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Controlling 2014 Speaker Profile: Michael Shoemaker

This week we are profiling Controlling 2014 speaker Michael Shoemaker. Michael is a principal consultant at Alta Via Consulting, where experts design, deploy and support SAP Controlling solutions in ECC, BW and HANA. 

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling?

My first experience with CO was when I worked for Raytheon Aircraft.  We implemented v4.5B with a big bang go-live of January 1, 2000.  I was a SME with 6 years of cost accounting experience and it was my first time on a big project.  It made me realize how much I enjoyed the IT world.  

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The Most Prevalent Debate Among SAP Professionals (and Webinar Announcement)

The chicken or the egg, vanilla or chocolate, red or white wine, consulting or industry? Are these some of the biggest questions in the universe? You may argue not, however for a SAP professional, deciding between a consulting or industry position is an important career choice. This is one career choice you may reevaluate throughout your career depending on personal life events, career goals, and present opportunities. The truth is, there is no wrong choice. It’s about what opportunity works best for you at that point in your life and career. 

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Controlling 2014 Speaker Profile: Elitza Alexandrova

This week we are profiling Controlling 2014 speaker Elitza Alexandrova. Elitza is the Senior Financial Analyst at SPX Genfare, a leader in providing customized fare solutions to transit agencies of all sizes throughout North America and part of SPX Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturing and industrial equipment supplier. 

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Controlling 2014 Speaker Profile: Gary Cokins

This week we are profiling Controlling 2014 speaker Gary Cokins. Gary is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and enterprise performance and risk management systems. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina.

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Exclusive Sneak Peek of New SAP Smart Accounting Functionality Webinar Recording Now Available

Janet Salmon's sneak peek of new SAP Smart Accounting functionality webinar recording is now available. 

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Tips on how to reconcile costing based CO-PA and GL

Why should we worry about reconciling costing based Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) to the GL? After all, GL is the book of record from an external reporting stand point. However, CO-PA has several advantages that the GL does not provide. For example, CO-PA can give us details on revenue and cost of sales (COS) split by sales order, product line, customer, etc. as opposed to the GL, which gives us only total revenue and total COS. CO-PA allows us to drill down to the details of a company’s profitability – customer, product line, which can be especially useful when forecasting future sales/COS. Therefore, CO-PA is an important financial tool; however for it to be accurate, we need procedures to reconcile or explain differences between CO-PA and the GL. 

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Controlling 2014 Speaker Profile: Joe Cravero

This week we are profiling Controlling 2014 speaker Joe Cravero, Project Manager on the SAP Financial and Controlling’s Enterprise CO (Controlling) support team at Deere & Company.

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Analyze the financial entries in make-to-order manufacturing

Think back to the last time you ordered a desktop computer online. You probably spent some time configuring your exact needs: the size of the monitor, the amount of memory, the hard drive space, the type of keyboard and mouse – the combinations seem endless!

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5 tips for SAP Material Master buyer and planner functions webinar now available for download

On January 31, 2014 SAP Material Master – A Practical Guide author Matt Johnson shared his top 5 tips for buyer and planner functions in SAP Material Master.

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Keep your Finger on the Pulse: How to Stay Informed of SAP Trends & Technologies

A significant, but often overlooked, part of an SAP professional's career is remaining cognizant of the latest SAP trends and technologies. While many of us are in the nitty-gritty details of our SAP implementation, a big picture view of our organization, project, and SAP as a technology company allows us to stay focused on whats really important. To be successful SAP professionals, we need to know the latest and greatest news about SAP upgrades, enhancement packs, and strategies and understand how they impact our focus area. 

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