SAP is a powerful financial system, but users quickly realize that it lacks essential budgeting and forecasting functionality. Integrating with a best of breed budgeting application is the answer, but it can come with risk and uncertainty, such as lack of knowledgeable resources to deal with the integration, and two systems not built to integrate properly, leaving connectivity gaps in integration. This can result in missing data, human data entry errors, and limited or unreliable reporting capabilities.
Questica’s team of budget and technology experts work closely with our customers to ensure an integration that provides many immediate benefits to our customer.
Experience and Knowledge
Organizations with populations of over 800,000 and annual combined budgets ranging from $870M to more than $3B.
Integrating a best of breed budgeting application with SAP, without any connectivity gaps.
Questica Budget Suite
Questica Budget integrates seamlessly with SAP to provide immediate benefit to the customer.
- Proven Integration Process
- Automated Data Exchange
- Sophisticated Salary and Benefit Budgeting
- Data Integrity
- Greater Variance Reporting Capabilities
- Ownership by Departments
The Benefits of Integrating Questica Budget and SAP
The strength of integration
SAP is a complex financial system, used primarily by larger organizations. Integrating a best of breed budgeting tool with this system can be challenging, but with customers such as the City of Mississauga, the City of Edmonton and Multnomah County, Questica has developed the expertise to integrate with SAP. Questica Budget is a flexible system that can handle SAP orders in many ways. Upgrades to either system are straightforward, and functionality remains intact (and causes little to no interruption to service for users).
Proven integration process
Questica has a proven integration process that allows for a quick and painless integration to your SAP system. It includes a process framework guideline (Master Implementation Document) that establishes the roadmap for the integration, and relieves much of the uncertainty common to integrations. Everyone understands how the integration will work, and what their role and responsibilities will be.
Automated data exchange
In addition to automated data exchange, Questica Budget allows any data to be imported or exported to Excel using our Import/Export tool. The process and the tool, in combination, allow you to map the appropriate data exchange between systems (Cost Elements, Hierarchies, Orders, Custom Data Fields, etc.). Questica Budget handles SAP’s unique data structure right out of the box and can model attributions exactly. The integration, once configured, provides a seamless dataflow between Questica Budget and SAP that can be automated to run on a nightly basis. We also provide an “on-demand” option, which allows you to run the integration whenever you feel the need to update the systems. Users always have access to the latest budget data and version control is guaranteed.
The upload is secure and any problems encountered during the execution of the integration are written to an Exception Report, notifying users of any data issues that need to be addressed.
Once budgets are developed, Questica Budget pushes the approved or amended budget data back into SAP. This is handled on demand using a staging area in Questica Budget, to ensure only approved data is entering the SAP system.
Sophisticated salary and benefit budgeting
Human Resources (HR) data can also be integrated from other systems to form the foundation of salary and benefit forecasts. Being able to access all this data in a sophisticated budgeting system provides a greater level of understanding in the largest component of any operating budget.
Duplication of data is no longer a risk, as no one is required to retype a budget that was created in another system. Links between associated budget data aren’t accidentally removed, ensuring that updates made are appropriately updated throughout associated fields.
Greater variance reporting capabilities
SAP variance reports are limited, but by bringing encumbered costs into Questica Budget, users now can feed that data into many more reports, on a budget and project basis. Additional reports can be created using our Budget ad-hoc report design tool. By providing users with this ‘self-service’ reporting environment that is always accessing current budget actuals, the need for on-demand reports from the Finance office is eliminated.
Ownership by departments
Integration also promotes ownership by department managers, as they now have access to more practical data and can do more of the day to day work required in managing their budgets.
A selection of Questica Budget’s SAP integrations
- City of Abbotsford, BC
- Municipality of Anchorage, AK
- City of Burlington, ON
- City of Edmonton, AB
- City of Mississauga, ON
- Multnomah County, OR
- City of Palo Alto, CA
- Providence Care, Kingston, ON
- Toronto East General Hospital, ON