Outlining Global Hierarchies


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Explain the key benefits of global hierarchies.
  • Outline the global Hierarchy settings.
  • Describe the use of global hierarchies for group reporting.

Global Hierarchies

Global Hierarchies – Key Points

  • Global (or universal) hierarchies are any characteristic hierarchies that are maintained centrally in the app Manage Global Hierarchies.

  • You can create new hierarchies or copy from existing ones.

  • You can import and export hierarchies through worksheet files (from MS Excel for example).

  • You can import SAP S/4HANA hierarchies as a node into a consolidation hierarchy

    (for example: an SAP S/4HANA profit center hierarchy can be imported as a node into a consolidation profit center hierarchy).

  • Global Hierarchies are stored in a central table and can be consumed by Fiori analytical apps at run time.

Key Benefits of Global Hierarchies

Use Global Hierarchies for Legal and Management Consolidation Reporting

Users can create multiple hierarchies for the same group reporting dimension to meet various business requirements. For example, consolidation unit can have a legal as well as a management consolidation roll-up that can be used in consolidation reports.

Users can also generate a matrix-like report by selecting two hierarchies of different dimensions and placing them in rows and columns respectively, for example, consolidation unit by region in rows and profit centers by line of business in columns.

Using the Manage Global Hierarchies app you can also create reporting item hierarchies.

Compared to a mere FS item, a reporting item can be enhanced by assigning it a set of selection criteria of specific data, such as FS items, consolidation units, document types, and subitems.

At group report runtime the reporting item value is calculated.

You can arrange reporting items in reporting item hierarchies as shown in the figure above. 

There are five delivered reporting item hierarchies:

  • X1 Statement of changes in equity

  • X2: Statement of cash flow

  • X3: Statement of comprehensive income

  • X4: P&L by function of expense

  • X5: IC reconciliation.

Based on the hierarchies of consolidation units, profit centers, and segments, you can display the data for these organizational units eliminated and consolidated hierarchically.

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