Hi Monika

Our organization uses 7 segments Consolidation, Legal Entity, Division,
Site(Location), Cost Center, Account and Project. The first six are
mandatory. Even though our organization may be more complex than yours, we
still probably don't need all of those segments. For instance a division wil
occur in one and only one legal entity and a Site will occur in one and only
one division.

As for FRW row definitions, you don't have to make them as complex as the
account structure. If you have redundancies in your strings, ignore all but
one segment. For instance, if your "location" codes are uniquely assigned
and don't duplicate across company, business, geography, legal entity, you
can safely ignore all four of those segments in your row definitions and
just define the "location" code.

As for reducing the number of string segments, that is a difficult (if not
impossible) job once you have started using them. Your best bet is "Don't go

Gord Royle

-----Original Message-----
From: Monika_Rossocha@PLANAR.COM [mailto:Monika_Rossocha@PLANAR.COM]
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 4:13 PM
To: bpcs-l@midrange.com
Subject: Reflecting complexity of corporate structure in account string


we are currently using five string segments (company, business, geography,
legal entity, location), an account and a department number to organize our
GL data.
This creates some input work and maintenance requirements although we are
not a complex conglomerate.

I'm seeking information on how other companies use these segments as
compared to how complex the company structure is. Do you have redundancies
in your string like having a segment for location and one for company
although location and company would be unique identifiers.

I found that making use of 5+2 segments for GL transactions makes creating
and maintaining FRW row definitions quite cumbersome.

Has anyone reduced the number of string segments used after finding that
you were duplicating information?

Thank you,


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