggregate, prepare and analyze the relevant revenue detail for disclosure reporting purposes. We have also created a series of specific pre-built reports for statutory compliance that enable CFOs to make the required disclosures as an integrated part of running the enterprise.

Bramasol’s end-to-end integrated solutions for revenue recognition compliance fit seamlessly within any existing operational and financial systems while providing the detailed information, audit trail, aggregation methodologies and advanced analytics to support statutory disclosure reporting. 

Read the eBook on RevRec Disclosure Reporting

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RevRec: FASB Update Regarding Principal vs Agent Considerations

Posted by Bramasol RevRec Team on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 @ 01:25 PM

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Revenue from Contracts with Customers
Principal versus Agent Considerations

An issue discussed by the Transition Resource Group (TRG) for Revenue Recognition relates to when another party, along with the entity, is involved in providing a good or a service to a customer.

In those circumstances, Topic 606 requires the entity to determine whether the nature of its promise is to provide that good or service to the customer (that is, the entity is a principal) or to arrange for the good or service to be provided to the customer by the other party (that is, the entity is an agent).

This determination is based upon whether the entity controls the good or the service before it is transferred to the customer. Topic 606 includes indicators to assist in this evaluation. Discussions at TRG meetings informed the Board about implementation issues related to the guidance on principal versus agent considerations, including:

  1. Identifying the unit of account at which an entity should assess whether it is a principal or an agent
  2. Identifying the nature of the good or the service provided to the customer (for example, whether it is a good, a service, or a right to a good or service)
  3. Applying the control principle to certain types of transactions, such as service arrangements 4. Interaction of the control principle with the indicators provided to assist in the principal versus agent evaluation.

To address those issues, the Board decided to add a project to its technical agenda to improve Topic 606 by reducing:

  1. The potential for diversity in practice arising from inconsistent application of the principal versus agent guidance
  2. The cost and complexity of applying Topic 606 both at transition and on an ongoing basis.

Who Is Affected by the Amendments in This Update? The amendments in this Update affect entities with transactions included within the scope of Topic 606. The scope of that Topic includes entities that enter into contracts with customers to transfer goods or services (that are an output of the entity’s ordinary activities) in exchange for consideration.

For more information, read the FASB Update here.

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Kick-off Meeting for New SAP Leasing User Group on December 5, 2017

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 05:07 PM

LeaseAdministration-HotTip.jpgWe are excited to announce the formation of a new SAP Leasing User Group and pleased to invite you to the first online meeting:
December 5, 2107 at 9 AM PST - 12 PM EST.

The purpose of the Leasing User Group is to bring together SAP, customers and partners in a community to share information on the latest features, roadmap and updates on the SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa (Lease Administration) and SAP Real Estate Management (ReFX) solutions.  

You will hear from the SAP product leaders, Pete Graham and Tom Andersen, as well as, Nakisa and others.   Product experts will be on hand to answer your questions live.

Click Here to Register to Attend the Leasing User Group Kickoff Meeting

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Five Tips from CEOs & How Financial Transformation Can Help Achieve Them

Posted by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 06:17 AM

FinancialTransformation-HotTip.jpgAs we look toward the start of 2018 and face a new year full of challenges, it's a good time to reflect on how we to keep improving our companies and our personal lives.

This blog post from Korn Ferry outlines 5 Tips from CEOs at the WSJ CEO Conference:

  • Agility – you must remain agile and be able to move quickly and execute that change decisively
  • Culture – comes from the top
  • Keep Learning – If you aren’t learning you are stagnating
  • Stay Focused on Goals – focus is the only way to know where to put your energy to maximize chances of success and impact
  • Maintain Work-Life Balance

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So what does this mean for us in the world of SAP and “finance transformation?”  Simply, this:  Leveraging dashboards and analytics supports all of these.

Agility – In an ever changing world the pace of change accelerates and real time is no longer fast enough.  You need insights that lead to action.

Culture – By focusing on analytics and objective measures you promote decision making that is objective and insightful.  And with a single source of truth, such as in SAP Analytics Cloud, you can promote a learning organization and dialog that solves problems not debates the source of data.   You can even leverage predictive analytics to help drive further insights and discuss plans.

Learning – While learning comes in many forms, the use of statistics and analytics to promote a learning organization is essential.  The success of learning comes not simply from telling people they should take courses, read books and watch videos, it comes from creating a culture of learning.  Learning from our mistakes, learning from our successes and learning by asking questions and having the data and tools you need to support and encourage the learning.

