3 Scenarios Illustrating the Need for Multi-Currency ERP

Multi-Currency ERP Scenario #1: A Euro:Dollar Exchange

He is an accountant in France calculating the value added tax in Euros for last month. She is an accountant in the US accruing tax expenses from offices of the same company in all countries to prepare the financial statements in US dollars. Multi-currency ERP can make the euro: dollar exchange automatically and freeze it at the rate as of a selected moment in time.

Multi-Currency ERP Scenario #2: Currency Fluctuations During Projects

He is a sales person in Mexico preparing a quote in pesos. His backup documents include estimates from suppliers and subcontractors in several countries. Payments to those suppliers will be made eventually in pesos and the people in each of those countries wants to ensure a profit in their own money. She is a project buyer in Brazil who will evaluate the quote and eventually accept it. The work will be complete in three months but the terms of the quote require payment at the exchange rate at the time of acceptance. Will the value of the real to the peso go up or down between acceptance and completion? Either way, her multi-currency ERP can calculate the correct payment when it becomes due.

Multi-Currency ERP Scenario #3: Calculating ROI

He is an engineer working from India. He has worked for weeks on cost estimates for a plant improvement he hopes to install in Australia. All his calculations use rupees as the base currency. His multi-currency ERP can convert those rupees to Australian dollars. The ratios are the same but the currency can fluctuate. She is the manager of that plant and needs to decide if the hours and dollars saved will provide enough return on her investment. The investment to her is in Australian dollars but the asset is maintained at the corporate headquarters in Canadian dollars and it affects the stock value which is traded on the New York exchange in US dollars.

Business today is carried out around the globe and around the clock. Almost all of us have some international dealings. It is a good thing our ERP systems of today can keep the currency correct for us.

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Tom Miller

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Tom completed implementations of Epicor, SAP, QAD, and Micro MRP. He works as a logistics and supply chain manager and he always looks for processes to improve. He lives near San Francisco Bay in California and can be found on the water in his kayak or on the road riding his motorcycle. Contact Tom at customerteam@erpfocus.com.

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