Getting Started with the Cost Center Model

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To get familiar with the Cost Center model you can install it with a sample configuration which includes sample data. You can find directions on how to configure the model with sample data in Setting Up the Cost Center Model. The model can also be set up without sample data. Follow the steps below to configure the model and populate it with your company’s data.

The steps below explain how to configure the model and populate it with your own data.

Note that the instructions below are based on using an Excel workbook to collect relevant data and figures into worksheets and uploading them into the Jedox database. Jedox offers you a variety of ways to achieve the same goal, e.g. editing elements manually in the Modeler, defining a job in the Integrator to connect to your ERP. In the context of this article, we’ll stick to using the Excel workbook – feel free to use the most appropriate method for your needs.

The Cost Center model comes with an Excel Workbook containing a sample configuration as well as sample data. You will find this in Jedox Web > Report Designer > Models > Cost Center/Files/Sample Data/Cost Center sample data. Save a copy of this workbook (using Export from the context menu) locally, edit it to replace the sample configuration and data with your own. 

You can configure dimensions, as well as cubes by uploading your modified Excel workbook into the model you’re working with via the steps below:

  1. Open Modeler > [Database Name] > Dimensions or Cubes > [Dimension’s or Cube’s name] and choose Upload file from the context menu.
  2. The Dimension/Cube Upload Wizard opens which guides you through the steps. 
  3. Select the modified copy of the workbook from your local file system. For details, see Dimension and Cube Interfaces.

Use the essential steps below for configuring the model and modifying individual worksheets in the Excel workbook:

1. Set up Model

Install the model without sample data. For directions, see Setting Up the Cost Center Model.

2. Set up Languages

  1. Remove unnecessary languages from the model by going to Modeler > [Database Name] > Internationalization and selecting the language(s) you would like to remove and then Delete (-). Once the languages are removed from the model, attributes in the workbook using that language can be ignored. Columns that have been localized will have the attribute name followed by an @ symbol with the country code for the language in the format xx_XX. For example, attribute Label in the Version worksheet has localized columns Label@de_DE, Label@fr_FR, and Label@es_ES for translations in German, French, and Spanish respectively.
  2. To add a language go to Modeler > [Database Name] > Internationalization and then New (+) to select the language you would like to add from the menu. Once the new language has been added, go to the worksheet of the dimensions and cubes you would like to update with the translations for the new language. For example, to add a new column to the worksheet for the Version dimension of the Name attribute in Portuguese (Brazil), you’d add Name@pt_BR.

3. Add Legal Entities

Legal Entity is a required dimension for the presentation of reports, it identifies a company or a group of companies within a report. You can edit it within the Legal Entity worksheet and upload it to the Legal Entity dimension with the upload wizard. If you only have one legal entity, you still have to use this dimension, populate it with the single entity that you have. Use the standard settings provided by the upload wizard to populate this dimension. Make sure that the Currency attribute is populated with local currencies.

4.  Add Cost Centers

Cost Centers are a part of your organization where costs can be charged for accounting purposes. You can add them to your Cost Center model by updating the Cost Center worksheet. Upload the worksheets to the Cost Center dimension within the model. Make sure to add your company Cost Center hierarchy to the worksheets under the :parent and :child columns. Use the standard settings provided by the upload wizard to populate this dimension.  

5.  Add Cost Types

Cost Types describe the costs within your organization. You can add them to your Cost Center model by updating the Cost Type worksheet. Upload this worksheet to the Cost Type dimension within the model. Use the standard settings provided by the upload wizard to populate this dimension.  

6. Adjust Time Span

The time span of the model can be adjusted to fit your organization’s historical data and planning horizon in the Time Editor tab of the Month dimension.

7. Change Forecast Versions

  1. The elements in the Version dimension helps you to compare figures for reporting and planning. A minimum of two forecast elements are required.
  2. The Actual Months attribute of the forecast elements must have a value between 1 and 11.  
  3. To upload the Version worksheet of the workbook, set the hierarchy to Full hierarchy and the column headers must be mapped to their correct attributes by selecting the header label in gray within the upload wizard.

