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SAP New General Ledger

As a SAP partner, we support you and your company with advice and workshops through to the implementation of SAP New GL (new general ledger) as part of a SAP S/4HANA transformation or in a SAP ECC system (e.g. in preparation for a SAP S /4HANA transformation).

SAP New GL has been available in SAP since the release of ERP 6.0 as a choice between Classic and SAP New GL. Compared to the Classic GL, it offers a whole range of valuable functions, such as

  • an accounting structured in parallel books and based on different accounting standards.
  • The balance sheet and income statement can be broken down by segment, profit center and other possible, customer-specific dimensions (document split).
  • Compared to the Classic GL, SAP New GL or SAP New General Ledger creates a unified data basis in which the previous, independent data pots for FI, Cost of Sales, ECPCA, Special Ledger are fully integrated.
  • Coordination activities are eliminated or can be significantly reduced. Closing processes are accelerated.
  • Reporting is made easier: The SAP New GL database is included SAP BW and SAP SAC integrated and provides the basis for legal as well as management reporting.

With SAP S/4HANA, the use of SAP New GL is now compellingly. At the same time, the configuration of SAP New GL involves very fundamental conceptual questions for the development of future financial and controlling structures and processes in the SAP S/4HANA transformation:

  • Conception of a ledger structure (parallel accounting standards)
  • Balance sheet/P&L reporting according to additional dimensions
  • Review and consolidation of the chart of accounts
  • Profit center accounting integrated in FI
  • Unified basis for reporting (this requires a review of the existing reporting)
  • Harmonization of currency settings

"There have always been good reasons to use New GL. In SAP S/4HANA, however, New GL becomes mandatory. At the same time, the introduction of New GL requires fundamental, conceptual decisions for the development of future finance and controlling structures in SAP S/4HANA. Therefore, the conception of the New GL and the migration to New GL are important milestones in the planning of a SAP S/4HANA transformation . "

Dr. Uwe Gunsenheimer, Senior Business Advisor SAP S/4HANA Transformation


Services and packages at a glance

SAP New GL Workshop

Online or at your site, we give you an insight into the functionality and possibilities that New GL offers, the look and feel of the demo system and the definition of a New GL strategy - based on SAP ECC and as part of a SAP S/4HANA transformation .

SAP New GL Blueprinting

We analyze the current status of your GL processes and work with you to determine which goals should be achieved with SAP New GL.

On this basis we define the blueprint for the SAP New GL setup. We support you in planning the SAP New GL implementation and migration, optionally embedded in a comprehensive SAP S/4HANA transformation.

SAP New GL Implementation & Migration

We implement SAP New GL, carry out the functional tests, plan and accompany the user acceptance tests, carry out training and accompany the migration (generally supported by SAP New GL Migration Service).

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You are welcome to exchange your ideas and requirements in a non-binding discussion with our experts. We will then send you an individually tailored offer according to your requirements.

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SAP New GL – functionalities at a glance

  • Simplification of the chart of accounts
  • Mapping of different accounts in parallel ledgers
  • Extensibility (extension ledger for additional reporting or valuation requirements, custom fields)
  • Simplified closing control (independent control of the parallel ledgers, reduced reconciliation effort SAP FI - ECPCA)
  • Balance sheet / income statement reporting according to additional dimensions such as profit center, segment or business area
  • Automated document splitting
  • Classic to SAP New GL migration
  • SAP New GL is fundamentally interwoven in the structure of the new "Universal Ledger", summary tables are omitted  
  • A harmonization of the currency settings, a parallel evaluation in S/4HANA and additional transfer prices  
  • The introduction of extension ledgers, which are assigned to a standard ledger, allows specific views to be displayed, for example for management reporting or tax purposes 
  • real-time integration into CO

Introduction of SAP New GL

The introduction of SAP New GL represents a complexity driver that should not be underestimated. The specific procedure for the introduction and its timing depend on the selected scenario of the comprehensive SAP S/4HANA transformation (Brown / Blue / Green Field) and must therefore be planned together . With a brownfield approach, the transition needs to happen before upgrading to S/4HANA. The associated migration and subsequent activation of New GL represent a separate project preceding the SAP S/4HANA upgrade.

The new general ledger has existed in SAP since Release ECC 6.0. Up until now, however, its use has been optional. Since switching from classic to new general ledger accounting requires migration, many R/3 and ECC customers decided to keep their solution based on Classic GL (e.g. with established accounts or company code solutions for parallel accounting). In SAP S/4HANA, however, the use of New GL is now mandatory. At the same time, the configuration of the New GL is linked to very fundamental conceptual questions for the development of the future finance and controlling structures and the processes in SAP S/4HANA. Therefore, the design of the new general ledger is an important point in a SAP S/4HANA transformation. The introduction and migration to the new general ledger accounting must be taken into account in the SAP S/4HANA transformation planning. The three well-known SAP S/4HANA transformation approaches, Brown, Blue and Green Field, differ in this regard.  

Contact us. We would be happy to advise you on the functions and possibilities of SAP New GL, on the definition of a New GL strategy - both based on ECC and on the basis of S/4HANA, analysis of your current processes, definition of a SAP New GL blueprint through to Implementation of New GL. 

We would be happy to support you in introducing SAP New GL

We look forward to conveying to you the strengths of SAP New GL and its importance for building future SAP S/4HANA-based financial processes and helping you on your way to introducing New GL - independently or as part of an overarching one SAP S/4HANA transformation - to accompany.

Regardless of your decision, a competent contact person will accompany you during the project period to answer all your questions, who will convey the strengths of the solution to your individual ideas and wishes.

Partner SAP S/4HANA Markus Pannicke


Contact Person

dr Uwe Gunsenheimer

Senior Business Advisor SAP S/4HANA transformation

+ 49 (0) 201 - 830 17 807

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