Does the performance of your Controlling – Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) system fall short of what your business users expect? The SAP CO-PA Accelerator for SAP HANA has you interested, right? Are you responsible for developing the business case for using SAP HANA in order to benefit from this innovative new in-memory technology? If you said yes to either of these questions, read this second blog in the CO-PA tools series to find out how to use the CO-PA Top-Down Distribution Log report to acquire crucial statistical information about your CO-PA system.

Top-Down Distribution in the Log

A complete record of the Top-Down Distribution transaction that was conducted from Profitability Analysis is provided by programme RKETD KE29, which is assigned to transaction KE28L. Let’s look at the data the log for this function gives as Top-Down Distribution is a function that can be substantially sped by the use of SAP HANA. Be aware that only releases of ERP 6.0 Enhancement Package 5 Support Package 7 and later support the KE28L transaction. It is also a prerequisite for ERP 6.0 EHP6.

Start transaction KE28L, and a list of Top-Down Distribution Runs will appear in the left side panel. There are three ways to rank the list: period, execution time, and variant.

You can see who sent the distribution in the right side panel.

These outcomes are also visible if you click on the Receiver symbol.

You can examine a summary of the Top-Down Distribution execution parameters, including user id and run timestamp, from the Technical Data tab.

The screenshots shown above were taken from a demo system, and they don’t show a CO-PA performance problem. Top-Down Distribution does, however, result in lengthy processing times in many productive CO-PA systems. You can utilise the KE28L transaction to determine the precise time the Top-Down Distribution function is taking to read reference data if this applies to you and you wish to estimate the possible time savings to your period end closing if you licence SAP HANA. The CO-PA Accelerator and SAP HANA can significantly cut down on this read access time.

It’s noteworthy to note that this report indicates HANA as the Data Source if the CO-PA Accelerator is running in your ERP system. This customer example shows how 54,780 subtotal records for the allocation were generated in just 28 seconds from several million line items of reference data.

I hope you find the runtime analysis data beneficial to support an investment in the CO-PA Accelerator and SAP HANA by using the Top-Down Distribution log to understand your CO-PA system performance.