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Reporting on Period Activity is a Pain

Any accountant knows when running reports, we are limited to the data we can extract.

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In my own past experience as a Controller I was always frustrated by the inability to pull usable information from the General Ledger. Let’s be real… I’d have to run multiple reports and compile data in Excel to get the information I needed. It was a pain! For example, if I wanted to run a Sales by Item report from my General Ledger, I simply couldn’t. It was impossible. Instead, I’d have to go to the sub-ledger and be at risk that it might not tie to my General Ledger.

I know you’re nodding your head and relating to this frustration. We’ve all been there.

With Sage Intacct and its “functional dimensions” (I’ll elaborate on those in a second) I can pull that same information directly from my General Ledger. Thus, I KNOW it’s always going to balance appropriately. This not only saves me time, but also solves the reconciling issue. Accounting win!

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Now… about that whole “functional dimensions” term I brought up…

With Sage Intacct transactions can be tagged in multiple ways. This is what we refer to as “dimensions” within Sage Intacct. Dimensions can be reported on from their own ledger activity. These dimensions will always balance to the ledger, because the data came from the ledger. Pretty cool, huh?

It is also possible to identify transactions NOT tagged to the dimension, such as:

  • No Customer
  • No Vendor
  • No Item

Sub ledgers can be locked into balancing to the ledger by requiring a dimension value every time you post to an account.

  • A/R must have a customer.
  • A/P must have a Vendor.
  • Prepaid Expense must have a Vendor.
  • Deposits must have a Customer.

Dimensional accounting results in less time running reports, fewer headaches and less disdain for the whole reporting process. 

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