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Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting
Paul Ovigele

Paul Ovigele is an independent SAP ERP financials consultant. He is a certified chartered accountant and an MBA graduate. He has worked as an ERP financials consultant for since 1997 in both North America and Europe, specializing in implementing the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules along with their integrated areas. Paul is the author of the SAP PRESS book 100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP, and has delivered numerous training sessions to finance professionals at both the functional and managerial levels. His articles appear on SAPexperts.com, where he also serves as a technical adviser, and has presented at various SAP financials conferences in both Europe and the United States.


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Charting Your Course 2015: Paul Ovigele on SAP Financials

by Paul Ovigele | January 5, 2015

Paul Ovigele of Ovigele Consulting joins SAPinsider to offer his thoughts on the year in SAP Financials. Topics covered include integration and migration questions surrounding SAP Simple Finance, and a return to the fundamentals of accounting.MORE »»


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Charting Your Course in 2014: SAP ERP Financials

by Paul Ovigele and Allison Martin | January 21, 2014

In this podcast, featured speaker and author Paul Ovigele reviews the major 2013 trends in SAP ERP Financials, and what SAP finance users should be looking for in 2014.

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An SAPinsider Online Chat with Paul Ovigele

by Paul Ovigele and Ken Murphy, Senior Features Editor | October 7, 2013

SAPinsider writer Ken Murphy chats with SAPexperts advisor and SAP Press author Paul Ovigele about enhancement pack 6.0 (EhP 6.0), segment reorganization, and updates to the new GL. Paul also shares his thoughts on how finance teams will embrace mobile...MORE »»


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Displaying Prior Year Balances after a New GL Migration

by Paul Ovigele | March 15, 2013

By now, everyone knows about the New GL, which is now called the “SAP General Ledger”. By the way, who else finds the term “SAP General Ledger” confusing, since this term could also refer to the “General Ledger” module? I...MORE »»


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What EHP5 means to your Finance team: Q&A with SAP financials expert Paul Ovigele (transcript)

by Allison Martin and Paul Ovigele | September 21, 2012

EHP 5 delivers a lot of new functionality – but what will bring the biggest improvements for your Financials team? I was pleased to have SAP financials expert and Financials 2012 speaker Paul Ovigele join me on September 20 to...MORE »»


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Podcast: Paul Ovigele Discusses Cost-of-Sales Reporting and Financial Accounting Tips

by Andrea Haynes and Paul Ovigele | March 9, 2012

In a brief interview with Andrea Haynes, group editor of SAPexperts, Paul Ovigele, a Financials Expert advisor and author of the SAP PRESS book 100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP, discusses challenges financials teams face this...MORE »»


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Ensuring That the Appropriate G/L accounts are Entered in Purchase Orders

by Paul Ovigele | January 8, 2012

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting When purchase orders are entered in the standard SAP system, the general ledger account that is posted to is derived in the below ways: (1) If it is a purchase of inventory (stock), then the...MORE »»


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Assigning Personnel Numbers to Vendor Accounts

by Paul Ovigele | January 4, 2012

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting If you use the Travel Management module, then you probably know that in order for employee expenses to be posted to financial accounting, the personnel numbers of the employees should be assigned to vendor accounts....MORE »»


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Currency Translation for Cost Center Reports

by Paul Ovigele | January 2, 2012

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The cost center reports in SAP are normally displayed in Controlling Area currency. This means that if you have several company codes that have different currencies but belong to the same controlling area, the standard...MORE »»


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Using Translation Keys in Drilldown Reports (Part 2)

by Paul Ovigele | December 29, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting This is a continuation of my previous blog, in which I describe how you can use translation keys for foreign currency conversion in drilldown reports. This functionality is useful in cases where you want to...MORE »»


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Using Translation Keys in Drilldown Reports

by Paul Ovigele | December 27, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Drilldown reports have become more widespread with the latest versions of SAP ERP. What used to be available only for management reports in the Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) and Project Systems (PS) modules is now...MORE »»