Focus/Focus on Goals – the use of analytics and tools requires you have a set of specific goals against which you are tracking your goals.  Whether the goals are corporate, such as Price Earnings Ratio, Profitable Revenue Growth, Market Share or Cash Generation or department focused such as Cost Per Lead, time it takes to produce book close or similar, goals are essential to maintain focus.  Metrics, tools and analytics are essential to measuring progress against the goals and maintaining that focus.

Work-Life Balance – by having clear statistics and easy to use tools we can free people up to do the real work in less time.

Visit here to learn more about Financial Transformation

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Join Us for SAP RAR User Group on November 16, 2017

Posted by Bramasol RevRec Team on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 04:20 AM

Reminder! 

SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) User Group
November 16, 2017 - 12:00 PM EST - 9 AM PST

The next (Eleventh) user group meeting will be held this Thursday November 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM EST - 1:00 PM EST (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST). 

Pete Graham, Director Finance Solutions and Mobility, SAP, will cover updates on SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) 1.3 SP03, followed by a Q&A session with attendees.

Register Here to attend the SAP RAR User Group meeting online.

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Ease the Burden of Disclosure Reporting with Pre-Built Reports

Posted by Bramasol RevRec Team on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 05:26 AM

RevRecReady-HotTip.jpgThere is less than two months before the mandated adoption of new Revenue Recognition standards ASC 606 and IFRS 15. Since companies need to comply with legal disclosure reporting requirements, including a retrospective dual-reporting period between current ASC 605 and new ASC 606, it is critical that you have a clear disclosure reporting plan in place, NOW!

Using SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) as the engine to track sales contracts and revenue recognition enables implementation of ASC 606 requirements within SAP ERP/ECC, S/4HANA Cloud or 3rd Party ERP environments.  RAR also facilitates the ability to create highly-flexible analytics to provide companies with the specific quantitative information needed to fulfill statutory reporting requirements.

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As the leading co-innovator with SAP on the development of SAP RAR, Bramasol has more SAP RAR implementation projects and active live SAP RAR sites than anyone in the industry.  Bramasol has created a rich set of management and visualization tools to enhance the modeling, pilot, implementation and transition processes. SAP RAR can go-deep on any aspect of revenue recognition and the Bramasol enhancements are designed to visually surface any set of relevant information needed to support accurate understanding and timely decision making.

With Disclosure Reporting now on the near horizon, Bramasol has once again taken proactive steps to help companies stay ahead of the curve by developing a collection of specific reports for public entities to meet ASC 606-10-50x disclosure reporting requirements.

Bramasol’s end-to-end integrated solutions for revenue recognition compliance fit seamlessly within any existing operational and financial systems while providing the detailed information, audit trail, aggregation methodologies and advanced analytics to support statutory disclosure reporting. 

Click Here to Download eBook on RevRec Disclosure Reporting

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Leveraging the Transformative Advantages of Continuous Close Processes

Posted by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 @ 06:33 AM

FinancialTransformation-HotTip.jpgCorporate finance professionals face many challenges. They need to reduce the amount of time spent on inefficient month-end/year-end closing processes, improve their ability to extract timely and accurate financial information and streamline overall operational end-to-end business processes. On the regulatory front, CFOs also must deal with, Revenue Recognition Changes (ASC 606 and IFRS 15), Lease Accounting Changes (ASC 842 & IFRS 16), Financial Instruments Impairments & Disclosures (IFRS 9) as well as on-going changes in the global regulatory environment.

The accelerating set of new challenges and changing compliance requirements threatens to overwhelm the inherent limitations of existing legacy finance and ERP systems.

Most conventional finance management technologies have been in existence for decades and, while they offer a familiar environment, they have significant limitations when it comes to keeping pace with today’s complex and dynamically changing corporate challenges.

Some of the chronic problems that arise from these limitations include:

  • Too much time and energy spent on inefficient month end close processes
  • Difficulty acquiring and accessing accurate data for financial reporting
  • Time wasted reconciling reports based on conflicting data sets

As Elizabeth Milne, Solution Marketing at SAP, put it in a recent blog post on Continuous Accounting:

"Transforming the financial close is not a one-time project; it’s a continuous incremental journey, and the dividends to making even the first few steps to improvement can be substantial. This approach not only cuts the cycle time of the close and reduces risk and audit fees, but also lowers the internal financial and accounting resources dedicated to close tasks. This is an era where CEOs and the broader executive team are looking for finance to move beyond crunching the numbers to interpreting them and acting as a business partner and advisor. Freeing up finance from manual effort and duplicative work and reallocating them is essential to making that shift."

As companies undertake Financial Transformation to become more nimble, react quickly and take advantage of market trends, one key area they're focusing upon is the creation of a Single-Source-of-Truth that eliminates the time-consuming hassles of reconciling various disparate data sets.

