SAP Business ByDesign: Automate Operational Accounting Time to focus. Do you ever wonder what you could accomplish if you weren’t burdened with administrative tasks? Could you spend more time managing your cash if you weren’t creating and reviewing journal entries? Would you be able to focus on the core issues impacting your business instead of being buried by compliance management? Isn’t that what software is for? At SAP we believe that you should manage your business – not a stack of journal entries. So, we built the SAP Business ByDesign solution to create operational journal entries while you are carrying out normal business transactions. Log time to a project – a journal entry is created; receive something from a supplier, another journal entry is created. But how does the software know which accounts to debit and credit? Simple, a set of guidelines called account determination rules. Whenever an operational transaction, like a supplier invoice is processed, SAP Business ByDesign applies these account determination rules to the transaction to determine which general ledger accounts are involved in the financial part of the transaction. These rules consider the nature of the transaction, and its related attributes – such as customer, service or product, and sales unit and then select the appropriate general ledger accounts to include in the resulting journal entry. The best part is that the rules are already written for you. All you need to do is fine tune them when you make changes to your business model. Account determination rules significantly increase the accuracy and reliability of your data. They are a cornerstone of our manage-by-exception philosophy, a belief that the software should complete routine and repetitive work, so you can focus your energy on more important tasks. Count on SAP Business ByDesign to help you automate operational accounting. The best-run businesses run SAP.