The end-of-life date for the SAP BusinessObjects Intercompany solution (technical product name: SBOP INTERCOMPANY 10.0) is December 20, 2022. Depending on the customer’s environment, SAP will recommend a course of action:

  1. SAP strongly advises using SAP S/4HANA Intercompany Matching and Reconciliation for customers who are SAP S/4HANA oriented and have a SAP-centric environment (ICMR). This solution has very strong matching capabilities, including the ability to load and handle non-S/4HANA data.Moving intercompany tasks into the period (continuous accounting) in the S/4HANA system can result in enormous efficiency gains, as well as enormous transparency gains (more granularity in understanding what is driving matching variances, for example, based on translations or other specific reason codes).

However, ICMR does need a deployment of SAP S/4HANA (private cloud, public cloud, or on premise). When used with SAP S/4HANA accounting, no additional licence is required. However, SAP S/4HANA for intelligent intercompany reconciliation can be added to the system to add machine learning capabilities.

     2. SAP advises a review of the SAP Solution Extensions by BlackLine for clients who do not have the choice of a SAP S/4HANA-                 centric strategy. Here, we can see a variety of usage cases:

  • Customers seeking a straightforward tool for handling pure transaction matching can consider about SAP Account Substantiation and Automation by BlackLine, a transaction matching alternative. This cloud-based application shows the differences between any two data sets.
  • Customers seeking more sophisticated process support are urged by SAP to consider SAP Intercompany Governance by BlackLine, account settlement option, a more comprehensive BlackLine Cloud solution. This solution offers support for exception handling in addition to transaction matching, as well as support for settlement.

Last but not least, SAP would advise an evaluation of SAP Intercompany Governance by BlackLine, origination option, for all customers looking for entirely new capabilities about aligning the terms and conditions of the intercompany transaction up-front, especially for non-trade transactions, regardless of landscape. Before the related journal entries are put into the backend ERP systems, this solution offers a web gateway so that the two sides of the transaction can agree on aspects like timing, tax, and transfer pricing. This prevents future mismatches.