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Understanding Bank Statement Posting Rules

by Paul Ovigele | December 20, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The posting rules for Bank Statement processing have been around for over a decade, but I find that there are still a lot of people (consultants and end-users alike) that do not fully understand how...MORE »»


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Setting a Tolerance Limit when Maintaining the GR/IR Account

by Paul Ovigele | December 18, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In most companies the Goods Receipt/Invoice Receipt (GR/IR) clearing account is the most difficult to manage due to the number of lines that are posted to it. For this reason, SAP has a maintenance transaction...MORE »»


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Uploading Additive Costs En Masse

by Paul Ovigele | December 13, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Additive costs are extra costs that are added to a material’s cost estimate which are not calculated through the system. They are used in addition to the costs that are calculated automatically by the system...MORE »»


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Posting Planned Delivery Costs to a Separate Vendor

by Paul Ovigele | December 11, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Delivery costs such as freight, customs, duty, and so on, can be planned on a purchase order so that an accrual is created when that order is goods received. This accrual is posted to an...MORE »»


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Inheriting Characteristic Values in CO-PA

by Paul Ovigele | December 6, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In my previous blog, I describe how you can derive a partner function from the header or line item level of a sales order. The CO-PA characteristic that is used as a target field in...MORE »»


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Deriving Partner Functions Correctly in CO-PA

by Paul Ovigele | December 4, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting An area which normally causes confusion in CO-PA is where a derivation needs to be made for a partner function. For those who do not know what a partner function is, it is a separate...MORE »»


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Setting up Statistical Orders for Project Monitoring

by Paul Ovigele | November 29, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting There are basically two main ways of tracking projects in SAP – by using WBS Elements in the Project System (PS) module, and using internal orders in the Controlling (CO) module. The Project System module...MORE »»


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Assigning SAP Queries to Transaction Codes

by Paul Ovigele | November 27, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting SAP Queries can be accessed directly by going to transaction SQ01 and executing the relevant query. Some companies, however, do not like to give users access to this transaction as it could lead to users...MORE »»


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Reconciling CO-PA with Financial Accounting (Part 2)

by Paul Ovigele | November 23, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting A few of the areas that you can expect to see reconciliation differences between the Financial Accounting (FI) module and the Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) module are as follows: - Rebate Accounts: This is a...MORE »»


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Reconciling CO-PA with Financial Accounting (Part 1)

by Paul Ovigele | November 21, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting One of the biggest issues that accountants have with the Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) module, is that is not easy to reconcile it with the Financial Accounting (FI) module. Some users have said that they...MORE »»


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Setting up Real-time Integration of EC-CS and the General Ledger (Part 2)

by Paul Ovigele | November 16, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In my previous blog, I described one of the steps needed to perform real-time integration between the Enterprise Controlling Consolidation (EC-CS) module and the general ledger. This step involved creating a consolidation unit directly from...MORE »»


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Setting up Real-time Integration of EC-CS and the General Ledger (Part 1)

by Paul Ovigele | November 13, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting If you plan to consolidate your financial reports within the SAP ERP system, the only option that you have is to use the Enterprise Controlling Consolidation System (EC-CS) module. The other two options for consolidation...MORE »»


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Using WBS Element as a Document Splitting Characteristic

by Paul Ovigele | November 9, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Reporting A question that came up both during my Q&A session last month and my presentation in the Reporting & Analytics conference concerned the use of characteristics such as WBS elements for document splitting. The standard...MORE »»


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Defining Business Transaction Variants in the SAP General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | November 6, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting During my session “Accelerate local and global financial closes and period-end reports with improved integration between profit center accounting and the general ledger” in the Reporting & Analytics conference, a question came up about the...MORE »»


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Using Drilldown Reports with the SAP General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | November 1, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting One of the topics that I will be covering at the Reporting and Analytics Conference is on the use of drilldown reports to enhance your financial statement reporting. Drilldown reports are interactive reports that you...MORE »»


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Passive document splitting in the SAP General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | October 30, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In my upcoming session “Accelerate local and global financial closes and period-end reports with improved integration between profit center accounting and the general ledger” which I will be covering in the Reporting & Analytics conference,...MORE »»