Bramasol is a co-innovation leader in the implementation of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, which provides a high-performance, in-memory, and extensible Digital Core for unifying transactional data and analytics within a single-source-of-truth environment along with a wide range of best-of-breed functionality.

 

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SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a real-time ERP suite for digital business that provides a high-performance and highly flexible platform for addressing the full range of business requirements. It is built on the advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized, consumer-grade user experience with SAP Fiori, as well as tight integration with analytics, communications and collaboration functions.

Key benefits of leveraging this cloud-based Digital Core approach include:

  • Drive to continuous close
  • Consolidation of data source for reporting
  • Improved visibility for compliance with new standards for Revenue Recognition, Leasing and Financial Impairments
  • Real-time cash management

Join the growing number of companies that have already discovered how the transformative capabilities of S/4HANA Cloud can give you real competitive advantages.

Click Here to learn more about Bramasol's Financial Transformation solutions.

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Why Lease Admin Software Must Integrate with Your ERP System

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 @ 06:16 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTip.jpgAs companies look ahead to achieving compliance with new lease accounting standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16, this implementation process also provides an excellent opportunity to significantly improve overall efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise-wide lease administration methodologies.

One of the key opportunity areas is integration between lease administration software and core ERP systems.

Native integration with your existing ERP can provide key benefits, including:

  • Two-way data flows between core ERP system and Nakisa or REFX system
  • Asset accounting, fixed asset, materials and payments flow between ERP system to SLAN and REFX
  • Less customization with minimal maintenance requirement
  • Complete visibility of your leases in the ERP system for easy tracking and traceability 
  • Disclosure reporting for an end-to-end system

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SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa is a purpose built end-to-end lease accounting and administration solution that provides access to company-wide lease data, with the visibility and traceability needed to support and comply with the new regulatory standards.

The SAP Real Estate Management solution is a fully integrated sub component of SAP Finance that
provides a simplified approach to the leasing solution landscape by elimination of complex financial
interfaces, reduction in the number application and real time valuation of finance leases.

Seamless coordination between Lease Administration and Asset Accounting is critical for proper
classification and valuation. By integrating seamlessly with core ERP  platforms, both Lease Administration by Nakisa and, SAP Real Estate Management eliminate any problems with operational silos between these key functions, thereby improving accuracy, auditability and overall administration efficiency. 

As a partner of both SAP and Nakisa, we provide a holistic view to the impact the new Leasing standard will have on your organization. Our methodology and approach helps ensure that you can meet the upcoming changes to the standards. Bramasol works with you to evaluate the system changes needed under the new regulations, determine how significant they will be going forward, and lay out a path toward implementation with an emphasis on the impact to the SAP system. 

For more information on Bramasol's lease accounting services, visit https://www.bramasol.com/solutions/leasing/ 

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Structured Data Migration is Critical for Revenue Recognition Compliance

Posted by Bramasol RevRec Team on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 @ 06:04 AM

RevRecReady-HotTip.jpgNew Revenue Recognition standards, ASC 606 and IFRS 15, are mandated to take effect in January 2018, which is now less than three months away. 

Companies that are serious about achieving compliance should already be actively immersed in the data migration process.  Unfortunately, many companies are struggling with how to go about this key factor for success.

Data Migration is essentially the process involved with copying an organization’s key data from one device to another device ideally without disturbing or deactivating live applications.

As an industry leader in implementation of the new RevRec standards, with extensive experience in change management, Bramasol has developed a proven, structured methodology for Data Migration, which was detailed in our recent webinar on September 28, 2017.

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Click Here to View the Webinar Video on "SAP RAR Data Migration and Reporting".

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Webinar Oct 26: Cloud for Planning and Financial Transformation

Posted by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 07:34 AM

Are you perfectly satisfied with your financial planning and quarterly/annual closing processes?  If so, please stop reading now.

 

However, if you'd like to learn more about how Cloud for Planning and Financial Transformation solutions can help you get ahead of the curve in 2018 and take better control of your company's fiscal well being, then you should tune in for the next webinar in Bramasol's series for CFOs.

Cloud for Planning: 
Enhancing Scalability and Flexibility with Financial Transformation
October 26, 2017at 10 AM PDT - 1 PM EDT

In this webinar, we will show how CFOs can leverage significant new technology trends and solutions, such as S/4HANA Cloud, Analytics and Best-of-Breed applications to unify financial and operational systems into a single-source-of-truth for business planning.

Click Here to Register for this Webinar

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Topics: financial transformation, S/4 HANA Cloud

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