Customer case Consultant

"GLSU is an honest tool that doesn’t pretend to be what it is not. It is a financial upload tool and it does that very well."

Customer Profile

Independent SAP consultant George Khatcherian works
with customers across a wide range of industries including
chemical, manufacturing, pharmacy, ministry of defense
and utilities. A chartered management accountant by
trade, George Khatcherian was introduced to SAP when
assisting with a customer’s ERP implementation. Focused
on the full spectrum of Finance functionality, he has
assisted customers as an SAP consultant with system
implementation on both the business and finance sides.

Challenges

When clients upgrade to SAP, Khatcherian helps
them evaluate present and future financial needs
during implementation, identifies any gaps within SAP
functionality and then builds a solution that best meets
those needs.

“For finance, there is always a requirement for mass journal
uploads to SAP,” says Khatcherian. Although consultants
can identify the tool needed, map templates to be read
in SAP and develop a solution to meet identified needs,
building such a tool costs time and money. As well, it does
not address future needs and offers no real flexibility to
adapt by changing fields or columns. “It takes a lot of effort
and imposes limitations on how the business can use the
tool,” Khatcherian notes.

Solution

Khatcherian was introduced to Z Option by his client who
had seen a demo of GLSU. The client asked whether a
built solution would offer the same functionality for the
money as a long-term solution like GLSU. “Although the
client was happy with the GLSU functionality, they needed
reassurance that it would not have any adverse impact on
SAP and that ownership costs were aligned to a (custombuilt) solution. After I saw what GLSU could do, I advised
the company to purchase GLSU,” Khatcherian says. “The
initial cost was less and its usability offered a great deal of
“future proofing.”


Khatcherian wrote a step-by-step guide for creating
templates in GLSU and became the main point of contact
for training and support, until the conclusion of the client’s
SAP implementation. “They loved using GLSU and adopted
it as their main way to enter journals,” he adds. And years
later, they are still using it.


When a second customer began looking for ways to do
mass financial uploads, Khatcherian again recommended
GLSU. “When I go to a client, my job is to identify the pain
points,” Khatcherian notes. “If they’re having a problem
with mass uploads, then GLSU is always a viable option to
consider, in my opinion.”

“SAP is dynamic, my clients’ businesses are dynamic, and they need dynamic tools “ like GLSU. I evaluated other tools but they are not even close to what GLSU offers.”

- George Khatcherian, Independent SAP Consultant

Results

Reduces Learning Curve

Since it’s Excel-based, GLSU is very familiar to anyone in finance. “You can create many lines in one journal, which is much friendlier than SAP,” Khatcherian says. “It’s as easy as feeding the data into the upload spreadsheet, putting in the date and pressing a button to upload.”

Built-in Error Validation

The validation check ensures the
numbers will balance prior to batch upload, so the time-consuming process of finding the balance errors in SAP is eliminated. “GLSU offers such efficiency and process
improvement,” Khatcherian says. “It finds any errors very
quickly and easily.”

Flexible and Adaptable

According to Khatcherian, the biggest differentiator for GLSU is its ability to combine any combination of fields, handle multiple journals in the same worksheet, and manage customer or vendors all in the same file. “GLSU provides all the key financial table fields into Excel,” he notes. “So if I want to create a journal, I can select any field or any line item detail to create a template, which means the same spreadsheet can be used to upload anything that is finance related. That is a very big plus to what we could build, which is based on specific requirements and doesn’t offer that flexibility.

Z Option Support:

“By the time I leave the client, they are familiar with the product,” Khatcherian says. “After that, they can go directly to Z Option for support, which is something Z Option always makes so easy.”

Consultant benefits

Khatcherian says SAP clients are looking for easy-to-use tools with consistent results. He recommends GLSU for large uploads, for clients with limited access to SAP or those who have difficult input requirements. “I believe it is the ideal solution for what it does,” he states simply. “Any customer I work with is potentially a candidate for Z Option,” he states. “Z Option can be installed in any SAP environment, whether
on the existing platform, a new implementation or an upgrade. It will work for them, even if they already had anupload tool.” Z Option allows trial installations to facilitate further investigation of GLSU. Once consultants use and understand GLSU, “they will recommend it,” Khatcherian
says.

“Z Option is a great company and GLSU is a great tool. It’s already developed, it’s proven, and it makes a good impression – ensuring maximum customer satisfaction at minimum effort for the consultant.”