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Integrating Secondary Cost Element Planning in SAP General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | October 26, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In my previous blog, titled “ Secondary Cost Element Reporting in SAP General Ledger PCA” I discussed how you could run reports in the SAP General Ledger which include secondary cost elements. These reports which...MORE »»


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Excluding Specific Cost Centers from Cost Center Reports

by Paul Ovigele | October 23, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The cost center accounting module has several great reports that can be used to analyze the plan, target and actual costs, broken down by cost elements in a particular period or range of periods. These...MORE »»


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Secondary Cost Element Reporting in SAP General Ledger PCA

by Paul Ovigele | October 18, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting During my live Q&A session on last week “What’s changed in Profit Center Accounting with SAP General Ledger?” , I was asked a great question by two of the attendees which related to the reporting...MORE »»


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What Should the Segment Field be used for in the SAP General Ledger?

by Paul Ovigele | October 16, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting So you are considering using the SAP General Ledger (formerly known as the New General Ledger, or New G/L) and you want to know how some of the new characteristics such as segments can be...MORE »»


Q and A

 
What’s changed in profit center accounting with SAP General Ledger?

by Gary Byrne and Paul Ovigele | October 14, 2011

Financials expert Paul Ovigele took questions in a online discussion on the SAPexperts Financials Hub, moderated by editor Gary Byrne. Read Paul's responses on changes that have come about with profit center accounting in SAP General Ledger.MORE »»


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Using Profit Center Substitutions with SAP General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | October 9, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Ever since profit center accounting has been integrated with the SAP General Ledger, there has been some confusion about which classic PCA transactions can still be used. One of the transactions that can be used...MORE »»


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Making Partial Payments using the Automatic Payment Program

by Paul Ovigele | October 4, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting When using the automatic payment program to make payments to vendors, the normal procedure is for the system to select all the vendor items that you have set in your parameters, and as long as...MORE »»


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Posting Travel Expenses Automatically to Financial Accounting

by Paul Ovigele | October 2, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The travel management module allows you to record your travel expenses in the SAP system as “Trips”, and with the proper approval, allow them to be settled to the financial accounting module. There are a...MORE »»


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Setting up HST Tax for Canada

by Paul Ovigele | September 27, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) was made effective for certain Canadian Provinces on July 1 st 2010. This tax is a combination of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and applies to...MORE »»


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Activating Profitability Analysis for Sales Orders

by Paul Ovigele | September 25, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) allows you to analyze the profitability of your organization according to various internal and external characteristics. For example you can analyze the profitability according to profit centers (which are usually internally...MORE »»


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Configuring a Vendor Account for Automatic VAT Transfer Postings

by Paul Ovigele | September 20, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The input and output VAT taxes are set up in transaction FTXP and hold the rates that will be applied to the respective documents. The input tax code can be applied on purchasing and accounts...MORE »»


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Revamping the format of your classical reports

by Paul Ovigele | September 18, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Classical reports are the rigid two-dimensional reports, which cannot be sorted, filtered, subtotaled or easily downloaded. Basically, what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG for those who remember using the old IT acronym). This...MORE »»


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Valuated Goods receipt with Multiple Account Assignment

by Paul Ovigele | September 13, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Enabling ‘multiple account assignment’ functionality is very useful as it enables you to split an individual line on a purchase order or purchase requisition into multiple account assignments. This means that you can enter several...MORE »»


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Transporting Overhead Rates

by Paul Ovigele | September 11, 2011

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting Production overhead rates can be used to calculate the cost center costs that are not reflected in the activity rates. They can be calculated on a percentage or quantity basis, and are usually based on some...MORE »»


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Setting up Automatic Activity Price Calculation

by Paul Ovigele | September 6, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In my previous blog “Let the system calculate Your Activity rates Automatically”, I discussed the options available for calculating activity rates in the system and the benefits that would arise from doing so. I will...MORE »»


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Let the System Calculate your Activity Rates Automatically

by Paul Ovigele | September 4, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The decision to enter activity rates manually or let the system calculate them, normally varies in different organizations. Some users prefer calculating the rate manually because they have more control of the outcome, and (most...MORE »»


