When Accenture decided to implement a single, global enterprise resource planning (ERP) system on SAP, the intercompany billing capability in SAP was one of the drivers behind its selection. Our internal IT organization worked closely with our Tax, Controllership, Treasury, and Client Accounting functions to develop a comprehensive design of the solution, and subsequently its build and deployment.
At the core of our intercompany billing solution are standard SAP components. Although the guiding principle was to use standard SAP functionality as much as possible, minor customization was needed in order to accommodate the scale and complexity of Accenture’s business.
The true value of the intercompany solution comes from aligning process and technology to support Accenture’s tax strategy, resulting in a solution that is compatible with Accenture’s legal agreements. This capability allows automated intercompany billing and eliminates the need to negotiate pricing between countries for each internal activity or client engagement, among many other benefits.
Today, Accenture has an automated, robust and stable intercompany solution that has grown with the business and has been flexible enough to accommodate change as Accenture’s business changes.