Plan reconciliation is used to check and reconcile the exchange of internal activity.
It can be use in the following situations:
1. The first time you create a plan
Each cost center plans its activity output and the necessary activity inputs. This can result in differences between the plan quantities for the sender and receiver cost center/business process. For this reason you should carry out plan reconciliation.
Plan reconciliation is also active for business processes. The following description refers only to cost centers, but applies equally to business processes or business process groups.
2. Planning adjustments:
If the planned activity output of a final cost center changes, the entire planning network needs to be reconciled again. Plan reconciliation lets you examine how the change affects the planning network.
The planned activity output of a final cost center changes, for example, if:
a) A plan-integrated order plans to use more activity from the final cost center.
b) An additional cost center plans to consume activity from the previously final cost center
In plan reconciliation, the planned activity output for a cost center is adjusted to the planned activity input for the receiver cost centers. In this way, the SAP System is able to correct the variable activity consumption, as well as the variable costs required to provide the activity. The fixed portions of the activities and costs consumed are not changed by plan reconciliation.
If no activity input is planned for an activity type, the activity quantity is not changed during plan reconciliation. It is therefore unnecessary to plan activity inputs for the activity provided by end cost centers.
The difference between the planned activity production of a cost center and the planned activity consumption by other cost centers is displayed in a list.
Example of Plan Reconciliation
Plan reconciliation is executed iteratively. This means that mutual activity relationships between cost centers are taken into account. Mutual activity relationships occur, for example, when a cost center plans to consume activity from a cost center, to which it also provides activity.
Note the following when using plan indirect activity allocation: (see:
After plan reconciliation is completed, indirect activity allocation must be repeated because the tracing factors may have changed. This means that the indirectly allocated activity must be redistributed to the receivers.
If the activity to be indirectly allocated was manually planned, the activity and the activity-dependent plan costs are adjusted to the correct activity production by plan reconciliation.
If the activity was itself indirectly calculated, the activity is no more than a numerical figure. Plan costs of this activity are independent of the size of this figure, even if they were planned activity-dependent. Plan reconciliation neither changes the figure nor adjusts the activity-dependent costs. If indirect activity allocation is repeated, the number is recalculated on the basis of the changed tracing factors and posted, without changes in the activity-dependent costs.
See also:Executing Plan Reconciliation