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Using Assessment and Distribution Cycles in the New General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | August 30, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting When you hear the term “Assessment” or “Distribution” in SAP, you usually think of the allocations that are made in the Controlling module, typically between cost centers and other cost objects. In the New General...MORE »»


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How to Make Profit Center Adjustments in the New General Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | August 28, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting A question that has been posed to me a few times is how one makes profit center adjustments when New G/L has been activated. For example when certain postings have been made to an incorrect...MORE »»


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Using the Value Flow monitor to analyze Material Ledger differences

by Paul Ovigele | August 24, 2011

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In my previous blog, I spoke about the possible causes of the “Not Distributed” and “Not Included” lines in the material ledger. A great tool that can be used to analyze and (possibly) eliminate these lines is...MORE »»


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Understanding the 'Not Distributed" and "Not Included" lines in the Material Ledger

by Paul Ovigele | August 21, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Material Ledger’s actual costing functionality is great tool for determining the actual cost of a material on a periodic basis. For those of you who use it, you probably know that it takes all the...MORE »»


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Making Subsequent postings to CO-PA from other Modules

by Paul Ovigele | August 16, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting In my previous blog, titled “Reversing CO-PA Documents” I wrote about how you can cancel documents in the CO-PA module alone. This is normally needed either when you want to correct a CO-PA document which...MORE »»


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Reversing CO-PA documents

by Paul Ovigele | August 14, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting The Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) module is one that inherits most of its actual data from other modules. Transactions which are made from modules such as Sales and Distribution, Materials Management, Product Costing, Project Systems...MORE »»


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General Ledger Account settings for the New Deferred Tax Program

by Paul Ovigele | August 9, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting Deferred tax is a requirement in certain countries, whereby the Value Added Tax (VAT) is not applied to an invoice until a certain trigger-point, which is usually at the time of payment. This means that...MORE »»


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Changing the WIP Calculation Basis on Manufacturing Orders

by Paul Ovigele | August 7, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting If you use the Cost Object Controlling submodule of Product Cost Controlling then you probably calculate Work-in-Process (WIP) on a periodic basis. WIP basically takes the difference between the debits and credits (if any) on...MORE »»


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Importing and Exporting of SAP Queries between clients

by Paul Ovigele | August 2, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting SAP Query is a very useful tool that functional consultants and power users can use to quickly create reports by joining tables or accessing a logical database. A great benefit of SAP Queries is that...MORE »»


Q and A

 
Technical Tips and Tricks to Get More out of Your SAP ERP Financials Transactions (Transcript)

by Gary Byrne and Paul Ovigele | August 1, 2011

Our readers asked Financials conference speaker Paul Ovigele for his technical tips and tricks to get more out of SAP ERP financials. Read this transcript to review his advice on improving Financials performance, from our Q&A, moderated by SAPexperts...MORE »»


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Setting Up Default Field Values for the Vendor and Customer Master

by Paul Ovigele | July 31, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting A question that I get asked a lot is “How can we get to default certain fields in the vendor or customer master?” The answer I normally give is for the users to create the...MORE »»


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Effortless master data maintenance of your SAP G/L Accounts

by Paul Ovigele | July 24, 2011

Paul Ovigele , Ovigele Consulting A very neat way of maintaining G/L account master data is by using the “Hierarchy Display” functionality. This enables you to see all the existing accounts and easily decide which new number to insert or...MORE »»


Podcast

 
Insider Tips and Clever Workarounds for SAP Financials with Paul Ovigele

by Dave Hannon and Paul Ovigele | July 22, 2011

Listen in on this ILN exclusive podcast, as SAP Financials expert Paul Ovigele provides a few inside tips and clever workarounds to help make your job easier. For more tips, be sure to read Paul's Q&A on Technical Tips...MORE »»


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Analyzing the Automatic Account Assignment of your SAP General Ledger Accounts

by Paul Ovigele | July 17, 2011

Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting Ever wondered how you can easily find out where G/L accounts are assigned in the system? The assignment of accounts is made in several tables depending on which module the table represents, so there has never...MORE »»


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