Multi-org Structure - A Balancing Act between Operational Efficiency and Financial Segregation
As always there are curious case of conflicting requirements where Consolidation is required for Supply Chain efficiency, Global Planning E2E Supply Chain solution and Shared Services approach (PO/OM/Regional WH) vs. Segregation of segment reporting to generate plant/business specific P&L B/S and Ownership of Assets and Liabilities, i.e. Raw Inventory, GRNI
So, the solution revolves around how best we can define our org structure to allow us
1) Supply Chain flexibilitya) Ease of change to configurations, ability to quickly adapt to strategic direction. Data conversion is more timely and less complicated.b) Aligns to operational/strategic alignment for items such as Centralized WH operations, Regional OM, Purchasing Org by BU.2) Faster implementation/Common Approacha) ERP roll out simplicity, speed, & cost.
b) Ease of integration new plants/new warehouses
c) Ease of rolling out new modules, functionality, upgrades/patches
d) Simplifies support by reducing duplication/data/setups - Help Desk/Traininge) More efficient structure to support accounting process changes (BC structure, I/C), legal entity changes, and/or tax strategies.3) Efficiencya) Simplify and speed up monthly closing
The answer to all of the above lies in a distinct change of functionality which Oracle has introduced in R12.
Legal Entity (LE) & Operating Unit (OU) have been separated.
a) 11i- LE and OU are quite identical. No specific functionality at LE level.b) R12:- LE organizes financial compliance
- OU organizes operational structure and processes.
- New Modules are organized around LE, not OU functions (Banking, EB-Tax, AGIS)
- Sub-ledger Accounting (SLA) allows dynamic configuration quite independent from Op. Unit
Using the above functionality one can create an OU structure where multiple Legal entity are associated with a single Operating unit helping us achieve the ultimate operational flexibility without compromising any segregation required for financial reporting.
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