8. Set Up Currency Conversion

 

  1.  When a company or a group of companies stores accounting data, one currency like the Euro or Dollar, must be chosen. This currency which is called the Source Currency will be stated under the Currency attribute within the Legal Entity dimension. You have to update source currencies in the Currency worksheet and upload them to the Currency dimension of the model. Use the standard settings provided by the upload wizard to populate this dimension.
  2.  You need currency conversion when a source currency has to be converted into another currency for reporting purposes. The set of currencies available for conversion is called the Target Currency. To define target currencies you have to update and upload the Currency and Target Currency worksheets to the Currency and Target Currency dimensions. Set the hierarchy format to Full hierarchy and map the columns to their correct attributes by selecting the header label in gray within the preview pane.
  3. You can import the actual exchange rates into the model by using the import exchange rates interfaces. All of the planning versions (Budget & forecast versions) can be set from the January average rate. You can load planning Exchange Rates via the Exchange Rates worksheet and upload them into the Exchange Rates cube. Use the mode Denormalized (by Measure).

9. Add Logo

Replace the Jedox logo within the web reports to your company logo. See Configuring Design Elements.

10. Change Cell Styles 

Modify the default cell styles within the web reports to your company style. See Configuring Design Elements.

At this point basic configuration is complete! Follow the steps below to use the models:

11. Initial Data Import

You can update the Cost Center Data worksheet with the financial results and existing plans of each cost center. The actual financial data has to go into the #Value column. You can then upload the worksheet to the Cost Center cube. When using the upload wizard, type in the worksheet name Cost Center Data into the Range field of the main settingsChoose normalized for the mode.

12. Import Actual Figures

To import actual figures on a monthly basis you can use Upload file on the Cost Center Data cube. This is a quick way to get started, but if you want, for example, to enable daily reporting, you can extend this functionality by using an Integrator job that connects directly to your finance system or ERP and loads in automatically. 

13. Review the Actual Figures

If you’ve imported actuals, multiple currencies may be required within the system before reviewing the figures. Access the Import Exchange Rates form within the Exchange Rates input screen to import the exchange rates into the system. Once that is completed, use the Cost Center Actual report to review current reporting positions in both local and target currencies.

14. Do Mid-Term Planning

  1. If you need to do the mid-term planning, you’ll have to prepare the system to receive data.  Use the Exchange Rates input screen to update the currencies in your mid-term plan. 
  2. You can optionally use the Cost Center Workflow Administration form to monitor changes made by user groups during a certain time period. To collect data without monitoring the workflow move on to step e.  Open Modeler > [Database Name] > Dimensions > _WF Task dimension to create a new element of the form “Cost Center Mid-Term Planning yyyy – yyyy+2” where yyyy is the first and yyyy+2 is the last of your three year mid-term planning time span.
  3. Open the Cost Center Workflow Administration form, select the workflow task you created from the drop-down list, then select the symbol for further details () which opens a pop-up screen where you’ll be able to define the workflow task properties:
      Set cube to Cost Center, step dimension to Cost Center and workflow type to WF_Approval_Activities. You can set a due date and assignments (i.e. select Data Entry, Review or Revise options) using the further details button () for particular elements on the same form. Close the Cost Center Workflow Tasks form which has automatically saved your entries.
  4. Back on the Cost Center Workflow Administration form press the Play button () in the form to begin the task.
  5. Use the Cost Center Mid-Term Planning input screen to create and adjust the plan across multiple years.

15. Create your Budget

  1. If you need to prepare your budget, you’ll have to prepare the system to receive data. Use the Exchange Rates input screen to update the currencies in your budget.  
  2. You can optionally use the Cost Center Workflow Administration form to monitor changes made by user groups during a certain time period. To collect data without monitoring the workflow move on to step e.  Open Modeler > [Database Name] > Dimensions > _WF Task dimension to create a new element of the form “Cost Center Budget yyyy” where yyyy is the budget year.  
  3. See 14c
  4.  See 14d
  5. Use the Cost Center Budget input screen to prepare your company budget.

16. Do your Forecast

  1. If you need to create a forecast, you’ll have to prepare the system to receive data. Use the Exchange Rates input screen to update the currencies in your forecast. 
  2. You can optionally use the Cost Center Workflow Administration form to monitor changes made by user groups during a certain time period. To collect data without monitoring the workflow move on to step e.  Open Modeler > [Database Name] > Dimensions >  _WF Task dimension to create a new element of the form “Cost Center Forecast-Version yyyy” where Forecast-Version is the appropriate forecast element of the Version dimension and yyyy is the forecast year.
  3. See 14c
  4. See 14d
  5. Then use the Cost Center Forecast Initialization form to populate the forecast version. Once you’ve populated the forecast version, use the Cost Center Forecast report to make updates.

 

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