Microsoft Dynamics GP Analytical Accounting Vs. Segments


I found an interesting question in the community asking what is the actual difference between analytical accounting and account segmentation? Below are the details:

“What are the real advantages of using Analytical Accounting over using segments in a chart of accounts? I have configured many, many GP implementations in the past, and have always used the account structure for segmenting departments, cost centers, locations, etc. One of the nice features about the Dimensions is that they can be a Yes/No, which is helpful for one of the types of information we need to track.”

My Answer:

Basically you need to keep in mind that nothing in AA cannot be done in dimensions, but it is a matter of how and what does it take, take the below scenario as an example:

Lets say that you have 10 Expenses accounts need to be allocated over 10 cost centers, and one of the expenses accounts is related to “Cars” that requires 10 subaccounts to identify expense type and another 50 accounts to identify “Cars”, do the calculation and check how many accounts will need to be added to your chart:

· Cost Center 1>> Expense Account 1>> Car 1 >> Oil Expenses

· Cost Center 1>> Expense Account 1>> Car 1 >> Cleaning Expenses

· Cost Center 1>> Expense Account 1>> Car 1 >> Maintenance Expenses

· Cost Center 1>> Expense Account 1>> Car 2 >> Oil Expenses

· Cost Center 1>> Expense Account 1>> Car 2 >> Cleaning Expenses

· Cost Center 1>> Expense Account 1>> Car 2 >> Maintenance Expenses

10 Expenses Accounts * 10 Cost Centers * 50 Cars * 10 Cars related Expenses Types= 50,000 Account! And calculate how much it takes to add a new expense type.

In AA all what you have to do is the below:

1. Add 10 Expenses accounts to your chart.

2. Create Dimension for cars.

3. Create Dimension for expenses types.

4. Enjoy!

This is the actual difference between traditional accounting and analytical accounting.


Mohammad R. Daoud MVP – MCT
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About Mohammad R. Daoud
Mohammad R. Daoud has been working as a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant since 2004. His career path started with version 7.5; he studied every single tip of the application technicalities and did allot of successful implementations that includes functional consultations, analysis, and custom development projects. He holds a graduate degree in Computer Science and currently he is pursuing MBA degree in Accounting. In January 2007 he was nominated to the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) certificate and was certified in April 2008 due to his online contributions in the Dynamics Community (Dynamics GP Newsgroups, Forums, User Groups and his blog: Worth to mention that he was also listed as one of the Microsoft Dynamics Top 100 Most Influential People in 2009 by DynamicsWorld. And more... • Demonstrated Passion for MS Products through participating in beta testing for some product versions, an effective member of Microsoft Connect. • Talented in securing strong high quality relationships with premier customers, partners and sales teams passionately and profitably. • Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and/or external customers • Problem Solver – Uses systematic approach to uncover true problem(s) and practical solution and can marshal resources to solve problem! • Proven record of effective account management, including Account Planning, Opportunity Management, and Business Management Excellence and working as part of a larger virtual team • Successful in delivering high quality technical engagements in the enterprise Dynamics GP implementations area according to customer requirements. • Dedicated, Committed, Self Motivated, Creative and highly focused with excellent communication, Negotiation, presentation, Active Listening and Objection Handling skills. • Experienced in Profitable researches and studies including white papers and technical presentations.

3 Responses to Microsoft Dynamics GP Analytical Accounting Vs. Segments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thats exactly what we have done with our GP chart of account structure.The benfits we get are:1- Small Chart of accounts.2-Dimensions can be as many as required and the matrix works great e.g: Location– Department- Cost centre – sub head- 3- What if a mistake is done, you can correct the dimensions even for posted data without actually incorporating a General juornal entry (correct and rectify).4- Distribution wizards are great to run and have information required, greatest of all in spread sheet to play.Ahsan Khalil

  2. Carmen Doyle says:

    Hi Mohammed, Would you be able to expand on this comment I read in PartnerSource, which I believe you wrote:"Analytical accounting information will not be available for history, therefore you will not be able to generate reports for historical data."Did you mean that AA data would not be available in that situation because the user had changed the company GL using Prof Svces Tools? Or do you mean that AA data is always lost (consolidated into the GL account) when data is moved to History?Thank you!

  3. arushi says:

    good differtiation between analytical accounting and account segmentation.I appreciate yor way of writing that make the blog attractive and make reader to hold longer to your blog

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