In Accounting Packages or in Soft Magic ERP, “General Ledger” is the central repository of all accounting information. Automated General Ledgers can be a comprehensive financial management solution that can provide highly automated financial processing, effective management control, and real-time visibility to financial results. It can provide internal controls that an organization needs to meet financial compliance. Some major benefits of an automated general ledger system are explained below:
In today’s complex, global, and regulated environment, finance organizations face challenges in trying to comply with local regulations and multiple reporting requirements. The Automated General Ledger system allows companies to meet these challenges in a streamlined and automated way. You can define multiple ledgers based on your needs and they can be used to cater to statutory, corporate, regulatory, and management reporting needs with the same underlying financial data. With a single entry source, multiple accounting representations can be simultaneously maintained for a single transaction. For example, a single journal entered in the main, record-keeping ledger can be automatically represented in multiple ledgers (local and global consolidated) even if each ledger uses a different chart of accounts, calendar, currency, and accounting principles.
Automated General Ledgers provides multi-currency functionalities that can help satisfy complicated global financial requirements. These features can perform currency conversion, revaluation, re-measurement, and translation in accordance with local and international accounting standards for a large number of currencies.
The general ledger is the foundation of any accounting system; it improves transaction processing and control. It collects transaction details from other applications allowing the preparation of key financial reports. Control on Journal Entries creates an auditable record of a business’s complete financial history. Automated General Ledger can provide a variety of journal processing options to help organizations to capture transactions with efficiency and control. The entry of journals can be automated using journal templates or can be uploaded using a spreadsheet.
A good general ledger software application will provide management with accurate, up-to-date information in order to make short and long term business decisions. It also has inbuilt controls and processes necessary, to ensure that the correct information is reported. Income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow are standard reports needed by management to judge business progress and these reports can be built using the trial balance created in General Ledger.
Organizations can enforce a common Chart of Accounts structure across different processes, modules, and entities, enabling them to manage their financial processes in an integrated manner by allowing greater flexibility and control over the journal entry process. Accounts in the chart of accounts can be secured to prevent unauthorized access and viewing of sensitive financial data. They also support account hierarchies to group accounting data.
The main purpose of a general ledger system is to record the financial activity of a company and to produce financial and management reports to help stakeholders make decisions. Every corporation needs to prepare financial statements like Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account. General Ledger provides detailed account balances for the formation of this financial reporting. Stakeholders can make effective decisions only when the underlying financial data is available timely on-demand and correct.
Using General Ledger Software allows for detailed report generation according to multiple report types and report parameters – facilitates better and faster decision making. The ability to access financial records by departments, cost centers, or other accounting divisions, provides visibility to understand business performance across the organization. It enables tracking critical information on the company’s financial position and supplements it with various statutory and management reporting options.