We are looking into using Features and Options to process some of our 
product lines. The benefits are that we would drastically reduce the 
number of Bills of Material that we need to administer and maintain.

However we are having issues with the way costs are recorded for these 
orders. 

The standard cost for the F&O Parent is calculated based on the forecast 
percentages of any feature groups and omits any costs associated with 
options. So, really the standard cost for that parent is pretty 
meaningless.

But that is still the cost that is used for COGS when the order is 
shipped. The real cost - the sum of the costs of the components is booked 
into WIP and there is therefore a cost variance in WIP.

The 'solution' from Infor is that we need to report this variance and 
manually enter it to COGS in the GL.

The folks here in finance are of the opinion that if that's the way BPCS 
works, then nobody could possibly be using Features and Options in their 
business.

Are they right ?

If there is anyone out there using it, how do you handle this cost issue ?


I'm looking for insight that can help me provide a workaround or solution 
to the people here.


Thanks.


Doug McLauchlan
IT, BPCS Administrator
Planar Systems, Inc.

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