I won't duplicate the excellent guidance already given by other posters.
Maybe plink at some areas worth considering, or being aware of.

The on-line manuals that came with BPCS are quite detailed, but they are not user-friendly. The UPI manuals, like Milt link, are great overview of how the system is supposed to be used, and how to navigate the many programs. They are not that strong with trouble-shooting, since you are supposed to use competent tech support for that.

You might review the Purchase Order, Receiving, Unvouchered, Payables process.
In there, in addition to the Actual and Standard Cost associated with the rest of BPCS, there is also EXPECTED COST. There can be serious problems to your General Ledger if changes are made to Costs associated with an item on order while it is in the process. We have this with new items, where we sometimes have items into process, before all their marbles have been populated.

Suppose a new item is delivered, before we have populated it with the standard cost. It goes into Inventory at Zero Value, and Unvouchered ($ value of purchases not yet paid for) also gets Zero. If this is not fixed before Payables, then we have a HUGE material variance between actual cost and expected cost. If this is fixed before payables, then we also need to fix value of inventory, and value in unvouchered.

One problem is that there are no standard BPCS reports to identify items needing such repairs. You have to add those.

Suppose we recieve an item in error ... wrong item, wrong quantity, whatever ... and pay for it, then inventory management figures out the error & tries to reverse the transaction. Too late, BPCS assumes the PO is finished when we got the stuff, and paid for it. If you don't have a system for followup, we can end up paying for the same product twice.

I created a work file ... summarize by vendor, PO, Item ... show quantity, prices
(a) what we recieved
(b) what we paid for
then list discrepancies ... I found tons of cases where we were overbilled & the Payable process did not catch it

In fact, this was such a big deal, that we changed how data flows into General Ledger from summary to detail on selected inventory transactions, to help us trouble shoot granularly by vendor and item what we were getting and paying for.

We modified GLD230 Journal Dump to add more fields, such as from vendor customer # what those vendors & customers names are (to help our auditors), and reformatted the output into an Excel.

Thus, understanding how to reconcile costs in the flow of purchasing transactions is an important ingredient. In a later installment, I may share with you another area of gotchas in managing BPCS costs.

We are currently running on V4.03 and I have been asked to implement the
Cost Account function of BPCS. We currently have most of the modules
installed, but not necessarily using them to their full potential. Does
any one have any recommendations as to the best approach to implement
costing? Basically, we want to use a standard labor and overhead cost
for the entire year, plus actual material costs.

Are all the set ups necessary in BPCS to do this? I was told, going
forward, we will implement more and more of BPCS manufacturing, but not
right now. I know I can plow through the run manual for Costing, but
I'm hoping I can get some quick input from the community.

Thanks in advance -

Michael Perna

Business Systems Analyst - Finance

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