General Ledger Accounting with SAP S/4HANA

  • 13h 30m
  • Anand Seetharaju, Mayank Sharma
  • Rheinwerk Publishing Inc.
  • 2023

The general ledger is the backbone of your financials system. Learn everything you need for configuring and using the general ledger in SAP S/4HANA. Walk step by step through setting up fiscal years, posting periods, parallel ledgers, and more. See routine processes like posting, document control, and year-end closing in action. Whether you’re planning a new implementation or a system conversion, this is your complete guide to general ledger accounting in SAP S/4HANA!

  • Configure the general ledger in SAP S/4HANA: parallel ledgers, document splitting, and more
  • Perform general ledger postings, document control, accruals, and closing procedures
  • Get step-by-step instructions and best practices from the experts

In this book, you'll learn about:


Build your general ledger from the ground up! Learn to configure SAP S/4HANA to maintain posting periods, handle multiple currencies, run parallel reporting for multiple accounting approaches, and plan document control.

Core Processes

See what your routine general ledger accounting processes look like in SAP S/4HANA with detailed instructions and screenshots. Master profit center accounting, document control, cost of sales accounting, accruals management, and analytics.


Ready to upgrade from the classic general ledger or SAP General Ledger? Follow step-by-step instructions for migrating your “old” general ledger data into SAP S/4HANA and Central Finance using subsequent implementation.

Highlights include:

  • Posting periods
  • Parallel reporting
  • Currencies
  • Master data
  • Profit center accounting
  • Document splitting, posting, and clearing
  • Cost of sales accounting
  • Financial close
  • Accruals management
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Central Finance

About the Author

Anand Seetharaju is a certified SAP S/4HANA financial and management accounting consultant. He holds active CPA and CMA licenses and has more than 25 years of experience in business process design, consulting, and implementation of accounting systems. He has led several SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance transformation projects and has presented several topics at SAP conferences. Additionally, he has extensive implementation experience with the SAP classic general ledger, new general ledger, and SAP S/4HANA general ledger, including the conversion from a classic general ledger. Anand’s experience includes global SAP finance and controlling implementations and rollouts with an emphasis on Central Finance, receivables management, revenue accounting and reporting, cash and liquidity management, profitability analysis, project systems, product costing, material ledger, capital asset management, leasing, global tax, and legal reporting.

Mayank Sharma is an SAP S/4HANA Finance application delivery lead. He has more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience and more than 15 years of experience implementing general ledger accounting with the classic general ledger, SAP General Ledger, and SAP S/4HANA general ledger in SAP landscapes. He also has expertise in centralized finance, controlling, profitability analysis, revenue recognition, asset accounting, and project management. Mayank has worked as a FI-CO lead on conversion projects from the classic general ledger to the SAP General Ledger for Europe’s second-largest energy provider. He has also implemented Central Finance with data flowing from a classic general ledger legacy system to SAP S/4HANA.

In this Book

  • Introduction to the General Ledger in SAP S/4HANA
  • Organizational Structure
  • Integrated Business Processes
  • Fiscal Year and Posting Periods
  • Parallel Reporting
  • Currencies
  • Master Data
  • Documents and Posting Control
  • Document Splitting
  • Profit Center Accounting
  • Document Posting
  • Document Clearing
  • Cost of Sales Accounting
  • Financial Close
  • Accruals Management
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Conversion to the General Ledger in SAP S/4HANA
  • General Ledger with Central Finance
  • Miscellaneous Topics
  • Service Pages
  • Legal Notes
  • The Document Archive